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


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

SolidFire brings storage agility to Oracle Linux, Oracle VM customers and their next generation data center.

SolidFire is verified for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux distribution. With Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux customers can confidently deploy SolidFire in their OpenStack infrastructure while taking advantage of the efficiency, performance, scalability and security of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

Leveraging SolidFire’s all-flash architecture, with volume-level Quality of Service (QoS) controls, customers now can guarantee storage performance to thousands of applications within a shared infrastructure. Coupling this functionality with in-line data reduction techniques and system-wide automation results in substantial capital and operating cost savings relative to traditional disk and basic all-flash storage systems.

Visit SolidFire at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with Oracle OpenStack at Oracle OpenWorld and see how SolidFire can help you deliver flexible, scalable and predictable storage performance for your enterprise database workloads

Be sure to attend SolidFire’s 20 minute session at the Scene & Be Heard Theatre(#313), where SolidFire’s lead database architect,  Jeffrey Wright will share insights in how to “Run Database Applications in a Private Cloud with OpenStack and SolidFire”.

Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: Monday, Sep 29, 2:00 - 2:20 PM at Moscone South, booth #313
Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
SolidFire Kiosk is located at SLX-014, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours

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

Pure Play OpenStack! As its tagline suggests, Mirantis OpenStack is known to be a truly flexible and open distribution of OpenStack, in other words – a Zero lock-in OpenStack Distribution.

Mirantis has integrated Oracle Linux and Oracle VM into Mirantis OpenStack distribution, offering joint customers a supported, enterprise-grade OpenStack distribution optimized for running enterprise workloads.

The Oracle and Mirantis partnership is all about giving choices to customers. It means that Mirantis will offer it enterprise customers a commercial bundle that will include a subscription to Mirantis OpenStack with support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Likewise, Oracle will provide our high quality Linux support to every customer, no matter which Openstack distribution is chosen. 

Mirantis will be exhibiting at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase, with Oracle OpenStack at Oracle OpenWorld, drop by Mirantis’ kiosk to discuss how Mirantis can help in the management of your cloud infrastructure.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Mirantis Kiosk is located at SLX-011, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Announcing General Availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Today we announce the general availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0. With this announcement we are now providing production OpenStack support to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers. The support for OpenStack is available as part of the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Premier Support at no additional cost.

In December 2013 Oracle joined the OpenStack foundation, In May, during the OpenStack conference in Atlanta, we have released the technology preview version which was based on the Havana release. Since then we have refreshed the tech preview to support Icehouse and continued improving it by making install process simpler and fixing bugs. The GA release, which is available today, is based on the latest Icehouse release.

Our goal is to help make OpenStack an enterprise grade solution, capable of operating an entire datacenter including all types of workloads meeting all the requirements including reliability, security and performance. We would like OpenStack to become first class solution and the cloud operating system of choice for customers of any size. One of the ways Oracle can help make this a reality is to test and enable demanding enterprise workloads to run on OpenStack. Making sure that those workloads can run on OpenStack in a reliable and supported way is an important step in making OpenStack an enterprise grade, general purpose cloud management solution. With experience in deploying and managing enterprise workloads in virtual environment we are in a good position to drive such enabling activity forward, and that is what we plan to do.

Some resources and pointers to learn more about Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux:

  • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux (aka O3L) is available for download from the Oracle Linux public yum repository at http://public-yum.oracle.com
  • The Oracle Technical Network (OTN) page for O3L is located here and includes documentation, links and also a virtualbox VM which has O3L fully installed, configured and ready to use on your own laptop
  • More information can also be found at http://www.oracle.com/goto/openstack including data sheet, an interview with Wim Coekaerts and more

Next week is Oracle OpenWorld, at OpenWorld we will showcase Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0 and also have sessions and hands on lab to discuss OpenStack, you are welcome to join us. Here are links to our sessions about OpenStack:

We discuss the upcoming OpenWorld sessions here.

@RonenKofman

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Support for Oracle Linux running with Canonical Ubuntu OpenStack

Posted on behalf of Oracle's Doan Nguyen: 

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The Oracle Linux team is collaborating with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, to allow customers who wish to run Oracle Linux as a guest inside an Ubuntu OpenStack environment and to do so in a supported way. It is important for us to provide choice and interoperability around OpenStack. Oracle and Canonical are committed to supplying interoperability by supporting Oracle Linux on Ubuntu OpenStack.

As we have said in the past, while Oracle provides solutions for OpenStack, Linux, and virtualization, Oracle also wants to help ensure that customers can receive the same world class support when running Oracle Linux on virtually any platform. Our goal is to continue to provide customers with the best-in-class products and solutions and a great customer experience. 


Thursday Sep 18, 2014

Hello Oracle OpenWorld – 10 days to go

Here is a blog post on the virtualization presence at Oracle OpenWorld by Oracle's Doan Nguyen:

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After you have planned your evenings to see the Five Great Bands, join us in the day for a great line up of informative and thought provoking sessions. Learn useful hands-on practical concepts to take away and apply when you get back. 

GEN8471– Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap
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.

CON8472 – What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive
Look under the hood and see what’s new with Oracle VM for both x86 and SPARC. Join long time product experts John Falkenthal and Honglin Su and you’ll be surprised at what you might have missed.

CON8356 – Oracle's Next Generation Software Defined Networking (SDN) Platform for Public and Private Clouds
Andrew Thomas, Julie Wong and Sam Bendinelli have been very busy. Join this terrifically brilliant trio as they give you an exclusive peek into Oracle’s next generation SDN work they have been brewing.

Do plan to checkout Ronen Kofman’s sessions on OpenStack. A must see. The Hands-on lab is at capacity but you can still join Ronen in his sessions.

Now to get hands-on, there’s no better way than to just do it. Think Database-as-a-service is for the savvy? May be not. Join us in this Hands-On lab, lead by seasoned field experts with deep experience in deploying large enterprise systems and databases.
HOL9122: Build a Private DBaaS Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
Too complicated you say? Too much work? Not really. Using Oracle VM VirtualBox, we’ve pre-built the environment. Join us for the test drive and build your own Database-as-a-service:

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