Wednesday Apr 02, 2014

PVH - Best Characteristics of All Virtualization Modes

We all know that Oracle VM Server for x86 incorporates an open source Xen hypervisor component, which has been customized and optimized to integrate into the larger, Oracle-developed virtualization server. At the same time, Oracle is behind the Xen project and has made a variety of contributions. PVH is just one of the examples.

In the latest release of Xen 4.4, Oracle has contributed a functional preview of a new virtualization mode called PVH currently available to virtualized guests. PVH is an extension to the classic Xen Project Paravirtualization (PV) that uses the hardware virtualization extensions available on modern x86 processors. PVH uses PV drivers for boot and I/O, and Intel hardware virtualization extensions for page table operations, system calls and other privileged operations. This not only improves performance and security, but also simplifies the architecture and Xen Project Hypervisor-Linux interface significantly.

The feature was made possible thanks to Mukesh Rathor. He talked about his work at the Linux Collaboration Summit last week. For more technical details, you can read Konrad Wilk's blog entry at Xen.org: http://blog.xen.org/index.php/2014/01/31/linux-3-14-and-pvh/. You can learn more about Oracle's technical contributions to Linux and open source communities.

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.

Sunday Mar 23, 2014

Oracle VM for x86 Customer Feedback Survey - help us help you!

Dear customers and partners
As part of our continues effort to improve Oracle VM we are conducting a survey which will help us determine what are the features to focus on in the next releases of Oracle VM. The survey covers a broad range of features and our goal is to understand which ones are more important for our customers as  well as validate our current plans as we move forward. Since it is a bit difficult to dive deep into each and every area we would like to follow up with customers and partners who are willing to share more in depth information with us and learn their use cases and needs in more details.

Please find some time to take the survey and provide us with valuable feedback on those things which will make a difference for you. We are looking forward to reading your comments and following up with you to make sure we deliver a solution which optimally fit your needs.

The link is here

Thank you,

Oracle VM Product Management Team 

Thursday Dec 05, 2013

Webcast: Top 5 Reasons why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database

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Top 5 Key Reasons Why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database
Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM PST

Oracle VM's application-driven architecture is designed for rapid deployment and ease of lifecycle management providing IT a highly scalable and cost effective virtualization solution for Oracle Database and business-critical applications.

Join us for a webcast featuring Francisco Munoz Alvarez, a seasoned expert, and Oracle ACE Director as he shares his performance benchmark findings highlighting key reasons why Oracle VM is the best virtualization technology for Oracle Databases.

Speakers:

  • Francisco Munoz Alvarez, Oracle Professional Services Manager, Revera Limited
  • Doan Nguyen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle

Don't miss this insightful webcast and an opportunity to hear real-world benchmarking results. Register Now.

Saturday Nov 16, 2013

Bring Oracle VM Environment Up to Date

We incorporate our customer's feedback and bug fixes into the regular updates. It's very beneficial to use the latest update of Oracle VM releases.

Oracle VM 3.2  (Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86) is the current stable release, which has with all the advance management capabilities built-in. 3.2.6 is the latest patch update. You can review the list of bug fixes and enhancements here.

For those customers who are running Oracle VM Server for x86 release 2.2, we recommend you to migrate to the latest Oracle VM 3.2. See the resources below to help with the migration:

If the customers have to stay with Oracle VM 2.2 for an extended period of time, please be sure to update Oracle VM server for x86 to the latest 2.2.3, which is the final update of the 2.2 server release. Oracle VM Server for x86 release 2.2.3 is the server only update,  which has integrated cumulative bug fixes since the 2.2.2 server release.

To review the list of bug fixes, please review the announcement email archive at https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/oraclevm-errata/. To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, http://linux.oracle.com) for Oracle VM, you can sign up here http://oss.oracle.com/mailman/listinfo/oraclevm-errata.

Oracle VM support subscription is an integrated part of customer's successes. Customers enjoy the benefit of the industry-leading global support 24x7 for their server virtualization implementation, and receive access to patches, fixes, and updates via ULN and My Oracle Support

For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit oracle.com/virtualization

Friday Nov 08, 2013

DON'T MISS: Live Webcast - Nimble SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco UCS (Nov 12)

You are invited to the live webcast with Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco where we will talk about the new SmartStack solution from Nimble Storage that features Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Cisco UCS products. In this webinar, you will learn how Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco provides a converged infrastructure for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. SmartStack, built on best-of-breed components, delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes. 

When : Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:00 AM Pacific Time

Panelists:
Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle
John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco
Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage

SmartStackā„¢solutions provide pre-validated reference architectures that speed deployments and minimize risk. 

    •     The pre-validated converged infrastructure is based on an Oracle Validated Configuration that includes Oracle Database and Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.
    •     The solution components include a Nimble Storage CS-Series array, two Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade servers, Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 or Oracle Database 12c Release 1.
    •     The Nimble Storage CS-Series is certified with Oracle VM 3.2 providing an even more flexible solution leveraging virtualization for functions such as test and development by delivering excellent random I/O performance in Oracle VM environments.

      Thursday Apr 18, 2013

      Designing, Creating and Testing an Oracle VM 3.2 Environment

      We just published a new technical white paper written by Wayne Lewis, Principal Sales Consultant from Oracle VM and Oracle Linux sales team.

      The paper here focuses on the Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager. This document describes a plan you could follow to ensure that your Oracle VM deployment is organized, repeatable and tested before you mark it ready for production. The plan is broken down into three key stages, each of which may touch many aspects of the overall deployment.

      • Stage 1: Designing your Oracle VM environment
      • Stage 2: Creating your Oracle VM environment
      • Stage 3: Testing your Oracle VM environment

      Contained within this document are a number of tips, hints, instructions and even a test plan check-sheet for you to use when planning, building and testing your Oracle VM environment. At the end of the document are several Appendices containing useful reference material related to the deployment of Oracle VM, including some reference configuration files.

      The white paper is definitively a handy guide to help you design, create and test your Oracle VM 3.2 environment. For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

      Wednesday Feb 27, 2013

      Download the latest Oracle VM 3.2 Update

      We've released Oracle VM Manager 3.2.2 and Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.2, which are available for download from My Oracle Support. These are patch updates including all the accumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since 3.2.1 release. Oracle VM Server 3.2.2 build 520 has been validated with Oracle VM Manager 3.2.2 build 520. There's no SPARC Agent update at this time.

      Download Instructions
      • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.2 installer ISO, search patch ID 16410428
      • Oracle VM Manager 3.2.2 upgrade ISO, search patch ID 16410417

      The instructions are posted at OTN: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

      List of Bug Fixes

      Notable bugs fixed in Oracle VM Server 3.2.2-520 and Oracle VM Manager 3.2.2-520 are:

      • Fixes an upgrade issue to return the correct UUID when discovering an Oracle VM Server with an SMBIOS newer than version 2.6.
      • Sets a maximum of 20 vCPUs for Dom0 on large systems to provide better out-of-the-box10Gb Ethernet performance.
      • Adds IPMI lanplus interface support.
      • Fixes a memory leak issue after exiting the Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI) when running the exit.sh script.
      • Adds support in CLI for returning the "Page83 ID" when listing physical disks.

      To review the list of bug fixes, please review the announcement email archive at https://oss.oracle.com/pipermail/oraclevm-errata/. To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, http://linux.oracle.com) for Oracle VM, you can sign up here http://oss.oracle.com/mailman/listinfo/oraclevm-errata.

      To learn the new features and enhancements delivered in Oracle VM releases, please review the What's New section of Oracle VM Release Notes: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E35328_01/E35329/html/vmrns-new.html

      Upgrade Oracle VM Servers

      It's highly recommended to update Oracle VM Server 3.2 with the latest patch update. Please review the Oracle VM User's Guide http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E35328_01/E35332/html/vmusg-servers-manage.html#vmusg-servers-yum for specific instructions on how to use a Yum repository to perform the Oracle VM Server update.

      To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, http://linux.oracle.com) for Oracle VM, you can sign up here http://oss.oracle.com/mailman/listinfo/oraclevm-errata.

      Upgrade Oracle VM Manager

      Get the download instructions at Oracle Technology Network (OTN), and apply latest Oracle VM Manager patch. Be sure to review the patch README before you apply the patches.

      Please refer to the Oracle VM Installation and Upgrade Guide http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E35328_01/E35330/html/index.html for details.

      Additional Information

      Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.

      Please refer to the Oracle VM Release Notes http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E35328_01/E35329/html/index.html for a list of features and known issues.

      For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

      Monday Feb 04, 2013

      Get the most from Server Virtualization with Oracle VM Server for x86 Training

      The Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course teaches students how to install and configure Oracle VM Server for x86 as well as details of network and storage configuration, pool and repository creation, and virtual machine management.

      You can take this live instructor-led training as follows:

      • Live-Virtual Class: Take this class from your own desk - no travel required. You can choose from a wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
      • In-class: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule.

       Location

       Date

       Delivery Language

       Paris, France

      6 March 2013 

      French 

      Dusseldorf, Germany 

       24 June 2013

       German

       Budapest, Hungary

      22 April 2013 

      Hungarian 

      Milan, Italy

      22 May 2013 

      Italian 

      Utrecht, Netherlands 

       26 February 2013

       English

      Warsaw, Poland 

       27 May 2013

       Polish

       Singapore

       29 April 2013

       English

       Sydney, Australia

      22 July 2013 

       English

       Melbourne, Australia

       25 March 2013

       English

      Roseville, MN, USA

      25 March 2013 

       English

      This course is also available in Japanese.

      To register for this class or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to http://oracle.com/education/vm

      Tuesday Jan 08, 2013

      Get More From Virtual Machines with Oracle VM Server for x86 Training

      Get the most from the efficiency and performance of your virtual machines by taking the Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 training course.

      This three day course teaches students to build a virtualization platform using the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86. You learn how deploy and manage highly configurable, inter-connected virtual machines. The course teaches how to:

      • Create and implement a design for servers pools to support the needs of business applications
      • Select the best way to create virtual machines based on current or desired machine configuration requirements
      • Use the tools and policies available with Oracle VM to operate, automate, and optimize resources
      • Plan for the installation of Oracle VM with Oracle VM Server for x86
      • Learn details of network and storage configuration, pool and repository creation, and virtual machine management.

      You can take this class by one of the following methods:

      • Live-Virtual: Take live instructor-led class from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a wide selection of events already on the schedule to choose a date and time-zone that suits you.
      • In-Class: Travel to a classroom to take this class. Below is a section of events already on the schedule.

       Location

       Date

       Delivery Language

       Paris, France

       23 January 2013

       French

       Strasbourg, France

       5 February 2013

       French

      Dusseldorf, Germany 

      24 June 2013 

       German

      Milan, Italy 

      22 May 2013 

       Italian

      Rome, Italy 

       5 February 2013

       Italian

      Budapest, Hungary 

       22 April 2013

       Hungarian

      Warsaw, Poland 

       18 February 2013

       Polish

      Istanbul, Turkey 

       4 February 2013

       Turkish

      Roseville, MN, United States 

      6 February 2013 

        English 

      For more information on this course, go to http://oracle.com/education/vm

      Sunday Oct 21, 2012

      Download the latest Oracle VM 3.1.1 Update

      We have released the latest patch update for Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1 and Oracle VM Server for x86 3.1.1. Oracle VM Manager 3.1.1-478 has been validated in combination with Oracle VM Server 3.1.1-485. The download instructions are available at OTN.

      Please be sure to read the README files of the above patches. Customers are recommended to schedule a maintenance window and apply the above patch updates to their Oracle VM 3.1.1 environment.

      To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, http://linux.oracle.com) for Oracle VM, you can sign up here http://oss.oracle.com/mailman/listinfo/oraclevm-errata.

      For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

      Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

      First Step Towards Rapid Enterprise Application Deployment

      Take Oracle VM Server for x86 training as a first step towards deploying enterprise applications rapidly.

      You have a choice between the following instructor-led training:

      • Oracle VM with Oracle VM Server for x86 1-day Seminar. Take this course from your own desk on one of the many events on the schedule. This seminar tells you how to build a virtualization platform using the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86 and to sustain the deployment of highly configurable, inter-connected virtual machines.
      • Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 3-day hands on course. This course teaches you how to build a virtualization platform using the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86. You learn how deploy and manage highly configurable, inter-connected virtual machines. The course teaches you how to install and configure Oracle VM Server for x86 as well as details of network and storage configuration, pool and repository creation, and virtual machine management.Take this course from your own desk on one of the 450 events on the schedule. You can also take this course in an Oracle classroom on one of the following events:

       Location

       Date

       Delivery Language

       Istanbul, Turkey

       12 November 2012

       Turkish

       Wellington, New Zealand

       10 Dec 2012

       English

       Roseveille, United States

       19 November 2012

       English

       Warsaw, Poland

       17 October 2012

       Polish

       Paris, France

       17 October 2012

       French

       Paris, France

       21 November 2012

       French

       Dusseldorfm Germany

       5 November 2012

       German

      For more information on Oracle's Virtualization courses see http://oracle.com/education/vm

      Wednesday Jul 04, 2012

      Oracle VM Server for x86 Training Schedule

      Learn about Oracle VM Server for x86 to see how you can accelerate enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management with fully integrated support from physical to virtual servers including applications.

      Oracle offers a 3 day course Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86. This course  teaches you how to:

      • Build a virtualization platform using the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86.
      • Deploy and manage highly configurable, inter-connected virtual machines.
      • Install and configure Oracle VM Server for x86 as well as details of network and storage configuration, pool and repository creation, and virtual machine management.

      You can take this course as follows:

      • Live Virtual Class - taking the course from your own desktop accessing a live teach by top Oracle instructors and accessing extensive hands-on exercises. No travel necessary. Over 300 events are current scheduled in many timezones across the world. See the full schedule by going to the Oracle University Portal and clicking on Virtualization.
      • In Classroom - Events scheduled include those shown below:

       Location

       Date

       Delivery Language

       Warsaw, Poland

       6 August 2012

       Polish

       Istanbul, Turkey

       10 September 2012

       Turkish

       Dusseldorf, Germany

       6 August 2012

       German

       Munich, Germany

       10 September 2012

       German

       Paris, France

       17 October 2012

       French

       Denver, Colorado, US

       30 July 2012

       English

       Roseville, Minnesota, US

       23 July 2012

       English

       Sydney, Australia

       3 September

       English

      For more information on this course and these events or to search for additional events or register your interest in an additional event/location, please visit the Oracle University Portal and click on Virtualization.

      Tuesday Jun 12, 2012

      Get Trained on Oracle VM Server for x86 in your timezone or location

      Register now to get trained on Oracle VM Server for x86 in your location or timezone - and frequently in your local language.

      You have a choice between the 3 day course, Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86, providing you with a wide range of hands-on exercises or a 1 day seminar, Oracle VM with Oracle VM Server for x86 Seminar.

      And you have a choice of attending these instructor-led courses

      • Live from your desk through Oracle Universities Live Virtual Classes. For these virtual events there are hundreds of scheduled events across many timezones and there is no need to travel! Schedule details available on the Oracle University portal and visit the Virtualization space.
      • In a classroom with a subset of scheduled events shown below:

       Where

       When

       Delivery Language

       3 day Hands-On Course    

       Dusseldorf, Germany

       6 August 2012

       German

       Munich, Germany

       9 July 2012

       German

       Paris, France

       17 October 2012

       French

       Sydney, Australia

       3 September 2012

       English

       Denver, United States

       30 July 2012

       English

       Roseville, United States

       25 June 2012

       English

       1 day Seminar    

       Paris, France

       4 September 2012

       French

       Roseville, United States

       15 June 2012

       English

       Mexico City, Mexico

       20 June 2012

       Spanish

      To find additional classes, go to the Oracle University portal and visit the Virtualization space. Should you not find an event on the schedule that suits you, register your interest for a specific event/date.

      Friday Jun 08, 2012

      Keep Oracle VM 3 Up to Date

      Oracle VMMore and more customers turn to Oracle VM 3 to virtualize their enterprise applications. Oracle VM support subscription is an integrated part of their successes. Customers enjoy the benefit of the industry-leading global support 24x7 for their server virtualization implementation, and receive access to patches, fixes, and updates via Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN). For customers running Oracle systems, Oracle VM support is included in Oracle Premium Support for Systems at no extra cost, and customers receive comprehensive systems coverage that includes single point accountability for Oracle server and storage hardware; integrated software (for example, firmware); and operating system software (Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM).

      To run a successful virtualization infrastructure, it's important to keep Oracle VM 3 environment up to date by leveraging Oracle VM support resources. 

      • Oracle VM Server Updates: You can easily upgrade Oracle VM Server using a Yum repository. You can download the latest server patch updates from ULN. To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle ULN for Oracle VM, you can sign up here. 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 Updating and Upgrading Oracle VM Servers in the Oracle VM User's Guide
      • Oracle VM Manager Updates: Get the download instructions at OTN, and apply latest Oracle VM Manager patch. Be sure to review the patch README before you apply the patches.
      • Support customers have access to extremely valuable knowledge notes from My Oracle Support. They are the first to receive useful tips to help address issues in Oracle VM deployments. For example,
        • Upgrade to Oracle VM 3.1.1 using Yum Repository may cause network configuration scripts to be renamed causing network failure after reboot (Doc ID 1464126.1)
        • Oracle VM server reboots after network becomes unresponsive due to deep C-State power management setting (Doc ID 1440197.1)
      For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

      Thursday May 03, 2012

      Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course schedule

      Want to get up to speed on Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86 - the schedules are now open for the Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course three-day hands-on course.

      If you want to train in Australia you can find in-class events in Canberra or Sydney.

      If you want to train in the United States you can find in-class events in Denver (CO), Roseville (MN), Edison (NJ).

      For students in EMEA, there is a selection of opportunities to have attend this live-instructor event without travelling through a live virtual delivery.

      You can register for any of the scheduled events via oracle.com/education and if you want to influence the schedule for further dates/locations you can register your interest with such details.

      For students who want to learn it all in a single day - you can take advantage of the Oracle VM with Oracle Server for x86 one-day seminar where you will learn about all the key concepts to get you going.

       

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