Thursday Jan 28, 2016

Your Virtualization Objectives Met by Oracle VM Training

If you are planning to use server virtualization and your learning objectives correspond to the following, Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration is the course for you:

  • Install the Oracle VM Server for x86 and the Oracle VM Manager
  • Become familiar with the Oracle VM Manager UI and CLI
  • Discover and manage Oracle VM servers
  • Add networks and storage to support the Oracle VM environment
  • Create and manage server pools
  • Create and populate repositories with virtual resources
  • Perform the steps to create and operate virtual machines
  • Use cloning with templates and assemblies to create additional virtual entities
  • Exercise high availability, live migration and anti-affinity policy

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course through 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 hands-on activities 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 timezones including 10 and 17 February, 2, 18 and 29 March, 20 and 26 April, and 11 and 25 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. In-Class events on the schedule include the following:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
23 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
16 March 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Ottawa, Canada
24 April 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
13 April 2016 English
Cairo, Egypt
17 May 2016 English
Reading England
21 March 2016 English
Lille, France
2 May 2016 French
Lyons, France
15 March 2016 French
Paris, France
23 March 2016 French
Toulouse, France
30 March 2016 French
Munich, Germany
29 February 2016 German
Stuttgart, Germany
2 May 2016 German
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
11 May 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
21 March 2016 English
Singapore
4 May 2016 English
Ljubijana, Slovenia
25 May 2016 Slovenian
Johannesburg, South Africa
22 March 2016 English
Stockholm, Sweden
25 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
11 April 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States 7 March 2016 English
Edison, NJ, United States 24 May 2016 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 24 May 2016 English
If you using Oracle VM Server for SPARC, consider taking the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.

Live Virtual Events on the schedule include 14 and 31 March, 18 April, and 23 and 26 May 2016

In-Class Events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Brisbane, Australia 15 February 2016 English
Melbourne, Australia 21 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia 28 April 2016 English
Quito, Ecuador 23 February 2016 Spanish
Cairo, Egypt 10 April 2016 Arabic
Tokyo, Japan 24 March 2016 Japanese
Singapore 1 February 2016 English
To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Jan 15, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Using Oracle Clusterware to Protect Oracle VM Manager

Oracle VMOracle VM Manager provides an easy-to-use and centralized management environment for configuring and operating your Oracle VM server, network, and storage infrastructure from a browser-based interface, and it is accessible from just about anywhere. Oracle VM Manager 3 is an Oracle Fusion Middleware application, based on the Oracle Weblogic application server. Oracle VM Manager uses the bundled MySQL Database Enterprise Edition as the management repository beginning with Oracle VM Manager 3.2 release. The Oracle VM Manager 3 runs on 64-bit Oracle Linux.

To make the Oracle VM management components highly available, the built-in management database repository and the Oracle Weblogic Server that come with Oracle VM Manager must be protected in case of a server or application failure. To understand the steps to set up a clustered environment by using Oracle Clusterware to provide fail-over capabilities for Oracle VM Manager 3.3, read the white paper authored by Simon Coter

Friday Jan 08, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM

Happy New Year! With more partners who endorse Oracle VM, customers benefit from the growing ecosystem to choose a variety of partner solutions to enable their cloud infrastructure.

I'm pleased to share that Acronis announces Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM - to protect your entire Oracle VM environment with efficient backups, flexible storage, and ultra-fast data recovery — all managed from one easy-to-use dashboard. The solution is delivered beginning with Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM Version 11.5.  In addition, Acronis has launched its all-new Sleepless Gold Backup Solution powered by Acronis technology with backup capabilities for Oracle VM customers.  

Visit the partner page for more information.

Friday Dec 18, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Hands-On-Labs now available via OTN!

Thanks to the success of the hands-on labs at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 we are now making those hands-on labs available for public download via OTN.

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

The hands-on labs leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox on your laptop or personal computer. With easy setup and by following simple steps, you can quickly create an Oracle VM server virtualization demonstration or learning environment with full Oracle software stack. Just download the virtual appliances, and import into your Oracle VM VirtualBox environment to play with it.

This year the HOLs presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 had been:


  • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM

In this session, highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle VM as the foundation. See how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

  • Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

  • Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance. And going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. In this hands-on lab, learn how powerful Oracle VM Templates can make rolling out Oracle E-Business Suite quick and easy.

You can find all the information and download the HOLs packages (OVA format) and step-by-step documentation here.

HOLs laptop/desktop hardware requirements are:

· 1 CPU quad-core (dual-core minimum)

· 16 GB of RAM

All the HOLs presented at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 are marked with “New“.

Have fun and feel free to post your feedback on this blog entry comments.

Friday Dec 11, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server Performance and Tuning Blog

This Friday spotlight announces new blog articles on Oracle VM performance. This series of blogs, started in September, discusses how to evaluate and optimize Oracle VM performance. The articles that have already been published are:

  1. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 1 - introduced the series and gave a perspective on virtual machine performance.
  2. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 2 - discussed performance measurement and evaluation, and reviewed Oracle VM CPU, memory, and I/O architecture for both x86 and SPARC.
  3. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 3 - discussed performance goals, use cases, and policies for virtual machines and cloud environments.
  4. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 4 - provided an in-depth view of CPU and memory optimization for Oracle VM Server for x86, with details on how to optimize NUMA latency, CPU sizing and over-subscription, and hyper-threading.
  5. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 5 - discussed the different Oracle VM Server for x86 domain types and how to choose between them for performance and flexibility, and how to leverage huge pages and Oracle VM's CPU scheduler controls.
  6. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 6 - (new) discusses tuning network and disk I/O performance, which is critical to most workloads.

Upcoming articles will discuss tuning for other aspects of Oracle VM performance, followed by Oracle VM Server for SPARC performance topics.

In summary, while Oracle VM is designed to provide excellent performance "out of the box" performance can be enhanced by selecting the right implementation choices and using best practices.

Monday Nov 30, 2015

Oracle at Gartner DC, Infrastructure and Operations Mgt Conference, Dec 7-10


Oracle is a Premier sponsor of the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conferencethis December 7 – 10, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Oracle experts in a variety of sessions, including demonstrations during the showcase receptions where they can discuss topics on Oracle’s Engineered Systems and many more of Oracle’s product offerings.

Oracle’s Solution Provider Session: New Thinking in Critical IT Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Chuck Hollis 

IT services are moving to the cloud, that's a fact, but you will always have critical services that run in your data center. You need a new type of infrastructure that allows you to move seamlessly between traditional IT, private & public cloud. This session will feature executive thought leaders from Oracle and leading customers to share their experience in transforming IT infrastructure.

Oracle will be at the Conference Exhibition Hall C, Booth #411 during the following date & hours:

Monday, December 7th 

6 - 8 PM: Show floor hours

Tuesday, December 8th

12– 2 PM: Show floor hours

6 – 8 PM: Show floor hours

Wednesday, December 9th

12- 2 PM: Show floor hours

Come and talk to our experts and grab a DVD with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM on it.

    Register today. 

    Tuesday Nov 17, 2015

    Complete Lifecycle Compute Stack Virtualization

    Using the Oracle VM application-driven architecture is different from using traditional virtualization. Built with the application stack and manageability in mind, Oracle VM offers a complete lifecycle compute stack virtualization. 

    The Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course will help you consolidate the server foot print, while you learn to deploy or consolidate application workloads to a virtualized environment or migrate to a private cloud.

    You can take this course through the following formats:

    • Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to do hands-on 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 the 2, 7, and 20 of December 2015, the 7, 20 and 26 of January, the 10, 16, and 22 of February, the 2, 18 and 29 of March, the 20 and 26 of April, and the 10 and 25 of May 2016.
    • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

     Location  Date  Delivery Language
    Melbourne, Australia
    30 March 2016 English
    Sydney, Australia
    27 January 2016 English
    Montreal, Canada
    19 January 2016 English
    Ontario, Canada
    19 January 2016 English
    Toronto, Canada
    19 January 2016 English
    Quito, Ecuador
    24 November 2015 Spanish
    Cairo, Egypt
    17 May 2016 English
    London, England
    11 January 2016 English
    Reading, England
    21 March 2016 English
    Lille, France
    3 February 2016 French
    Lyon, France
    15 March 2016 French
    Nantes, France
    11 January 2016 French
    Toulouse, France
    20 March 2016 French
    Frankfurt, Germany
    30 November 2015 German
    Munich, Germany
    29 February 2016 German
    Stuttgart, Germany
    2 May 2016 German
    Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
    2 May 2016 English
    Utrecht, Netherlands
    4 May 2016 English
    Wellington, New Zealand
    3 December 2016 English
    Ljubljana, Slovenia
    25 May 2016 Slovenian
    Kista, Sweden
    18 April 2016 English
    Bangkok, Thailand
    18 January 2016 English
    Phoenix, AZ, United States
    16 February 2016 English
    Sacramento, CA, United States
    16 February 2016 English
    San Francisco, CA, United States
    16 February 2016 English
    San Jose, CA, United States
    16 February 2016 English
    Roseville, MN, United States
    28 December 2015 English
    Edison, NJ, United States
    19 January 2016 English
    Columbus, Ohio, United States 28 December 2015 English
    King of Prussia, PA, United States 19 January 2016 English

    To continue learning about Oracle VM, consider taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation and 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 Nov 06, 2015

    Oracle VM 3.2.10 Released

    We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to deliver new hardware support, improve stability, and provide bug fixes. You can review the Oracle VM What's New Wiki for 3.2.10 Manager and 3.2.10 Server for the list of What’s New and Notable Bug Fixes.

    Oracle VM 3.2.10 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support. Oracle VM Server packages are also available from the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM Server 3.2 Latest Channel). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the base 3.2.1 release.  

    Oracle VM 3.2.10 Download Information

    · Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.10 server ISO, search patch ID 16410428; and will also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com

    · Oracle VM Manager 3.2.10 upgrade, search patch ID 16410417

    · Oracle VM Agent 3.2.10 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949

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

    Additional Information

    New customers are encouraged to use the latest Oracle VM 3.3.  Stay tuned for further updates. 

    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 Oct 19, 2015

    OOW15: QLogic Showcases Solutions at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

    QLogic is one of the global leaders and technology innovators in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Oracle and other leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. QLogic technology provides Oracle with I/O from servers and storage to the cloud. 

    At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Booth #121, Kiosk: SLX-005, QLogic is demonstrating the use of NPAR (NIC Partitioning) and Oracle VM for QoS Cloud Solutions.  QLogic will also present their solution in the theatre session below:

    QLogic Adapters with NPAR and Oracle VM Enable Optimal Data Center Consolidation [THT11247]

    Michael Geroche, Sales Engineer, QLogic Corporation

      • Monday, Oct 26, 12:00 p.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
      • Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:00 p.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South 

    We look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld.

    Friday Oct 16, 2015

    Friday OOW15 Spotlight - Oracle VM Hands on Labs: HOL10469, HOL10471 and HOL10472

    Oracle OpenWorld 2015 will start in on October 25th. As every year, among the 2000+ sessions presented there will be many Hands on labs.

    The idea of these Oracle VM HOL is to enable 40 to 50 customers and partners to meet in a room and install/configure/use Oracle products on laptops during 1 or 2 hours, following detailed documentation and being helped by several Oracle experts. Each student will have a laptop where, thanks to Oracle VM VirtualBox, we will be able to create Oracle VM Demo environments:

    The labs that we are going to host this year are the following:

      Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM [HOL10469]

      In this session, highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle VM as the foundation. See how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

      Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)


      Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates
      [HOL10471]

      Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

      Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 AM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)


      Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10472]

      Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance. And going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. In this hands-on lab, learn how powerful Oracle VM Templates can make rolling out Oracle E-Business Suite quick and easy.

      Monday, Oct 26, 02:00 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)

      If you will attend Oracle OpenWorld 2015 and are interested by Infrastructure Cloud, OpenStack or Virtualization, add those labs to your calendar using the Schedule Builder tool

      To learn more about other sessions, read the previous blog post - Start Reserving Your Spots in Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Sessions.

      See you soon @ OOW15!

      Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

      OOW15: Fortinet Demonstrates Their Solution at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

      Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase will feature Fortinet as one of the partners in the Showcase area.

      As technology evolves, the complexity of securing our dynamic IT environment has changed, where the threats are no longer just access-based but now content-based. As such, there’s a requirement for intelligent software controlled security coupled with identity-based policy enforcement of all content. That’s where Fortinet comes in, with its network security appliances – appliances that provide an extensive array of functionality an organization needs to detect threat prevention within legitimate content, even from trusted sources and authorized applications. 

      Fortigate has been certified to work with Oracle VM.  Drop by Fortinet Kiosk , SLX-019 at the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Oracle OpenWorld to learn more about Security solutions for your network.

      Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase is located at Moscone South, booth #121.


      Monday Oct 05, 2015

      Oracle Sponsors LinuxCon Europe - Dublin, Oct 5-7


      Oracle is proud to be a silver sponsor in LinuxCon Europe, Dublin, Oct 5-7. You can meet Oracle Linux and virtualization experts. Learn about Oracle Linux, OpenStack, docker and other new technologies. 

      There's simply no other event in Europe where developers, sys admins, architects and all levels of technical talent gather together under one roof for education, collaboration and problem-solving to further the Linux platform.

      Visit us at Booth #23!


       

       

      Friday Sep 11, 2015

      Friday Spotlight: Ensure Uninterrupted Cloud Services With Oracle VM

      Oracle VM offers a dynamic architecture which allows you effectively deploy server virtualization to consolidate application workloads and ensure uninterrupted cloud services. Using extensive hands-on practices, the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation training course prepares you to respond quickly to changing business conditions using Oracle VM.

      You can take this advanced 3-day instructor-led class through the following delivery formats:

      • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from events on the schedule to suit different time zones including start dates of November 4, 10, and 23 2015, as well as January 20, and February 17 2016.
      • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to attend this class. In-Class events on the schedule include:

       Location  Date  Delivery Language
      London, England 7 December 2015 English
      Reading, England 28 September 2015 English
      Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 23 September 2015 English
      Singapore 21 September 2015 English
      Johannesburg, South Africa 28 September 2015 English

      Those starting out on Oracle VM Server for x86 should consider taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course.

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

      Friday Sep 04, 2015

      Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server Performance and Tuning Blog

      This Friday spotlight announces a new series of blog articles on Oracle VM performance, starting with Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 1.

      Oracle VM is designed to provide excellent performance "out of the box" through its architecture and default configuration. Still, there are opportunities to enhance performance for demanding environments by selecting the right implementation choices and using best practices.

      The articles will discuss how to measure and evaluate performance, provide tips for performance on Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and relate experiences and lessons learned.

      The first article provides a broad overview of performance in the virtual machine world, with specific examples relating to Oracle VM. Further articles will drill into how to provide optimal performance. Stay tuned!

      Friday Aug 21, 2015

      Friday Spotlight: Resource to Plan Business Continuity with Oracle VM

      Many customers rely on Oracle VM to virtualize enterprise applications and realize greater flexibility and lower infrastructure costs. It's important to have a robust business continuity and disaster recovery strategy in place for your enterprise infrastructure. There are multiple areas that must be taken into consideration when planning an overall business continuity solution for your enterprise.

      Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, has prepared a comprehensive set of documents to serve as the one-stop guide to help you plan business continuity with Oracle VM. For more details, read the note at My Oracle Support (Doc ID 1959182.1).

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