Friday Jan 10, 2014

Friday Spotlight: 10 Oracle VM Myths from 2013 Debunked

New year greetings, everyone!

Reflecting on 2013, we thought we'd do a summary of the many myths that were debunked in 2013. Here are the top 10:

1. Oracle VM has no benchmarks
Internally the Oracle VM team runs hundreds of benchmarks in every one of our releases. In addition, our integrated Oracle Engineered Systems team, such as Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Virtual Networking perform their own benchmarks with Oracle VM.

Over the years, we’ve commissioned 3rd parties to report on Oracle VM performance. For many of you, all that is great, however the internal efforts lack “arm’s length” objectivity. So instead, we’ve been letting our customers speak for us on the performance benchmarks of Oracle VM.

For Oracle VM performance on Oracle Database as well as compared to other virtualization solutions, there is the benchmark document from Revera Limited. The report shows Oracle VM performs better than other solution in all categories.

For Oracle VM performance with Oracle PeopleSoft and Oracle Database, Open Universities, Australia Director ICT, Anthony Russo performed the benchmarks in his evaluation of Oracle VM. The results and cost savings led him to decide on Oracle VM as the virtualization for a campus-wide deployment. Anthony shares his benchmark write up with the IOUG community. Read more about Open Universities Australia in the press release.

2. Oracle VM is not for serious enterprise applications
This is a myth long ago debunked. Oracle VM application-driven virtualization is designed and architected with enterprise applications in mind. Guided by our own in-house expertise on how sophisticated enterprise software deployment can be, we designed a hypervisor that not only serves the purposes of consolidation and abstraction from the hardware, but we also have a laser-focus on building in support into the hypervisor to simplify provisioning and management of enterprise applications in their entire lifecycle.

Oracle VM is an important foundation for many of our customers, with the Oracle stack as well as for mixed deployments. Adoption of Oracle VM is diverse, from helping to keep 24/7 online retail operations running (such as Overstock.comto massively compute intensive operations for Lawrence Livermore National Labs, enabling continuous Managed Services Operations for dcVAST or Data Intensity to scale and grow as business grows. See a sample listing of customers who rely on Oracle VM to power their business.

3. Complicated to deploy
This one is has long been debunked, with the built in support for Oracle Applications with Oracle VM Templates and tight integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager. However, it's worth recapping, as we’ve made huge advances in simplifying Oracle Database and applications even more. The Evaluator Group report has demonstrated that deployment of a 2 node Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) takes under 4 hours, compared to about 40 hours for the competition. This is old news! Our latest releases of the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database Single Instance and RAC deployment is now even speedier. At OpenWorld 2013, we had a room full of attendees deploying a 4 node RAC cluster in under 60 minutes in a Hands On Lab session. And let’s not get carried away on just speed, according to one of our Oracle VM Templates engineers, Saar Maoz: “ACTUAL ELAPSED TIME is only mildly interesting, what really matters is that when you do download the template and run it, it just works. Oracle is the only vendor that can do this because we own the apps!”

To illustrate the power and simplicity, we’ve created a Hands-on Lab about deployment of an IaaS environment that showcases the use of chargeback. The environment is a contained Oracle VM VirtualBox appliance including Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager. To run this yourself visit our OTN post of the lab here.

4. Limited Enterprise Use
In addition to powering many critical enterprise operations, Oracle VM is the virtualization foundation for Oracle as well. Oracle VM is integrated into many of the Oracle Engineered Systems such as Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Exalytics, and Oracle Database Appliance. In addition, Oracle VM is powering Oracle Managed Cloud Services with over 15,000 VMs in deployment and growing.

5. No complimentary tools for private cloud deployment
In addition to Oracle VM Templates for rapid application deployment, Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB) is one of the most powerful tools for multi-tier application deployment. OVAB is key to helping enterprises easily and reliably deploy their multi-tier applications to the cloud, or simply migrate their existing stack of physically deployed apps onto their new private cloud. The recent release of OVAB 12c includes an even more intuitive GUI and improved support for creation of base OS image. Want to get hands-on and take a test drive with the new release? Download the OVAB Oracle VM VirtualBox Demo Appliance, including documentation.

6. Oracle VM is expensive
Oracle VM is the most cost effective enterprise-proven hypervisor.

Oracle VM has zero license cost for and low enterprise support cost. Oracle VM Premier Support customers receive Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c management software Base Enterprise Manager Functionality, including Ops Center, for free! In addition, Oracle Hard Partitioning Policy and Hard Partitioning for x86 architectures may also help customers realize further savings in many cases. Test calculate the savings to see how much you can save using the Oracle VM Cost Calculator.

Wondering how difficult it would be to migrate your existing environment? Take a test drive with our Hands-on Lab to migrate your VMware vSphere deployment with Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. Then you can watch your savings grow!

7. A "me too" hypervisor
In the strict sense of the word “hypervisor”, Oracle VM is a hypervisor. Beyond that the “me too” assertion is a complete myth. Oracle VM application-driven architecture is designed with enterprise applications and cloud services in mind. Tight integration with many of the infrastructure products and Oracle Enterprise Manager delivers the most integrated virtualization foundation for both the Oracle stack and non-Oracle stack. To learn more about how Oracle VM application-driven virtualization is different, and hear from customers on how they are able to benefit from this unique architecture, read the Oracle VM E-Book.

8. Oracle VM is only used in Test environments
Our customer list proves this to be a myth. Beyond this, however, we are very proud to be an enabler for the thousands of QA test environments out there. Oracle VM combined with the hugely popular Oracle VM VirtualBox product provide our customers a powerful way to build appliances that can help them to quickly deploy very complex environments for testing.

9. Not ready for Oracle Database
If our own internal deployment wasn't enough, and with so many proven customer uses, it's surprising that this continues to be a myth. Many of our customers do know this and performance testing is proven by our partners as well. Read the report Why Use Oracle VM for Oracle Databases.

10. No partner ecosystem
Oracle VM has an extensive technology partner network. We continue to drive deeper and stronger technology and business relationships with our partners. In the past year, we’ve collaborated with our partners such as Dell, Lenovo, SAP and many more to bring more choice and value to our customers. An example of our collaborative effort is the FlexPod validated configuration with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. In addition, we also recognize that interoperability with industry technology is important to our customers. Oracle recently announced sponsorship of OpenStack.

Wishing all our readers a healthy and prosperous 2014, and watch for more great things to come!

Friday Jan 03, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Virtualization Management Podcast

Happy Friday and welcome to the first virtualization spotlight of 2014! To kick things off this year, I wanted to highlight an excellent podcast by Oracle's Doan Nguyen and Ronen Kofman that describes how Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c can significantly improve your server lifecycle management. Have a listen:

Listen to "Simplify Virtualization Lifecycle Management with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager (15:05)" 

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Saturday Dec 28, 2013

Oracle VM 3.2.7 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC Updates

We've released the patch updates for Oracle VM server virtualization for both x86 and SPARC.

From x86 side, Oracle VM 3.2.7 is the latest patch update. The update is available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM Sever 3.2.1 Patch Channel or Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel). The patch updates include all the accumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since 3.2.1 release.  See the download instructions: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

Download Instructions

  • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.7 server ISO, search patch ID 16410428; and also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com
  • Oracle VM Manager 3.2.7 upgrade, search patch ID 16410417
  • Oracle VM Agent 3.2.6 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949

We also updated Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 software:

  • 3.1 release has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.1 beginning with SRU 10.5. The 3.1.0.1 patch is available with Oracle 11.1 SRU 14.5. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.1 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1501435.1]  from My Oracle Support
  • 3.1 release is also available on Oracle Solaris 10, search patch ID 17291713. The 3.1.0.1 patch is 150817-01.

Additional Information

You can review the list of bug fixes and enhancements here.

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 Dec 20, 2013

Friday Spotlight: KT and Oracle VM

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on KT and their use of Oracle VM.  

Oracle Helps KT with IT Transformation

In the first video, Jung-Sik Suh, SVP of Cloud Convergence at KT, discusses the IT challenges they recently faced. To support their next generation customers, they needed to diversify their product offerings and expand their capacity, and they had to do this while simultaneously merging with another company! They decided to design a private cloud using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux that resulted in a 70% reduction of infrastructure cost and 50% reduction in operation cost.

KT Benefits from Oracle's Integrated Solutions 

In the second video, Mr. Suh discusses how implementing an Oracle software stack that is designed to work together, including Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and more, allows them to save costs and pass the savings on to their customers, and in the future, will provide a profit center for them, as well.

Important Patch Set Updates (PSU) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Oracle has released some important Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop which customers should be aware of.

These critical patch clusters are available for immediate download and installation, as described in the following version-specific announcements:


Patch Set Updates are available for all active Long Term Support (LTS) maintenance releases, as enumerated within the Secure Global Desktop Release Announcement Reference (1597467.1).   No other versions of SGD are designated to receive a formal PSU.   Administrators of earlier releases—(i.e. 4.5, 4.60, 4.61, 4.62, or 4.70)—must move to a designated maintenance release in order to apply these comprehensive solutions.

ACTION REQUIRED:  The Oracle Support team would like to stress the importance of the immediate consideration and installation of the December 2013 PSUs, as planned updates to the Java plug-in will adversely impact the user experience of all unpatched versions of Secure Global Desktop prior to Secure Global Desktop 5.10.

These changes will require proactive action on behalf of SGD Administrators to prevent service interruption when the forthcoming updates planned for Java do arrive.


Additional information regarding this particular scenario is described within a dedicated knowledge article:

  • Users Connecting to Secure Global Desktop are Presented with Dialog, "This application will be blocked in a future Java security update because the JAR file manifest does not contain the Permissions attribute."  (Doc ID 1594506.1)

Thursday Dec 19, 2013

The December Edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Here!

The latest Oracle Virtualization newsletter is out! If you're a subscriber, you already have it in your inbox. But if not, here are some of the highlights:

  • Oracle joins OpenStack Foundation
  • Replay information for Top 5 Reasons Why Oracle VM Is Best for Oracle Database webcast
  • Case study on telecommunications company that deployed IT as a service using Oracle VM
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox receives community choice award from Windows IT Pro
  • Information on the upcoming Virtual SysAdmin Day on January 28
  • A new e-book titled "Oracle VM: Application-Driven Virtualization for the Modern Data Center and the Cloud"
  • Plus, new podcasts, white papers, customer success stories, partner buzz, and much more!

You can read the December edition online right now, or you can subscribe to get future newsletters direct to your inbox. We hope you enjoy it! 

-Chris 

Scalable and Cost-Effective Virtualization Solution

Oracle VM is a highly scalable and cost effective virtualization solution and the best virtualization technology for Oracle Databases.and business-critical applications. Whether you are using Oracle VM on x86 or SPARC platforms, we provide the training to help you design, install, and implement a virtual environment.

You can take this live instructor-led training as a:

  • Live-Virtual event: Train from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-Class event: Travel to an education center. Below is a selection of events on the schedule for each course.

Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Prague, Czech Republic
 24 March 2014
Czech
 Paris, France
 28 February 2014
French
Budapest, Hungary  8 January 2014
Hungarian
 Rome, Italy
 22 April 2014
 Italian
 Riga, Latvia
 3 February 2014
 Latvian
 Oslo, Norway
 10 February 2014
 English
 Warsaw, Poland
 12 February 2014
 Polish
 Singapore  27 January 2014
 English
 Melbourne, Australia
 13 February 2014
 English
 Perth, Australia
 28 January 2014
 English
 Sydney, Australia
 5 March 2014
 English
 Montreal, Canada
 18 February 2014
 English
 Ottawa, Canada
 18 February 2014
 English
 Toronto, Canada
 18 February 2014
 English
Phoenix, AZ, United States 18 February 2014
 English
Sacramento, CA, United States 18 February 2014
 English
San Francisco, CA, United States  18 February 2014
English
San Jose, CA, United States  18 February 2014
 English
Denver, CO, United States  22 January 2014
 English
Roseville, MN, United States  10 February 2014
 English
Edison, NJ, United States 18 February 2014 English
Columbus, OH, United States 3 February 2014 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 18 February 2014 English
Reston, VA, United States 26 March 2014 English

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Prague, Czech Republic
 23 April 2014
 Czech
 Paris, France
 27 January 2014
 French
 Madrid, Spain
 27 March 2014
 Spanish
 Cairo Egypt
 9 February 2014
 Arabic
 Dubai, UAE
 5 February 2014
 English
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong  24 February 2014
English
 Jakarta, Indonesia
 23 December 2013
 English
 Tokyo, Japan
 6 February 2014
 Japanese
 Singapore  9 January 2014
English
Melbourne, Australia
30 January 2014
 English
 Sydney, Australia
 10 February 2014
 English

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

To learn more about using Oracle VM as an efficient and highly available solution, see Telco Case Study: "IT-as-a-Service" with Oracle VM Enables Higher Business Availability.

Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.6 released!

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.6, a maintenance release of the 4.3 branch, is now available. It brings stability improvements and fixes regressions.

For the full list of fixes see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- FB

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Telco Case Study: "IT-as-a-Service" with Oracle VM Enables Higher Business Availability

In this blog article we want to share with you a use case for Oracle VM enabling high availability through an "IT-as-a-Service" deployment at a Telco provider.

Using Oracle VM, the Telco customer is able to realize a highly efficient server infrastructure to dynamically provision and reclaim resources to quickly respond to business demands. With over 100 Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) servers deployed in an Oracle VM-based virtualized environment, the Telco customer has a solid, highly available infrastructure designed for maximum flexibility.

To better respond to the customer needs for application services, the Telco customer uses Oracle VM Templates to roll out new servers, each taking only 10 minutes per box which can be ready in parallel. “It’s all cabled once, it’s all in a pool, and we have created processes and procedures to quickly add more resources as we need them. Oracle VM provides this elasticity.” says the Telco architect.

Read the whitepaper and get an in-depth look at "IT-as-a-Service" deployment at a large Telco.

Friday Dec 13, 2013

Friday Spotlight: IaaS with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager

Reap the Benefits of IaaS with Oracle Virtualization

IT customers are looking to reap the benefits of cloud computing, including at the Infrastructure layer. Their role is viewed as data center service providers. To them, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), is internalized as Integration of "astonishing" applications and systems. It’s the proverbial duct taping of all the different components of IT infrastructure into a single cohesive intelligent controllable, predictable box from which they can direct all that happens to support their business. From their perspective, Oracle VM is the container and Oracle Enterprise Manager is both the duct tape and the control box for IaaS which has helped them to tame the complex infrastructure and quickly provision the “astonishing” applications, sometimes with wildly varying need for network, storage compute resources.

For an insightful perspective of IaaS from Oracle, join VP of Product Management for Oracle Enterprise Manager, Sudip Datta, in his chalk talk.


Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Oracle joins the OpenStack Foundation

Oracle today has officially joined the OpenStack Foundation as a corporate sponsor. Link to press release: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/2079843?rssid=rss_ocom_pr

Oracle plans to integrate OpenStack capabilities into several products including Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle's ZS3 Series, Axiom Storage Systems and StorageTek Tape Systems, Oracle Compute Cloud Service and Oracle Storage Cloud Service.

As stated in our announcement, our goal is to give Oracle customers greater choice. Stay tuned for more updates.

OpenStack companies page:

http://www.openstack.org/foundation/companies/

 

Thursday Dec 05, 2013

Webcast: Top 5 Reasons why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database

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Top 5 Key Reasons Why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM PST

Oracle VM's application-driven architecture is designed for rapid deployment and ease of lifecycle management providing IT a highly scalable and cost effective virtualization solution for Oracle Database and business-critical applications.

Join us for a webcast featuring Francisco Munoz Alvarez, a seasoned expert, and Oracle ACE Director as he shares his performance benchmark findings highlighting key reasons why Oracle VM is the best virtualization technology for Oracle Databases.

Speakers:

  • Francisco Munoz Alvarez, Oracle Professional Services Manager, Revera Limited
  • Doan Nguyen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle

Don't miss this insightful webcast and an opportunity to hear real-world benchmarking results. Register Now.

Wednesday Dec 04, 2013

Dell World 2013 Features Oracle Linux and Oracle VM



Oracle is proud to be a Gold sponsor at Dell World 2013. Join Oracle Linux and Virtualization experts and discover how you can benefit from Oracle software integration with Dell hardware. Our activities include:

Session: Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments

Details: Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Room 17AB

Speaker: Chris Kawalek, Oracle

Find out how Oracle Linux is optimized for Oracle Database and the benefits of deploying them together on an integrated and fully tested infrastructure.

Theater Presentation: Best Practices for Virtualizing Oracle Database and Oracle Applications with Oracle VM

Details: Thursday, 11:00-11:25am, Expo area (Theater on the right)

Speaker: Chris Kawalek, Oracle

Realize the true potential of virtualization beyond server consolidation using Oracle VM’s application-driven virtualization approach.

Theater Presentation: Dell/Oracle Active Infrastructure 

Details: Thursday, 2:30-2:55pm,  Expo area (Theater on the right)

Speaker: Tom Kopec, Oracle

Get a high level review of the recently announce Dell / Oracle Active Infrastructure.  

Booth  #401G
Come to the Oracle booth on Monday and Tuesday, talk to our experts, pick up free Oracle Linux and Oracle VM software DVD.

We hope to see you at Dell World.

Friday Nov 22, 2013

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox Receives Windows IT Pro Community Choice Award!

Happy Friday, everyone. We hope you've had a great week!

The results from the Windows IT Pro 2013 Community Choice Awards are in and we’re proud to say that Oracle VM VirtualBox was named one of the best virtualization products!

This community-voted award is great validation of our work to enhance the product. Learn more about the latest release, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.

We want to thank the Oracle VM VirtualBox community for their continued support as we work to make it easier and better than ever for users to run virtual machines on their desktop and laptop computers.

Monday Nov 18, 2013

Oracle VM Integrated from Application to Disk

Delivering timely IT services requires integration throughout the stack and not just among servers and operating systems. Oracle VM is integrated at all layers of the technology stack, from applications to disk.

To learn more about how Oracle VM can help you leverage this complete and cost-efficient solution for x86 and SPARC architectures, consider taking the corresponding training course.

You can take these courses from your desk choosing from the selection of live-virtual events on the schedule or travel to an education center for an in-class event. Below is a selection of in-class events for each course.

Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Prague, Czech Republic

 24 March 2014

Czech 

 Paris, France

 26 February 2014

 French

 Rome, Italy

 22 April 2014

 Italian 

 Riga, Latvia

 3 February 2014

  Latvian 

 Oslo, Norway

 9 December 2013

 English

 Warsaw, Poland

 12 February 2014

 Polish

 Porto, Portugal

 4 December 2013

 European Portuguese

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

 25 November 2013

 Slovenian

 Istanbul, Turkey

 23 December 2013

 Turkish

 Cairo, Egypt

 1 December 2013

 Arabic

 Johannesburg, South Africa

23 December 2013 

 English

 Singapore

 27 November 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 12 February 2014

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 25 November 2013

 English

 Montreal, Canada

 18 February 2014

  English 

 Ontario, Canada

 18 February 2014

 English

 Toronto, Canada

 27 May 2014

 English

 Phoenix, AZ, United States

 18 February 2014

  English 

 Sacramento, CA, United States

 18 February 2014

 English

 San Francisco, CA, United States

 18 February 2014

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 18 February 2014

 English

 Denver, CO, United States

 22 January 2014

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 9 December 2013

  English 

 Edison, NJ, United States

 18 February 2014

 English

 Columbus, OH, United States

  3 February 2014  

 English 

 King of Prussia, PA, United States

 18 February 2014

 English 

 Reston, VA, United States

 26 March 2014

English 

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Prague, Czech Republic

 2 December 2013

Czech 

 Utrecht, Netherlands

 9 December 2013

Dutch

 Madrid, Spain

 27 March 2014

Spanish 

 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

 5 February 2014

English

Cairo, Egypt 

 22 December 2013

 Arabic

 Tokyo, Japan

 6 February 2014

 Japanese

 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 24 February 2014

 English 

 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

 23 December 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 30 January 2014

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 10 February 2014

 English

 Auckland, New Zealand

21 November 2013  

 English

 Toronto, Canada

 25 November 2013

  English 

 Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico

2 December 2013  

 Spanish

 Phoenix, AZ, United States

2 December 2013  

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 2 December 2013

 English

For more information on these courses, to register for an event, or request an additional event, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization and click on Server Virtualization.

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