Friday Jul 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:

  • Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point
  • Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud
  • From power-on to production in few hours
  • Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time
  • Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack 

It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers.

There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples:

In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services

Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services.

By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers.

We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples.

Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

Oracle VM 3.3.3 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 Oracle VM Release Note for 3.3.3 to see a summary of the new content and a list of notable bug fixes.
    Oracle VM 3.3.3 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support.  Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel - since 3.3 release - ovm3x_x86_64_latest). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the 3.3.1 release.

Download Instructions

See the download instructions at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

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.

Monday Jul 20, 2015

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.0.5 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.0.5 of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications.

You can review the list of changes and improvements in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

To download the software update, search patch ID 21288160 from My Oracle Support.

For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance deployment, visit here.

Monday Jun 22, 2015

Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.4 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest release 2.0.4 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 2.0.4 release is a maintenance update to provide bug fixes and add new hardware support for X5-2.

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 20828799 from My Oracle Support.

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

Friday Jun 12, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Tier1 Delivers Private Cloud with Virtual Compute Appliance

Happy Friday! We are happy to share another customer success story. Tier1 Inc. used Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance as a foundation for expanding the firm’s offerings to include full lifecycle of services, not just managed services and application hosting — creating an important new revenue stream.

“Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system that includes everything we need to host our customers’ applications in a virtual environment—fully integrated compute, storage, software, and networking. Our customers know their systems are secure running on a pre-configured, pre-wired converged infrastructure platform built by Oracle. And, it is versatile enough to meet our diverse clients’ needs.”

“We chose Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance for a number of reasons. After evaluating various build versus buy options for our private cloud solution, we decided on Virtual Compute Appliance because it was prebuilt, easy to install, and we could get it up and running very quickly. Additionally, this turnkey solution provides everything from a single vendor that allows for superior product integration, simplified purchasing and management, and a single point of contact for support,” said David Busch, CEO, Tier1 Inc.

To learn more details how Tier1 Inc. moves rapidly into hosted application segment, expands business offerings, and ensures secure private cloud, read the full story here.

You may also watch the video where Tier1 Inc. talks about the benefits of using Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance to build a private cloud virtualization platform to host its customers' Oracle Enterprise applications and Windows applications.

Friday Jun 05, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Keep Your Virtualization Infrastructure Up to Date

It's important to keep all software versions and patches up-to-date, as one of the principles of good security practice. Oracle responds quickly to any potential security threat by incorporating the security fixes into errata updates. See recent security alert to address CVE-2015-3456 ("VENOM") here

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 Server for x86 Security Guide for Release 3.3 HTML
  • Oracle VM Server for x86 Security Guide for Release 3.2 HTML
  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC Security Guide for Release 3.2 HTML

To be informed about any errata update, including security fixes, you can sign up here to receive notification on software update delivered to ULN for Oracle VM Server for x86, or you can browse the email archive.

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

Friday May 29, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Develop in VirtualBox and Deploy to Oracle VM Server

Oracle has two widely used virtual machine technologies for x86: Oracle VM Server for x86 is oriented towards server applications, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is our popular desktop virtualization product. Each is designed for its target application: Oracle VM Server for x86 provides scale and performance for enterprise applications, while Oracle VM VirtualBox provides convenient and flexible desktop virtualization for end-users and developers.

VirtualBox makes it easy to share files between a host desktop or laptop and its VMs, so a programmer can develop code on the host and then test the software inside the VMs. A convenient use case is to develop a VM on VirtualBox, and then export it to Oracle VM Server for x86 where it can run in production. That leverages VirtualBox's graphic capability and ease of use for developer productivity with the ability to promote applications to the servers where they will run.

Converting a VirtualBox VM to an Oracle VM Server for x86 image has been described before, but it's even easier now than previously. First, remove the VirtualBox Guest Additions from the VM as documented in the VirtualBox User Manual. Then export the VM from VirtualBox (File -> Export Appliance). Copy the resulting .ova file to a web server that can be accessed by Oracle VM Manager, and import it as an assembly (Repositories tab, select the target repository, select the Assemblies directory, and click on the 'Import VM Assembly' icon). After the assembly has been imported, it can be used to create a template just as with other assemblies in Oracle VM.

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a user and developer-friendly desktop virtualization technology ideal for creating and testing applications, and Oracle VM Server is a robust server virtualization technology for running enterprise applications. Together, the two are a highly effective combination.

To learn more about Oracle VM VirtualBox and how to use VirtualBox to help with your test/development use cases, you can watch the recent webcast replay.

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.

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 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 https://oracle.com/virtualization

Friday Apr 03, 2015

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.

Friday Mar 13, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: EMC VMAX and EMC VNX are Now Certified on Oracle VM

Oracle’s Storage Certification program enables established storage partners to qualify their storage systems for use with Oracle VM using an Oracle supplied storage qualification test kit.  When a storage vendor enables the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in, their customers will be able to provision that vendor’s storage through the Oracle VM Manager. This will enable simpler management of virtual infrastructure, as well as faster provisioning of solutions in a cloud environment.

EMC storage, including VMAX and VNX, has been tested using the Oracle ® VM Storage Connect Certification kit to achieve Storage Certification with Oracle VM Release 3.3.  and now listed on the Oracle HCL website for Oracle VM. This storage certification required strong collaboration between Oracle and EMC to ensure that adequate testing had been completed and the results met the highest standards. The rigorous process ensures that customers have full support from both Oracle and EMC.

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Friday Mar 06, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Partner Jumpstart Webcast

On March 19, 2015, join us for this partner event - Oracle VM Partner Jumpstart Webcast (1hr partnering business discussion followed by a 3hr technical section containing Oracle VM architecture overview, demo, and best practices discussion). You can register here

For Oracle partners such as system integrators and solution providers, Oracle VM offers tremendous value to enable your virtualization or cloud infrastructure service offerings that makes the software or systems easier to deploy, easier to manage and easier to support. Going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management. With Oracle VM, ISVs can quickly deploy and redistribute applications in standardized Templates or Virtual Appliances. For System Integrators, Oracle VM is tightly integrated at all layers of the Oracle stack from Servers to Networking including Oracle Engineered systems such as Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance, providing pre-configured and pre-tested systems to accelerate infrastructure deployments.

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Tuesday Mar 03, 2015

Announcing Release 2.0.0 of Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-in for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance

Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance team released the new 2.0.0 version of the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in, which includes the following new features since the previous 1.0.3 release. 

  • iSCSI Multipathing – Presents multiple paths between a server and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.
  • Multiple initiator group management – Supports LUNs presenting to multiple initiator groups, and support initiator belonging to multiple initiator groups.
  • LUNs logging into specific target groups
  • Filtering LUNs based on user credentials
  • RESTful API

The Oracle VM Storage Connect framework provides a storage discovery and provisioning API that enables the provisioning and management of storage platforms directly from within Oracle VM Manager. The abstraction provided by the Storage Connect framework allows administrators to perform provisioning operations without the need to know the specific behavior of any storage platforms that are being used within the Oracle VM infrastructure. The Storage Connect API allows third party storage vendors to develop their own Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins that enable their storage appliances to interface with the Storage Connect framework.

The new plug-in works with Oracle VM 3.2.x and 3.3.x. To download the software and read the documentation, visit

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/sun-unified-storage/downloads/zfssa-plugins-1489830.html

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