Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

A10 Networks Showcasing Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Did you know that A10 Networks has solutions for data center optimization in the area of performance and security of your virtualized infrastructure supporting Oracle Linux and Oracle VM? 

With the increased use of virtual servers and software defined network, there’s also an increase in network complexity. A10 Networks has developed the next-generation application networking solutions that are flexible and dynamic.  Our partnership with A10 spans a number of years as well as across a number of Oracle product lines, with proven solutions for optimized architecture for Oracle customers deploying enterprise-grade solutions. Most recently, A10 Networks has certified A10 vThunder™ ADC  on top of Oracle VM and tested an integration with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. The availability of the vThunder appliances for Application Delivery Controller provides Oracle customers with flexible and easy-to-deploy advanced services for their enterprise within a virtualized environment. 

Stop by, if you are looking for proven solutions that can help optimize your enterprise applications. A10 Networks is at OpenWorld at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase, with OpenStack, and will be hosting a Scene and Be Heard theatre session, where they will share “Tips and tricks for making Oracle applications secure and highly available”.

Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: Monday 9/29 at 11:30a.m-11:50a.m at Moscone South, booth #313 

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611 – A10 Networks is at kiosk SLX-021, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Friday Sep 12, 2014

INTEL: Partners Showcasing Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Intel – Accelerating Technological Innovation and bringing it to customers faster

We are excited to welcome Intel Corporation, the Innovation Sponsor for Oracle OpenWorld 2014, to the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack.

Intel and Oracle share a multi-decade history of collaboration, from building Linux kernels to validating configurations of Intel-based server solutions to server virtualization.  Oracle Linux and Oracle VM add infrastructure components to effectively complement Intel hardware, and the co-engineering relationship between Intel and Oracle benefit end-customers with highly optimized results from their Oracle enterprise software on Intel© architecture. In addition to integration at the infrastructure level, our collaborative effort also extends to management of Intel hardware in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to report on hardware exceptions.

Visit Intel in the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack to learn more about Intel security solutions for virtual environments from Intel and McAfee experts.

Moscone South, Booth #611 , SLX-017 and 018 – from September 29th to October 1st, 2014.

Thursday Sep 11, 2014

OpenStack Silicon Valley 2014

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM will be at OpenStack Silicon Valley on September 16. Oracle is a sponsor at this event, join us and network with the OpenStack community for the latest news and trends.

Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.16 Released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.16 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

Hello Oracle OpenWorld – 18 Days To Go…

Here is a blog post on the virtualization presence at Oracle OpenWorld by Oracle's Doan Nguyen, "A Tribute to Aerosmith.":

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Amazing. We’ve come full circle. Think about it. It’s Oracle OpenWorld again. You gotta move. Get the lead out. Come together. Walk this way.

Focus on Virtualization and OpenStack and check out a very exciting line up of sessions. A few highlights of the line up taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel: 

GEN 8471 General Session: Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap
Join Wim Coekaerts, Oracle Senior VP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, to hear about exciting innovations that will make you rethink virtualization and cloud.

Lots happening with OpenStack:

CON8473 Oracle Distribution of OpenStack: Making OpenStack an Enterprise-Grade Solution
CON8358 Building a Private Cloud with Oracle’s OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
Come by and hear Ronen Kofman in these sessions discuss how the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is helping to ruggedize cloud infrastructure for IT.

CON6746 Integrating Oracle VM into an Enterprise-Grade OpenStack Cloud: CERN Case Study
For a customer’s perspective, join the CERN team: Giacomo Tenaglia, Systems Engineer, CERN and Ignacio Coterillo Coz, DB Engineer, CERN as they share their trail blazing experience and OpenStack implementation best practices.

CON8472 What’s New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive
Join the deeply seasoned product team, well…to hear about the latest.

CON8356 Oracle’s Next-Generation SDN Platform
Curious about what the “Next Gen SDN Platform” will look like? Join our architects as they share what they’ve been up to.

Oh yeah. I’m ready. I don’t want to miss a thing.

While at Oracle OpenWorld, do make it to see the five great bands, including Aerosmith.

More Oracle OpenWorld countdown highlights to come next week.

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Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

Free Lunch and Learn Workshop September 28

Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS

Before you invest in server virtualization, take a test-drive and look under the hood at the Oracle VM engine on the Cisco UCS server. Oracle VM application-driven virtualization, combined with Cisco UCS, designed from the ground up to drive virtualized workloads and deliver a powerful and cost-effective infrastructure for the cloud. Join us in this workshop for a unique opportunity to speak to Cisco and Oracle product experts on how you can quickly build a private cloud using Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c on the UCS platform. Admission is free and space is very limited, so register today!

Date: September 28, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PT (Lunch will be served)
Location: Courtyard Marriott San Francisco Downtown 
299 Second Street, San Francisco

(Two blocks east of the Moscone Center; please note, this is not the San Francisco Marriott)

Monday Sep 08, 2014

eG Innovations and Tegile: Partners Showcasing Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Looking for an application performance management solution for your Oracle Linux  physical, virtual and cloud Infrastructures, look no further – check out eG  Innovations!

 With its eG Enterprise Suite™ solution, eG Innovations can provide your Oracle Linux and Oracle VM infrastructure, a complete internal and external monitoring of all the tiers of your infrastructure, with real-time automated root cause analysis, hence reducing MTTR.
eG Monitor for Oracle VM Server for x86, part of the eG Enterprise Suite™ offers a comprehensive solution for monitoring and managing all aspects of your Oracle VM hypervisor and its guest VMs, whether the infrastructure is used to support server or desktop applications. Please visit eG Innovations at Moscone South, Booth #611, Kiosk SLX-007, for a demo of the solution or to simply chat about your monitoring needs of your Oracle Linux and Oracle VM infrastructure.
Furthermore,  eG Innovations, will host a theatre session, where you will learn about “Intelligent Performance Management Made Simple “ at the Scene and Be Heard theatre on Sep 29, 1:30pm in Moscone South, Booth #313

Accelerate and Sustain your database and applications workload in your Oracle Linux and Oracle VM infrastructure with Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash architecture

Tegile System flash storage arrays, with patented IntelliFlash™ architecture, deliver high I/O and low latency for applications and databases running on Oracle Applications, Databases, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.  As part of the integration effort, Tegile extensively tests Oracle products with Tegile flash storage platforms ensure customers achieve business acceleration along with significant data reduction in their mission critical Oracle deployments.

Visit Tegile at Moscone South, Booth 611, Kiosk: SLX-019

Oracle VM Manager OS and Usage Survey

We have a short survey that I'd ask our customers how you use Oracle VM Manager today. Click the link here.  It would just take a few minutes to complete the survey. Thank you for providing your valuable feedback.

Friday Sep 05, 2014

Updated Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug in for EMC is Here

The new EMC Storage Integrator plug-in supports Oracle VM 3.3. Storage Connect plug-ins allow customers to discover and provision EMC Storage arrays through Oracle VM Manager. One more way to simplify management of your virtual infrastructure. How simplified? In a few steps: Discover, Create, Provision and Go.

Check out the documentation and test drive for yourself.

LENOVO: Partners Showcasing Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

This Friday and next three Fridays until Oracle OpenWorld, we will be featuring the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase in our blogs. Our regular Friday Spotlights will resume in October after OpenWorld. The focus of this blog will be one of our key partners -  Lenovo.

Lenovo Next Generation Servers: Oracle Solutions For Mid-Market Customers

Lenovo is a leading server provider in key market segments such as retail, education, hospitality, and enterprise customers with distributed data centers. Many of these customers are running Oracle solutions on Lenovo deployments.  

In fact, through Oracle’s Hardware Certification Program, Lenovo’s full suite of rackmount systems, have been certified with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, providing customers with the assurance that the Lenovo and Oracle combined solution is a proven one. Furthermore, through Oracle’s Validated Configuration Program, customers benefit from the reliability of pre-tested and validated architectures, currently featuring Lenovo’s ThinkServer RD640 and RD430, with Oracle’s red stack consisting of Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware. 

In addition, this year’s Oracle OpenWorld offers a forum for Lenovo to announce some new and exciting news. Lenovo has been approved to move forward with the acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business, and other ancillary product lines. With this new acquisition, Lenovo will support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM on System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. 

Come hear about Lenovo’s next generation servers, storage solutions, and the value of running Oracle software on Lenovo’s family of ThinkServer systems in these Scene and BeHeard sessions.  Visit Lenovo at Moscone South, Booth 611, Kiosk: SLX-022.

For more information, visit Lenovo’s Server & Storage website.

Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Virtual Compute Appliance Certified by SAP

Oracle VM continues growing its ecosystem. Oracle VM 3.3 and 3.2 are certified by SAP. Now all SAP products based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x available on Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 5 can now be used on Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Three-Tier and Two-Tier installations (Oracle Database and SAP Application) are supported on Virtual Compute Appliance release 1.1.3 or newer.

For Oracle VM specific instructions, read  SAP Note 1808268. The following Operating systems in VMs are certified and supported for the use in SAP environments. Follow the SAP installation Notes to prepare the OS to run SAP products:

  • Oracle Linux Release 6 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK)
  • Oracle Linux Release 5 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK)
Please check the SAP Product Availability Matrix (www.service.sap.com/pam) for details regarding supported SAP product and Oracle Database releases for these guest OSs.  For more information, see SAP Note 2052912 and Oracle.com/SAP.

Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

amitego AG: Partners Showcasing Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Featuring Showcase Partners with proven Infrastructure and Management Solutions for Customers using Oracle Linux, Oracle Virtualization, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

These partners will be exhibiting their solutions at Oracle OpenWorld’s Oracle Linux and Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase-Booth #611. Make sure you stop by, as you would not want to miss an opportunity to discuss how they can help make your infrastructure more manageable, more secure and more reliable.

amitego is not new to Oracle Infrastructure products, nor to Oracle OpenWorld. Its mission is to make IT a safer place, by addressing secure access by privileged users, and this through its Remote Access Control and Management Solution Suite, VISULOX.

VISULOX is based on the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Software, offering customers a flexible and powerful way to control and document all activities of the privileged users in the IT environment. 

Amitego will be demonstrating their VISULOX product and show how easy it is to integrate without any modification to server or client, delivering a complete audit trail about who did what and when in the system. Including demos showing the user activities. Visit Amitego at Booth 611, Moscone South, Kiosk: SLX-008.

For more information, visit amitego website.

Friday Aug 29, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM 3.3 and Oracle Virtual Networking

Happy Friday! In this week's Spotlight, we are talking about Oracle VM 3.3 with Oracle Virtual Networking. The topic is contributed by Daniel Ritzman, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management and Satinder Nijjar, Principal Product Manager from Oracle Virtual Networking product management. 

Oracle Virtual Networking (OVN) virtualizes the data center infrastructure and enables connections from any virtual machine (VM) or server to other VMs, servers, network resources, and storage devices. With Oracle VM 3.3, the OVN kernel drivers are included with the Oracle VM Server. It's now much easier to take advantage of OVN Software Defined Network (SDN) capability in your Oracle VM environment.

The following steps cover some simple Oracle VM Server configuration, Fabric Manager Configuration and Oracle VM configuration needed to provision virtual network interface cards (vNICs) onto Oracle VM Server and then, from within Oracle VM Manager, provision the vNICs for various things that Oracle VM requires.

1. First we will need to install the user level OVN package on each of the Oracle VM Server's in the server pools. The orclovn-user-6.0.r7494-1.el6.x86_64.rpm package is available from both Oracle public-yum and Oracle Unbrealkable Linux Network (ULN).

2. After installing the RPM, run the following commands to enable and verify the xsigo service is configured to start upon boot:

# chkconfig xsigo on  
# chkconfig --list | grep xsigo
  xsigo 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off
# reboot

We'll assume Fabric Manager has been installed on an Oracle Linux host and you have discovered the fabric interconnects. Also, that the network cloud for the Virtual Machine network has been configured defining the connections to your data center network. (You can review the following OTN articles to review these steps)

3. Next bring up fabric manager and verify that the Oracle VM servers show up in the Physical Servers table of Fabric Manager (Discovery of the servers on the managed fabric is automatic).

a) Launch your browser https://[Fabric Manager Host]:8443/xms

b) Provide network admin credentials

c) Navigate to Server Resource Manager->Physical Servers

You now see your Oracle VM Servers for you server pool displayed in the table.

4. Verify the Private Virtual Interconnect clouds to use, or create new ones for our VM's to use. Navigate to Network Cloud Manager->PVI Clouds. If they exist, verify they have been created and have state up/up. If they have not been created, create one for Live Migration.

a) Select the plus icon above the PVI Clouds table.

b) Provide a name for your live migration network cloud and select the MTU for the cloud

c) Select the SDN cloud where your PVI cloud should be created.

d) Select Submit

Note: When creating a PVI Cloud use the Oracle OVN which corresponds to the fabric on which your servers are wired. If multiple fabrics have been discovered, there may be more than one.

5. Next, create two PVI vNICs on one of the Oracle VM Servers in the server pool. (Live Migration, VM network)

Navigate back to Resource Manager->Physical Servers

a) From the Physical Server Summary, select the server that you would like to configure
b) Select the vNICs tab
c) Select the add icon (plus sign)
d) Provide the name for the vNIC and select the PVI cloud you created in the previous step for live migration
e) Click Submit

Repeat this process for the Virtual Machine network on the same Server.

6. Now that this server is configured with both PVI vNICs you can repeat the above process for the remaining Oracle VM Servers. Alternatively you can create a Template from the first server and apply it to the others.

7. In the Oracle VM UI you can create the networks on the Oracle VM Servers and assign them to their corresponding network Channels (Live Migration and Virtual Machine). The PVI vNICS created in the preceding procedure now show up as any other Ethernet interface. The steps for creating networks in OVM work exactly the same.

NOTE: A server rediscovery would be required to see the new interfaces unless it has rebooted since adding the vNIC’s in Fabric Manager

a) In the Networking tab select Networks and select the add icon (plus sign) to create a new OVM network.

b) Select "Create a network with bonds/ports only and press Next

c) Provide a name and optional description; Check the Live Migrate Network Channel and press Next

d) Select the Oracle VM Servers which you have configured the SDN networks from the Available Servers and press Next

e) Select the Ethernet port you defined for Live Migration and select Next

f) Configure the IP information and Mask for the interface and select Finish

Repeat the above steps for the VM network using the vlan for the VM network.

The configuration steps used above show a simple example of Oracle Virtual Networking can be integrated in your Oracle VM environment. For production environments requiring higher availability, additional HA vNICs would also be provisioned and configured (bonded) on the servers. Additionally QoS can be defined and networks and individual vNIC's can be assigned to ensure networking performance.

For more information and customer benefits of using Oracle VM and Oracle Virtual Networking, you can visit the pages below:

For additional technical content, read the following articles:

Thursday Aug 28, 2014

New Training Now Available on Oracle VM

Want to get started on Oracle VM Server for x86, then take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration training course. You can take this 3-day instructor-led training course from your own desk as a live virtual event or by traveling to an education center for an in-class event. To get an event added to the schedule of this newly released course, register your interest on the Oracle University portal or contact an Oracle University representative.

This course explores building the infrastructure for cloud computing. Expert Oracle University instructors will show you how to support enterprise applications by deploying pooled server resources to create virtual machines with Oracle VM Server for x86 3.3.

Learn To:

  • Plan a virtual solution.
  • Install the Oracle VM Server and the Oracle VM Manager software.
  • Configure network resources to provide isolation and redundancy.
  • Add SAN and NFS to provision storage for the virtual environment.
  • Create server pools and repositories to support application workloads.
  • Speed up virtual machine deployment with templates and assemblies.
  • Use virtual machine high availability.
  • Use server pool policies to maximize the performance of your server workloads.

Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

Updated Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug in for NetApp is Here

The new NetApp plug-in version 2.0.2 is updated to support Oracle VM 3.3. Storage Connect plug-ins allow customers to be able to provision NetApp storage through the Oracle VM Manager. One more way to simply management of your virtual infrastructure.

Read more about the plug-in.

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