Friday Dec 12, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Customer's success with Virtual Compute Appliance

We are happy to share a customer story that BT in Spain completes application deployment in a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, and reduces capital expenditures by 50%.

BT in Spain serves 29 of the IBEX 35 companies—a list of organizations with the highest trading volume in the Spanish stock market—and 2,000 of the 5,000 largest companies in the country.

To provide customers with Oracle Cloud applications and other infrastructure-as-a-service solutions, BT in Spain deployed Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance in its main data center located in Madrid. BT in Spain’s platform enables the company’s clients to deploy Oracle solutions up to 7x faster than with any other platform, with no configuration errors, and it optimizes operating costs. 

The Virtual Compute Appliance’s various components, such as Oracle VM, are designed for mission-critical uptime and availability. This Oracle converged-infrastructure solution has enabled BT in Spain to reduce capital expenditure by 50% and instantly respond to existing and new customer requests. The ability to design and deploy tailor-made databases faster and more efficiently gives BT in Spain an undeniable edge in the crowded cloud-hosting market.

“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 in Spain.

For more details: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/customers/customersearch/bt-spain-5-vca-sl-2372727.html; or in Spanish:

To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit https://oracle.com/virtualization

Friday Dec 05, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC certification for Oracle RAC 12cR1 with Oracle Clusterware, and tips on SPARC server configuration

Oracle RAC 12cR1 (12.1.0.2) with Oracle Clusterware (12.1.0.2)  is now certified on Oracle VM Server for SPARC with Oracle Solaris 11 guest domains. Visit http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/virtualizationmatrix-172995.html for details.

Also, two technical notes for Oracle VM Server for SPARC users configuring root domains on SPARC T5-2, SPARC M5-32, and SPARC M6-32 servers for resiliency. Please see My Oracle Support note Doc ID 1948940.1 for SPARC T5-2, and Doc ID 1942045.1 for SPARC M5-32 and SPARC M6-32 on details for PCI bus assignment requirements for Fault Management Architecture (FMA) fault proxying.


Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

Oracle VM 3.2.9 Released

We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to bring new hardware support, improve stability, and provide bug fixes. You can review the What's New wiki for the list of notable bug fixes.

Download Instructions

  • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.9 server ISO, search patch ID 16410428; and also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com
  • Oracle VM Manager 3.2.9 upgrade, search patch ID 16410417
  • Oracle VM Agent 3.2.9 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949

Additional Information

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 Nov 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Build a Complete Highly-Available Oracle VM Architecture from Server to App

Happy Holidays!

During this holiday season, it's increasingly important that your virtualization infrastructure delivers a complete highly-available architecture to meet your business requirements.

At Oracle, virtualization is a feature of the overall software stack. Solving the whole stack is where the real value is and what our customers are looking for. Oracle is providing solutions to address the whole stack, – from top to bottom – software which can be managed, provisioned, clustered, is highly available, secure, and understood as a whole, not just piece by piece.

To explore the benefits of using Oracle VM server virtualization, the simple way is to follow the detailed instructions from Oracle VM Hands-on Labs which we talked about during the previous blog. 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.

Today we want to highlight one of the labs - Build a Complete Highly-Available Oracle VM Architecture from Server to App, which was created by Simon Coter, Consulting Technical Manager from Oracle.

In this lab, you will learn the best practices of implementing and using a complete Oracle VM high-availability (HA) solution. This lab helps to demonstrate how Oracle products such as Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, KSplice and Oracle Clusterware (all products included with appropriate Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Support subscriptions) allows to create a solution that is able to cover all the HA requirements. This lab also walks you through the managing, by Oracle Clusterware, of a custom web-application. The implementation of this lab helps to deploy an enterprise-proven high-available infrastructure software layer at zero license cost to your virtualization or Linux environment.

I encourage you to learn the HA best practices from the hands-on lab, then apply them to your Oracle VM deployment. Enjoy your holidays!

Monday Nov 24, 2014

Fulfilling your wish list this holiday season: More time for fun

As the holiday season gets near, do you find yourself wishing that you can have more time for fun instead of sitting in the data center cobbling together a new cloud platform?

Why spend hundreds of hours configuring and installing new servers, new storage, networking switches and all the software layers to create your new platform when there is an alternative solution?

What if you could...
- Roll in a pre-configured rack of servers, networking and storage into your data center
- Get the rack up and running from power-on to production in 2 hours
- Deploy your Oracle Database in 10 minutes

Per Sean Donaldson, CTO of Secure-24, that is possible with the
Virtual Compute Appliance from Oracle, "The Virtual Compute Appliance really is a cloud framework with a virtualization engine that allows you to run JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Hyperion, Oracle E-Business," said Mr. Donaldson.

Secure-24, a fast-growing hosting/managed services company based in Michigan, provides services to middle-market companies and Fortune 500 organizations in many industries. Mr. Donaldson and his team wanted faster Time-to-Market to meet their clients’ demand for business critical application hosting and cloud services. After careful evaluation of several vendors, they selected Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance.

Hear the reasons in
this video:



If you're thinking: hmm, that sounds interesting. Let me find out more on CRN, my news source for channels and partners.

You find that CRN just released their 2014 Tech Innovator Awards, a program that recognizes companies for outstanding innovation in products developed for the enterprise.

Clicking through, you see that the Virtual Compute Appliance received
'Honorable Mention' in the Cloud Solutions category, out of more than 250 products that were nominated this year to CRN.

Why not look into this solution to save you hundreds of hours in the data center? Check this item off your wishlist.  Have more time for fun and your family, and enjoy the holiday season.

Thanks to Haiduong Vo, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director at Oracle, who contributed this blog entry.

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.20 Released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.20 has just been released. This maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 improves stability and fixes regressions.

For more details see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

Friday Spotlight: Designing a Robust Oracle VM Deployment Architecture for Storage Repositories

Storage is such a fundamental component within an Oracle VM deployment, and there are many factors that go into designing a robust, scalable and low maintenance deployment architecture for your storage repositories. In today's blog, Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, shares his thought into the way you design and deploy Oracle VM storage repositories to gain maximum flexibility, scalability and recoverability. You can read more here.

Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

Oracle VM Hands-on Labs

With the success of the hands-on labs at Oracle OpenWorld and Virtual Technology Summit, we are now making those hands-on labs available for public download via OTN.

See the direct link: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/hol-oraclevm-2368799.html

Or you can navigate from Oracle VM OTN download landing page: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html, and click:

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. In the coming weeks, we'll explain each lab with more details. Meanwhile, just download the virtual appliances, and import into your Oracle VM VirtualBox environment to play with it. Have fun!

For in-depth product training, visit Training on the Most Complete Virtualization.

Monday Nov 17, 2014

Training on the Most Complete Virtualization

Learn about the most complete virtualization. Oracle's server virtualization products support x86 and SPARC architectures and a variety of workloads including Linux, Oracle Solaris and Windows.

The training cited below will teach you how to build the infrastructure for cloud computing and deploy resources on the architecture of your choice.

Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration

You can take this 3-day course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Events on the schedule include classes with start dates of 14th of January and 25 February 2015.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Events on the schedule include:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Melbourne, Australia

 21 January 2015

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 4 February 2015

 English

 Hamburg, Germany

 15 June 2015

 German

 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 7 January 2015

 English

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

You can take this 2-day instructor-led course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Events on the schedule include classes with start dates of 24 and 27 November, 1 and 11 December 2014, 11 and 12 January, 5, 8, and 23 February 2015.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule:

 Location  Date
 Delivery Language
Dhaka, Bangladesh
27 November 2014 English
Canberra, Australia
23 February 2015 English
Melbourne, Australia
12 January 2015 English
Sydney, Australia
9 February 2015 English
Santiago, Chili
4 December 2014 Spanish
Prague, Czech Republic  12 March 2015 Czech
Frankfurt, Germany  16 March 2015 German
Munich, Germany
1 June 2015 German
Causeway, Hong Kong
29 December 2014 English
Tokyo, Japan
9 February 2015 Japanese
Madrid, Spain
7 April 2015 Spanish
Riyadh, South Africa
26 April 2015 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
26 April 2015 English
Atlanta, GA, United States
22 January 2015 English
Columbus, OH, United States
23 April 2015 English

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

Friday Nov 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Virtual Appliances for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4

Oracle E-Business Suite team has created new Oracle VM Virtual Appliances that are available for download from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.


These virtual appliances, packaged in Open Virtualization Format (OVF), deliver the full software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite, and additional required technology components.  They can be imported into Oracle VM Manager to deploy E-Business Suite Linux 64-bit environments on compatible server-class machines running Oracle VM Server, or imported into Oracle VM VirtualBox to create virtual machines on a desktop PC or laptop.

Learn more from E-Business Suite team's blog here

Friday Nov 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: The Right Tool for the Job

Enterprise applications drive mission-critical businesses, including our own, both in production and IT. Oracle VM is the foundation that fuels and maintains the enterprise applications in our own IT. With well over 182,400 virtual guests and growing and nearly 20,000 Oracle VMs deployed to power Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Many of our IT enterprise customers also rely on Oracle VM for their operations.

Read the latest Oracle VM white paper for an inside view into the engineering decisions and architecture of how Oracle VM is built for virtualizing enterprise applications.

Register for our upcoming webcast series:

Oracle VM Built for Rapid Enterprise Workload Deployment
Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 9:00 am PST
Register Now

Live Webcast on Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle
Thursday, November 17, 2014 – 9:00 am PST

Friday Oct 31, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Managing Oracle VM 3.3 from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

In the previous blog, we announced that the new virtualization plug-in (12.1.0.7.0) for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control was available. With the latest virtualization plug-in update, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c works seamlessly with Oracle VM Manager 3.3. In today's blog, Daniel Ritzman, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, covers how to use the new plug-in to enable Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to manage an Oracle VM 3.3 installation.

There are two ways to acquire the latest plug-in versions. You can download the plug-in from OTN or use software update from within Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Step I. (Option one) Download with Self Update

To enable and download using Software Update the following documentation can be used.

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/doc.121/e24473/self_update.htm#EMADM13221

If you have already enabled software update, go to Setup->Extensibility->Self Update and click the Check Updates:


In the Setup->Extensibility-Plug-ins, the new version of the plug-in will be available and can be downloaded:


Step I. (Option two) Download from OTN

To download from OTN, follow this link:

You can now download the plug-in from OTN using the following link and drilling down to path 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

1. In the download directory you will have a zip file which can be transferred to the OMS system and unzipped.

# ls *zip

12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.zip

# unzip *zip

Archive: 12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.zip

inflating: 12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.opar

2. As the oracle user use emcli on the OMS to import the plug-in update opar

% emcli login -username=sysman

% emcli import_update -file=/var/tmp/12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.opar –omslocal

Processing update: Plug-in

Successfully uploaded the update to Enterprise Manager. Use the Self Update Console to manage this update.

Step II. Applying the downloaded plug-in update to OMS

The following procedures will be the same regardless of which option you used above for getting the new plug-in update.

       1. In the Setup -> Extensibility-> Self Update select the plug-in section

a. Verify the vt plug-in has the status Downloaded.

       2. In Setup -> Extensibility-> Plug-in

a. Use View -> plug-in -> 'only downloaded' to identify only the update which need to be applied.

b. Select the VT plug-in and deploy on OMS

i. providing the requested SYS credentials

ii. confirm that you have backed up the repository and launch the job (Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c will restart)

Step III. Deploy the update to the agent

Next you will need to deploy the plug-in update to the agent where you will manage your Oracle VM.

This can be any agent which can connect to the Oracle VM console, and can be on the Oracle VM manager host itself.

       1. In the Setup -> Extensibility -> Plug-in page

a. Select the VT plug-in from the expanded "Servers, Storage and Network" section.

b. Select Deploy On -> Management Agent…

c. In the Deploy Plug-in on Management Agent pop-up select the version to deploy (defaults to latest) and continue

d. Select the management agent to deploy the plug-in


e. Verify the agent has met the prerequisite checks and select Next


f. Select Deploy in the review page


Step IV. Configure authentication certs for the agent

In previous version of the plug-in only the tcps cert needed to be added to the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c agent truststore. For managing Oracle VM 3.3, the weblogic cert will need to be added instead. The complete Oracle Enterprise Manager documentation for this can be found at the following link.

        1. Export the weblogic cert to a file using the ovmkeytool.sh provided with your Oracle VM 3.3 installation

# /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_upgrade/bin/ovmkeytool.sh exportca > /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3

        2. Transfer the cert file to the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c agent host (if they are not the same host)

# scp /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3 root@emcc.example.com:/var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3

root@emcc.example.com password:

new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3 100% 1503 1.5KB/s 00:00

         3. Remove first line from the cert file if it exists

a. The first line of the file should be the “-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----“ line

b. use vi or other text editor to remove the line.

c. The following is an example of a file which needs the first line removed (in red)

# head -3 /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3

libdir is /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_upgrade/bin/../lib

-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----

MIID+zCCAuOgAwIBAgIUW6+nwq5aQNuD5Pc7gkhtT2he2JUwDQYJKoZIhvcNAQEL

         4. Import the cert into the agent trust store using emctl as the oracle user

oracle@emcc.example.com $ ./bin/emctl  secure add_trust_cert_to_jks -trust_certs_loc /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3 -alias ovmm
Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 
Copyright (c) 1996, 2014 Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.
Password:

Message   :   Certificate was added to keystore
ExitStatus: SUCCESS

Step V. Register the Oracle VM Manager 3.3 with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Now we can to register the Oracle VM Manager 3.3 with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to populate the Infrastructure Cloud tree and allow us to manage the Oracle VM environment from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

  1. In the Enterprise->Cloud->Oracle VM Infrastructure home window
    1. In the Infrastructure Cloud menu (pictured below) select Register Oracle VM Manager


  1. In the register Oracle VM Manager page provide the following details
    1. Name: Display name for the Oracle VM manager in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.
    2. Monitoring Agent: This is the agent above where the plug-in was deployed and the cert imported.
    3. Connection URLS: These will be the URLs on the Oracle VM Manager host.
    4. Monitoring Credentials: This will be the user and password on the Oracle VM application
  2. Select Submit


  1. Verify the launched registration job is successful.


Now you Oracle VM Manager 3.3 has been registered with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Oracle VM Application-Driven Virtualization Built and Proven for the Enterprise

Enterprise workloads and demanding cloud infrastructures require a technology foundation built for massive scaling, availability and ease of management. Oracle VM’s unique application-driven virtualization architecture combined with integrated support for enterprise applications, including Oracle Database, deliver an enterprise proven solution to help simplify and accelerate IT. Join us in this two webcast series to learn how Oracle VM powers Oracle's massive production and IT operations and how you can benefit from the same integrated technology to transform your data center. Please find more details on the two webcasts below:

Oracle VM Built for Rapid Enterprise Workload Deployment
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST
Register here

Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle Database   
Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST

Friday Oct 24, 2014

Friday Spotlight: New assets for Winning Combo: Virtual Compute Appliance and ZFS Storage Appliance

Happy Friday. In today's spotlight, we want to share some great assets about Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

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 rapidly and easily bringing online a new rack into a cloud environment. Customers can expand storage of the Virtual Compute Appliance by connecting to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance externally. We published a new white paper that describes how to increase the storage capacity of the Virtual Compute Appliance by adding a new rack containing a larger Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance cluster.

To learn how the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance is optimized to work efficiently with Virtual Compute Appliance and understand how the Virtual Compute Appliance together with the ZFS Storage Appliance benefits customers by providing storage expansion and backup capabilities, watch this 12-minute Youtube video for a condensed presentation by Premal Savla and Michael Wojnar.

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Re-Cap: Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and September Partner Activities and Announcements

This year Oracle OpenWorld 2014 had been a busy one for us and our Partners. It had been one of the most successful showcases we had organized so far with 15 Partners actively demonstrating their solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.  Many of our ISV and IHV partners announced solutions around Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. During the Showcase, we recorded some of our partners who talked about their solution:

Here's the list of announcements and updates in September from our partners which shows the collaboration and joint engineering efforts of Oracle Linux and Virtualization teams with the key ISV and IHVs:

OpenStack Solutions

Mellanox CloudX Platform now supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux – MarketWatch Publication

Nuage Networks Delivers SDN Integration with Oracle OpenStack with Oracle Linux – Press Release

SolidFire Announces support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux – Press Release

Software Solutions

Acronis Backup Advanced is certified for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM – Requirements; Description

eG Innovations Delivers End-to-End Performance Management for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM – Press Release

IBM Infosphere Server pack for Siebel 3.2 has achieved Oracle Linux Ready Status

Intel – Renée J. James, President of Intel Corporation, shared her keynote on, “The future of the Data Center in a Software-Defined World. Check out this blog.

SAP certifies Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) – Check out the blog.

SEP Software Corp. Partners with Oracle to Provide World-Class Backup Solutions to the Marketplace – Press Release

Hardware Solutions

Dell and Oracle help customers deploy Oracle Business Intelligence Applications – Press Release

Nimblestorage unveils JD Edwards EnterpriseOne SmartStack – Publications on: InfoStor ; CNN Money; Virtual Strategy Magazine

Tegile Systems, a leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays supports Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, are part of theOracle Validated Configurations.

As you can see from the updates and participation from our partners, our ISV and IHV ecosystem is growing very rapidly with exciting offers and new certifications.

Visit our Partner pages if you want to know more about solutions from Oracle Linux Partners and Oracle VM Partners.

See you in 2015 Oracle OpenWorld - October 25–29, 2015!


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