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 V3.co.uk 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 http://education.oracle.com.

    Friday Nov 20, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Virtual I/O with Performance and Flexibility

    Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 adds an important new feature: virtual HBA (vHBA). vHBA adds flexibility, extends virtual device support, and eliminates prior limitations of virtual I/O without sacrificing performance. See this blog entry for a description of this new feature and example of how to use it. For other features introduced by Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3, please see the What's New page.

    Tuesday Nov 17, 2015

    Complete Lifecycle Compute Stack Virtualization

    Using the Oracle VM application-driven architecture is different from using traditional virtualization. Built with the application stack and manageability in mind, Oracle VM offers a complete lifecycle compute stack virtualization. 

    The Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course will help you consolidate the server foot print, while you learn to deploy or consolidate application workloads to a virtualized environment or migrate to a private cloud.

    You can take this course through the following formats:

    • Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to do hands-on exercises when suits your schedule.
    • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including the 2, 7, and 20 of December 2015, the 7, 20 and 26 of January, the 10, 16, and 22 of February, the 2, 18 and 29 of March, the 20 and 26 of April, and the 10 and 25 of May 2016.
    • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

     Location  Date  Delivery Language
    Melbourne, Australia
    30 March 2016 English
    Sydney, Australia
    27 January 2016 English
    Montreal, Canada
    19 January 2016 English
    Ontario, Canada
    19 January 2016 English
    Toronto, Canada
    19 January 2016 English
    Quito, Ecuador
    24 November 2015 Spanish
    Cairo, Egypt
    17 May 2016 English
    London, England
    11 January 2016 English
    Reading, England
    21 March 2016 English
    Lille, France
    3 February 2016 French
    Lyon, France
    15 March 2016 French
    Nantes, France
    11 January 2016 French
    Toulouse, France
    20 March 2016 French
    Frankfurt, Germany
    30 November 2015 German
    Munich, Germany
    29 February 2016 German
    Stuttgart, Germany
    2 May 2016 German
    Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
    2 May 2016 English
    Utrecht, Netherlands
    4 May 2016 English
    Wellington, New Zealand
    3 December 2016 English
    Ljubljana, Slovenia
    25 May 2016 Slovenian
    Kista, Sweden
    18 April 2016 English
    Bangkok, Thailand
    18 January 2016 English
    Phoenix, AZ, United States
    16 February 2016 English
    Sacramento, CA, United States
    16 February 2016 English
    San Francisco, CA, United States
    16 February 2016 English
    San Jose, CA, United States
    16 February 2016 English
    Roseville, MN, United States
    28 December 2015 English
    Edison, NJ, United States
    19 January 2016 English
    Columbus, Ohio, United States 28 December 2015 English
    King of Prussia, PA, United States 19 January 2016 English

    To continue learning about Oracle VM, consider taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation and Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration courses.

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

    Monday Nov 16, 2015

    You are Invited: Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS , NY/NY, Nov 19

    Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS 

    Date: November 19, 2015

    Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Where : Cisco Systems

    One Penn Plaza
    9th Floor, Yankee Stadium CR
    New York, NY 10119

    Learn how Oracle Virtualization on UCS saves money, improves operations.Cisco and Oracle's leading experts will show solution capabilities and demonstrate via demos and customer examples.
    This workshop provides customers 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. Click on the Register button to reserve your seat.

    Space is limited!
    Lunch is included.

    Friday Nov 13, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Three assets to captivate your audience for Private Cloud Appliance

    Ah, it’s Friday morning. You’re looking forward to the weekend playing golf at the spectacular Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. Reading through your emails, you see a message from your boss reminding you of your presentation to the CIO and VP of Infrastructure at 1 pm today. At this important meeting, you need to present your findings from your search for the Cloud-in-a-box at Oracle OpenWorld to help the CIO and VP narrow their choices for a private cloud solution.

    With the help of the Hero 6 team, you got the answers to all your questions. This presentation will be a breeze with the assets you found. First, you’ll use the Infographic to explain why your executives should consider Oracle Private Cloud Appliance for their private cloud solution:

    • Your customers are asking your company to deliver an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
    • Your organization needs a private cloud platform for Windows applications and Linux applications.
    • Your organization is using Oracle Database, E-Business Suite, Flexcube, JD Edwards, Hyperion, Siebel, PeopleSoft, SAP and homegrown applications.

    Next you talk about the what: Private Cloud Appliance features to address the needs of your organization.

    You know the CIO and VP want more details on how Private Cloud Appliance is considered a Cloud-in-a-box solution, so you discuss the top three reasons. Budget is always a major part of the decision. You will explain how the Private Cloud Appliance will reduce your organization’s CapEx and OpEx. The quotes from two customers PLDT Alpha and Secure-24 help you validate the benefits.

    Now that you have captured the attention of your executives, you play the 5-minute video of the Private Cloud Appliance, which demonstrates the benefits in cool animation.

    Finally, to address your executives’ question: “who else is using this platform for private cloud?” you show the BT Spain video. For its "Cloud of Clouds" vision, BT Spain uses Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to address its needs for incremental scalability, operational efficiency, workload consolidation, and Trusted Partitions licensing.

    You feel confident that these three assets will help your CIO and VP of Infrastructure narrow their choices and consider Oracle Private Cloud Appliance as a solution to address their business challenges. At a minimum, they will find your presentation informative, interesting and not a boring session of slides. It will be a fantastic weekend.

    (Full Infographic can be downloaded here)

    Tuesday Nov 10, 2015

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.10 Released!

    Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 10.

    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 Nov 06, 2015

    Oracle VM 3.2.10 Released

    We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to deliver new hardware support, improve stability, and provide bug fixes. You can review the Oracle VM What's New Wiki for 3.2.10 Manager and 3.2.10 Server for the list of What’s New and Notable Bug Fixes.

    Oracle VM 3.2.10 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle VM Server packages are also available from the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM Server 3.2 Latest Channel). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the base 3.2.1 release.  

    Oracle VM 3.2.10 Download Information

    · Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.10 server ISO, search patch ID 16410428; and will also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com

    · Oracle VM Manager 3.2.10 upgrade, search patch ID 16410417

    · Oracle VM Agent 3.2.10 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949

    Review the download instructions at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

    Additional Information

    New customers are encouraged to use the latest Oracle VM 3.3.  Stay tuned for further updates. 

    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 Spotlight: SPARC T7 and M7 with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3

    Last week's Oracle OpenWorld had important announcements on our product families, including our new SPARC M7 and T7 servers, accompanied by the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 and Oracle Solaris 11.3 that fully exploit the new hardware's capabilities. This demonstrates the results of our research and development investment to deliver increasingly powerful and efficient systems.

    In addition to the above links, here are new and updated blogs and white papers that describe the new product features and performance:

    Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

    Wanted - Technical Writer for Oracle Linux and Virtualization team

    Hi everyone, are you a technical writer knowledgeable on Linux and virtualization?

    We are looking for an experienced technical writer to work on producing documentation for our Linux and Virtualization products. Our documentation team is responsible for documenting Oracle VM, Oracle PCA, Oracle Linux, Oracle Secure Global Desktop. We are hiring around the area of Linux and Server Virtualization. It is possible that assignments will shift around eventually within the set of products listed above. 

    The work environment provides the opportunity for learning and continually acquiring new skills, delivering to revenue generating products and working with the latest network, server and virtualization technologies. Candidates should be prepared to work intensively with our developers and support organization when writing documentation and should be interested not just in writing but also in the technical aspects of publishing documentation.

    Our team members are expected to be motivated and to work independently, requiring discipline and excellent time-management skills as well as the technical facilities to communicate across the Internet/Intranet. A strong sense of autonomy and excellent communication skills are essential to facilitate working across geographies and with information sources from technical and product management job functions since the department is highly geographically distributed.

    Qualifications: 

    • Native English speaker
    • Solid Knowledge of virtualization technologies and storage
    • Ability to learn new technologies
    • 5 or more years previous experience in writing software documentation
    • Experience with writing documentation for virtualization and / or Operating Sytems products
    • Solid knowledge of the Linux operating system, and its commands. 
    • Familiarity with other operating systems: Solaris, Windows
    • Solid Knowledge of XML, DocBook XML, and XSL style sheets
    • Knowledge of Wikis and HTML- Experience with graphical tools
    • Familiarity with distributed working environments and source code versioning systems such as SVN
    • Familiarity with X86_64 and Sparc hardware architectures is a plus
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to administer own workstation and test environment
    • Natural curiosity

    Position #: 150001G2  - Technical Writer 

    Apply here 


    Friday Oct 30, 2015

    FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Re-cap of OpenWorld 2015 for Oracle Linux, Virtualization and OpenStack for Oracle Linux

    Hello everyone, what a week it had been, we have wrapped up another Oracle Openworld!

    Thank you to all our partners, customers, speakers, demo staff and organizers for making this Oracle OpenWorld a special one. For those curious about the statistics this year, I wanted to share those fascinating numbers (see attached infographic). 

    Oracle OpenWorld 2015 turned out to be an amazing one for our teams. We would like to recap and summarize our announcements and activities. 

    Highlights from the Keynotes: 

    Oracle Linux was center stage in this year's keynotes. Friday night, we had Intel CEO talking about how Oracle Linux and displaying it on the stage. One of the biggest announcements at the show is the new userspace patching capability of Ksplice, unveiled in Larry Ellison’s The Secure Cloud keynote . Ksplice is included with Oracle Linux Premier Support and administrators have been using it to patch the running Linux kernel with zero-downtime and without rebooting for years, with over 1 million patches distributed. But patching kernel vulnerabilities is only part of the security story, because vulnerabilities can also occur in system libraries like glibc and OpenSSL. In 2014, The Heartbleed Bug exploited a vulnerability in OpenSSL and cost organizations millions of dollars. With the userspace patching feature of Ksplice, vulnerabilities like this can be corrected immediately when the patch is available without downtime or rebooting, dramatically improving the security of your systems.

    Watch the keynotes on-demand if you have not had a chance to tune in during OpenWorld. 

    From theCube :

    Wim Coekaerts, SVP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering discussed the updates to Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Open source at Oracle with SiliconANGLE Media team at theCube, at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 in San Francisco. My favorite part was about his comments on open-source. He explained Open source at Oracle is a “development strategy, not a philosophical approach.” If it makes business sense to develop the product as open source, that’s how it moves forward. Open source is not just in my department,” Coekaerts explained, "but rather across the company". This was a great video interview with Wim Coekaerts, not to be missed!

    Highlights from the Showcase and Exhibition Hall:

    Our Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase area was a big hit with the Oracle OpenWorld attendees this year. Our partners amitego AG, Intel, Huawei, Fortinet, SGI, Qlogic, Niksun and Linux Foundation showcased their solutions and presented in the theatre. We also had great interaction with attendees at our Oracle demo pods featuring Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux products. Our theatre sessions were so busy that we had to bring extra seating. 

    Highlights from our sessions:

    Our sessions were amazing, everyone that attended came out with positive remarks, one attendee tweeted at Greg Marsden's session : "Nice session 'Maximize Oracle Linux Performance on Servers and in the Cloud'  Tuning OS,Memory, FS. Can't wait to try them. #oow15 ".   There were few "wow!" and "really?" remarks in Wim Coekaerts' general session when audience heard that Oracle VM VirtualBox supports almost all the OS in the market including IBM OS/2 (looks like some of our banking customers still using it for custom applications). 

    Key takeaways:

    • Security is critical in today's ever-present cyber attacks and we have the solution for your Linux environment: new userspace patching and existing kernel patching capability of Ksplice makes it the must have item
    • If you are running on Oracle Engineered Systems, or Oracle Public Cloud, you are already running on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Why not implement it elsewhere in your infrastructure
    • We announced Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux R2- that simplifies deployment and administration by leveraging docker-based containers for deployment and upgrades
    • Oracle Linux and Oracle VM is certified and supported by all the major partners 

    I would like to end with an article that sums it all: Larry Ellison's World View: 7 Observations Straight From The Hip

    See you all at the next Oracle OpenWorld, September 18-22, 2016.

    Zeynep Koch

    Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

    OOW15 - Wednesday, Oct 28: What is Coming Up Today?

    Hello to you on a Wednesday morning at Oracle OpenWorld

    Today's keynote is "Oracle's Converged Strategy: From On-Premises to Cloud…and Back " by Dave Donatelli. , 9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m., at Moscone North, Hall D. 

    It had been a really busy two days for us but today is even more packed for Oracle Linux and Virtualization teams. Just check out those sessions we have lined up for you:

    Sessions and Hands-On-Labs:

    • Build and Deploy Portable Applications Using Docker and Oracle Linux [HOL10328] Wednesday, Oct 28, 8:45 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
    • How to Manage Your Oracle Linux Environment with Spacewalk [HOL10326] Wednesday, Oct 28, 10:15 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Monterey (3rd Floor)
    • Building a Large-Scale Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux [CON9487] Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Business Continuity for Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure [CON9575] Wednesday, Oct 28, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Rapid Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9576] Wednesday, Oct 28, 1:45 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • The Enterprise Cloud Simplified with Oracle VM [CON9488] Wednesday, Oct 28, 3:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Maximize Your Private Cloud Investment with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9574] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud [HOL10469] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)

     As usual, we have some great showcase theatre sessions lined up as well:

    Today is also your last chance to win these great prizes so don't forget to come to Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Moscone South, Booth 121. 

    Hope you have a great Wednesday at and come and see us at our sessions and showcase.

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