Friday Mar 13, 2015
Friday Mar 06, 2015
By Honglin Su-Oracle on Mar 06, 2015
On March 19, 2015, join us for this partner event - Oracle VM Partner Jumpstart Webcast (1hr partnering business discussion
followed by a 3hr technical section containing Oracle VM architecture overview, demo, and
best practices discussion). You can register here.
For Oracle partners such as system integrators and solution providers, Oracle VM offers tremendous value to enable your virtualization or cloud infrastructure service offerings that makes the software or systems easier to deploy, easier to manage and easier to support. Going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management. With Oracle VM, ISVs can quickly deploy and redistribute applications in standardized Templates or Virtual Appliances. For System Integrators, Oracle VM is tightly integrated at all layers of the Oracle stack from Servers to Networking including Oracle Engineered systems such as Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance, providing pre-configured and pre-tested systems to accelerate infrastructure deployments.
For additional resources, visit:
Wednesday Mar 04, 2015
By Jsavit-Oracle on Mar 04, 2015
Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.24, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.
The Oracle VirtualBox Team
Tuesday Mar 03, 2015
By Honglin Su-Oracle on Mar 03, 2015
Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance team released the new 2.0.0 version of the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in, which includes the following new features since the previous 1.0.3 release.
- iSCSI Multipathing – Presents multiple paths between a server and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.
- Multiple initiator group management – Supports LUNs presenting to multiple initiator groups, and support initiator belonging to multiple initiator groups.
- LUNs logging into specific target groups
- Filtering LUNs based on user credentials
- RESTful API
The Oracle VM Storage Connect framework provides a storage discovery and provisioning API that enables the provisioning and management of storage platforms directly from within Oracle VM Manager. The abstraction provided by the Storage Connect framework allows administrators to perform provisioning operations without the need to know the specific behavior of any storage platforms that are being used within the Oracle VM infrastructure. The Storage Connect API allows third party storage vendors to develop their own Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins that enable their storage appliances to interface with the Storage Connect framework.
The new plug-in works with Oracle VM 3.2.x and 3.3.x. To download the software and read the
For additional details, visit
Friday Feb 27, 2015
By Antoinette O'Sullivan-Oracle on Feb 27, 2015
Oracle VM is a proven solution for enterprise tier-1 applications. To learn more about using Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC take the relevant training course.
You can attend a live instructor led event from your own desk via a live-virtual event so avoiding travel expenses. You can choose from a wide variety of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
Alternatively, you can travel to an education center to attend a class. Below is a selection of the events on the schedule for Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC training.
|Location||Date|| Delivery Language
|Melbourne, Australia||30 March 2015||English|
||29 April 2015
||19 May 2015||English
||4 March 2015
||19 May 2015
||16 March 2015|| English
||25 May 2015||Croatian
|Prague, Czech Republic
|| 16 March 2015
||24 May 2015
||14 September 2015
||10 August 2015
||13 April 2015
||22 June 2015
||11 May 2015
||25 May 2015||Greek
|Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
||8 April 2015
||6 April 2015
|Mexico City, Mexico||15 April 2015||Spanish|
|Warsaw, Poland||18 March 2015||Polish|
|Riyadh, Saudia Arabia||19 April 2015||English|
|Ljubljana, Slovenia||2 March 2015||Slovenian|
|Istanbul, Turkey||20 May 2015||Turkish|
|Dubai, United Arab Emirates||19 April 2015||English|
|Phoenix, AZ, United States||29 June 2015||English|
|Sacramento, CA, United States||29 June 2015||English|
|San Francisco, CA, United States||29 June 2015||English|
|San Jose, CA, United States||29 June 2015||English|
|Edison, NJ, United States||19 May 2015||English|
| King of Prussia, NJ, United States
||19 May 2015||English|
|Location||Date|| Delivery Language
| Melbourne, Australia
||4 May 2015||English|
| Sydney, Australia
||13 April 2015||English|
| Shanghai, China
||16 March 2015||Simplified Chinese|
| Prague, Czech Republic
||12 March 2015||Czech|
| Frankfurt, Germany
||16 March 2015||German|
| Hamburg, Germany
||16 April 2015||German|
| Munich, Germany
||1 June 2015||German|
| Dehli, India
||2 March 2015||English|
| Tokyo, Japan
||28 May 2015||Japanese|
| Mexico City, Mexico
||13 April 2015||Spanish|
| Riyadh, South Africa
||26 April 2015||English|
| Madrid, Spain
||7 April 2015||Spanish|
| Taipei, Taiwan
||1 April 2015||Traditional Chinese|
| Dubai, United Arab Emirates
||12 April 2015||English|
| Atlanta, GA, United States
||29 October 2015||English|
| Columbus, OH, United States
||23 April 2015||English|
To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.
Friday Feb 20, 2015
By johnpriest-Oracle on Feb 20, 2015
Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM Server for x86. These Windows PV drivers are high-performance network and disk drivers that significantly reduce the overhead of the traditional implementation of I/O device emulation.
The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers have been updated to Release 3.2.3 to include all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release. To download the new Windows PV drivers, search patch ID 16863114 on My Oracle Support.
For details on how to install the software drivers as well as the known limitations and workarounds, please see the Oracle VM Documentation.
Note: An update will be posted to this Blog site when the Oracle VM PV Drivers 3.2.3 for Microsoft Windows have been signed by Microsoft.
Friday Feb 13, 2015
By Jsavit-Oracle on Feb 13, 2015
Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.22, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.
For highlight information on Oracle VM VirtualBox, please see this Spotlight article.
Tuesday Feb 10, 2015
By johnpriest-Oracle on Feb 10, 2015
- Oracle VM 3.3.2 updates are
available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle
VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network
(Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel - since 3.3 release - ovm3x_x86_64_latest).
The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have
been integrated since the 3.3.1 release. See the download instructions:
- Oracle VM Server for x86 3.3.2 server ISO, search patch ID 20492240; and also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com
- Oracle VM Manager 3.3.2 upgrade, search patch ID 20492250
- Oracle VM Agent 3.3.2 for SPARC, search patch ID 20492222
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 Feb 06, 2015
By Jsavit-Oracle on Feb 06, 2015
Today's spotlight is on Oracle VM VirtualBox, world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software that enables you to run multiple operating systems on your Mac, PC, Linux, or Oracle Solaris machine. Millions of users are using VirtualBox to test, develop, and demonstrate a variety of software on any of their favorite operating systems on one machine.
VirtualBox shines for desktop virtualization, with features that enhance the end-user experience:
- Audio support with Intel High Definition Audio.
- Multi-monitor display.
- Graphics acceleration with OpenGL for Linux, Solaris, Windows; Direct3D for Windows.
- Built-in RDP server for remote graphical console display.
- Record and play back VM console sessions.
- Ease of use: VirtualBox has a simple, but powerful GUI that lets users define, start, stop, suspend, resume, snapshot, edit, clone, import and export virtual machines. A full CLI and API set permits automation, too.
- Shared folders - permits sharing directories/folders between a host system and its guests.
- USB devices passthrough.
It has features that take advantage of new hardware and can be used to demonstrate very demanding applications as well:
- Highly scalable guest machines, with up to 32 virtual CPUs and 1TB
- Virtualization with or without VT/x or AMD-V; PAE; EPT/nested page tables; VPID support.
- Permits over 100 virtual disk devices over multiple storage protocols (SAS, SATA, IDE) and contains a built-in iSCSI initiator.
- Up to 8 virtual network devices per guest.
- Page Fusion, allowing real memory sharing with hints for Windows guests.
- Teleportation - live migration of a VM between servers.
Both use categories can benefit from flexible VirtualBox network options: VMs can use bridged networking which makes them full network citizens, VM-only and host-only private networks, or Network Address Translation (NAT) with or without port forwarding. They can be used in a variety of scenarios ranging from simply putting VMs on the network, to creating private virtual network infrastructures that are insulated from the physical network - or can even operate without a physical network.
Some features are particularly attractive to developers: virtual machines can be snapshotted, cloned and exported as appliances using open virtual machine description data formats. A popular use case is to distribute demonstration and test environments using VirtualBox appliances, such as the Oracle VM Hands On Lab and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. Virtual appliances can be imported transparently into VirtualBox, and even imported into Oracle VM Server for production. Oracle itself, and many other institutions, widely use VirtualBox for this purpose.
You can track new releases of VirtualBox on the News and Changelog pages at VirtualBox.org. New versions can be found for personal use at the Downloads page and at the Oracle VM VirtualBox page, and available with commercial support. An active community and forum can be seen at community page.
In summary, Oracle VM VirtualBox is a powerful, widely-used virtualization platform. Simply visit VirtualBox.org to download the software and enjoy using it. Watch this space for announcements about new releases.
Thursday Feb 05, 2015
By Zeynep Koch-Oracle on Feb 05, 2015
ATTENTION : This event is now cancelled, it will be rescheduled at a later date. We will keep you posted in this blog.
If you are in New York area don't miss this great workshop!
This workshop provides you the opportunity to learn why Cisco UCS was designed from the ground up to drive virtualized workloads, and why Oracle VM offers unique advantages for Oracle workloads.
Cisco UCS server provides the highly reliable and flexible infrastructure with Oracle VM application-driven server virtualization to rapidly deploy business critical application workloads, to ensure a highly available environment. The two product combined ensure that the customer achieve needed availability, minimize risks and peace of mind on a fully certified computing stack by both vendors.
You will hear from Cisco and Oracle experts who will present the solution capabilities with demos and case studies.
When: February 25, 2015 (CANCELLED)
Time: 10-1pm (Lunch included)
Where: Cisco Systems, One Penn Plaza, 9th Floor Yankee Stadium CR, New York, NY 10119
Don't forget to register by February 17, 2015
Wednesday Feb 04, 2015
By Honglin Su-Oracle on Feb 04, 2015
Oracle VM application driven architecture is designed to enable rapid
application deployment. With the use of Oracle VM Templates,
sophisticated applications such as Oracle Database or Oracle Real
Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) can be deployed in minutes—10x faster
than with other solutions. Today, we are pleased to announce the latest Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database.
NEW in 2015 Templates:
- Yum@Deploy support(11gR2 & 12c) - Allows running yum install/update during first boot/deployment and subsequent re-builds.
- Multi-Diskgroup support for Oracle ASM
- Support for multiplexed Controlfile & REDO logfiles
- Default kernel boot is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (3.8.13-55), seamless transition to HVM mode
- Oracle Linux 7, BTRFS & KSplice Ready!
The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of any number of nodes.
To learn more about use cases for Oracle VM Templates and get in-depth knowledge to easily deploy Oracle Database 12c and Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates, please watch the webcast on-demand:
- Oracle VM Templates Best Practices for Rapid Oracle Database Deployment, register here.
Friday Jan 30, 2015
By Honglin Su-Oracle on Jan 30, 2015
Much like Oracle’s customer base (some 400,000 companies in 145 countries), Oracle deploys Oracle database, middleware, and application products to support its day-to-day business operations. By virtualizing enterprise applications using Oracle VM, Oracle’s IT organizations realize greater flexibility and lower infrastructure costs. Instead of implementing physical machines for each required operating system version and application release, virtualization using Oracle VM consolidates servers and provides efficiencies that help to decrease capital (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX). At the same time Oracle VM helps IT deploy services more rapidly, allowing administrators to provision new applications quickly to meet emerging requirements and shifts in application demand.
To learn how Oracle product development uses more than 310,000
virtual machines and how Oracle Managed Cloud Services uses Oracle VM to support some
5.5 million end users, you can achieve the same advantages —
reliability, scalability, performance, and easy deployment and
manageability that are enjoyed today by Oracle‘s internal IT
organizations. Read the white paper in details:
For more news and events, check out the latest Oracle Virtualization Newletter: http://www.oracle.com/us/dm/oraclevirtualization-100387361-ev-2411267.html
Friday Jan 23, 2015
By Jsavit-Oracle on Jan 23, 2015
Today's spotlight is a year in review of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance and a look to the future.
Virtual Compute Appliance is a converged infrastructure solution that combines preconfigured networking, servers, and storage into a convenient package that system administrators can easily deploy into an existing data center. Combined with the virtualization power of Oracle VM, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides the perfect general-purpose solution for a wide range of applications and operating systems. Customers around the world are using Virtual Compute Appliance systems for their virtualized environment of mixed workloads or private cloud.
The most visible benefit of the Virtual Compute Appliance is rapid deployment. The Virtual Compute Appliance automatically configures compute, storage, and network resources when it is powered up, and users can start running virtual machines in a matter of hours. "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 Spain. View the complete story.
The Virtual Compute Appliance can be used with Oracle VM Templates, which provide pre-built virtual machines containing OS images and pre-installed application and database software. Together, they provide ready-to-run physical and virtual infrastructure, so customers can start running workloads in hours, not days or weeks. Secure-24, a managed services provider based in Michigan, United States, was able to deploy Oracle Database 12c within 10 minutes by using template. Watch the video here.
The Virtual Compute Appliance leverages wire-once Software Defined Networking (SDN) using Oracle Virtual Networking over an InfiniBand backplane and the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance for robust, high performance networking and storage.
Since its release in 2013, the Virtual Compute Appliance has been updated with several product enhancements. Among the most notable are:
- Addition of X4-2 servers, providing investment protection for customers by supporting a mixture of X4-2 servers and X3-2 servers in the same rack.
- Support for external storage using either InfiniBand or Fibre Channel technology. Customers now have more options to expand storage to the Virtual Compute Appliance. Customers can now connect the Virtual Compute Appliance to their Fibre Channel storage (e.g. EMC, HDS, NetApp storage), in addition to their existing NFS or iSCSI storage. They can also expand storage of the Virtual Compute Appliance by connecting to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance externally, using InfiniBand.
- Management VLAN support: The VCA management network now supports the use of VLANs.
- Improved management capabilities, including an Integrated Command Line Interface: Several 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. Customers can use the CLI to script actions that may need to be performed on a regular basis, or to write integration scripts for existing monitoring and maintenance software not directly hosted on the appliance.
- Synchronization Service to eliminate configuration mismatches: Throughout the life cycle of the Virtual Compute Appliance, software updates, capacity extensions and configuration changes will occur at different points in time. To eliminate configuration mismatches, we implemented a synchronization service to allow configurable parameters to be set and maintained across different components within the Virtual Compute Appliance.
With this announcement, Oracle continues to provide further product enhancements to deliver more value for customers purchasing the Virtual Compute Appliance.
Wednesday Jan 21, 2015
By Honglin Su-Oracle on Jan 21, 2015
- Watch the event re-play: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/events/datacenter/index.html
- Read the news: https://www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/data-center-012115.html
With today's announcement, customers are happy to learn that Oracle VM support is now available on Oracle Exadata Database Machine. By using Oracle VM, customers achieve a high level of workload isolation while taking advantage of ultra-fast InfiniBand networking. In addition, virtual machine-based licensing reduces software costs.
For those SPARC based engineered systems such as Oracle SuperCluster and the SPARC version of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, it's Oracle VM Server for SPARC that provides the enhanced virtualization capability to deliver the same greater business value for our customers.
To get started with Oracle VM with Oracle and non-Oracle systems, you can download the software by following the instructions from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html. Contact your Oracle representative or visit www.oracle.com/virtualization to learn more.
Friday Jan 16, 2015
By Honglin Su-Oracle on Jan 16, 2015
In today's spotlight, we are happy to share that Xen 4.5 was released. This is the latest upstream development release that continues bringing increased usability, simplicity and innovation to the leading Xen hypervisor that powers some of the world largest cloud services in the world today.
The 4.5 release has the richest feature set in Xen Project’s history with major contributions coming from AMD, Bitdefender, Citrix, Fujitsu,
GlobalLogic, Intel, Linaro, Oracle, SuSE and Cavium, as well as several
individual and academic institutions. You can read the details here.
To learn how Oracle VM is used in the public cloud services, 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.
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