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

For additional details, visit

Friday Feb 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Training for Oracle VM, a Proven Solution for Enterprise Tier-1 Applications

Enterprise applications, such as order entry, financials, human resources, customer management and logistics, are the foundation of a successful business. Such Tier-1 applications provide strategic value, steamlining operations, facilitating revenue generation, and advancing profitability.

Oracle VM is a proven solution for enterprise tier-1 applications. To learn more about using Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC take the relevant training course. 

You can attend a live instructor led event from your own desk via a live-virtual event so avoiding travel expenses. You can choose from a wide variety of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.

Alternatively, you can travel to an education center to attend a class. Below is a selection of the events on the schedule for Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC training.

Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia 30 March 2015 English
Sydney, Australia
29 April 2015
English
Ottawa, Canada
19 May 2015 English
Toronto, Canada
4 March 2015
English
Montreal, Canada
19 May 2015
English
Reading, England
16 March 2015  English
Zagreb, Croatia
25 May 2015 Croatian
Prague, Czech Republic
 16 March 2015
Czech
Cairo, Egypt
24 May 2015
Arabic
Paris, France
14 September 2015
French
Frankfurt, Germany
10 August 2015
German
Hamburg, Germany
13 April 2015
German
Munich, Germany
22 June 2015
German
Stuttgart, Germany
11 May 2015
German
Athens, Greece
25 May 2015 Greek
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
8 April 2015
English
Jakarta, Indonesia
6 April 2015
English
Mexico City, Mexico 15 April 2015  Spanish
Warsaw, Poland 18 March 2015 Polish
Riyadh, Saudia Arabia 19 April 2015 English
Ljubljana, Slovenia 2 March 2015 Slovenian
Istanbul, Turkey 20 May 2015  Turkish
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 19 April 2015  English
Phoenix, AZ, United States 29 June 2015 English
Sacramento, CA, United States 29 June 2015 English
San Francisco, CA, United States 29 June 2015 English
San Jose, CA, United States 29 June 2015 English
Edison, NJ, United States 19 May 2015 English
King of Prussia, NJ, United States
19 May 2015 English

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
4 May 2015 English
Sydney, Australia
13 April 2015 English
Shanghai, China
16 March 2015 Simplified Chinese
Prague, Czech Republic
12 March 2015 Czech
Frankfurt, Germany
16 March 2015 German
Hamburg, Germany
16 April 2015 German
Munich, Germany
1 June 2015 German
Dehli, India
2 March 2015 English
Tokyo, Japan
28 May 2015 Japanese
Mexico City, Mexico
13 April 2015 Spanish
Riyadh, South Africa
26 April 2015 English
Madrid, Spain
7 April 2015 Spanish
Taipei, Taiwan
1 April 2015 Traditional Chinese
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
12 April 2015 English
Atlanta, GA, United States
29 October 2015 English
Columbus, OH, United States
23 April 2015 English

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

Friday Feb 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers 3.2.3 for Microsoft Windows released!

Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM Server for x86. These Windows PV drivers are high-performance network and disk drivers that significantly reduce the overhead of the traditional implementation of I/O device emulation.

The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers have been updated to Release 3.2.3 to include all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release.  To download the new Windows PV drivers, search patch ID 16863114 on My Oracle Support.

For details on how to install the software drivers as well as the known limitations and workarounds, please see the Oracle VM Documentation.

Note: An update will be posted to this Blog site when the Oracle VM PV Drivers 3.2.3 for Microsoft Windows have been signed by Microsoft.

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.

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.

    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

    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 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

      Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

      Oracle VM 3.2.9 Released

      We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to bring new hardware support, improve stability, and 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 3.2.9 server ISO, search patch ID 16410428; and also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com
      • Oracle VM Manager 3.2.9 upgrade, search patch ID 16410417
      • Oracle VM Agent 3.2.9 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949

      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 Nov 28, 2014

      Friday Spotlight: Build a Complete Highly-Available Oracle VM Architecture from Server to App

      Happy Holidays!

      During this holiday season, it's increasingly important that your virtualization infrastructure delivers a complete highly-available architecture to meet your business requirements.

      At Oracle, virtualization is a feature of the overall software stack. Solving the whole stack is where the real value is and what our customers are looking for. Oracle is providing solutions to address the whole stack, – from top to bottom – software which can be managed, provisioned, clustered, is highly available, secure, and understood as a whole, not just piece by piece.

      To explore the benefits of using Oracle VM server virtualization, the simple way is to follow the detailed instructions from Oracle VM Hands-on Labs which we talked about during the previous blog. 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.

      Today we want to highlight one of the labs - Build a Complete Highly-Available Oracle VM Architecture from Server to App, which was created by Simon Coter, Consulting Technical Manager from Oracle.

      In this lab, you will learn the best practices of implementing and using a complete Oracle VM high-availability (HA) solution. This lab helps to demonstrate how Oracle products such as Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, KSplice and Oracle Clusterware (all products included with appropriate Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Support subscriptions) allows to create a solution that is able to cover all the HA requirements. This lab also walks you through the managing, by Oracle Clusterware, of a custom web-application. The implementation of this lab helps to deploy an enterprise-proven high-available infrastructure software layer at zero license cost to your virtualization or Linux environment.

      I encourage you to learn the HA best practices from the hands-on lab, then apply them to your Oracle VM deployment. Enjoy your holidays!

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