Friday May 20, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Integrating Oracle VM with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Oracle’s contribution and participation in Docker and OpenStack bring more flexibility and openness to Oracle VM deployment. Customers can take advantage of Oracle VM 3.4 and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 2.1 when building an open cloud infrastructure

Oracle VM Server for x86 incorporates an open source Xen hypervisor component, which has been customized and optimized as a virtualization and management solution for x86 servers. The libvirt driver is part of Oracle VM Server 3.4 to integrate with OpenStack. On an Oracle VM Server based compute node, the native libvirt driver is used (libvirt is not run in a container). All other OpenStack compute node services are run in Docker containers on Dom0.

The Dom0 kernel of Oracle VM Server 3.4 has been updated to Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4, based on the 4.1 mainline kernel, not only to enable Docker container deployment, but also to bring performance improvements and rapid driver availability and streamlined partner certifications with Oracle Linux.

To get started, refer to the Installation and Deployment Guide and Release notes.

Tuesday May 17, 2016

Satisfied Students of Oracle VM Administration Training

Students who have taken the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course tell us that they appreciated the level of information in this training. Even students who came to the course confident in their level of knowledge told us they continued learning valuable skills and information by taking this training.

Student told us that:

  • The comprehensive lecture material took them through Planning, and Installation, and taught them about Networking, Storage, Server Pools and Repositories, and Managing Virtual Machines.
  • Well laid-out lab exercises guided them through hands-on activities that reinforce and build on the topics covered by the instructor during the lecture material.

Join these satisfied students by taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to get hands-on experience when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 25 and 31 May, 14 and 29 June, 18 July and 2, 16, 24, 28 and 29 August 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
17 August 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
15 June 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Ottawa, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Shanghai, China
5 September 2016 Simplified Chinese
Prague, Czech Republic
27 June 2016 Czech
London, English
4 July 2016 English
Reading, England
19 September 2016 English
Lille, France
31 August 2016 French
Lyons, France
2 November 2016 French
Nantes, France
11 July 2016 French
Paris, France
27 June 2016 French
Munich, Germany
30 May 2016 German
Stuttgart, Germany
8 August 2016 German
Hong Kong
25 May 2016 English
Jakarta, Indonesia
28 September 2016 English
Milan, Italy
13 June 2016 Italian
Rome, Italy
26 October 2016 Italian
Mexico City, Mexico
15 August 2016 Spanish
Utrecht, Netherlands
31 October 2016 English
Bratislava, Slovakia
September 2016 English
Bratislava, Slovakia
September 2016 Slovak
Johannesburg, South Africa 17 October 2016 English
Madrid, Spain 13 June 2016 Spanish
Bangkok, Thailand 26 October 2016 English
Istanbul, Turkey 1 August 2016 Turkish
Edison, NJ, United States 24 May 2016 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 24 May 2016 English
You can continue your learning of Oracle VM by taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation and the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration courses.

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

Friday May 13, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM 3.4 Solutions with Command Line Interface

In today's spotlight, I want to share some useful tools that are built on top of Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI). You can take advantage of the tools to automate some common tasks, thus bring more flexibility to help you deploy and manage an Oracle VM environment.

As you already know, main components building the Oracle VM Server for x86 architecture are:

  • Oracle VM Server incorporates an open source Xen hypervisor component, which has been customized and optimized to integrate into the larger, Oracle-developed virtualization server.
  • Oracle VM Manager, the Browser user interface (BUI) to manage Oracle VM environment.

But there are further options to manage an Oracle VM deployment!

Between them we can find Oracle VM API (application programming interface) and Oracle VM CLI (command line interface).

Both options really resides on Oracle VM Manager host and are already part of your Oracle VM ecosystem; this kind of features opens further integration opportunity:

So while the Oracle VM Web-Services API options allows to integrate 3rd parties products to manage Oracle VM ecosystem, Oracle VM CLI allows to automate and schedule different operations that usually are manually executed by the BUI.

Between them we can find different operations that maybe need many clicks or human interaction to be completed or, for example, need to be scheduled at a certain time/date; different examples can be:

  • create a huge list of objects (like networks, virtual-disks, vms...etc)
  • execute, sequentially, more operations of the same type (clone, move, start, stop...etc) 
  • execute the same operation for N times (like execute the same operation on tens/hundreds of vms)
  • schedule the execution of a particular operation at a given date/time without user interaction
  • ....and even much more

All these types of operations can be accomplished and executed in a faster manner using Oracle VM CLI where, thanks to the scripting option available, you can estimate which is the best logic to apply before executing the command requested; so you can really design your flowchart and decide which kind of checks needs to be executed before introduce any change or perform any operation; an example:

A very interesting example, with all the details, of this approach can be found at this link where I created a simple Oracle VM CLI script able to move an entire VM (vm configuration file and all virtual-disks) from one repository to an other one.

Even if the VM moving is an easy operation that can be accomplished also using the Oracle VM Manager BUI interface, it could happen that you are in one of these cases:

  • You need to move a huge list of VMs from one repository to a new one
  • You need to move a list of VMs with many virtual-disks
  • You need to schedule the vm-moving at a specific date/time

and this is only one example of the very cool things that you can automate thanks to Oracle VM Manager Web-Services API or Oracle VM Manager CLI.

If you are interested on further solutions like this one you can evaluate them also here where further articles describe other cases.

Feel free to comment and ask for details on this blog entry!

Friday Apr 15, 2016

Friday Spotlight - building a demo Oracle VM environment using VirtualBox

Learning a new software stack or test a new release is challenging enough without having to spend multiple cycles on the install process and, between many of possible use cases, Oracle VM VirtualBox can be used to create demo environments where to test or verify Enterprise products.

On Oracle Technology Network website you can find a list of Appliances, deployed and pre-built by Oracle Experts at no cost, ready to deploy more solutions on top of Oracle VM VirtualBox. Due to the high interest, one of the most downloaded appliance is Oracle VM Server & Manager.

This Appliance, thanks to VirtualBox, allows to create a real and complete Oracle VM environment on your laptop/desktop; these pre-built environments are also the foundation of Hands On Labs that we usually propose by webcasts or at important events like Oracle Open World. 

We also created a dedicated WhitePaper on this, where you can follow a step-by-step guide to build and Oracle VM Clustered Pool:

  • Import Oracle VM VirtualBox pre-built appliances
Once VMs are imported you'll have the complete management of them using VirtualBox GUI.

  • Prepare VirtualBox network interfaces 
Thanks to VirtualBox GUI you can manage your vNICs and point them to a specific configuration (bridged, host-only, NAT,....)

  • Initialize Oracle VM Server & Manager

  • Prepare Virtual Storage
Setup the storage that will guest the entire demo appliance.

  • Configure HTTP Server and NFS Server for their purposes

Exploit VMs pre-configured services like NFS-Server and HTTP-Server. 

This solution will allow you to try all interesting Oracle VM features and, at the same time, evaluate the product without any kind of investment in term of hardware purchase and installation time.

For further informations you can also visit:

If you have any question, feel free to post them on this blog entry.

Have a great weekend.

Tuesday Apr 12, 2016

Learn to Protect Cloud Resources with Oracle VM Training

In the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation training, learn to identify the resources that you must protect, and learn the steps to back up and recover these resources. In this course, you explore environment-wide recovery scenarios and gain knowledge that you can use as a blueprint for your disaster recovery strategy.

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course in the following formats:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 3 and 11 May, 1 June, and 6 July 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Jakarta, Indonesia 3 October 2016 English
Singapore 18 May 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa 26 April 2016
English
Bangkok, Thailand 7 November 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States 21 July 2016 English
If you are new to Oracle VM, you can start your learning by taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course or the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.

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

Friday Apr 01, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM 3.4 Performance Gains

This is the first in a series of blogs to give the Oracle VM community some additional information on the 3.4 release that we announced last week. To start, we are going to share a little more information on the performance gains and capacity increases that were delivered with this updated version of Oracle VM.

Oracle VM Manager:

A number of infrastructure enhancements have been delivered to increase the performance and responsiveness of the Oracle VM Manager. Test results have shown substantial time improvements for the tasks required to provision and manage your virtualization deployment:

  • 85% improvement in login times to the user interface
  • 62% quicker navigation between tabs
  • 66% faster response to actions like expanding the Server Pools folder

The net result is quicker response times when you perform jobs with the Manager which results in more time to focus on other IT tasks in your data center. Early feedback from an early adopter of Oracle VM 3.4 claims “It’s so zippy!”

Oracle VM Server:

With the introduction of an updated version of the Xen hypervisor and additional enhancements made to the Oracle VM Server code, the 3.4 release offers higher levels of scalability and performance:

  • Capacity increases:

    • CPUs per host Server increased to 384

    • vCPUs per VM increased to 256

    • VM vDisk size increased to 10TB (NFS) and 64TB (OCFS2)

    • VMs per host Server increased to 300

  • Faster live migrations – internal testing shows a 4x improvement in a typical migration time.

Oracle VM Agent for SPARC:

Improvements made to the Oracle VM Agent for SPARC have resulted in a 4x decrease in discovery time for a T5-8 in a customer deployment.

Oracle VM is engineered for the Open Cloud Infrastructure to increase datacenter flexibility, meet your price/performance needs, and make applications easier to deploy, manage, and support.

For more Information - Oracle VM 3.4 documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN)

If you have any questions, feel free to post them on this blog entry.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday Mar 24, 2016

Announcing Oracle VM 3.4 - Engineered for Open Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle VM Release 3.4, Oracle’s latest server virtualization product, delivers many important new features and enhancements to enable rapid enterprise application deployment throughout public and private cloud infrastructure. The new release continues expanding support for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads - providing customers and partners with additional choices and interoperability - including the capability to enable OpenStack support. 

Infrastructure

  • Updated Xen hypervisor - Xen hypervisor updated to deliver greater scalability of up to 256 vCPUs per guest VM.
  • Modern Dom0 kernel - Dom0 kernel updated to Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4, based on the 4.1 mainline kernel, to bring performance improvements; and rapid driver availability and streamlined partner certifications with Oracle Linux.
  • Enhanced Virtual Appliance support - Improved VM portability across different cloud infrastructure by enhancing OVF based virtual appliance support. Oracle VM Manager now provides the ability to import and export Oracle VM Virtual Appliances as a single .ova (Open Virtualization Format Archive) file or a set of .ovf (Open Virtualization Format) and .img (disk image) files.
  • Storage live migration - Oracle VM uses features built into the OCFS2 file system on x86 platforms to provide live migration capabilities for virtual machines that have virtual disks on local storage.
  • Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support Oracle VM provides support for installing Oracle VM Server into FCoE Storage Area Networks (SAN) over selected Host Bus Adapters (HBA) or Converged Network Adapters (CNA).
  • Booting from UEFI Oracle VM Server can now boot from systems that use the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).
  • Automated installation of VNC and Serial Console software - The Oracle VM Manager installer also manages the installation of the VNC and Serial Console software packages which reduces administrative overhead during a deployment of the environment.

Security and serviceability

  • Dom0 kernel update on live systems - Oracle Ksplice updates the Dom0 Oracle UEK with all of the important security patches without needing to reboot.
  • FIPS 140-2 Validation This release supports enabling FIPS mode for OpenSSL to be compliant with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2.
  • Improved character handling for filters - Improvements to Oracle VM Manager allow for better handling of characters used in filter fields to improve matching capabilities and to provide improved protection against attempted SQL injection attacks.

  • Enabling Kdump during Oracle VM Server installation - During installation of Oracle VM Server, you can now choose to enable the Kdump service that captures a memory dump from dom0 and stores it on the filesystem to help you debug and diagnose issues in the event of a system crash.
  • OSWatcher Utility Available on Oracle VM Server the OSWatcher utility is installed on Oracle VM Server by default and is enabled to run at boot. OSWatcher is a collection of shell scripts that collect and archive operating system and network metrics to diagnose performance issues.

Performance

  • Improved Performance - This release of Oracle VM includes several enhancements to overall performance and scalability, including the time it takes to discover a large number of servers.

The following table highlights performance improvements for the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface from Release 3.3.1 to Release 3.4.1:

Action in the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface

First time

Subsequent times

Logging in

85%

80%

Switching from Status Overview to Statistics on the Health tab

23% faster response time

1 second

Expanding the Server Pools folder on the Servers and VMs tab

66% faster response time

0 seconds

Switching from the Servers and VMs tab to the Health tab

62% faster response time

73% faster response time

Usability and manageability

  • Device mappings - Virtual machine configuration details under the Servers and VMs tab in the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface display device mappings that allow you to easily identify which physical resources, such as disks in the repository, correspond to virtual resources, such as virtual disks assigned to virtual machines.
  • Object topology view You can view graphical representations, and generate reports, of virtual machine object nodes and attributes to quickly locate resources and view information about those resources.
  • Generating XML reports - Oracle VM Manager lets you generate XML reports on objects, the object attributes, and direct sub-objects. You can generate reports for virtual machines, Oracle VM Servers, server pools, and storage.
  • User preferences - Oracle VM Manager stores certain user preferences across sessions.
  • Simple names for repository objects - Oracle VM Manager persists simple names for repository objects as metadata. As a result, the simple names are retained when the repository is transferred to a different instance of Oracle VM Manager or easily recovered in cases where Oracle VM Manager is manually restored without a database backup.
  • Configuring management database backups - The Preferences tab in the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface lets you set the interval for backing up the management MySQL database and number of backups to keep.
  • Listing the locations of virtual machine disks - Oracle VM Manager provides detailed information on the location of virtual machine disks to facilitate backup tasks.
  • Monitoring Oracle VM Server through SNMP - This release provides an SNMP shared object module that lets you retrieve details about Oracle VM Server, monitor Oracle VM Server health, and return a list of running virtual machines.
  • Viewing virtual machine configuration files - Oracle VM lets you easily retrieve the configuration files for virtual machines (vm.cfg) from the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface or the command line interface (CLI).
  • Avoiding multiple physical disk allocation - Oracle VM provides detailed information about how physical disks are in use to avoid multiple physical disk allocation.
  • Context sensitive help - Online help for Oracle VM now launches directly from elements in the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface to the relevant help topics. This online help system eliminates the need to navigate through help topics to find information.

Visit the following resources for additional details:

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

Monday Mar 14, 2016

Oracle VM 3.3.4 Released!

We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability and performance, and to provide bug fixes. 

You can review the Oracle VM Release Note for 3.3.4 to see a summary of the new content and a list of notable bug fixes. Oracle VM 3.3.4 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support.  The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes and security 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.

Deploying and Managing Applications with Oracle VM Training

Oracle VM is built to support different workloads, with an emphasis on ease of deployment and management of Oracle applications.

In the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course, you learn to create server pools to take advantage of your existing storage and networking infrastructure. This will enable you to seamlessly manage storage from a central location using Oracle VM Storage Connect. Using features like anti-affinity groups and Dynamic Resource Scheduling policy, you'll implement and manage the inter-connections between the virtual machines running your multi-tier enterprise applications.

Extensive hands-on practices will guide you through each step for building your virtual environment. With the skills acquired during these exercises, you can scale your virtual environment to support the most demanding workloads.

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to perform lab exercises when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones, including 16 March, 20 and 27 April, and 11 and 25 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. In-class events on the schedule include the following:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
17 August 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
27 April 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Ottawa, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
13 April 2016 English
Prague, Czech Republic
27 June 2016 Czech
Cairo, Egypt
17 May 2016 English
London, England
4 July 2016 English
Reading, England
21 March 2016 English
Paris, France
23 March 2016 French
Lille, France
2 May 2016 French
Stuttgart, Germany
2 May 2016 German
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
11 May 2016 English
Milan, Italy
13 June 2016 Italian
Rome, Italy
9 May 2016 Italian
Mexico City, Mexico
13 April 2016 Spanish
Utrecht, Netherlands
21 March 2016 English
Singapore
4 May 2016 English
Bratislava, Slovakia  29 March 2016 Slovakian
Ljubjiana, Slovenia
25 May 2016 Slovenian
Johannesburg, South Africa
22 March 2016 English
Madrid, Spain
4 April 2016 Spanish
Malmo, Sweden
18 April 2016 English
Stockholm, Sweden 18 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand 11 April 2016 English
Edison, NJ, United States 24 May 2016 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 24 May 2016 English
If you are using SPARC, you could take the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.
  • Live-Virtual Events on the schedule include 14 and 31 March, 7, 14 and 18 April, and 23 and 26 May 2016
  • In-Class Events on the schedule include the following:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Cairo, Egypt 10 April 2016 Arabic
Cairo, Egypt 25 May 2016 English
Tokyo, Japan 24 March 2016 Japanese
Mexico City, Mexico 23 May 2016 Spanish
Singapore 21 March 2016 English

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

Friday Mar 11, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates and Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning

Oracle VM template is a fully pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine that can be downloaded onto an installed Oracle VM server. An Oracle VM Template may include a single virtual machine, with a single Oracle product such as a single-instance database or WebLogic Server or multiple VMs with multiple Oracle products to facilitate rapid deployment of even the most complex composite applications: this is the foundation of the Application-Driven Virtualization.

Use of Oracle VM Templates eliminates the installation and configuration costs, and reduces the ongoing maintenance costs helping organizations achieve faster time to market and lower cost of operations.

Oracle VM Templates can be downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud: Just download, import and deploy the Template VM(s) and within minutes you will have a fully installed and configured Oracle environment that you know is completely correct, supported and certified by Oracle. In most cases, deployment times for complex applications can be reduced from weeks to hours.

And this is not all…..

On Oracle VM you can create your own templates, based or not on Oracle Products; so, for example, starting from an existing Oracle VM Template you have the opportunity to build your gold image where you can address all your standards and/or desired changes.


At the same time, you can create a totally new Oracle VM template and evaluate which kind of customization is needed on the first boot of the VM.

This option allows to build an entire fully automated Cloud solution, based on Oracle VM, able to deploy VMs and services in minutes, instead of hours or days.

All these activities can be accomplished easily with this white paper, totally dedicated to the Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning for Oracle VM where concepts like:

  • Oracle VM Messaging System
  • Oracle VM Guest Additions (ovmd and ovm-template-config)
  • Oracle VM CLI
  • Local and remote configuration of a VM

are explained and proved with more examples on different Oracle Linux releases (5/6/7).

To learn more:

If you have any question, feel free to post them on this blog entry.

Have a great weekend.

Monday Feb 29, 2016

Are You Ready to Take Oracle VM Training?

Oracle VM training is suitable for administrators and support personnel of systems that would benefit from server virtualization. To get the most from Oracle VM training, ensure you already have the prerequisite knowledge.

To take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course you should have the ability to administer a Linux environment and implement a virtual infrastructure using a virtualization platform.

Ideally, you would also be familiar with networking principles, with link aggregation and VLAN technologies, with thin provisioning and with storage concepts: iSCSI, NFS, FC.

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lectures through streaming video at your own pace and booking a time that suits you to do hands-on exercises.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live class from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones including 2, 16 and 29 March, 20 and 26 April, 10, 25 and 31 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule:
 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Melbourne, Australia
 30 March 2016  English
 Sydney, Australia
 27 April 2016  English
 Montreal, Canada
 24 May 2016  English
 Ottawa, Canada
 24 May 2016  English
 Toronto, Canada
 13 April 2016  English
 Shanghai, China
 5 September 2016  Simplified Chinese
 Prague, Czech Republic
 27 June 2016  Czech
 Cairo, Egypt
 17 May 2016  English
 Reading, England
 21 March 2016  English
 London, England
 4 July 2016  English
 Lille, France
 2 May 2016  French
 Nantes, France
 7 November 2016  French
 Paris, France
 23 March 2016  French
 Toulouse, France
 30 March 2016  French
 Munich, Germany
 30 May 2016  German
 Stuttgart, Germany
 2 May 2016  German
 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
 11 May 2016  English
 Jakarta, Indonesia
 28 September 2016  English
 Milan, Italy
 13 June 2016  Italian
 Rome, Italy
 9 May 2016  Italian
 Mexico City, Mexico
 13 April 2016  Spanish
 Utrecht, Netherlands
 21 March 2016  English
 Singapore
 4 May 2016  English
 Bratislava, Slovakia
 29 March 2016  Slovak
 Ljubljana, Slovenia
 25 May 2016  Slovenian
 Johannesburg, South Africa  21 March 2016  English
 Madrid, Spain   4 April 2016  Spanish
 Stockholm, Sweden  18 April 2016  English
 Bangkok, Thailand  11 April 2016  English
 Edison, NJ, United States  24 May 2016  English
 King of Prussia, PA, United States  24 May 2016  English

Those who have already taken the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course or are familiar with the installation and configuration of Oracle VM can continue learning by taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course.

You can take this class as a:

  • Live-Virtual Events: Choose from a selection of events to suit different timezones including 20, 21 and 30 March, 6 April, 11 and 31 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Jakarta, Indonesia
 3 October 2016  English
 Singapore  18 May 2016  English
 Johannesburg, South Africa  3 May 2016  English
 Bangkok, Thailand  23 March 2016  English
 Roseville, MN, United States  21 July 2016  English
To take the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course, you should have knowledge of administering Oracle Solaris and Ethernet networks and be able to perform basic server set-up tasks.

You can take this class as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones including 14 and 31 March, 18 April, 23 and 26 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule:
 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Brisbane, Australia
 23 May 2016  English
 Melbourne, Australia
 21 March 2016  English
 Sydney, Australia
 28 April 2016  English
 Cairo, Egypt
 10 April 2016  Arabic
 Cairo, Egypt
 25 May 2016  English
 Hamburg, Germany
 16 June 2016  German
 Tokyo, Japan  24 March 2016  Japanese
 Mexico City, Mexico  23 May 2016  Spanish
 Singapore  21 March 2016  English
 Madrid, Spain  21 March 2016  Spanish

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

Friday Feb 26, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: TechCast Video about Xen and Oracle VM

Join Logan Rosenstein, OTN Systems Community Manager, as he chats with Kurt Hackel, Software Development Senior Director for Oracle VM Server and Private Cloud Appliance, and John Priest, Product Management Director for Oracle VM, about Oracle VM, the Xen Hypervisor, and working with the Open Source community.

In this great interview they talk about :

  • Xen as the core component of Oracle VM
  • How Oracle VM is optimized for high scalability and availability
  • Advantages of using Xen as the hypervisor like resource control, isolation and performance
  • How our developers mentor women engineers in Xen community 

To Learn More:

Xen Hypervisor

Have a great weekend. 

Wednesday Feb 24, 2016

Spirent TestCenter™ Virtual Uses Oracle VM for Cloud-Enabled Services

Today's blog features one of our partners Spirent who offer services and solutions for cloud.

Spirent TestCenter Virtual now supports Oracle VM allowing customers with layer 2–7 test and measurement capabilities to accelerate SDN and NFV deployments. Spirent TestCenter Virtual is a software module that resides on virtual machines and servers. It is used by operators and cloud providers to validate virtual switches, routers, and firewalls using the same tests that have been used to validate physical devices for years.

Spirent TestCenter Virtual helps benchmark VNFs, NFV environments and cloud management platforms like OpenStack, VMware vCloud, Cloudstack and AWS. It is capable of high performance using DPDK drivers and is supported on multiple hypervisors including VMware ESXi, KVM/QEMU, Xen Server, and Hyper-V.

Learn more about Spirent TestCenter Virtual on Oracle VM here.

Friday Feb 19, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Join us at Virtual Technology Summit in March and April

Oracle Technology Network welcomes you to join the Virtual Technology Summit from where you are- you don't need to travel. Attend this online event to watch technical demos and participate in hands-on-labs delivered by Oracle product experts, Oracle ACE’s, and Java Champions. Choose your technology track below for the full agenda, abstracts, and HOL participation instructions. 

Database: The database track provides latest updates and in-depth topics covering Oracle Database 12c Advanced Options, new generation application development with JSON, Node.js and Oracle Database Cloud, as well as sessions dedicated to the most recent capabilities of Oracle MySQL for Oracle DBAs and Developers. 

Java: In this track, we will show you improvements to the Java platform and APIs. You’ll also learn how the Java language enables you to develop innovative applications using Microservices, parallel programming, integrate with other languages and tools, as well as insight for the APIs that will substantially boost your productivity. 

Middleware: The middleware track offers developers focused on gaining new skills and expertise in emerging technology areas such as Internet of Thing (IoT), Mobile and PaaS. This track also provides latest updates on Oracle WebLogic 12.2.1.and Java EE. 

Systems: Designed for System Administrators this track covers best practices for implementing, optimizing, and securing your operating system, management tools, and hardware. In addition, we will also discuss best practices for Storage, SPARC, and Software Development.

We have two Oracle Linux and Virtualization sessions under this track:

  • Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates By Simon Coter 
  • How to Easily Deploy and Manage Oracle Openstack with Oracle Linux By Michael Glasgow

To attend our track and sessions around the world, register here :

    • Americas  -  March 8, 2016 | 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. PT / 12:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. BRT
    • EMEA -  April 5, 2016 |9:30–13:30 GMT (UK) / 11:30–14:30 CEST
    • APAC - March 15, 2016 | 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. IST / 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. SGT / 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. AEDT

Tuesday Feb 16, 2016

Advanced Learning Objectives in Oracle VM Training

Do you need to go further in your use of Oracle VM? If the following correspond to your objectives, then the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course is for you:

  • Increase administrative reach with the Oracle VM Web Services API
  • Create virtual machines by importing existing resources and migrating guests from other platforms
  • Perform dynamic resource changes to running virtual machines
  • Automate the configuration of virtual machines when they boot for the first time
  • Redeploy Oracle VM servers, server pools and repositories in response to changing requirements in your Oracle VM environment
  • Use tools and commands to examine the status of Oracle VM components and to identify problems
  • Identify Oracle VM components to protect and establish guidelines for backing up and restoring these components
  • Learn to recover your Oracle VM environment by using disaster scenarios
  • Integrate lessons learned during recovery to your D/R plans
  • Administer your Oracle VM environment by using the Oracle VM Manager UI and the Oracle VM CLI

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events already on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 17 and 24 February, 21, 22 and 30 March, and 11 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Jakarta, Indonesia 7 March 2016 English
Singapore 18 May 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa 3 May 2016 English
Madrid, Spain 17 February 2016 Spanish
Bangkok, Thailand 23 March 2016 English
If you are new to using Oracle VM Server for x86, you should take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course. Those on SPARC, should take the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.

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

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