Friday May 08, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Fast Track to Cloud Deployment

Oracle Platinum Partner Secure-24 is an Oracle Platinum Partner managing Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Hyperion, and SAP applications across all industries for businesses of every size. Secure-24 deploys Virtual Compute Appliance for consistent, secure launch of enterprise Cloud environments. The result: Deployment costs are down 90%; acquisition costs are cut in half.

You can achieve the same results by deploying Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance which is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

For more details, read the full story here.

Contact your Oracle account team to discuss your needs and learn how to build your cloud environment with Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance.

Thursday May 07, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 3 Released

Oracle is pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 3.

All details available here .

This release improves stability and fixes regressions from BETA 2 release.

Please do NOT open bug reports at our public bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum here .

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday May 01, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at EMC World 2015

This year Oracle is Bronze sponsor at EMC World 2015, Las Vegas, May 4-7.

EMC and Oracle have a long-standing relationship committed to providing our joint customers with innovative solutions to meet their evolving real-world requirements. This relationship is highlighted by continuous certification of  PowerPath on Oracle VM releases and numerous EMC storage certifications.

We will have Oracle Linux and Oracle VM experts that can answer your questions at our Booth #1223. Come and visit us to see how we work with EMC. Exhibition hours are:

Monday May 4, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 5, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday May 6, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Hope to see you at EMC World 2015.

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2 now available!

We are pleased to announce general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is a secure remote access solution for any cloud-hosted enterprise applications and desktops running on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris and mainframe servers, from a wide range of popular client devices, including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux PCs, and tablets such as the Apple iPad and Android-based devices.  Oracle Secure Global Desktop gives users the ability to work securely from any device and anywhere, while providing administrators the tools they need to control access to applications and desktop environments resident in the data center.

What's New in SGD Release 5.2

  • Monitoring with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control - This release delivers plug-ins to enable centralized monitoring of multi-server SGD deployment in Oracle Enterprise Manager.  These plug-ins monitor and analyze the health and performance of SGD servers and gateway servers.  For SGD servers, the plug-in captures various performance and configuration metrics such as array status, users and applications, data store objects, SGD system process, versions and patches.  For gateway servers, various performance and configuration metrics are captured, including connections being serviced, registered SGD servers, versions and patches.  Plug-in metrics data can be processed by reporting tools such as Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.

The image shows a sample SGD array monitoring page (click to view larger image)

  • Single Sign-On (SSO) integration with Oracle Access Manager - Enables instant access to applications, with a user entering credentials only once.  This release integrates Oracle Secure Global Desktop with Oracle Access Manager, enabling the Single Sign-On (SSO) feature of Oracle Access Manager to authenticate users to an SGD server and to remote applications started from the SGD workspace.  Single Sign-On enables SGD users to access multiple applications with a single login and greatly simplifies password management.

  • Role-based administration and enhancements - Provide flexible control over administration.  New roles for SGD administrators have been introduced that add different levels of administration privileges and access control to the SGD Administration Console.  New commands introduced in this release simplify the process of installing software updates (patches) for an SGD deployment.  The Administration Console can now be used, in addition to the command line, to join an SGD server to an array that uses secure intra-array communication.

  • PulseAudio integration - Prior to this release, the Unix audio solution worked with applications that used OSS on Linux or SADA on Solaris.  This release allows audio redirection from applications that use PulseAudio, increasing the range of audio applications supported by SGD.  Also, added support for audio input functionality on Unix brings the Unix audio feature set in line with that on Windows and allows applications compatible with OSS, SADA or PulseAudio to use audio input.

  • Enhanced security and performance/emulations improvements - In addition to new features and expanded server, client and browser support, this release also delivers enhance security and performance, and provide a richer user experience over a range of network conditions.
    • A Password Manager has been introduced to allow users control over caching of credentials, up to the level permitted by the administrator.
    • Greater control of autocomplete behavior is available in SGD web applications.  'Sensitive fields' always have autocomplete disabled and autocomplete can be disabled for non-sensitive fields on a per-application basis.
    • Improved security with HTTP proxies.  Proxy server support has been extended to negotiate, digest, and NTLM authentication when connecting to SGD through HTTP proxy servers.  This means that clients configured for Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) can now be used.
    • Optimizations improve scrolling and responsiveness in X applications, benefiting high latency environments.
    • Improvements in the handling of RDP have reduced both CPU and bandwidth requirements for transferring data and have improved the user experience by increasing responsiveness and reducing tiling and tearing artefacts.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2 maintains its 'slot-in' simplicity while integrating more closely with Oracle products, technologies and solutions such as Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, and, Oracle Access Manager.

For more details refer to Oracle Secure Global Desktop release 5.2 documentation.

Download and try it out to see how Oracle Secure Global Desktop helps solve your organization's cloud applications and desktops needs.

Sunday Apr 26, 2015

Hiring Oracle VM Curriculum Developer

We pride ourselves on providing a complete curriculum for Oracle VM customers. To continue this work we are hiring an experienced Curriculum Developer.

If you have significant experience designing and creating customer training in English as well as good knowledge of linux and virtualization products and concepts, you can apply for this position by going to Oracle's careers site and searching for requisition number 15000K3G or 15000K14.

The successful candidate will be responsible for creating and updating courses as well as developing and maintaining technical environments to support course delivery. A high-level of technical autonomy is key for this challenging opportunity.

Friday Apr 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Capita delivers Private Cloud Services using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux

Capita IT Enterprise Services has launched a new service that enables businesses to migrate mission critical Oracle software deployments into a secure UK cloud. The service delivers Capita Private Cloud; a secure, private cloud platform, using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, allowing businesses to adopt a blend of public and private cloud services without the complexity of managing multiple suppliers and contracts. Will O’Brien, VP Alliances & Channels at Oracle UK & Ireland, said: “Oracle VM has been a key enabler to support Capita’s Private Cloud for Oracle solution.”

Capita Private Cloud for Oracle includes:

• Server virtualisation environment using Oracle products;

• Onshore managed service and licensing up to and including the operating system;

• Provisioning of high performance compute and storage infrastructure;

• Templated secure network environment within ISO27001 certified data centre;

• OPEX pay-as-you-use charging options with no minimum commitment;

• Designed and implemented in collaboration with Oracle to help ensure an optimised environment from an operational and licensing perspective;

• Potential to integrate with other Capita IT enterprise services such as networks and collaboration.

Read more

Capita, a Platinum member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) and a Forbes top 100 global innovator*, collaborated with Oracle’s Virtualisation team to develop the platform.

*Capita plc was recognised as one of the world’s 100 most innovative companies for 2014 by respected American business magazine Forbes.

Friday Apr 17, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld Call For Proposals

Happy Friday!

The Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Call for Proposals is now open. Attendees at the conference are eager to hear from experts on Oracle business and technology. They’re looking for insights and improvements they can put to use in their own jobs: exciting innovations, strategies to modernize their business, different or easier ways to implement, unique use cases, lessons learned, the best of best practices. If you’re an Oracle technology expert, conference attendees want to hear it straight from you. So don’t wait—proposals must be submitted by April 29. 

We look forward to meeting with you at Oracle OpenWorld. Meanwhile, we have the Oracle VM customer survey to seek your feedback. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit

Wednesday Apr 15, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 2 Released

Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 2.

All details available here .

This release improves stability and fixes regressions from BETA 1 release.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

Nimble-Oracle Event: Modern Integrated Infrastructure for Enterprise-class Oracle Workloads

Attend for a Complimentary Lunch and Receive Technology Updates from Industry Leaders!


Wed., April 29, 2015

Nimble Storage Headquarters
211 River Oaks Pkwy
San Jose, CA 95134

Session Format:
11:00AM - Registration
11:45AM - Tech Talk with
Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco
2:30PM - Wrap Up and Q&A 

Oracle workloads are one of the most critical workloads running in the datacenter. But how do you ensure that you can cost-effectively meet your Oracle database and application demands today, while providing seamless scalability for tomorrow as your business grows?

Yesterday's technology can't keep up with the performance, availability, scalability, and data protection needs of Oracle workloads in the modern enterprise. Today's best-of-breed integrated infrastructure for Oracle includes advancements in the hypervisor, server, and storage layers of the infrastructure stack, as well as optimizations at the OS level to enable easy-to-implement low cost but high performing Oracle deployments.

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Attend this live joint event held by Oracle, Cisco, and Nimble Storage to learn how you can:

  • Leverage the latest Oracle Linux and Oracle VM advancements and support benefits
  • Simplify your compute environment with Cisco UCS
  • Protect and accelerate your database deployments with Adaptive Flash storage
  • Speed deployments with SmartStack integrated infrastructure

Register now to hear technology updates from industry leaders, see live demo of this breakthrough technology, enjoy lunch, and network with industry experts.


Friday Apr 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 features

For this week's Friday spotlight, I want to highlight the improvements in live migration and virtual disk multipathin which were delivered as part of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 released in March 2015. 

  • Provide live migration performance enhancements, including parallel memory-mapped I/O and optimized firmware copying routines. These enhancements reduce the overall migration time and the time during which the migrated guest domain is suspended. 
  • Update virtual disk management for mpgroups to show and specify the selected path to the virtual disk backend. You can see the path that is currently used and dynamically request a path switch.

To learn more details about enhanced features please see the blog entries on live migration improvements and on disk multipathing.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Friday Apr 03, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 1 Released

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of VirtualBox 5.0 BETA 1.

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

See all the details at here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Spotlight: Virtual Compute Appliance Training

The Virtual Compute Appliance: Overview seminar teaches customers how to manage Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) and the Oracle VM environment.

This converged infrastructure solution combines preconfigured networking, servers and storage in a convenient package that system administrators can easily deploy into an existing data center.

In the Virtual Compute Appliance: Overview, you learn to:

  • Describe components and features of VCA
  • Describe installation steps and the automated orchestration/discovery process
  • Describe the components and features of Oracle VM
  • Monitor the Oracle VM servers
  • Upgrade VCA
  • Prepare your Oracle VM environment to create and deploy virtual machines
  • Add VLAN segments to networks where it is required
  • Create and manage virtual machines
  • Clone virtual machines

Customers can take this seminar from their own desk (no travel required) as a live-virtual event or travel to an education center for an in-class event.

Thursday Apr 02, 2015

Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest release 2.0.2 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

The 2.0.2 release is a maintenance update to provide bug fixes and add new hardware support for X5-2 Compute nodes in Virtual Compute Appliance X3-2 and X4-2.

You can review the list of notable bug fixes in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

To download the software update, search patch ID 20463300 from My Oracle Support.

For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance deployment, visit here.

Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates - An Economic Impact Assessment

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.

We are pleased to share the report performed by Evaluator Group:

They studied the creation and use of virtualized server templates as an administrative process for server deployments in an Oracle RAC environment — a process that can be surprisingly complex if done manually within any database environment.

This study was done in two ways:

  • Evaluator Group conducted an independent lab comparison of template creation methods in an Oracle database application environment. We first built templates 'from scratch' and deployed virtualized servers for Oracle RAC under VMware while tracking the time consumed for each step in the process. We then repeated the same process of deploying virtualized Oracle RAC servers, but in this second iteration they used Oracle VM and the templates that are included with Oracle VM to create clones of virtual machines. Again, they tracked the time consumed for each step in this process.
  • They also interviewed an Oracle systems administrator as a basis for additional comparison of building templates in a production environment. For this customer, templates were a “game changer” because of an ability to deploy database and business intelligence services up to twenty times faster for their customers.

Evaluator Group conducted this study of both methods to compare the two on the basis of management complexity, risk resulting from administrative error, and overall time consumed.

To learn more about Evaluator Group's findings, read the paper Evaluate Group Technology Insight Paper - Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates – An Economic Impact Assessment. You can gain the same benefits in your overall production environment with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, like the customer example shown in the paper.  

Monday Mar 30, 2015

Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation Training Released

If you are using Oracle VM and have experience of installation and configuration, you can now deepen your knowledge of this product by taking the all-new Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation training course

This new 3-day instructor led course will teach you how to enhance cloud effectiveness with rapid deployment of cloud resources and applications. You will learn how to administer, redistribute, troubleshoot and protect Oracle VM resources, ensuring seamless and continuous access of your applications.

After taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course you will be able to:

  • Effectively administer the Oracle VM environment by using the appropriate management tool.
  • Automate the provisioning of virtual machines.
  • Redeploy cloud resources to meet requirements.
  • Track and solve issues at each operational layer.
  • Protect Oracle VM resources.
  • Incorporate key components into your D/R strategy

You can influence the schedule of this brand new course by registering your interest on the OU portal.  

The Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course builds on the knowledge provided in the 3-day Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration there are now 6 days of curriculum available to help you get the best out of Oracle VM Server for x86.

To register your interest in an event, register for an event already on the schedule or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to


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