Friday Jul 22, 2016

Enhanced Oracle VM Utilities

The Oracle VM Utilities are a collection of command line scripts that allow you to perform certain tasks in an Oracle VM environment, such as collecting metrics about the Oracle VM Server host on which virtual machines run and configuring CPU pinning.The Oracle VM Utilities were updated to accompany the recent Oracle VM 3.4 release.
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Friday Spotlight: Easily Create 3rd Party Hardware Driver for Oracle VM Server

Oracle VM Server for x86 is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. More and more partners are endorsing Oracle VM to help customers transform their legacy data centers to cloud, and there are great demands to support a broad range of hardware platforms. Oracle VM Server 3.4 is the latest release which has been updated to Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 to bring not only performance improvements; but also rapid driver availability and streamlined partner certifications with Oracle Linux.

As many of you know that the run-time of Oracle VM Server dom0 (management domain) only contains a minimum set of packages, and it does not provide the additional development packages needed for building modules and/or drivers.

We are pleased to release a step-by-step guide to easily create an SDK (Software Development Kit) platform for those customers/partners who are using Oracle VM Server 3.4 or 3.3.x. This guide provides all the instructions needed to create an environment for third party drivers to be built for the Oracle VM Server for x86.

The Knowledge Management (KM) note is available on "My Oracle Support":

Oracle VM Server SDK is designed for independent hardware vendors (IHVs) and independent software vendors (ISVs), in creating applications on or porting them to Oracle VM Server x86.

Note that Oracle provides support for third party drivers which have been developed by partners in the Oracle Partner Network. For drivers compiled by customers or partners using the SDK but that are not a part of the Oracle Partner Network, Oracle will provide a "reasonable effort" level of support. However, Oracle does not provide updates for any drivers built for Oracle VM Servers that have not been distributed by the Unbreakable Linux Network.

To become an Oracle Partner, please refer to the page of Oracle VM Knowledge Zone for Partners. For more information on Oracle's partner program or assistance in certifying your applications with Oracle VM, contact the partner team at ol-ovm-info_ww@oracle.com.

Monday Jun 27, 2016

Xen Project Hypervisor 4.7 Released

We are happy to share that the upstream development from the Xen Project, a project hosted at The Linux Foundation. As many of you know that the Xen Project Hypervisor has been customized and optimized to integrate into the larger, Oracle-developed virtualization server - Oracle VM Server for x86. Oracle's contributions to Xen Project and the collaboration with the community have demonstrated Oracle's commitment to help our customers build their open cloud infrastructure.

Xen Project 4.7 is the latest release that minimizes downtime and improves the user experience with non-disruptive security patching, and includes security enhancements for embedded, automotive, IoT and new security use cases.The Xen Project powers more than 10 million users across enterprise and cloud computing in addition to embedded and mobile devices. Major contributions for this release come from AMD, ARM, Bitdefender, Bosch, Broadcom, Citrix, Fujitsu, GlobalLogic, Huawei, Intel, Linaro, Netflix, Novetta, NSA, Oracle, Red Hat, Star Lab, SUSE, Xilinx, and a number of universities and individuals. Xen Project’s functionality continues to evolve to serve new compute infrastructures such as mobile, hyper-scale computing, massive workloads, security-intensive applications, embedded computing, cloud computing, hosting providers, and hardware appliances.

For more details about the Xen Project 4.7, read the announcement from the Linux Foundation.

Friday May 27, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Hierarchy Viewer

One of the new features of Oracle VM 3.4, now released to the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, is the VM hierarchy viewer. This usability feature makes it easy to view all the resources associated with a virtual machine in a single graphical view.

To use it, log into Oracle VM Manager, select the VM in the Servers and VMs tab, and then click on the Display VM Hierarchy Viewer icon:


That will open a window graphically showing the VM definition and its network and storage components. Click on the image below to see it at full size.

You can mouse over each of the components, as shown above, to display its details in full size, and use the controls at the left to zoom in, select an item, or change the layout of the object hierarchy. This gives you an easy and complete way to quickly view a virtual machine's definition and resources. You can also click the Generate Report buttom to create a marchine-parseable XML description of the VM.

For further information, see the Oracle VM Manager User's Guide for Release 3.4 section 3.5.2.17 Display VM Hierarchy Viewer.

Friday May 06, 2016

Friday Spotlight: New whitepaper "Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance"

We are very pleased to announce a new whitepaper "Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86  Performance" which describes how to measure and optimize performance in Oracle VM environments. It has detailed information on CPU, memory, and I/O performance, guidance on how to measure and evaluate performance, and news on performance features recently added to Oracle VM.

This material accompanies the May 5 webcast Performance Optimizations for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which emphasizes cloud and scalable enterprise environments.

Watch this page for new announcements in Oracle VM performance as we continue to enhance performance.



Tuesday Apr 26, 2016

LIVE WEBINARS: Foundations for Cloud and Performance Optimizations for IaaS

We have two great webcasts covering cloud topics and benefits of using Oracle VM in your foundation. They are live events where you can ask questions at the end.

Don't miss them: 

WEBCAST #1

"FOUNDATIONS OF AN OPEN CLOUD”

April 28th at 9:00am PST


As Enterprises face the challenge of building their own internal Open Cloud Infrastructures which combine security, agility, and cost-effectiveness; key business and technology choices have to be made. Creating a strong and Open foundation is critical. The Xen based Oracle VM offers the leading open source foundational virtualization layer on which to build. In addition it combines this with unparalleled management, scalability and robustness for mission-critical applications for Cloud Ready Application Deployment.

Join the webcast on April 28th, 2016 at 9:00 PST to learn:  

·         How to build an Open Foundational Layer for your cloud

·         New features and capabilities in Oracle VM 3.4

·         How to incorporate Oracle VM in your cloud strategy

Live Q&A session will be held after the webcast.   

Featured Speakers: 

·         John Priest, Director Oracle VM Product Management

·         Tony Kay, Director Oracle Virtualization 

 Register today! 

 WEBCAST #2

Performance Optimizations for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

May 5th, 2016 at 10:00am PST

Many customers are relying on Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to build the private cloud infrastructure. Oracle VM is designed to provide high performance "out of the box" without tuning and administrative effort. With optimization, customers can achieve better agility to meet demanding service level requirements. This webcast and presentation discusses Oracle VM performance optimization best practices, goals and techniques to provide the best possible performance.

Join the webcast on May 5th, 2016 at 10:00 PST to learn: 

- Understand and measure performance in the cloud

- Oracle VM features for performance and scale in cloud environments

- How to tune CPU, memory and I/O in virtual machine and cloud

Live Q&A session will be held after the webcast.   

Jeff Savit, Senior Principal Technical Product Manager, Virtualization   

Register today! 

Friday Apr 08, 2016

Friday Spotlight - Oracle VM 3.4 Dom0 Enhancements

This is another blog in the series to give the Oracle VM community some additional information on the 3.4 release that we announced on March 24. This week, we are going to share a little more information on the Dom0 kernel enhancements that were delivered with this updated version of Oracle VM..

Modern Dom0 kernel

With Oracle VM 3.4 we updated the Dom0 kernel to Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4, based on the 4.1 mainline kernel. This update brings performance improvements; and rapid driver availability and streamlined partner certifications with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The latest set of driver updates offered with this new kernel can be found in the Release Note for UEK Release 4.

Dom0 kernel updates on live systems

Ksplice updates for the Dom0 kernel used on Oracle VM 3.3 (UEK3) and Oracle VM 3.4 (UEK4) are now available. All Oracle VM customers with Premier Support for their x86 Servers will be able to access the Ksplice channel on ULN to take advantage of this Oracle technology to add important kernel updates and security patches without needing to live migrate VMs or reboot your Oracle VM Server.

The process to install the Ksplice Uptrack client and perform the live kernel updates is similar to the process for Oracle Linux since this is used for the Dom0 user space in Oracle VM. Please refer to the KM note on My Oracle Support for all the information you need to use Ksplice with your Oracle VM deployment. The document “Oracle VM: Using Ksplice Uptrack” can be found with Doc ID 2115501.1.

Monday Nov 16, 2015

You are Invited: Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS , NY/NY, Nov 19

Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS 

Date: November 19, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Where : Cisco Systems

One Penn Plaza
9th Floor, Yankee Stadium CR
New York, NY 10119

Learn how Oracle Virtualization on UCS saves money, improves operations.Cisco and Oracle's leading experts will show solution capabilities and demonstrate via demos and customer examples.
This workshop provides customers 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. Click on the Register button to reserve your seat.

Space is limited!
Lunch is included.

Friday Aug 07, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 for Oracle VM 3.3

Oracle recently announced the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 (UEKR3U6) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the sixth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-98) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

The latest kernel update not only benefits regular Oracle Linux customers, but also brings performance and stability improvements for Oracle VM customers.

Oracle VM Server 3.3 Dom0 leverages the same Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 as used in Oracle Linux 6, for complete binary compatibility with drivers supported in Oracle Linux 6. 

You can download the latest UEK kernel from Oracle Public Yum and Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ovm3x_x86_64_latest channel) for Oracle VM Server 3.3. For information on setting up an Oracle VM Server Yum repository and using Oracle VM Manager to perform the upgrade of Oracle VM Servers, see Oracle VM Documentation for further instructions. 

Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Wim Coekaerts is Keynote speaker at LinuxCon North America

Oracle is one of the biggest contributors to Linux but it’s also at the forefront of exploring what is possible with cloud computing and containers, including integrations with Docker and contributions to the Open Container Initiative. 

This year Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon North America and Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will be keynote speaker. He will be talking at the event specifically about how the cloud revolution is changing the role of the operating system, a very relevant topic for attendees. Amanda McPherson of Linux Foundation, spoke to Wim at Oracle’s campus in Redwood Shores a few weeks ago, and in this short video preview, Wim tells if the operating system still matters in a world of virtualization and containers and how that impacts application development. 

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Friday Jun 26, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Online Oracle VM Training Now Available

The Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course is now available as a Training-on-Demand offering. You can:

  • Start training within 24 hours of registration
  • Follow lecture material through streaming video at your own pace
  • Book time on a lab environment to perform lab exercises when suits your schedule

In the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course you learn to:

  • Plan a virtual solution
  • Install the Oracle VM software
  • Configure network resources to provide isolation and redundancy
  • Add SAN and NFS to provision storage for the virtual environment
  • Create server pools and repositories to support application workloads
  • Speed up virtual machine deployment with templates and assemblies
  • Use virtual machine high availability
  • Use server pool policies to maximize the performance of your server workloads

For more information on Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday May 15, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Secrets of Storage Repositories with Oracle VM

Here is some insider information for those using Oracle VM. 

You use repositories in Oracle VM to store virtual resources such as ISO files, virtual disks and assemblies. Indeed you must have at least one repository to store the configuration files of your virtual machines.

Creating and populating your Oracle VM repositories is straightforward. Relocating repositories is a bit more involved.

You might want to answer the following questions:

  • Can you move an existing repository between server pools in your Oracle VM environment?
  • What happens to your repositories if you reinstall the Oracle VM Manager software?
  • Did your Oracle VM environment retain the UUID of the Oracle VM Manager from your previous environment
  • When building your recovery site as part of disaster-recovery operations do you have a plan to reclaim any repositories that were active in the failed environment
  • Could you get comprehensive answers to all these questions in 30 minutes

To answer these questions, you can view this series of 6 demos. You will learn the steps to reclaim your repositories. The first 4 demos introduce concepts that are important when relocating repositories. Demos 5 and 6 present practice scenarios where reclaiming repositories is a critical step for recovering virtual resources.

If the information in these demos is of use to you, you could consider taking the following courses:

You can take these courses by traveling to an education center as an in-class offering or from your own desk as a live-virtual offering.

For full information about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Monday May 11, 2015

Around New York on May 14? Register for Oracle VM-Cisco Workshop

Learn from Cisco and Oracle's leading experts! 

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.

 Event Details: 

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 10am-1pm 
Location: Cisco Systems, One Penn Plaza, 9th Floor Yankee Stadium CR, New York, NY 10119

Solution capabilities demonstrated via demos and case studies! 

Lunch Included.

Friday Apr 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Capita 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 enterprise 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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