Friday Jan 09, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates For E-Business Suite 12.2.4 For Exalogic Now Available

Oracle E-Business Suite team has created new Oracle VM Templates that are available for download from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

These Oracle VM templates deliver the full E-Business Suite software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4, and additional required technology components.  The templates have been optimized to be deployed to the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud platform.

Learn more from E-Business Suite team's blog here



Wednesday Dec 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

As 2014 is coming to a close, it's time to have a brief recap and highlight the areas with Oracle VM that can help you achieve further efficiency, flexibility and cost savings in your virtualization journey. 

Oracle VM application-driven virtualization is built for enterprise workloads. Designed and continuously tested with Oracle Database, applications, middleware, systems and third party applications, Oracle VM is proven in both Oracle production as well as customer’s environments to deliver the massive scale and availability required. It's worthwhile to spend a few minutes to watch a short video clip here. If you missed some of the webcasts, you can register to view one of the webcasts on-demand. 

  • Oracle VM Built for Rapid Enterprise Workload Deployment - replay
  • Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle - replay

A case for study is Oracle Managed Cloud Services team that serves up thousands of Oracle applications to thousands of end customers on a daily basis. With nearly 20,000 of Oracle VM instances powering this operation, maintaining a highly available environment continuously. Curious how this is done? Register to view this webcast on-demand to gain valuable insights into architectural design and management best practices to build and run this highly successful hosted cloud operation, and view the Oracle Managed Cloud Services infographics for a sense of scale of this operation.

With Oracle VM Templates or Virtual Appliances, it provides an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images.

With a growing ecosystem, customers have more choices:

    Oracle VM is a core component in many Oracle engineered systems because it brings flexibility, performance, and reliability to virtualized deployments of enterprise applications. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is just the latest example. You could roll in a pre-configured rack of servers, networking and storage into your data center, get the rack up and running from power-on to production in 2 hours, and deploy your Oracle Database in 10 minutes.

    Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control enables entire stack of enterprise applications that drive crucial business services as well as end-to-end management orchestrations to cloud based services. Many customers have transformed how IT delivers information and business services using Oracle VM in a Private Cloud.

    For those who want to learn more, we provide self-paced hands-on labs as well as instructor-led training courses:

    While our journey continues in the new year, I want to thank our customers and partners for your support. You are the reason that inspires us to deliver more value out of virtualization. Happy New Year and Best Wishes to you and your family!

    Friday Dec 19, 2014

    Friday Spotlight: EMC PowerPath for Oracle VM Server

    EMC and Oracle have a deep history of collaboration dating back to 1995. EMC is a Platinum Partner and as part of the OPN program gets pre-release access to Oracle code to test and to ensure that as Oracle and EMC products are brought to market they are proven solutions and hardened for real world use. In addition Oracle Engineering and support hold regular cadence of calls with EMC E-Lab to discuss product testing status, roadmap alignment and any open customer support issues.

    EMC E-Lab has active relationships with Oracle development, one great example is PowerPath and its certification with Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM. EMC PowerPath is host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.

    EMC E-Lab helps customers adopt new technologies by leveraging their validated solutions and processes. The E-Lab Platform team runs qualification cycles against Oracle Linux and Oracle VM when the beta is released to partners for testing. This qualification work is performed against VNXe, VNX, VPLEX, VMAX, and XtremIO. The testing is performed with DM-MPIO and PowerPath. During PowerPath release cycles, Oracle and EMC qualify the new release of PowerPath against these EMC storage platforms. When new releases of EMC storage or their storage operating environment become available, it kicks off qualification cycles with the current releases of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The end result of this exercise is the EMC Support Matrix. Read more details in this EMC article.

    EMC has also published a VMAX Engineering White Paper last week, covering Oracle VM 3.3 Storage Connect for VMAX with EMC Storage Integrator V2.0.  

    We wish you Happy Holidays and the best for 2015.  We will return with Friday Spotlights on Jan 9. 

    Monday Dec 15, 2014

    Latest Update to Oracle VM Server for SPARC

    We just released a maintenance update 3.1.1.2 to Oracle VM Server for SPARC. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.2 beginning with SRU 5.5. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.2 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1672221.1]. 

    For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

    Friday Dec 12, 2014

    Friday Spotlight: Customer's success with Virtual Compute Appliance

    We are happy to share a customer story that BT in Spain completes application deployment in a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, and reduces capital expenditures by 50%.

    BT in Spain serves 29 of the IBEX 35 companies—a list of organizations with the highest trading volume in the Spanish stock market—and 2,000 of the 5,000 largest companies in the country.

    To provide customers with Oracle Cloud applications and other infrastructure-as-a-service solutions, BT in Spain deployed Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance in its main data center located in Madrid. BT in Spain’s platform enables the company’s clients to deploy Oracle solutions up to 7x faster than with any other platform, with no configuration errors, and it optimizes operating costs. 

    The Virtual Compute Appliance’s various components, such as Oracle VM, are designed for mission-critical uptime and availability. This Oracle converged-infrastructure solution has enabled BT in Spain to reduce capital expenditure by 50% and instantly respond to existing and new customer requests. The ability to design and deploy tailor-made databases faster and more efficiently gives BT in Spain an undeniable edge in the crowded cloud-hosting market.

    “Time-to-application with Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance was remarkable. In a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, we were operational and in a position to instantly respond to our customers’ needs,” said Raul Chico, head of business development, BT in Spain.

    For more details: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/customers/customersearch/bt-spain-5-vca-sl-2372727.html; or in Spanish:

    To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit https://oracle.com/virtualization

    Friday Dec 05, 2014

    Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC certification for Oracle RAC 12cR1 with Oracle Clusterware, and tips on SPARC server configuration

    Oracle RAC 12cR1 (12.1.0.2) with Oracle Clusterware (12.1.0.2)  is now certified on Oracle VM Server for SPARC with Oracle Solaris 11 guest domains. Visit http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/virtualizationmatrix-172995.html for details.

    Also, two technical notes for Oracle VM Server for SPARC users configuring root domains on SPARC T5-2, SPARC M5-32, and SPARC M6-32 servers for resiliency. Please see My Oracle Support note Doc ID 1948940.1 for SPARC T5-2, and Doc ID 1942045.1 for SPARC M5-32 and SPARC M6-32 on details for PCI bus assignment requirements for Fault Management Architecture (FMA) fault proxying.


    Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

    Oracle VM 3.2.9 Released

    We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to bring new hardware support, improve stability, and provide bug fixes. You can review the What's New wiki for the list of notable bug fixes.

    Download Instructions

    • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.9 server ISO, search patch ID 16410428; and also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com
    • Oracle VM Manager 3.2.9 upgrade, search patch ID 16410417
    • Oracle VM Agent 3.2.9 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949

    Additional Information

    Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.

    For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

    Friday Nov 28, 2014

    Friday Spotlight: Build a Complete Highly-Available Oracle VM Architecture from Server to App

    Happy Holidays!

    During this holiday season, it's increasingly important that your virtualization infrastructure delivers a complete highly-available architecture to meet your business requirements.

    At Oracle, virtualization is a feature of the overall software stack. Solving the whole stack is where the real value is and what our customers are looking for. Oracle is providing solutions to address the whole stack, – from top to bottom – software which can be managed, provisioned, clustered, is highly available, secure, and understood as a whole, not just piece by piece.

    To explore the benefits of using Oracle VM server virtualization, the simple way is to follow the detailed instructions from Oracle VM Hands-on Labs which we talked about during the previous blog. The hands-on labs leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox on your laptop or personal computer. With easy setup and by following simple steps, you can quickly create an Oracle VM server virtualization demonstration or learning environment with full Oracle software stack.

    Today we want to highlight one of the labs - Build a Complete Highly-Available Oracle VM Architecture from Server to App, which was created by Simon Coter, Consulting Technical Manager from Oracle.

    In this lab, you will learn the best practices of implementing and using a complete Oracle VM high-availability (HA) solution. This lab helps to demonstrate how Oracle products such as Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, KSplice and Oracle Clusterware (all products included with appropriate Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Support subscriptions) allows to create a solution that is able to cover all the HA requirements. This lab also walks you through the managing, by Oracle Clusterware, of a custom web-application. The implementation of this lab helps to deploy an enterprise-proven high-available infrastructure software layer at zero license cost to your virtualization or Linux environment.

    I encourage you to learn the HA best practices from the hands-on lab, then apply them to your Oracle VM deployment. Enjoy your holidays!

    Monday Nov 24, 2014

    Fulfilling your wish list this holiday season: More time for fun

    As the holiday season gets near, do you find yourself wishing that you can have more time for fun instead of sitting in the data center cobbling together a new cloud platform?

    Why spend hundreds of hours configuring and installing new servers, new storage, networking switches and all the software layers to create your new platform when there is an alternative solution?

    What if you could...
    - Roll in a pre-configured rack of servers, networking and storage into your data center
    - Get the rack up and running from power-on to production in 2 hours
    - Deploy your Oracle Database in 10 minutes

    Per Sean Donaldson, CTO of Secure-24, that is possible with the
    Virtual Compute Appliance from Oracle, "The Virtual Compute Appliance really is a cloud framework with a virtualization engine that allows you to run JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Hyperion, Oracle E-Business," said Mr. Donaldson.

    Secure-24, a fast-growing hosting/managed services company based in Michigan, provides services to middle-market companies and Fortune 500 organizations in many industries. Mr. Donaldson and his team wanted faster Time-to-Market to meet their clients’ demand for business critical application hosting and cloud services. After careful evaluation of several vendors, they selected Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance.

    Hear the reasons in
    this video:



    If you're thinking: hmm, that sounds interesting. Let me find out more on CRN, my news source for channels and partners.

    You find that CRN just released their 2014 Tech Innovator Awards, a program that recognizes companies for outstanding innovation in products developed for the enterprise.

    Clicking through, you see that the Virtual Compute Appliance received
    'Honorable Mention' in the Cloud Solutions category, out of more than 250 products that were nominated this year to CRN.

    Why not look into this solution to save you hundreds of hours in the data center? Check this item off your wishlist.  Have more time for fun and your family, and enjoy the holiday season.

    Thanks to Haiduong Vo, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director at Oracle, who contributed this blog entry.

    Friday Nov 21, 2014

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.20 Released

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    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.20 has just been released. This maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 improves stability and fixes regressions.

    For more details see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

    - The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

    Friday Spotlight: Designing a Robust Oracle VM Deployment Architecture for Storage Repositories

    Storage is such a fundamental component within an Oracle VM deployment, and there are many factors that go into designing a robust, scalable and low maintenance deployment architecture for your storage repositories. In today's blog, Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, shares his thought into the way you design and deploy Oracle VM storage repositories to gain maximum flexibility, scalability and recoverability. You can read more here.

    Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

    Oracle VM Hands-on Labs

    With the success of the hands-on labs at Oracle OpenWorld and Virtual Technology Summit, we are now making those hands-on labs available for public download via OTN.

    See the direct link: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/hol-oraclevm-2368799.html

    Or you can navigate from Oracle VM OTN download landing page: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html, and click:

    The hands-on labs leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox on your laptop or personal computer. With easy setup and by following simple steps, you can quickly create an Oracle VM server virtualization demonstration or learning environment with full Oracle software stack. In the coming weeks, we'll explain each lab with more details. Meanwhile, just download the virtual appliances, and import into your Oracle VM VirtualBox environment to play with it. Have fun!

    For in-depth product training, visit Training on the Most Complete Virtualization.

    Monday Nov 17, 2014

    Training on the Most Complete Virtualization

    Learn about the most complete virtualization. Oracle's server virtualization products support x86 and SPARC architectures and a variety of workloads including Linux, Oracle Solaris and Windows.

    The training cited below will teach you how to build the infrastructure for cloud computing and deploy resources on the architecture of your choice.

    Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration

    You can take this 3-day course as a:

    • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Events on the schedule include classes with start dates of 14th of January and 25 February 2015.
    • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Events on the schedule include:

     Location

     Date

     Delivery Language

     Melbourne, Australia

     21 January 2015

     English

     Sydney, Australia

     4 February 2015

     English

     Hamburg, Germany

     15 June 2015

     German

     Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

     7 January 2015

     English

    Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

    You can take this 2-day instructor-led course as a:

    • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Events on the schedule include classes with start dates of 24 and 27 November, 1 and 11 December 2014, 11 and 12 January, 5, 8, and 23 February 2015.
    • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule:

     Location  Date
     Delivery Language
    Dhaka, Bangladesh
    27 November 2014 English
    Canberra, Australia
    23 February 2015 English
    Melbourne, Australia
    12 January 2015 English
    Sydney, Australia
    9 February 2015 English
    Santiago, Chili
    4 December 2014 Spanish
    Prague, Czech Republic  12 March 2015 Czech
    Frankfurt, Germany  16 March 2015 German
    Munich, Germany
    1 June 2015 German
    Causeway, Hong Kong
    29 December 2014 English
    Tokyo, Japan
    9 February 2015 Japanese
    Madrid, Spain
    7 April 2015 Spanish
    Riyadh, South Africa
    26 April 2015 English
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    26 April 2015 English
    Atlanta, GA, United States
    22 January 2015 English
    Columbus, OH, United States
    23 April 2015 English

    To register for an event or learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

    Friday Nov 14, 2014

    Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4

    Oracle E-Business Suite team has created new Oracle VM Virtual Appliances that are available for download from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.


    These virtual appliances, packaged in Open Virtualization Format (OVF), deliver the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.  They can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server, or imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

    Learn more from E-Business Suite team's blog here

    Friday Nov 07, 2014

    Friday Spotlight: The Right Tool for the Job

    Enterprise applications drive mission-critical businesses, including our own, both in production and IT. Oracle VM is the foundation that fuels and maintains the enterprise applications in our own IT. With well over 182,400 virtual guests and growing and nearly 20,000 Oracle VMs deployed to power Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Many of our IT enterprise customers also rely on Oracle VM for their operations.

    Read the latest Oracle VM white paper for an inside view into the engineering decisions and architecture of how Oracle VM is built for virtualizing enterprise applications.

    Register for our upcoming webcast series:

    Oracle VM Built for Rapid Enterprise Workload Deployment
    Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 9:00 am PST
    Register Now

    Live Webcast on Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle
    Thursday, November 17, 2014 – 9:00 am PST
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