Friday Apr 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 features

For this week's Friday spotlight, I want to highlight the improvements in live migration and virtual disk multipathin which were delivered as part of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 released in March 2015. 

  • Provide live migration performance enhancements, including parallel memory-mapped I/O and optimized firmware copying routines. These enhancements reduce the overall migration time and the time during which the migrated guest domain is suspended. 
  • Update virtual disk management for mpgroups to show and specify the selected path to the virtual disk backend. You can see the path that is currently used and dynamically request a path switch.

To learn more details about enhanced features please see the blog entries on live migration improvements and on disk multipathing.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Friday Apr 03, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 1 Released

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 1.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

See all the details at here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Spotlight: Virtual Compute Appliance Training

The Virtual Compute Appliance: Overview seminar teaches customers how to manage Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) and the Oracle VM environment.

This converged infrastructure solution combines preconfigured networking, servers and storage in a convenient package that system administrators can easily deploy into an existing data center.

In the Virtual Compute Appliance: Overview, you learn to:

  • Describe components and features of VCA
  • Describe installation steps and the automated orchestration/discovery process
  • Describe the components and features of Oracle VM
  • Monitor the Oracle VM servers
  • Upgrade VCA
  • Prepare your Oracle VM environment to create and deploy virtual machines
  • Add VLAN segments to networks where it is required
  • Create and manage virtual machines
  • Clone virtual machines

Customers can take this seminar from their own desk (no travel required) as a live-virtual event or travel to an education center for an in-class event.

Thursday Apr 02, 2015

Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest release 2.0.2 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

The 2.0.2 release is a maintenance update to provide bug fixes and add new hardware support for X5-2 Compute nodes in Virtual Compute Appliance X3-2 and X4-2.

You can review the list of notable bug fixes in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

To download the software update, search patch ID 20463300 from My Oracle Support.

For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance deployment, visit here.

Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates - An Economic Impact Assessment

Oracle VM application driven architecture is designed to enable rapid application deployment. With the use of Oracle VM Templates, sophisticated applications such as Oracle Database or Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) can be deployed in minutes—10x faster than with other solutions.

We are pleased to share the report performed by Evaluator Group:

They studied the creation and use of virtualized server templates as an administrative process for server deployments in an Oracle RAC environment — a process that can be surprisingly complex if done manually within any database environment.

This study was done in two ways:

  • Evaluator Group conducted an independent lab comparison of template creation methods in an Oracle database application environment. We first built templates 'from scratch' and deployed virtualized servers for Oracle RAC under VMware while tracking the time consumed for each step in the process. We then repeated the same process of deploying virtualized Oracle RAC servers, but in this second iteration they used Oracle VM and the templates that are included with Oracle VM to create clones of virtual machines. Again, they tracked the time consumed for each step in this process.
  • They also interviewed an Oracle systems administrator as a basis for additional comparison of building templates in a production environment. For this customer, templates were a “game changer” because of an ability to deploy database and business intelligence services up to twenty times faster for their customers.

Evaluator Group conducted this study of both methods to compare the two on the basis of management complexity, risk resulting from administrative error, and overall time consumed.

To learn more about Evaluator Group's findings, read the paper Evaluate Group Technology Insight Paper - Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates – An Economic Impact Assessment. You can gain the same benefits in your overall production environment with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, like the customer example shown in the paper.  

Monday Mar 30, 2015

Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation Training Released

If you are using Oracle VM and have experience of installation and configuration, you can now deepen your knowledge of this product by taking the all-new Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation training course

This new 3-day instructor led course will teach you how to enhance cloud effectiveness with rapid deployment of cloud resources and applications. You will learn how to administer, redistribute, troubleshoot and protect Oracle VM resources, ensuring seamless and continuous access of your applications.

After taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course you will be able to:

  • Effectively administer the Oracle VM environment by using the appropriate management tool.
  • Automate the provisioning of virtual machines.
  • Redeploy cloud resources to meet requirements.
  • Track and solve issues at each operational layer.
  • Protect Oracle VM resources.
  • Incorporate key components into your D/R strategy

You can influence the schedule of this brand new course by registering your interest on the OU portal.  

The Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course builds on the knowledge provided in the 3-day Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course.so there are now 6 days of curriculum available to help you get the best out of Oracle VM Server for x86.

To register your interest in an event, register for an event already on the schedule or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Mar 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Happy Friday!

A new Oracle press release this week highlights the use of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at Epsilon. From the press release:

"With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before." 

Head on over and read the full press release

Monday Mar 23, 2015

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 release. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.2 beginning with SRU 8.4. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.2 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1672221.1]. 

This new release introduces the following features:

  • Improved multipath virtual disk I/O (mpgroup): view, set active I/O path
  • Improved domain observability to show dependencies between domains
  • Improved network observability, quality of service and security management, and PVLAN
  • I/O Resiliency (IOR) for physical I/O
  • Dynamic Bus (dynamically assign PCI bus to domains)
  • Live migration performance and security improvements
  • Guest additions (VM API to interact with host environment)
  • Guest access to SPARC performance counters

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Friday Mar 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: March 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the March 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter.

This issue includes information on:

  • New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database and Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle VM 3.3.2 and Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers 3.2.3 for Microsoft Windows 
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox updated
  • Oracle VM customer survey
  • Upcoming webcasts, in person events, new white papers and customer stories, and much more

I wanted to highlight the Oracle VM customer survey in particular. This is a fantastic opportunity to let us know how you use Oracle VM in your environment. It's a short survey (about 3 minutes), but your comments will be carefully read and considered by our Oracle VM product management team.

If you'd like the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up here

 Have a great week!

-Chris

Wednesday Mar 18, 2015

WEBINAR (Mar 31): How to Obtain Peak Performance from Your Virtual Environment

How to Obtain Peak Performance from Your Virtual Environment

Presented by Oracle VM and eGinnovations teams

Virtualization introduces new dynamic dependencies – between physical machines and virtual machines (VMs) and between VMs. These dependencies make it quite complicated to monitor and manage virtualized infrastructures to ensure service performance and business continuity. For virtualization initiatives to be successful, it is critical that end-users see the same or better performance from virtual infrastructures as they had experienced with physical infrastructures. 


The eG Monitor for Oracle VM correlates performance across the entire infrastructure, including Oracle VM Server for x86, guest VMs, and Oracle Linux. Automatic virtualization-aware root-cause diagnosis enables administrators to rapidly identify bottlenecks and to right-size their infrastructure for peak performance. Join us for this webinar to learn how you can attain 360-degree visibility and pre-emptively detect and fix the root-cause of performance bottlenecks. 

Attend this webinar to learn more about :  

  • Best practices in managing your virtual infrastructure
  • Why use eG Monitor for Oracle VM
  • Benefits of using Oracle VM for your Virtualization platform 

Monday Mar 16, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.26 Released

Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.26, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

See the Changelog for a complete list of changes. Binaries can be downloaded here (at VirtualBox.org) or here (Oracle Technology Network).

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Mar 13, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: EMC VMAX and EMC VNX are Now Certified on Oracle VM

Oracle’s Storage Certification program enables established storage partners to qualify their storage systems for use with Oracle VM using an Oracle supplied storage qualification test kit.  When a storage vendor enables the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in, their customers will be able to provision that vendor’s storage through the Oracle VM Manager. This will enable simpler management of virtual infrastructure, as well as faster provisioning of solutions in a cloud environment.

EMC storage, including VMAX and VNX, has been tested using the Oracle ® VM Storage Connect Certification kit to achieve Storage Certification with Oracle VM Release 3.3.  and now listed on the Oracle HCL website for Oracle VM. This storage certification required strong collaboration between Oracle and EMC to ensure that adequate testing had been completed and the results met the highest standards. The rigorous process ensures that customers have full support from both Oracle and EMC.

Read more

Friday Mar 06, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Partner Jumpstart Webcast

On March 19, 2015, join us for this partner event - Oracle VM Partner Jumpstart Webcast (1hr partnering business discussion followed by a 3hr technical section containing Oracle VM architecture overview, demo, and best practices discussion). You can register here

For Oracle partners such as system integrators and solution providers, Oracle VM offers tremendous value to enable your virtualization or cloud infrastructure service offerings that makes the software or systems easier to deploy, easier to manage and easier to support. Going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management. With Oracle VM, ISVs can quickly deploy and redistribute applications in standardized Templates or Virtual Appliances. For System Integrators, Oracle VM is tightly integrated at all layers of the Oracle stack from Servers to Networking including Oracle Engineered systems such as Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance, providing pre-configured and pre-tested systems to accelerate infrastructure deployments.

For additional resources, visit:

Wednesday Mar 04, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.24 Released

Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.24, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

See the Changelog for a complete list of changes. Binaries can be downloaded here (at VirtualBox.org) or here (Oracle Technology Network).

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Tuesday Mar 03, 2015

Announcing Release 2.0.0 of Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-in for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance team released the new 2.0.0 version of the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in, which includes the following new features since the previous 1.0.3 release. 

  • iSCSI Multipathing – Presents multiple paths between a server and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.
  • Multiple initiator group management – Supports LUNs presenting to multiple initiator groups, and support initiator belonging to multiple initiator groups.
  • LUNs logging into specific target groups
  • Filtering LUNs based on user credentials
  • RESTful API

The Oracle VM Storage Connect framework provides a storage discovery and provisioning API that enables the provisioning and management of storage platforms directly from within Oracle VM Manager. The abstraction provided by the Storage Connect framework allows administrators to perform provisioning operations without the need to know the specific behavior of any storage platforms that are being used within the Oracle VM infrastructure. The Storage Connect API allows third party storage vendors to develop their own Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins that enable their storage appliances to interface with the Storage Connect framework.

The new plug-in works with Oracle VM 3.2.x and 3.3.x. To download the software and read the documentation, visit

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/sun-unified-storage/downloads/zfssa-plugins-1489830.html

For additional details, visit

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