Thursday Jan 21, 2016

Oracle VM Server for SPARC Released

We just released a maintenance update to Oracle VM Server for SPARC. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.3 beginning with SRU 4.5. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.3 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 2045311.1].

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.14 available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 14.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find two important and very hot items:

  • USB Fixes for MAC OS X - El Capitan
  • Audio regression 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 Jan 15, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Using Oracle Clusterware to Protect Oracle VM Manager

Oracle VMOracle VM Manager provides an easy-to-use and centralized management environment for configuring and operating your Oracle VM server, network, and storage infrastructure from a browser-based interface, and it is accessible from just about anywhere. Oracle VM Manager 3 is an Oracle Fusion Middleware application, based on the Oracle Weblogic application server. Oracle VM Manager uses the bundled MySQL Database Enterprise Edition as the management repository beginning with Oracle VM Manager 3.2 release. The Oracle VM Manager 3 runs on 64-bit Oracle Linux.

To make the Oracle VM management components highly available, the built-in management database repository and the Oracle Weblogic Server that come with Oracle VM Manager must be protected in case of a server or application failure. To understand the steps to set up a clustered environment by using Oracle Clusterware to provide fail-over capabilities for Oracle VM Manager 3.3, read the white paper authored by Simon Coter

Friday Jan 08, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM

Happy New Year! With more partners who endorse Oracle VM, customers benefit from the growing ecosystem to choose a variety of partner solutions to enable their cloud infrastructure.

I'm pleased to share that Acronis announces Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM - to protect your entire Oracle VM environment with efficient backups, flexible storage, and ultra-fast data recovery — all managed from one easy-to-use dashboard. The solution is delivered beginning with Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM Version 11.5.  In addition, Acronis has launched its all-new Sleepless Gold Backup Solution powered by Acronis technology with backup capabilities for Oracle VM customers.  

Visit the partner page for more information.

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

Virtualization Training in Oracle Systems Learning Subscription

The Oracle Systems Learning Subscription is now available. In this portfolio of digital training, you learn to administer virtualization technologies such as Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle VirtualBox and Engineered Systems such as Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. This Learning Subscription also brings you learning opportunities on Oracle's operating systems, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris, as well as on Servers and Storage solutions. Preview the training available in this subscription.

In this learning subscription, Oracle experts provide you with learning tracks as well as easily consumed learning nuggets on product offerings, insights into product releases, best practices and more.

Access information on all Oracle's Learning Subscriptions at

Thursday Dec 24, 2015

Season's Greetings

Our best wishes to everyone for a happy and safe holiday season and New Year! We look forward to sharing more exciting developments in 2016.

Wednesday Dec 23, 2015

Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c and Private Cloud Appliance

Oracle Enterprise Manager offers complete cloud solution including self-service provisioning balanced against centralized, policy-based resource management, integrated chargeback and capacity planning and complete visibility of the physical and virtual environments from applications to disk. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c further improves enterprise grade management, stack management and cloud lifecycle management.

Among the new and exciting features integrated into Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c, the Oracle Virtualization (VT) plug-in has been extended to support monitoring and management of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. Through EM 13c, the various hardware components of the Oracle PCA rack (such as compute nodes, InfiniBand switches, and so forth) can be monitored.To learn more, read the documentation

Friday Dec 18, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.12 now available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 12.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements 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 Spotlight: Oracle VM Hands-On-Labs now available via OTN!

Thanks to the success of the hands-on labs at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 we are now making those hands-on labs available for public download via OTN.

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. Just download the virtual appliances, and import into your Oracle VM VirtualBox environment to play with it.

This year the HOLs presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 had been:

  • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM

In this session, highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle VM as the foundation. See how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

  • Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

  • Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance. And going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. In this hands-on lab, learn how powerful Oracle VM Templates can make rolling out Oracle E-Business Suite quick and easy.

You can find all the information and download the HOLs packages (OVA format) and step-by-step documentation here.

HOLs laptop/desktop hardware requirements are:

· 1 CPU quad-core (dual-core minimum)

· 16 GB of RAM

All the HOLs presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 are marked with “New“.

Have fun and feel free to post your feedback on this blog entry comments.

Friday Dec 11, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server Performance and Tuning Blog

This Friday spotlight announces new blog articles on Oracle VM performance. This series of blogs, started in September, discusses how to evaluate and optimize Oracle VM performance. The articles that have already been published are:

  1. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 1 - introduced the series and gave a perspective on virtual machine performance.
  2. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 2 - discussed performance measurement and evaluation, and reviewed Oracle VM CPU, memory, and I/O architecture for both x86 and SPARC.
  3. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 3 - discussed performance goals, use cases, and policies for virtual machines and cloud environments.
  4. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 4 - provided an in-depth view of CPU and memory optimization for Oracle VM Server for x86, with details on how to optimize NUMA latency, CPU sizing and over-subscription, and hyper-threading.
  5. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 5 - discussed the different Oracle VM Server for x86 domain types and how to choose between them for performance and flexibility, and how to leverage huge pages and Oracle VM's CPU scheduler controls.
  6. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 6 - (new) discusses tuning network and disk I/O performance, which is critical to most workloads.

Upcoming articles will discuss tuning for other aspects of Oracle VM performance, followed by Oracle VM Server for SPARC performance topics.

In summary, while Oracle VM is designed to provide excellent performance "out of the box" performance can be enhanced by selecting the right implementation choices and using best practices.

Thursday Dec 10, 2015

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.1.1 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.1.1 of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance which simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. The latest  release delivers enhanced networking, improved flexibility and better security. 

  • Custom networks at the appliance level are enhanced by adding custom networks at the appliance level, thus enable additional connectivity.
  • Memory configuration is more flexible by supporting the installation of additional physical RAM. New RAM modules will be detected during reboot and the appropriate configuration will be changed automatically.
  • Component firmware upgrades are automatically performed for the ZFS Storage Appliance as part of the Oracle PCA software update. The storage configuration is now updated to active-active for storage head cluster. This makes the storage hardware easier to service and maintain.
  • Authentication management has been improved with a finer-grained and robust password management functionality.
  • The Oracle PCA Command Line Interface (CLI) has been enhanced with the integration of the controller software update and password management functionality.
  • Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server have been upgraded to Release 3.2.10, to include the latest security and errata bug fixes available.

You can review the list of changes and improvements in the release notes of the documentation set. To download the software update, search patch ID 22185511 from My Oracle Support. To attend a training offered by Oracle University, read the news here.

Thank you to the readers of the UK IT news who voted the best products for 2015. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance won the award as the Best virtualisation Product under Cloud Computing category.

Best Virtualisation Product

For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance deployment, visit here.

Monday Dec 07, 2015

Self-Paced Online Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance simplifies the way you install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows and Oracle Solaris applications. You can now take Oracle Private Cloud Appliance training online - getting trained anywhere, when it suits you. With Training-on-Demand, you can start learning straight away and benefit from instructor delivery at your own pace. 

In the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview  you will learn to:

  • Review the 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 Infrastructure as a Service resources.
  • Provide IaaS with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control.

Friday Dec 04, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Patch Set Update (PSU) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2

Happy Friday, everyone!

The end of October during Oracle Open World, saw the release of the latest Patch Set Update (PSU) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2.  Like previous PSUs, it's a cumulative update containing

  • bug fixes

  • security updates and

  • enhancements

Unlike other PSUs, it also contains two features

  • Option of delivering SGD client through Java Web Start and

  • Completely new client for Mac OS X

These two features have been in development for a while and we thought it would be good to get them out to customers now, rather than waiting for the next full release of SGD.

SGD has always had a zero-install client

Point your browser to an SGD server and the client is started automatically; not by magic, but by a Java applet. The Java plug-in technology on which this relies has a long history, but a shorter future as it is not supported by many modern browsers (Chrome, Edge) and will be removed from others (Firefox) in the coming year. Java Web Start, on the other hand, does not use the Java plug-in and is unaffected by these browser changes. By offering Java Web Start as an alternative to the plug-in, SGD continues to provide a zero-install client that is always the latest and most secure available without complicated installation or upgrade procedures.  It also means no browser plug-ins are required.

New client for Mac OS X

The previous Mac client has its roots in X11 and you need XQuartz installed to use it.  The new client has lost that X11 heritage and instead uses standard Cocoa libraries, giving it a modern user interface and a few nice additions. An application menu to access event logs and connection information, integrated full screen mode, and copy & paste support extended to bitmaps. This new client also integrates well with Safari and Gatekeeper, providing a smooth user experience.

Together, these are nice evolution to the SGD client.

Patch Set Update (PSU) is available for download on My Oracle Support (MOS)

  • Patch Set Update for Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2 Patch ID 21620479 – Doc ID 2012596.1

Monday Nov 30, 2015

Oracle at Gartner DC, Infrastructure and Operations Mgt Conference, Dec 7-10

Oracle is a Premier sponsor of the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conferencethis December 7 – 10, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Oracle experts in a variety of sessions, including demonstrations during the showcase receptions where they can discuss topics on Oracle’s Engineered Systems and many more of Oracle’s product offerings.

Oracle’s Solution Provider Session: New Thinking in Critical IT Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Chuck Hollis 

IT services are moving to the cloud, that's a fact, but you will always have critical services that run in your data center. You need a new type of infrastructure that allows you to move seamlessly between traditional IT, private & public cloud. This session will feature executive thought leaders from Oracle and leading customers to share their experience in transforming IT infrastructure.

Oracle will be at the Conference Exhibition Hall C, Booth #411 during the following date & hours:

Monday, December 7th 

6 - 8 PM: Show floor hours

Tuesday, December 8th

12– 2 PM: Show floor hours

6 – 8 PM: Show floor hours

Wednesday, December 9th

12- 2 PM: Show floor hours

Come and talk to our experts and grab a DVD with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM on it.

    Register today. 

    Friday Nov 27, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Pre-requisites for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training

    The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview introduces essential concepts for administrators and talks to the operation of the virtualization environment hosted by the Private Cloud Appliance, helping you manage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

    Before taking this course, people should have familiarity with:

    • Creating and managing virtual machines
    • Configuring networks and storage in the data center and in a virtualized environment
    • Physical and virtual server system administration
    • IaaS and PaaS concepts

    For information about what you will will learn during this seminar, please see the course description. To register for an event or to request that an event is added to the schedule, go to


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