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.

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

SmartStack™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.

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