Friday Feb 13, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.22 Release

Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.22, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

You can see the Changelog for a complete list of changes. Binaries can be downloaded here (at VirtualBox.org) or here (Oracle Technology Network).

For highlight information on Oracle VM VirtualBox, please see this Spotlight article.

Tuesday Feb 10, 2015

Oracle VM 3.3.2 Released

We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to 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 3.3.2 server ISO, search patch ID 20492240; and also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com
  • Oracle VM Manager 3.3.2 upgrade, search patch ID 20492250
  • Oracle VM Agent 3.3.2 for SPARC, search patch ID 20492222

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 Feb 06, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox

Today's spotlight is on Oracle VM VirtualBox, world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software that enables you to run multiple operating systems on your Mac, PC, Linux, or Oracle Solaris machine. Millions of users are using VirtualBox to test, develop, and demonstrate a variety of software on any of their favorite operating systems on one machine. 

VirtualBox shines for desktop virtualization, with features that enhance the end-user experience:

  • Audio support with Intel High Definition Audio.
  • Multi-monitor display.
  • Graphics acceleration with OpenGL for Linux, Solaris, Windows; Direct3D for Windows.
  • Built-in RDP server for remote graphical console display.
  • Record and play back VM console sessions.
  • Ease of use: VirtualBox has a simple, but powerful GUI that lets users define, start, stop, suspend, resume, snapshot, edit, clone, import and export virtual machines. A full CLI and API set permits automation, too.
  • Shared folders - permits sharing directories/folders between a host system and its guests.
  • USB devices passthrough.

It has features that take advantage of new hardware and can be used to demonstrate very demanding applications as well:

  • Highly scalable guest machines, with up to 32 virtual CPUs and 1TB of RAM.
  • Virtualization with or without VT/x or AMD-V; PAE; EPT/nested page tables; VPID support.
  • Permits over 100 virtual disk devices over multiple storage protocols (SAS, SATA, IDE) and contains a built-in iSCSI initiator.
  • Up to 8 virtual network devices per guest.
  • Page Fusion, allowing real memory sharing with hints for Windows guests.
  • Teleportation - live migration of a VM between servers.

Both use categories can benefit from flexible VirtualBox network options: VMs can use bridged networking which makes them full network citizens, VM-only and host-only private networks, or Network Address Translation (NAT) with or without port forwarding. They can be used in a variety of scenarios ranging from simply putting VMs on the network, to creating private virtual network infrastructures that are insulated from the physical network - or can even operate without a physical network.

Some features are particularly attractive to developers: virtual machines can be snapshotted, cloned and exported as appliances using open virtual machine description data formats. A popular use case is to distribute demonstration and test environments using VirtualBox appliances, such as the Oracle VM Hands On Lab and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. Virtual appliances can be imported transparently into VirtualBox, and even imported into Oracle VM Server for production. Oracle itself, and many other institutions, widely use VirtualBox for this purpose.

You can track new releases of VirtualBox on the News and Changelog pages at VirtualBox.org. New versions can be found for personal use at the Downloads page and at the Oracle VM VirtualBox page, and available with commercial support. An active community and forum can be seen at community page.

In summary, Oracle VM VirtualBox is a powerful, widely-used virtualization platform. Simply visit VirtualBox.org to download the software and enjoy using it. Watch this space for announcements about new releases.

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

EVENT CANCELLED: Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS in New York, NY

ATTENTION  : This event is now cancelled, it will be rescheduled at a later date. We will keep you posted in this blog.

If you are in New York area don't miss this great workshop! 

This workshop provides you 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.

Cisco UCS server provides the highly reliable and flexible infrastructure with Oracle VM application-driven server virtualization to rapidly deploy business critical application workloads, to ensure a highly available environment. The two product combined ensure that the customer achieve needed availability, minimize risks and peace of mind on a fully certified computing stack by both vendors. 

You will hear from Cisco and Oracle experts who will present the solution capabilities with demos and case studies.  

When: February 25, 2015 (CANCELLED)

Time: 10-1pm (Lunch included) 

Where: Cisco Systems, One Penn Plaza, 9th Floor Yankee Stadium CR, New York, NY 10119

Space is limited, reserve your seat today!



Wednesday Feb 04, 2015

New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database

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. Today, we are pleased to announce the latest Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database.

  •  [Feb 2015] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure (12.1.0.2.2) & Oracle Linux 6 Update 6 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 18888811 for 64-Bit Linux
  • [Feb 2015] Oracle RAC 11g Release 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set three (11.2.0.4.5) & Oracle Linux 5 Update 11 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 14000033 for 64-Bit Linux

    NEW in 2015 Templates:

    • Yum@Deploy support(11gR2 & 12c) - Allows running yum install/update during first boot/deployment and subsequent re-builds.
    • Multi-Diskgroup support for Oracle ASM
    • Support for multiplexed Controlfile & REDO logfiles
    • Default kernel boot is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel  Release 3 (3.8.13-55), seamless transition to HVM mode
    • Oracle Linux 7, BTRFS & KSplice Ready!

    The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of any number of nodes.

    To learn more about use cases for Oracle VM Templates and get in-depth knowledge to easily deploy Oracle Database 12c and Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates, please watch the webcast on-demand:

    • Oracle VM Templates Best Practices for Rapid Oracle Database Deployment, register here.
  • Friday Jan 30, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Powering a Demanding Enterprise Operation with Oracle VM

    Much like Oracle’s customer base (some 400,000 companies in 145 countries), Oracle deploys Oracle database, middleware, and application products to support its day-to-day business operations. By virtualizing enterprise applications using Oracle VM, Oracle’s IT organizations realize greater flexibility and lower infrastructure costs. Instead of implementing physical machines for each required operating system version and application release, virtualization using Oracle VM consolidates servers and provides efficiencies that help to decrease capital (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX). At the same time Oracle VM helps IT deploy services more rapidly, allowing administrators to provision new applications quickly to meet emerging requirements and shifts in application demand.

    To learn how Oracle product development uses more than 310,000 virtual machines and how Oracle Managed Cloud Services uses Oracle VM to support some 5.5 million end users, you can achieve the same advantages — reliability, scalability, performance, and easy deployment and manageability that are enjoyed today by Oracle‘s internal IT organizations. Read the white paper in details:

    For more news and events, check out the latest Oracle Virtualization Newletter: http://www.oracle.com/us/dm/oraclevirtualization-100387361-ev-2411267.html

    Friday Jan 23, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance: Past Reflection and Future Vision

    Today's spotlight is a year in review of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance and a look to the future.

    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 a wide range of applications and operating systems. Customers around the world are using Virtual Compute Appliance systems for their virtualized environment of mixed workloads or private cloud.

    The most visible benefit of the Virtual Compute Appliance is rapid deployment. The Virtual Compute Appliance automatically configures compute, storage, and network resources when it is powered up, and users can start running virtual machines in a matter of hours. "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 Spain. View the complete story.

    The Virtual Compute Appliance can be used with Oracle VM Templates, which provide pre-built virtual machines containing OS images and pre-installed application and database software. Together, they provide ready-to-run physical and virtual infrastructure, so customers can start running workloads in hours, not days or weeks. Secure-24, a managed services provider based in Michigan, United States, was able to deploy Oracle Database 12c within 10 minutes by using template. Watch the video here.

    The Virtual Compute Appliance leverages wire-once Software Defined Networking (SDN) using Oracle Virtual Networking over an InfiniBand backplane and the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance for robust, high performance networking and storage.

    Since its release in 2013, the Virtual Compute Appliance has been updated with several product enhancements. Among the most notable are:

    • Addition of X4-2 servers, providing investment protection for customers by supporting a mixture of X4-2 servers and X3-2 servers in the same rack.
    • Support for external storage using either InfiniBand or Fibre Channel technology. Customers now have more options to expand storage to the Virtual Compute Appliance. Customers can now connect the Virtual Compute Appliance to their Fibre Channel storage (e.g. EMC, HDS, NetApp storage), in addition to their existing NFS or iSCSI storage. They can also expand storage of the Virtual Compute Appliance by connecting to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance externally, using InfiniBand.
    • Management VLAN support: The VCA management network now supports the use of VLANs.
    • Improved management capabilities, including an Integrated Command Line Interface: Several command line utilities are now consolidated into a single command line interface (CLI), which is accessible from the Oracle Linux shell on the management node. Customers can use the CLI to script actions that may need to be performed on a regular basis, or to write integration scripts for existing monitoring and maintenance software not directly hosted on the appliance.
    • Synchronization Service to eliminate configuration mismatches: Throughout the life cycle of the Virtual Compute Appliance, software updates, capacity extensions and configuration changes will occur at different points in time. To eliminate configuration mismatches, we implemented a synchronization service to allow configurable parameters to be set and maintained across different components within the Virtual Compute Appliance.

    At a live event on January 21, 2015, Larry Ellison announced the Virtual Compute Appliance X5, offering highest performance at the lowest price. Watch Larry's video or read the press release.

    With this announcement, Oracle continues to provide further product enhancements to deliver more value for customers purchasing the Virtual Compute Appliance.

    Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

    Oracle VM Powers More Engineered Systems

    Earlier today Oracle outlined the strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with a new generation of engineered systems.

    Oracle VM is a core component of Oracle Engineered Systems because it makes the entire software stack and the underlying systems easier to deploy, easier to manage and easier to support.

    With today's announcement, customers are happy to learn that Oracle VM support is now available on Oracle Exadata Database Machine. By using Oracle VM, customers achieve a high level of workload isolation while taking advantage of ultra-fast InfiniBand networking. In addition, virtual machine-based licensing reduces software costs.

    The Oracle VM software runs on Exadata also powers Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, and so on.

    For those SPARC based engineered systems such as Oracle SuperCluster and the SPARC version of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, it's Oracle VM Server for SPARC that provides the enhanced virtualization capability to deliver the same greater business value for our customers. 

    To get started with Oracle VM with Oracle and non-Oracle systems, you can download the software by following the instructions from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html. Contact your Oracle representative or visit www.oracle.com/virtualization to learn more.

    Friday Jan 16, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Xen 4.5 Released

    In today's spotlight, we are happy to share that Xen 4.5 was released. This is the latest upstream development release that continues bringing increased usability, simplicity and innovation to the leading Xen hypervisor that powers some of the world largest cloud services in the world today.

    The 4.5 release has the richest feature set in Xen Project’s history with major contributions coming from AMD, Bitdefender, Citrix, Fujitsu, GlobalLogic, Intel, Linaro, Oracle, SuSE and Cavium, as well as several individual and academic institutions. You can read the details here.

    As many of you know Oracle VM Server for x86 incorporates the open source Xen hypervisor component, which has been customized and optimized to integrate into the larger, Oracle-developed virtualization server. Note that this is about the upstream Xen development, so the feature is not immediately available in the current Oracle VM release. For What's New in the Oracle VM releases, visit here.

    To learn how Oracle VM is used in the public cloud services, a case for study is Oracle Managed Cloud Services team that serves up thousands of Oracle applications to thousands of end customers on a daily basis. With nearly 20,000 of Oracle VM instances powering this operation, maintaining a highly available environment continuously. Curious how this is done? Register to view this webcast on-demand to gain valuable insights into architectural design and management best practices to build and run this highly successful hosted cloud operation, and view the Oracle Managed Cloud Services infographics for a sense of scale of this operation.


    Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

    Increasing simplicity and agility with Oracle Engineered Systems

    We are happy to share another customer story. Tech Mahindra has deployed Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance to help it meet the requirements of one of its customers - a large Australian wealth management organization. Utilising the pre-built, pre-tested integrated platform, Tech Mahindra will be able to meet its business goals, which include achieving a return on their five-year TCO, providing a more agile IT infrastructure to meet its customer’s needs and simplifying the technology that its staff manage and maintain.

    For more benefits and details, read the full press release:
    https://www.oracle.com/au/corporate/pressrelease/engineered-systems-increase-simplicity-20150113.html

    To learn the latest innovations from Oracle, register here for a live webcast on January 21, 2015

    Friday Jan 09, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates For E-Business Suite 12.2.4 For Exalogic Now Available

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

    These Oracle VM templates deliver the full E-Business Suite software stack, including the Oracle Linux 6.5 operating system, Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2.4, and additional required technology components.  The templates have been optimized to be deployed to the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud platform.

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



    Wednesday Dec 31, 2014

    Happy New Year!

    As 2014 is coming to a close, it's time to have a brief recap and highlight the areas with Oracle VM that can help you achieve further efficiency, flexibility and cost savings in your virtualization journey. 

    Oracle VM application-driven virtualization is built for enterprise workloads. Designed and continuously tested with Oracle Database, applications, middleware, systems and third party applications, Oracle VM is proven in both Oracle production as well as customer’s environments to deliver the massive scale and availability required. It's worthwhile to spend a few minutes to watch a short video clip here. If you missed some of the webcasts, you can register to view one of the webcasts on-demand. 

    • Oracle VM Built for Rapid Enterprise Workload Deployment - replay
    • Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle - replay

    A case for study is Oracle Managed Cloud Services team that serves up thousands of Oracle applications to thousands of end customers on a daily basis. With nearly 20,000 of Oracle VM instances powering this operation, maintaining a highly available environment continuously. Curious how this is done? Register to view this webcast on-demand to gain valuable insights into architectural design and management best practices to build and run this highly successful hosted cloud operation, and view the Oracle Managed Cloud Services infographics for a sense of scale of this operation.

    With Oracle VM Templates or Virtual Appliances, it provides an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images.

    With a growing ecosystem, customers have more choices:

      Oracle VM is a core component in many Oracle engineered systems because it brings flexibility, performance, and reliability to virtualized deployments of enterprise applications. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is just the latest example. 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, and deploy your Oracle Database in 10 minutes.

      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. Many customers have transformed how IT delivers information and business services using Oracle VM in a Private Cloud.

      For those who want to learn more, we provide self-paced hands-on labs as well as instructor-led training courses:

      While our journey continues in the new year, I want to thank our customers and partners for your support. You are the reason that inspires us to deliver more value out of virtualization. Happy New Year and Best Wishes to you and your family!

      Friday Dec 19, 2014

      Friday Spotlight: EMC PowerPath for Oracle VM Server

      EMC and Oracle have a deep history of collaboration dating back to 1995. EMC is a Platinum Partner and as part of the OPN program gets pre-release access to Oracle code to test and to ensure that as Oracle and EMC products are brought to market they are proven solutions and hardened for real world use. In addition Oracle Engineering and support hold regular cadence of calls with EMC E-Lab to discuss product testing status, roadmap alignment and any open customer support issues.

      EMC E-Lab has active relationships with Oracle development, one great example is PowerPath and its certification with Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM. EMC PowerPath is host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.

      EMC E-Lab helps customers adopt new technologies by leveraging their validated solutions and processes. The E-Lab Platform team runs qualification cycles against Oracle Linux and Oracle VM when the beta is released to partners for testing. This qualification work is performed against VNXe, VNX, VPLEX, VMAX, and XtremIO. The testing is performed with DM-MPIO and PowerPath. During PowerPath release cycles, Oracle and EMC qualify the new release of PowerPath against these EMC storage platforms. When new releases of EMC storage or their storage operating environment become available, it kicks off qualification cycles with the current releases of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The end result of this exercise is the EMC Support Matrix. Read more details in this EMC article.

      EMC has also published a VMAX Engineering White Paper last week, covering Oracle VM 3.3 Storage Connect for VMAX with EMC Storage Integrator V2.0.  

      We wish you Happy Holidays and the best for 2015.  We will return with Friday Spotlights on Jan 9. 

      Monday Dec 15, 2014

      Latest Update to Oracle VM Server for SPARC

      We just released a maintenance update 3.1.1.2 to Oracle VM Server for SPARC. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.2 beginning with SRU 5.5. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.2 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1672221.1]. 

      For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

      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

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