Friday Apr 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Capita IT delivers Private Cloud Services using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux

Capita IT Enterprise Services has launched a new service that enables businesses to migrate mission critical Oracle software deployments into a secure UK cloud. The service delivers Capita Private Cloud; a secure, private cloud platform, using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, allowing businesses to adopt a blend of public and private cloud services without the complexity of managing multiple suppliers and contracts. Will O’Brien, VP Alliances & Channels at Oracle UK & Ireland, said: “Oracle VM has been a key enabler to support Capita’s Private Cloud for Oracle solution.”

Capita Private Cloud for Oracle includes:

• Server virtualisation environment using Oracle products;

• Onshore managed service and licensing up to and including the operating system;

• Provisioning of high performance compute and storage infrastructure;

• Templated secure network environment within ISO27001 certified data centre;

• OPEX pay-as-you-use charging options with no minimum commitment;

• Designed and implemented in collaboration with Oracle to help ensure an optimised environment from an operational and licensing perspective;

• Potential to integrate with other Capita IT services such as networks and collaboration.

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Capita, a Platinum member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) and a Forbes top 100 global innovator*, collaborated with Oracle’s Virtualisation team to develop the platform.

*Capita plc was recognised as one of the world’s 100 most innovative companies for 2014 by respected American business magazine Forbes.

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

Nimble-Oracle Event: Modern Integrated Infrastructure for Enterprise-class Oracle Workloads

Attend for a Complimentary Lunch and Receive Technology Updates from Industry Leaders!

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Date:
Wed., April 29, 2015

Location:
Nimble Storage Headquarters
211 River Oaks Pkwy
San Jose, CA 95134
MAP 

Session Format:
11:00AM - Registration
11:45AM - Tech Talk with
Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco
2:30PM - Wrap Up and Q&A 


Oracle workloads are one of the most critical workloads running in the datacenter. But how do you ensure that you can cost-effectively meet your Oracle database and application demands today, while providing seamless scalability for tomorrow as your business grows?

Yesterday's technology can't keep up with the performance, availability, scalability, and data protection needs of Oracle workloads in the modern enterprise. Today's best-of-breed integrated infrastructure for Oracle includes advancements in the hypervisor, server, and storage layers of the infrastructure stack, as well as optimizations at the OS level to enable easy-to-implement low cost but high performing Oracle deployments.

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Attend this live joint event held by Oracle, Cisco, and Nimble Storage to learn how you can:

  • Leverage the latest Oracle Linux and Oracle VM advancements and support benefits
  • Simplify your compute environment with Cisco UCS
  • Protect and accelerate your database deployments with Adaptive Flash storage
  • Speed deployments with SmartStack integrated infrastructure

Register now to hear technology updates from industry leaders, see live demo of this breakthrough technology, enjoy lunch, and network with industry experts.


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Monday Mar 30, 2015

Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation Training Released

If you are using Oracle VM and have experience of installation and configuration, you can now deepen your knowledge of this product by taking the all-new Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation training course

This new 3-day instructor led course will teach you how to enhance cloud effectiveness with rapid deployment of cloud resources and applications. You will learn how to administer, redistribute, troubleshoot and protect Oracle VM resources, ensuring seamless and continuous access of your applications.

After taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course you will be able to:

  • Effectively administer the Oracle VM environment by using the appropriate management tool.
  • Automate the provisioning of virtual machines.
  • Redeploy cloud resources to meet requirements.
  • Track and solve issues at each operational layer.
  • Protect Oracle VM resources.
  • Incorporate key components into your D/R strategy

You can influence the schedule of this brand new course by registering your interest on the OU portal.  

The Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course builds on the knowledge provided in the 3-day Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course.so there are now 6 days of curriculum available to help you get the best out of Oracle VM Server for x86.

To register your interest in an event, register for an event already on the schedule or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Wednesday Mar 18, 2015

WEBINAR (Mar 31): How to Obtain Peak Performance from Your Virtual Environment

How to Obtain Peak Performance from Your Virtual Environment

Presented by Oracle VM and eGinnovations teams

Virtualization introduces new dynamic dependencies – between physical machines and virtual machines (VMs) and between VMs. These dependencies make it quite complicated to monitor and manage virtualized infrastructures to ensure service performance and business continuity. For virtualization initiatives to be successful, it is critical that end-users see the same or better performance from virtual infrastructures as they had experienced with physical infrastructures. 


The eG Monitor for Oracle VM correlates performance across the entire infrastructure, including Oracle VM Server for x86, guest VMs, and Oracle Linux. Automatic virtualization-aware root-cause diagnosis enables administrators to rapidly identify bottlenecks and to right-size their infrastructure for peak performance. Join us for this webinar to learn how you can attain 360-degree visibility and pre-emptively detect and fix the root-cause of performance bottlenecks. 

Attend this webinar to learn more about :  

  • Best practices in managing your virtual infrastructure
  • Why use eG Monitor for Oracle VM
  • Benefits of using Oracle VM for your Virtualization platform 

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

EVENT CANCELLED: Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS in New York, NY

ATTENTION  : This event is now cancelled, it will be rescheduled at a later date. We will keep you posted in this blog.

If you are in New York area don't miss this great workshop! 

This workshop provides you the opportunity to learn why Cisco UCS was designed from the ground up to drive virtualized workloads, and why Oracle VM offers unique advantages for Oracle workloads.

Cisco UCS server provides the highly reliable and flexible infrastructure with Oracle VM application-driven server virtualization to rapidly deploy business critical application workloads, to ensure a highly available environment. The two product combined ensure that the customer achieve needed availability, minimize risks and peace of mind on a fully certified computing stack by both vendors. 

You will hear from Cisco and Oracle experts who will present the solution capabilities with demos and case studies.  

When: February 25, 2015 (CANCELLED)

Time: 10-1pm (Lunch included) 

Where: Cisco Systems, One Penn Plaza, 9th Floor Yankee Stadium CR, New York, NY 10119

Space is limited, reserve your seat today!



Friday Jan 16, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Xen 4.5 Released

In today's spotlight, we are happy to share that Xen 4.5 was released. This is the latest upstream development release that continues bringing increased usability, simplicity and innovation to the leading Xen hypervisor that powers some of the world largest cloud services in the world today.

The 4.5 release has the richest feature set in Xen Project’s history with major contributions coming from AMD, Bitdefender, Citrix, Fujitsu, GlobalLogic, Intel, Linaro, Oracle, SuSE and Cavium, as well as several individual and academic institutions. You can read the details here.

As many of you know Oracle VM Server for x86 incorporates the open source Xen hypervisor component, which has been customized and optimized to integrate into the larger, Oracle-developed virtualization server. Note that this is about the upstream Xen development, so the feature is not immediately available in the current Oracle VM release. For What's New in the Oracle VM releases, visit here.

To learn how Oracle VM is used in the public cloud services, 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.


Friday Dec 19, 2014

Friday Spotlight: EMC PowerPath for Oracle VM Server

EMC and Oracle have a deep history of collaboration dating back to 1995. EMC is a Platinum Partner and as part of the OPN program gets pre-release access to Oracle code to test and to ensure that as Oracle and EMC products are brought to market they are proven solutions and hardened for real world use. In addition Oracle Engineering and support hold regular cadence of calls with EMC E-Lab to discuss product testing status, roadmap alignment and any open customer support issues.

EMC E-Lab has active relationships with Oracle development, one great example is PowerPath and its certification with Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM. EMC PowerPath is host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.

EMC E-Lab helps customers adopt new technologies by leveraging their validated solutions and processes. The E-Lab Platform team runs qualification cycles against Oracle Linux and Oracle VM when the beta is released to partners for testing. This qualification work is performed against VNXe, VNX, VPLEX, VMAX, and XtremIO. The testing is performed with DM-MPIO and PowerPath. During PowerPath release cycles, Oracle and EMC qualify the new release of PowerPath against these EMC storage platforms. When new releases of EMC storage or their storage operating environment become available, it kicks off qualification cycles with the current releases of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The end result of this exercise is the EMC Support Matrix. Read more details in this EMC article.

EMC has also published a VMAX Engineering White Paper last week, covering Oracle VM 3.3 Storage Connect for VMAX with EMC Storage Integrator V2.0.  

We wish you Happy Holidays and the best for 2015.  We will return with Friday Spotlights on Jan 9. 

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Designing a Robust Oracle VM Deployment Architecture for Storage Repositories

Storage is such a fundamental component within an Oracle VM deployment, and there are many factors that go into designing a robust, scalable and low maintenance deployment architecture for your storage repositories. In today's blog, Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, shares his thought into the way you design and deploy Oracle VM storage repositories to gain maximum flexibility, scalability and recoverability. You can read more here.

Monday Aug 04, 2014

Technology Preview of OpenStack Icehouse with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM - Now Available

On May we announced the technology preview of the OpenStack Havana release with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, today we are releasing the technology preview of the Icehouse release. This release is a fast and easy way to deploy OpenStack giving customers an excellent starting point to deploy Icehouse and test it in their environment. We made sure that the deployment process remains the same as it was for Havana using few simple steps so anyone ,even with no prior experience with OpenStack, can install and try it out. The Icehouse release is an important step in the process of making OpenStack a first class enterprise solution, it continues the strong maturity curve of OpenStack and introduces more plug-ins , more bug fixes and around 350 new features.

Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Linux will become part of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM premier support subscriptions at no additional cost. Like Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers can use it for free or, shall they choose to, purchase support from Oracle and receive a complete production support for their deployment. As we stated previously, Oracle will support deployment of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM with any distribution of OpenStack the customer chooses and we will continue working with third party vendors to assure that we can integrate with their solution.

Please join us at Oracle OpenWorld on September 28th where we will have a special focus on OpenStack. At Oracle OpenWorld customers will have a chance to hear more about Oracle’s OpenStack strategy and products as well as see live demos and try them in the hands on labs.

Some technical details about the Icehouse tech preview release:

The download instructions are available here and the getting started guide is available here, for convenience we outline the few additional steps needed to complete the deployment

When deploying an Icehouse compute node with Oracle VM users have to perform two additional steps as part of their post-install steps. The two additional steps include setting the following parameters:

openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt cpu_mode none
openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt virt_type xen

When deploying an Icehouse compute node with Oracle Linux the two additional steps include setting the following parameters:

openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt virt_type kvm
openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt cpu_mode none

In both cases the operation needs to completed by restarting the nova-compute service:

service openstack-nova-compute restart

@RonenKofman 

Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Mirantis Announces Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

In May we announced the tech preview of the Oracle’s Distribution for OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. As we have been doing for many years with Linux and Xen, we plan to work with the OpenStack community and help make OpenStack an enterprise grade alternative for cloud deployments. 

We are very pleased with the Mirantis announcement today stating that Mirantis will offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their supported operating systems and hypervisors options. Right from the beginning we stated that our approach to OpenStack will be open and collaborative (see Wim Coekaerts’ blog). We said we’ll work with the rest of industry and support our customers with any choices they make with regards to OpenStack distribution and today, with this announcement from Mirantis, we take another step in this direction.

With this announcement our joint customers can choose Oracle Linux as their operating system and Oracle VM Server as their hypervisor of choice and build an OpenStack deployment with end to end support. Customers can now use the most advanced capabilities in Oracle Linux like Ksplice and Dtrace and achieve better scale and performance with Oracle VM Server as well as receive 24/7 support directly from Oracle. Using an enterprise grade hypervisor and Linux distribution such as Oracle Linux and Oracle VM brings OpenStack deployment to a new level of reliability.  a higher level of reliability allows users to transition more workloads onto OpenStack confidently, knowing that each part of the stack is well supported.

On top of that Oracle Linux is fully supported as a guest operating system on the Mirantis distribution of OpenStack. Oracle Linux is free to use and redistribute including patches and updates with the option to purchase support subscription from Oracle. We believe that choosing Oracle Linux as guest operating system is the best and most cost efficient option and we would like every customer to have the option to use it.

Oracle will continue to collaborate with other OpenStack solution providers to allow them to offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their solution. Our goal remains the same: jointly deliver great solutions and support experience for our mutual customers. We also look forward to working with other vendors to certify networking, storage, hypervisor and other plugins into the Oracle OpenStack Distribution.

We believe in keeping OpenStack open and collaborative and we will continue to focusing on:

  1. Working with other cloud solution to make sure they can integrate with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  2. Working with hardware and software vendors to integrate their solution with Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  3. Assuring that Oracle Linux is supported as guest operating system on any virtualization platform
We look forward to continue working with our partners and customers helping to make OpenStack a first class solution for the enterprise.

Wednesday May 28, 2014

PARTNER WEBCAST (June 4): Enhance Customer experience with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco

Live Webcast: Enhance Customer experience with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco

A webcast for resellers who sell Oracle workloads to customers 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 8:00 AM PDT /11 AM EDT 

Register today

Nimble Storage SmartStack™ for Oracle provides pre-validated reference architecture that speed deployments and minimize risk.  IT and Oracle administrators and architects realize the importance of underlying Operating System, Virtualization software, and Storage in maintaining services levels and staying in budget.  In this webinar, you will learn how Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle provides a converged infrastructure for Oracle database online transaction processing (OLTP) and online analytical processing (OLAP) environments with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.


SmartStack delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or if you are running Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes.

Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco can help you provide:
  • Improved Oracle performance
  • Stress-free data protection and DR of your Oracle database
  • Higher availability and uptime
  • Accelerate Oracle development and improve testing
  • All for dramatically less than what you’re paying now

Presenters:

Doan Nguyen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle

Vanessa Scott , Business Development Manager, Cisco

Ibrahim “Ibby” Rahmani, Product and Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage


Join this event to learn from our Nimble Storage and Oracle experts on how to optimize your customers' Oracle environments.

Register today to learn more!


Friday May 16, 2014

OpenStack Summit - What a Great Week This Was

Close to 5000 OpenStack developers, customers, vendors and technology enthusiasts met this week in Atlanta Georgia for the semi-annual OpenStack summit. It was an exciting event, there is something about the OpenStack project that make people more passionate than any technology I have seen before. The metaphor commonly used at the summit describing OpenStack as the “Rebel Alliance” seems to accurately capture the mindset the OpenStack community. The feeling is that we are making something big and revolutionary, changing the world in a big way. As a technology conference veteran I felt that this one was very different. There is a vibrant discussion inside the OpenStack community about what to do and how to do it. There are different schools of thought but everyone has a common goal, to make OpenStack successful.

The sessions covered any and every aspect of OpenStack and allowed anyone to learn about what is happening in the different projects and how will they evolve. An interesting aspect of the OpenStack community is the openness and how people feel comfortable having a completely open discussion about what works well and what doesn’t, what is better handled differently and what can be improved. Many of the sessions and discussions revolved around genuine analysis of the best path forward suggesting improvements and changes encouraging a discussion and involvement from the audience.

The future direction of networking in OpenStack came up in many sessions and discussions. While Neutron provides a lot of features and built as a way that abstract networking implementation from user interface there are still many challenges to overcome. The main challenges with Neutron are the complexity that has grown significantly with Neutron as well as scalability. While there are technical challenges to overcome the community is working together towards a common goal, despite disagreement and different mindsets everyone is looking how to make OpenStack better.

Another interesting session and completely non-technical was a one by Thierry Carrez, Chair of the Technical Committee and Release Manager of OpenStack. This session discussed the challenges of managing a community and how to create the right governance structure and the right process to assure proper evaluation of ideas and foster a merit based community. The rapid growth of the OpenStack community with many participants who have different goals has made the management of OpenStack into a very challenging task in of itself. You can watch the recording here

On Tuesday of this week we announced the technology preview for Oracle’s Distribution of OpenStack which was very well received by our customers, partners and the community. Our goal is simple, work with the OpenStack community to make OpenStack an enterprise grade platform capable of running enterprise applications. We want to work with our partner to integrate their solution with Oracle’s Openstack distribution. We are also striving to be open and collaborative providing full support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to anyone who deploy OpenStack whether from Oracle, DIY or any other OpenStack distribution. More details can be found on Wim’s blog.

It was an exciting week and we are looking forward for the weeks and months ahead working with our partners and customers making Oracle OpenStack distribution available as well as working with the community to make OpenStack better. You are welcome to try the Oracle OpenStack technology preview here and we look forward to your feedback.

@RonenKofman

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Oracle Announces OpenStack Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Today we are announcing OpenStack support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. This support will be included as part of Premier Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at no extra cost.

Existing customers can deploy OpenStack with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and receive support for the entire software stack. This support includes base operating system which OpenStack installs on, the OpenStack bits, hypervisor and guest operating system with Oracle Linux.This complete end to end support which includes all the components of the stack is a key requirement for enterprise customers and therefore we will be providing it as part of Oracle Linux / Oracle VM Premier Support.

Today we are releasing a technology preview which allows customers and partners to test OpenStack with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. The technology preview is available here. Together with the tech preview we are providing a Getting Started guide which walks the user through the steps of setting up an OpenStack deployment, the Getting Started guide is available here. The technology preview and Get Started guide give users a simple and easy way to deploy OpenStack and make their first steps exploring the features available with it. The technology preview is also suitable for vendors who would like to integrate with OpenStack from Oracle.  

 As OpenStack matures and evolves it provides a solution which can meet the growing need for standardization in the IT infrastructure. With the wider adoption of OpenStack customers are looking to leverage it to a broader set of applications including enterprise applications. One of our main goals is to work with the community and help OpenStack take the next step into the enterprise application space, allowing customers to deploy enterprise applications in a reliable, supportable manner.

The press release is available here

To those of you at the Atlanta OpenStack conference we will be happy to discuss this further, we are located at booth D14 and we are looking forward to see you there. 


Thursday May 08, 2014

Oracle VM's Growing Ecosystem

In the x86 server virtualization market, Oracle VM continues growing its ecosystem. 

Oracle VM supports a broad range of the guest operating systems such as Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Microsoft Windows.

For Windows guests, we have paravirtual (PV) drivers that provide improved network and disk throughput to run fully virtualized Windows guests on Oracle VM. Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers are signed by Microsoft. Oracle is a participant of  Microsoft Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). Windows PV Drivers along with Oracle VM Server for x86 have passed the SVVP requirements, read the details here. The Microsoft SVVP program enables the vendor such as Oracle to validate Oracle VM Server for x86 along with Windows PV Drivers so that Microsoft customers running copies of Windows Server they have acquired and licensed from Microsoft directly can receive technical support for Windows Server in virtualized environments, learn the details of the supported Microsoft server software (e.g. SQL Server, Exchange Server, etc.) here.

Not just Oracle software, non-Oracle applications are certified to run on Oracle VM. For example, SAP products can be deployed in Oracle VM virtualized environments. You can read more at the SAP on Oracle page on the SAP Community Network. If you are an SAP customer, you can search for SAP Note 1808268 for more details. Oracle VM helps customers deploy enterprise software in a rapid, repeatable and error-free manner with many Oracle VM Templates or Virtual Appliances for Oracle applications, middleware and databases as well as 3rd party ISV applications. You can watch the recent webcast below.

Oracle VM has been integrated into many Oracle Engineered Systems with enhanced virtualization capability. Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance is the latest example, which radically simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows application.

Oracle VM is widely deployed on the x86 hardware across many vendors. For the complete list of certified hardware platform, visit Oracle Linux and Oracle VM certified hardware.

Oracle Validated Configurations program offers pre-tested, validated architectures—including software, hardware, storage, and network components—along with documented deployment guides, available on many different hardware platforms.

Furthermore, Oracle has been working with other vendors to offer Oracle VM as part of their validated configurations such as FlexPod. For example, Oracle VM with Oracle RAC as workload was validated on FlexPod published here as a Cisco Validated Configuration document.

To learn more, visit:

Monday Apr 28, 2014

Oracle is Coming to EMC World on May 5-8

EMC World 2014 returns to Las Vegas May 5-8 at The Venetian! As data growth explodes, EMC creates the infrastructure that enables you to manage your business and your career. Come to EMC World 2014 to find out how we collaborate with EMC on Oracle VM and Oracle Linux products. Here’s just a summary of the sessions and activities that will involve our products:

Oracle VM and Oracle Linux related session:

Wed     4:00- 5:00 PM EMC & Oracle Simplifies Cloud Infrastructure Deployment       

Room: Lido 3005      

Speaker : Ken Crandall

Oracle customer meeting room: everyday

Theater presentation:  5 minute overview presentation given twice a day (Mon-Wed)

Oracle Linux and Virtualization presenter: Ken Crandall

This will be in a presentation area located in one of EMC’s booth

Register today and meet us at EMC World to understand how you can benefit from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM collaboration.

Oracle also has Oracle Enterprise Manager and Solaris sessions and kiosk. Visit this Everything Oracle @EMC page for more information on all of Oracle presence in EMC World.

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