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

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).

Friday Aug 14, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft

Microsoft Windows OS and the application are important part of the growing ecosystem for Oracle VM virtualization solution.

Oracle has developed the Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows that provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running on Oracle VM. The latest Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 is a maintenance update that includes all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release. The patch update can be downloaded from My Oracle Support by patch ID 16863114.

The Oracle VM Windows PV drivers release 3.2.3 has been signed by Microsoft for the Windows Logo Program for Windows Server 2012 R2 x64. Support for additional Windows operating systems is listed in the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers Release 3.2.3 Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows.

  • Download Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3, search patch ID 16863114
  • You may also download the software from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  After accepting the license, you filter products with "Linux/OVM/VMs". Select "Oracle VM Server" product and "x86 64-bit" platform. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Now you continue to the available release page where you download the latest Oracle VM 3.3.3 and Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    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:

    Additional Information

    Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):

    For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit

    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  

    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.

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