Monday Oct 20, 2014

Oracle Technology Helps Securitas Direct Improve Service Quality and Diversify Offerings by Increasing Speed and Capacity at its Processing Center

Securitas Direct, a leading supplier of safety and security solutions in Spain, Europe, and Latin America, has chosen Oracle hardware and software as the backbone for its main connections and processing signals center. With the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) solution, Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Securitas Direct will be able to strengthen the quality of service, speed time to market for new products and services, and deliver an improved experience for its business and residential customers. Read more on how the Oracle solutions will allow Securitas Direct to manage as many as 100 million signals per day from different security devices.

Read the Press Release

View the Customer Story

Friday Oct 17, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices White Paper

A new white paper has been published: Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices.This paper shows how to configure to meet demanding performance and availability requirements. Topics include:

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC definitions, concepts and deployment options.
  • Software, hardware, and firmware requirements.
  • Best Practices for optimal performance.
  • Best Practices for resiliency and availability.

The paper includes specific recommendations, describes the reasons behind them, and illustrates them with examples taken from actual systems.

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

Announcing Virtual Compute Appliance Software Release 2.0.1

We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.0.1 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) 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 VCA software release 2.0.1 delivers the following enhancements:

  • External Storage Support: Oracle VCA storage can be extended by connecting and configuring external storage hardware. This allows customers to provision virtual machines with virtual disks beyond the capacity of the internal storage, and to provide ample disk space for large repositories and for backup and recovery purposes. The storage hardware is connected to the Fabric Interconnects using either InfiniBand or Fibre Channel technology.
  • Integrated Command Line Interface: VCA command line utilities are now consolidated into a single command line interface (CLI), which is accessible from the Oracle Linux shell on the management node.
  • Management VLAN Support: The VCA management network now supports the use of VLANs.
  • Synchronization Service: A synchronization service has been implemented to allow configurable parameters to be set and maintained across heterogeneous sets of components within an Oracle VCA environment. Throughout the life cycle of the appliance, software updates, capacity extensions and configuration changes will occur at different points in time. The synchronization service is an extensible foundation for any mechanism implemented to eliminate configuration mismatches.
  • Provisioning Lock: The Oracle VCA Dashboard allows administrators to temporarily disable compute node provisioning with the click of a button. When provisioning is suspended, maintenance tasks or management node upgrades can be carried out safely.

Please refer to the product page for a complete list features and benefits. For additional resources about VCA:

  • Download Virtual Compute Appliance Software Release 2.0.1 from My Oracle Support, search patch ID 19555021.
  • Read the documentation for details about the new features and requirements of installation and upgrade.
  • Review data sheet (PDF).
  • Watch Larry Ellison's keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 when he talked about Oracle Cloud, VCA and Oracle Engineered Systems.


For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.18 Released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.18 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

Oracle Virtualization at VMworld Barcelona

Here is a pic from our booth at VMworld Barcelona. Join Oracle at booth #301 to talk to product experts and learn about the latest on Oracle VM, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM VirtualBox, and Oracle Secure Global Desktop!

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld Slide Decks

Happy Friday!

Every year after Oracle OpenWorld, many of the slide decks become available for you to download. If you were at these sessions, it's great to have these PDFs for reference, and if you weren't able to go, or had sessions overlapping, you can read the slides and get a sense of the key points.

You can find the slides from the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Content Catalog. You can search for sessions that you'd like to download. Some good keywords are "Oracle Linux", "Oracle VM", "OpenStack", etc.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Monday Oct 06, 2014

Secure Oracle VM Deployments

One of the principles of good security practice is to keep all software versions and patches up-to-date. To keep you and your customers informed about any errata update, please subscribe to oraclevm-errata@oss.oracle.com: you can sign up here to receive notification on software update delivered to ULN for Oracle VM, or you can browse the email archive.

We've released fixes to address the recent security vulnerabilities. Please review the instructions to apply those fixes.

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Software - My Oracle Support (MOS) note 1930502.1
Oracle VM 2.2, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3  -  MOS note 1929782.1
  • Xen Security Advisory CVE-2014-7188 / XSA-108
CVE-2014-7188 / XSA-108 Patch Availability Document for Oracle VM - MOS Note 1931331.1
CVE-2014-7188 / XSA-108 Patch Availability Document for Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance - MOS Note 1931380.1
The Oracle VM security architecture, by design, eliminates many security threats. The guidelines for secure deployment of virtualized solutions based on Oracle VM are largely based on network security. As these guidelines are generally applicable, they should always be reviewed for applicability in the context of each implementation and the security requirements and policies of the broader environment in which Oracle VM is deployed. Please review Oracle VM Security Guide to apply to your environment.
  • Oracle VM Security Guide for Release 3.3 HTML
  • Oracle VM Security Guide for Release 3.2 HTML

Friday Oct 03, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2014

At Oracle OpenWorld 2014, Renée J. James, President of Intel Corporation, shared her keynote on, "The Future of the Data Center in a Software-Defined World". She talked about Intel's Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) for Oracle VM.

During the keynote, Steve Grobman, Intel Fellow and CTO of Intel Security Platforms showed the NGFW demo with Oracle VM Manager:

Steve articulated the key values of the joint solution from Intel and Oracle:

  • Scalable and fast deployment of the virtual firewall instances powered by Oracle VM Templates
  • Fast and secure VM migration orchestrated by Oracle VM Manager
  • And better datacenter protection.

You can watch the keynote replay here.

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

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

CERN talks OpenStack Deployment at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Join CERN IT architect and engineer as they share their adoption and deployment of OpenStack with Oracle VM in this must see session at Oracle OpenWorld today at 12:45PM, Intercontinental, Union Square.

CON6746 – Integrating Oracle VM on an enterprise-grade OpenStack cloud: CERN case study

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Hello Oracle OpenWorld – Day 1

Posted on behalf of Oracle's Doan Nguyen.

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Day 1 of Oracle OpenWorld was eventful!!

Many thanks to our guests and partners for a great Day 1. The Virtualization Generalization session was standing room only. The Oracle VM Hands on Lab and the OpenStack lab were both at capacity.

Upcoming OpenStack session and Hands-on Labs must attend for Wednesday, October 1st:

CON8472 – What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive

CON8356 – Oracle's Next Generation Software Defined Networking (SDN) Platform for Public and Private Clouds  

CON8355 – Using Oracle VM VirtualBox as your development platform

CON8473 – Oracle Distribution of OpenStack –Making OpenStack an Enterprise Grade Solution

HOL9121 – Create Your Own Oracle VM Template to Simplify Your Own Application Deployment 

HOL9122: Build a Private DBaaS Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Saturday Sep 27, 2014

Top 5 Things to Do @OOW14: Oracle Linux, Oracle Virtualization and OpenStack

Only one day left to Oracle OpenWorld 2014! 

We have prepared amazing line up of sessions and demos for you. Our showcase is the biggest one featuring OpenStack this year. Don't miss any of them. Check out the top 5 things to do:

1) Visit Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack @Moscone South, Booth #611

Stop by our Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization demo pods 

  • SLX-001 3762 - Oracle Linux Technical Innovations
  • SLX- 002 3715 - Oracle Linux: Innovate, Collaborate, Create
  • SLX-003 3767 – OpenStack - Enterprise-grade Cloud with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  • SLX-004 3760 – Oracle VM - Integrated Infrastructure choice for the Cloud
  • SLX-005 4664 - Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • SLX-006 3765 - Oracle Desktop Virtualization  

Check out our partners that showcase their respective solutions around Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack. 

  • A10 Networks 
  • amitego AG 
  • Dell
  • eG Innovations 
  • Fortinet
  • Fujitsu
  • Intel
  • Lenovo 
  • Mirantis 
  • Nuage Networks
  • SanDisk
  • Secure-24
  • SEP Software Corp.
  • SolidFire
  • Tegile

2) Don't miss the General Sessions for insight into product roadmaps and future developments

GEN8471– Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap

Monday, Sep 29, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B

Virtualization is interesting but do you know how virtualization is deployed, developed and driven revenue for Oracle? Get the insight on how Oracle has ruggedized virtualization for the enterprise and how you can benefit from the experience. While at it, hear Wim talk about the strategy and roadmap

General Session: Oracle Linux—State of the Penguin [GEN7801]

Monday September 29, 2014 - 4:00 PM-4:45 PM

Get the latest information on Oracle Linux straight from the source! 

3) Attend an Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Technical sessions, mark the sites below to get more information on our sessions:

Focus on Virtualization and OpenStack

Focus on Oracle Linux 

4) Attend the Hand-on-Labs 

Next-Generation Cloud Computing with Linux Containers

Oracle Linux Systems Management Solutions

OpenStack: Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Building a Complete HA Oracle VM Infrastructure from Server to App

5) Network  and Have fun!!

Stay up past your bedtime rocking to Aerosmith and hip-hopping to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Oracle Appreciation Event. These award-winners—plus free-flowing networking, food, and drink—come Wednesday to magical Treasure Island.

See you at sunny San Francisco!

Friday Sep 26, 2014

Oracle VM 3.3 - Integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Many customers have transformed how IT delivers information and business services using Oracle VM in a Private Cloud. 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.

With the latest virtualization plug-in update (12.1.0.7), Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c works seamlessly with Oracle VM Manager 3.3. You can now download the plug-in from OTN page (drill down "Option 1"):

Download12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt
(38,843,237 bytes, cksum 3401906902)
Plug-in to enable Oracle VM virtualization management capabilities in Oracle Enterprise Manager. 25-Sep-14

Or you may use Self Update option from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to bring the plug-in up to date.


For more information, please review

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Virtualization Plugin for Cloud Control (Doc ID 1371536.1)
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Administration Guide: Set Up Cloud for IaaS

Thursday Sep 25, 2014

SanDisk To Present Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Fusion-io, now a SanDisk company, introduces support for Oracle VM

Fusion ioMemory has long history helping customers accelerate Oracle Linux environments. With its latest release of Virtual Storage Layer for Fusion ioMemory products, SanDisk now offers full support for Oracle VM expanding the ways that customers can take advantage of the combination of Oracle virtualization and Fusion ioMemory flash.  

The new Fusion ioMemory Atomic Series provides premium performance for server-side PCIe application acceleration. The Atomic Series delivers the industry’s highest capacity flash in a PCIe form factor with up to 6.4TB per card.  Improved error checking and correction technologies further add value for the most demanding enterprise customers. 

Server-side Fusion ioMemory accelerates database applications placing data closer to the CPU and system memory resources for outstanding performance results. .  This also allows customers to cache data on the server to accelerate application performance and dramatically reduces the load on Storage Area Networks (SANs).  This also eliminates the I/O bottlenecks associated with highly virtualized servers while scaling up VM performance and density to increase the number of VMs that can efficiently run on a server. 

Be sure to stop by the SanDisk kiosk (SLX-020) at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase and visit SanDisk booth #1429 at Oracle OpenWorld to learn more about how Fusion ioMemory and the full range of SanDisk Enterprise offering for Oracle applications.  SanDisk will also be hosting two Speaking Sessions:

  •  “Accelerate Revenue and Reduce TCO with SanDisk Shared Flash”, presented by Jody Kirk, Director Product Management.  Monday 9/29 at 2:30pm - 2:50pm, at Moscone South at the Scene and Be Heard Theatre (#313)
  •  “Eliminating Transaction Latency in MySQL”, Conference Session, presented by Nisha Talagala, Fellow.  Tuesday, 9/30 at 10:45am – 11:30am, at Moscone South #262.

Fortinet To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Fortinet’s FortiGate is certified for Oracle VM 

As technology evolves, the complexity of securing our dynamic IT environment has changed, where the threats are no longer just access-based but now content-based. As such, there’s a requirement for intelligent software controlled security coupled with identity-based policy enforcement of all content. That’s where Fortinet comes in, with its network security appliances – appliances that provide an extensive array of functionality an organization needs to detect threat prevention within legitimate content, even from trusted sources and authorized applications. 

Fortigate has been certified to work with Oracle VM.  Drop by Fortigate’s kiosk at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase, with Oracle OpenStack at Oracle OpenWorld to learn more about Security solutions for your network.

Want to know how to implement security in an increasingly dynamic world? Be sure to join Fortinet’s leading technical security expert, Ken McAlpine, VP of Network Security Solutions at the Scene and Be Heard Theater (#313) for a 20 minute session.   

Scene & Be Heard Theatre sessionMonday, Sep 29, 3:00 - 3:20 p.m at Moscone South, booth #313
Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Fortinet Kiosk is located at SLX-015, the exhibition hall is open from September 29th to October 1st

Secure-24 Showcases how customers can reduce OPEX and CAPEX at Oracle OpenWorld

Secure-24 showcases how customers can reduce OPEX and CAPEX and take away IT headaches at Oracle OpenWorld. 

 Secure-24 is an Oracle Gold Partner, providing hosting services for Oracle Enterprise    Performance Management (EPM) solutions such as Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD  Edwards, and Hyperion on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM in their datacenters.

As your organization grows, so does your enterprise systems requirements – growing in complexity, in manageability and cost. In order to reduce cost, whilst increasing reliability, many Oracle customers are choosing to move their infrastructure to Oracle Linux. If you are in such a situation, please come listen to Secure-24’s VP of Product Management, Nick Llitch at the Scene and Be Heard Theatre (#313), where he will share insights as to the Reasons, Risks and Rewards of moving to Oracle Linux, through “A CIO’s Guide to Migrating from UNIX to Oracle Linux”. 

Secure-24 will also be exhibiting at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase, with Oracle OpenStack, at OpenWorld, please drop by to discuss your hosting needs.  

In addition, Secure-24’s Sean Donaldson, Chief Technology Officer, will be sharing some insights and Best Practices for Virtual Compute Appliance, alongside other technologists, on Wednesday 10/1 at the Intercontinental – Grand Ballroom B.

Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: A CIO’s Guide to Migrating from UNIX to Oracle Linux: Reasons, Risks, RewardsMonday, Sep 29, 12:00 - 12:20 PM at Moscone South, booth #313, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611, Secure-24 Kiosk is located at SLX-012, the exhibition hall is open from September 29th to October 1st


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