Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

The September 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Now Available

The September 2015 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

  • Oracle OpenWorld 2015
  • The latest update to Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Oracle VM Windows Paravirtual (PV) Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft
  • Oracle VM Templates for Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 now available on Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 now available for Oracle VM Server 3.3
  • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.3.3 Released
  • And more...

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy! 


Monday Sep 28, 2015

Manage Infrastructure as a Service with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Learn how to manage infrastructure as a service (IaaS) by taking the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview training. In this 1-day seminar, you will learn to:

  • Review hardware and software as installed and configured in the Private Cloud Appliance
  • Monitor the health of hardware
  • Allocate memory, CPU, and storage resources for effective virtualization support
  • Create, deploy, manage, and delete virtual machines
  • Enable virtual machines to run with high availability, or in isolation
  • Configure the allocation of IaaS resources
  • Provide IaaS with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control

You can take this course as a:

  • Live Virtual Event: Attend a class from your own desk, no travel required. An event is already scheduled for 6 Nov 2015 at Greenwich Mean Time.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to a classroom to attend an event. You could for example attend the event scheduled for Kista, Sweden on the 29 October 2015 to be conducted in English

To have additional events added to the live-virtual or in-class schedule, express your interest by registering a request via the course web page.

Friday Sep 25, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Start Reserving Your Spots in Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Sessions

Happy Friday!

With Oracle OpenWorld 2015 a little over a month away, it's time to start figuring out which sessions you're going to attend! You can start putting your schedule together today with My Schedule (if you're an OpenWorld veteran, this was called "Schedule Builder" in previous years). And of course, we hope you join us in several of our sessions and hands on labs about Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

To make it a little easier to find content that is interesting to you, we have two "Focus On" documents that you can have a look at and bookmark. The Focus On docs format really nicely on mobile devices, and are updated in real-time in case rooms change or anything else unforeseen happens, so they are a great resource to have bookmarked on your phone.

Since Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux spans both Oracle Linux and Oracle virtualization, you'll find those sessions in both.

We'll go into more detail in the coming weeks, but I'd like to highlight a couple of sessions to start with. Even if you can't join us in any other sessions, I highly recommend signing up for the General Sessions from Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts. These are always our most popular sessions, and it's a fantastic opportunity to get the very latest information on industry trends and the direction of Oracle's Linux and virtualization teams.

General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479]
Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486]
Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

We hope to see you out in San Francisco this year!


Friday Sep 18, 2015

Friday Spotlight Bonus: VirtualBox 5.0 Enhancements and New Features

This Friday Spotlight announces a new series of deep-dive sessions dedicated to the new VirtualBox 5.0 release and its enhancements and new features.

Oracle VM Portfolio, between others, include Oracle VM VirtualBox, the world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with thousands of downloads each day. On July 9th, Oracle released the new Major VirtualBox Release 5.0 ( today 5.0.4 is already available ) with an huge amount of new enhancements and features.

First blog-post of this new appointment-in-chapter will introduce you on a brief list of new main enhancements available with VirtualBox 5.0 and, at the same time, will discuss the new feature "Disk Image Encryption".

Over there you will find why "Disk Image Encryption" is a must-to-have on a desktop virtualization solution like VirtualBox and you will see, in depth, how it works, how to manage it and important things to know while using this awesome feature.

Stay Tuned!

Friday Spotlight: Why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database

Happy Friday!

This week I wanted to bring your attention to a white paper you might have missed. You'll hear us talk about application-driven virtualization a lot, but how does that actually work with a large application? Say, the Oracle Database? The white paper below goes in-depth on that question and describes the cross-stack integration that makes Oracle VM the best platform for Oracle Database. Give it a read and have a great weekend!

Why Oracle VM is the Best Platform for Deploying Oracle Database


Friday Sep 11, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Ensure Uninterrupted Cloud Services With Oracle VM

Oracle VM offers a dynamic architecture which allows you effectively deploy server virtualization to consolidate application workloads and ensure uninterrupted cloud services. Using extensive hands-on practices, the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation training course prepares you to respond quickly to changing business conditions using Oracle VM.

You can take this advanced 3-day instructor-led class through the following delivery formats:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from events on the schedule to suit different time zones including start dates of November 4, 10, and 23 2015, as well as January 20, and February 17 2016.
  • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to attend this class. In-Class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
London, England 7 December 2015 English
Reading, England 28 September 2015 English
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 23 September 2015 English
Singapore 21 September 2015 English
Johannesburg, South Africa 28 September 2015 English

Those starting out on Oracle VM Server for x86 should consider taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course.

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

Tuesday Sep 08, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.4 now available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 4..

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

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Sep 04, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server Performance and Tuning Blog

This Friday spotlight announces a new series of blog articles on Oracle VM performance, starting with Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 1.

Oracle VM is designed to provide excellent performance "out of the box" through its architecture and default configuration. Still, there are opportunities to enhance performance for demanding environments by selecting the right implementation choices and using best practices.

The articles will discuss how to measure and evaluate performance, provide tips for performance on Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and relate experiences and lessons learned.

The first article provides a broad overview of performance in the virtual machine world, with specific examples relating to Oracle VM. Further articles will drill into how to provide optimal performance. Stay tuned!

Friday Aug 28, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Announcing Weblogic 12.1.3 templates for Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Oracle has made available the latest in our series of VM templates for Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris. The newest templates let you get an installed and configured Weblogic 12.1.3 instance up and running quickly and with minimal effort. You can download instances for Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones here.

These templates contain pre-installed Weblogic on Oracle Solaris 11.2, and are available in Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) .ova format for use with Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and in Unified Archive format for creating zones.

VM Templates bring a preconfigured, pre-installed, readly to go, deploy in minutes environment to use as is or as a base you can adapt for your production environments. This Weblogic template is the latest addition to the family, and enhances the ability to quickly and repeatably deploy applications on virtualized Oracle systems.

Friday Aug 21, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Resource to Plan Business Continuity with Oracle VM

Many customers rely on Oracle VM to virtualize enterprise applications and realize greater flexibility and lower infrastructure costs. It's important to have a robust business continuity and disaster recovery strategy in place for your enterprise infrastructure. There are multiple areas that must be taken into consideration when planning an overall business continuity solution for your enterprise.

Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, has prepared a comprehensive set of documents to serve as the one-stop guide to help you plan business continuity with Oracle VM. For more details, read the note at My Oracle Support (Doc ID 1959182.1).

Friday Aug 14, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft

Microsoft Windows OS and the application are important part of the growing ecosystem for Oracle VM virtualization solution.

Oracle has developed the Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows that provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running on Oracle VM. The latest Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 is a maintenance update that includes all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release. The patch update can be downloaded from My Oracle Support by patch ID 16863114.

The Oracle VM Windows PV drivers release 3.2.3 has been signed by Microsoft for the Windows Logo Program for Windows Server 2012 R2 x64. Support for additional Windows operating systems is listed in the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers Release 3.2.3 Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows.

  • Download Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3, search patch ID 16863114
  • You may also download the software from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  After accepting the license, you filter products with "Linux/OVM/VMs". Select "Oracle VM Server" product and "x86 64-bit" platform. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Now you continue to the available release page where you download the latest Oracle VM 3.3.3 and Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Thursday Aug 13, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.2 Available

    Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.2, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 5.0 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 VM VirtualBox Team

    Friday Aug 07, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 for Oracle VM 3.3

    Oracle recently announced the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 (UEKR3U6) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the sixth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-98) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

    The latest kernel update not only benefits regular Oracle Linux customers, but also brings performance and stability improvements for Oracle VM customers.

    Oracle VM Server 3.3 Dom0 leverages the same Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 as used in Oracle Linux 6, for complete binary compatibility with drivers supported in Oracle Linux 6. 

    You can download the latest UEK kernel from Oracle Public Yum and Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ovm3x_x86_64_latest channel) for Oracle VM Server 3.3. For information on setting up an Oracle VM Server Yum repository and using Oracle VM Manager to perform the upgrade of Oracle VM Servers, see Oracle VM Documentation for further instructions. 

    Thursday Aug 06, 2015

    Oracle is Hiring an OpenStack Curriculum Developer

    With Oracle OpenStack, you can simplify your enterprise cloud operations through a centralized web-based portal, and accelerate application deployment with self-service virtual machine creation.

    Oracle is looking for a motivated individual to design and develop technical customer training on OpenStack. 

    Successful candidates will:

    • Have knowledge of technologies including Linux, networking, virtualization and storage
    • Have the technical competence to create, administer and support complex training environments and passion to learn new technologies
    • Be skilled at applying instructional design principles to training content and be able to write clear and concise directions in fluent professional-level English

    If you have the relevant experience, apply for this position on Oracle's career site, searching for requisition number 1500132H or 15001353.

    For more information on Oracle's OpenStack, go to http://oracle.com/openstack.

    Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

    Wim Coekaerts is Keynote speaker at LinuxCon North America

    Oracle is one of the biggest contributors to Linux but it’s also at the forefront of exploring what is possible with cloud computing and containers, including integrations with Docker and contributions to the Open Container Initiative. 

    This year Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon North America and Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will be keynote speaker. He will be talking at the event specifically about how the cloud revolution is changing the role of the operating system, a very relevant topic for attendees. Amanda McPherson of Linux Foundation, spoke to Wim at Oracle’s campus in Redwood Shores a few weeks ago, and in this short video preview, Wim tells if the operating system still matters in a world of virtualization and containers and how that impacts application development. 

    Read more.


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