Wednesday Feb 04, 2015

New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database

Oracle VM application driven architecture is designed to enable rapid application deployment. With the use of Oracle VM Templates, sophisticated applications such as Oracle Database or Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) can be deployed in minutes—10x faster than with other solutions. Today, we are pleased to announce the latest Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database.

  •  [Feb 2015] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure (12.1.0.2.2) & Oracle Linux 6 Update 6 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 18888811 for 64-Bit Linux
  • [Feb 2015] Oracle RAC 11g Release 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set three (11.2.0.4.5) & Oracle Linux 5 Update 11 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 14000033 for 64-Bit Linux

    NEW in 2015 Templates:

    • Yum@Deploy support(11gR2 & 12c) - Allows running yum install/update during first boot/deployment and subsequent re-builds.
    • Multi-Diskgroup support for Oracle ASM
    • Support for multiplexed Controlfile & REDO logfiles
    • Default kernel boot is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel  Release 3 (3.8.13-55), seamless transition to HVM mode
    • Oracle Linux 7, BTRFS & KSplice Ready!

    The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of any number of nodes.

    To learn more about use cases for Oracle VM Templates and get in-depth knowledge to easily deploy Oracle Database 12c and Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates, please watch the webcast on-demand:

    • Oracle VM Templates Best Practices for Rapid Oracle Database Deployment, register here.
  • Friday Jan 30, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Powering a Demanding Enterprise Operation with Oracle VM

    Much like Oracle’s customer base (some 400,000 companies in 145 countries), Oracle deploys Oracle database, middleware, and application products to support its day-to-day business operations. By virtualizing enterprise applications using Oracle VM, Oracle’s IT organizations realize greater flexibility and lower infrastructure costs. Instead of implementing physical machines for each required operating system version and application release, virtualization using Oracle VM consolidates servers and provides efficiencies that help to decrease capital (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX). At the same time Oracle VM helps IT deploy services more rapidly, allowing administrators to provision new applications quickly to meet emerging requirements and shifts in application demand.

    To learn how Oracle product development uses more than 310,000 virtual machines and how Oracle Managed Cloud Services uses Oracle VM to support some 5.5 million end users, you can achieve the same advantages — reliability, scalability, performance, and easy deployment and manageability that are enjoyed today by Oracle‘s internal IT organizations. Read the white paper in details:

    For more news and events, check out the latest Oracle Virtualization Newletter: http://www.oracle.com/us/dm/oraclevirtualization-100387361-ev-2411267.html

    Friday Jan 23, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance: Past Reflection and Future Vision

    Today's spotlight is a year in review of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance and a look to the future.

    Virtual Compute Appliance is a converged infrastructure solution that combines preconfigured networking, servers, and storage into a convenient package that system administrators can easily deploy into an existing data center. Combined with the virtualization power of Oracle VM, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides the perfect general-purpose solution for a wide range of applications and operating systems. Customers around the world are using Virtual Compute Appliance systems for their virtualized environment of mixed workloads or private cloud.

    The most visible benefit of the Virtual Compute Appliance is rapid deployment. The Virtual Compute Appliance automatically configures compute, storage, and network resources when it is powered up, and users can start running virtual machines in a matter of hours. "Time-to-application with Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance was remarkable. In a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, we were operational and in a position to instantly respond to our customers’ needs,” said Raul Chico, head of business development, BT Spain. View the complete story.

    The Virtual Compute Appliance can be used with Oracle VM Templates, which provide pre-built virtual machines containing OS images and pre-installed application and database software. Together, they provide ready-to-run physical and virtual infrastructure, so customers can start running workloads in hours, not days or weeks. Secure-24, a managed services provider based in Michigan, United States, was able to deploy Oracle Database 12c within 10 minutes by using template. Watch the video here.

    The Virtual Compute Appliance leverages wire-once Software Defined Networking (SDN) using Oracle Virtual Networking over an InfiniBand backplane and the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance for robust, high performance networking and storage.

    Since its release in 2013, the Virtual Compute Appliance has been updated with several product enhancements. Among the most notable are:

    • Addition of X4-2 servers, providing investment protection for customers by supporting a mixture of X4-2 servers and X3-2 servers in the same rack.
    • Support for external storage using either InfiniBand or Fibre Channel technology. Customers now have more options to expand storage to the Virtual Compute Appliance. Customers can now connect the Virtual Compute Appliance to their Fibre Channel storage (e.g. EMC, HDS, NetApp storage), in addition to their existing NFS or iSCSI storage. They can also expand storage of the Virtual Compute Appliance by connecting to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance externally, using InfiniBand.
    • Management VLAN support: The VCA management network now supports the use of VLANs.
    • Improved management capabilities, including an Integrated Command Line Interface: Several command line utilities are now consolidated into a single command line interface (CLI), which is accessible from the Oracle Linux shell on the management node. Customers can use the CLI to script actions that may need to be performed on a regular basis, or to write integration scripts for existing monitoring and maintenance software not directly hosted on the appliance.
    • Synchronization Service to eliminate configuration mismatches: Throughout the life cycle of the Virtual Compute Appliance, software updates, capacity extensions and configuration changes will occur at different points in time. To eliminate configuration mismatches, we implemented a synchronization service to allow configurable parameters to be set and maintained across different components within the Virtual Compute Appliance.

    At a live event on January 21, 2015, Larry Ellison announced the Virtual Compute Appliance X5, offering highest performance at the lowest price. Watch Larry's video or read the press release.

    With this announcement, Oracle continues to provide further product enhancements to deliver more value for customers purchasing the Virtual Compute Appliance.

    Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

    Oracle VM Powers More Engineered Systems

    Earlier today Oracle outlined the strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with a new generation of engineered systems.

    Oracle VM is a core component of Oracle Engineered Systems because it makes the entire software stack and the underlying systems easier to deploy, easier to manage and easier to support.

    With today's announcement, customers are happy to learn that Oracle VM support is now available on Oracle Exadata Database Machine. By using Oracle VM, customers achieve a high level of workload isolation while taking advantage of ultra-fast InfiniBand networking. In addition, virtual machine-based licensing reduces software costs.

    The Oracle VM software runs on Exadata also powers Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, and so on.

    For those SPARC based engineered systems such as Oracle SuperCluster and the SPARC version of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, it's Oracle VM Server for SPARC that provides the enhanced virtualization capability to deliver the same greater business value for our customers. 

    To get started with Oracle VM with Oracle and non-Oracle systems, you can download the software by following the instructions from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html. Contact your Oracle representative or visit www.oracle.com/virtualization to learn more.

    Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

    Increasing simplicity and agility with Oracle Engineered Systems

    We are happy to share another customer story. Tech Mahindra has deployed Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance to help it meet the requirements of one of its customers - a large Australian wealth management organization. Utilising the pre-built, pre-tested integrated platform, Tech Mahindra will be able to meet its business goals, which include achieving a return on their five-year TCO, providing a more agile IT infrastructure to meet its customer’s needs and simplifying the technology that its staff manage and maintain.

    For more benefits and details, read the full press release:
    https://www.oracle.com/au/corporate/pressrelease/engineered-systems-increase-simplicity-20150113.html

    To learn the latest innovations from Oracle, register here for a live webcast on January 21, 2015

    Wednesday Dec 31, 2014

    Happy New Year!

    As 2014 is coming to a close, it's time to have a brief recap and highlight the areas with Oracle VM that can help you achieve further efficiency, flexibility and cost savings in your virtualization journey. 

    Oracle VM application-driven virtualization is built for enterprise workloads. Designed and continuously tested with Oracle Database, applications, middleware, systems and third party applications, Oracle VM is proven in both Oracle production as well as customer’s environments to deliver the massive scale and availability required. It's worthwhile to spend a few minutes to watch a short video clip here. If you missed some of the webcasts, you can register to view one of the webcasts on-demand. 

    • Oracle VM Built for Rapid Enterprise Workload Deployment - replay
    • Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle - replay

    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.

    With Oracle VM Templates or Virtual Appliances, it provides an innovative approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images.

    With a growing ecosystem, customers have more choices:

      Oracle VM is a core component in many Oracle engineered systems because it brings flexibility, performance, and reliability to virtualized deployments of enterprise applications. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is just the latest example. You could roll in a pre-configured rack of servers, networking and storage into your data center, get the rack up and running from power-on to production in 2 hours, and deploy your Oracle Database in 10 minutes.

      Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control enables entire stack of enterprise applications that drive crucial business services as well as end-to-end management orchestrations to cloud based services. Many customers have transformed how IT delivers information and business services using Oracle VM in a Private Cloud.

      For those who want to learn more, we provide self-paced hands-on labs as well as instructor-led training courses:

      While our journey continues in the new year, I want to thank our customers and partners for your support. You are the reason that inspires us to deliver more value out of virtualization. Happy New Year and Best Wishes to you and your family!

      Friday Dec 12, 2014

      Friday Spotlight: Customer's success with Virtual Compute Appliance

      We are happy to share a customer story that BT in Spain completes application deployment in a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, and reduces capital expenditures by 50%.

      BT in Spain serves 29 of the IBEX 35 companies—a list of organizations with the highest trading volume in the Spanish stock market—and 2,000 of the 5,000 largest companies in the country.

      To provide customers with Oracle Cloud applications and other infrastructure-as-a-service solutions, BT in Spain deployed Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance in its main data center located in Madrid. BT in Spain’s platform enables the company’s clients to deploy Oracle solutions up to 7x faster than with any other platform, with no configuration errors, and it optimizes operating costs. 

      The Virtual Compute Appliance’s various components, such as Oracle VM, are designed for mission-critical uptime and availability. This Oracle converged-infrastructure solution has enabled BT in Spain to reduce capital expenditure by 50% and instantly respond to existing and new customer requests. The ability to design and deploy tailor-made databases faster and more efficiently gives BT in Spain an undeniable edge in the crowded cloud-hosting market.

      “Time-to-application with Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance was remarkable. In a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, we were operational and in a position to instantly respond to our customers’ needs,” said Raul Chico, head of business development, BT in Spain.

      For more details: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/customers/customersearch/bt-spain-5-vca-sl-2372727.html; or in Spanish:

      To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit https://oracle.com/virtualization

      Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

      Oracle VM 3.2.9 Released

      We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to bring new hardware support, improve stability, and provide bug fixes. You can review the What's New wiki for the list of notable bug fixes.

      Download Instructions

      • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.2.9 server ISO, search patch ID 16410428; and also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com
      • Oracle VM Manager 3.2.9 upgrade, search patch ID 16410417
      • Oracle VM Agent 3.2.9 for SPARC, search patch ID 16694949

      Additional Information

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

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

      Friday Nov 28, 2014

      Friday Spotlight: Build a Complete Highly-Available Oracle VM Architecture from Server to App

      Happy Holidays!

      During this holiday season, it's increasingly important that your virtualization infrastructure delivers a complete highly-available architecture to meet your business requirements.

      At Oracle, virtualization is a feature of the overall software stack. Solving the whole stack is where the real value is and what our customers are looking for. Oracle is providing solutions to address the whole stack, – from top to bottom – software which can be managed, provisioned, clustered, is highly available, secure, and understood as a whole, not just piece by piece.

      To explore the benefits of using Oracle VM server virtualization, the simple way is to follow the detailed instructions from Oracle VM Hands-on Labs which we talked about during the previous blog. The hands-on labs leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox on your laptop or personal computer. With easy setup and by following simple steps, you can quickly create an Oracle VM server virtualization demonstration or learning environment with full Oracle software stack.

      Today we want to highlight one of the labs - Build a Complete Highly-Available Oracle VM Architecture from Server to App, which was created by Simon Coter, Consulting Technical Manager from Oracle.

      In this lab, you will learn the best practices of implementing and using a complete Oracle VM high-availability (HA) solution. This lab helps to demonstrate how Oracle products such as Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, KSplice and Oracle Clusterware (all products included with appropriate Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Support subscriptions) allows to create a solution that is able to cover all the HA requirements. This lab also walks you through the managing, by Oracle Clusterware, of a custom web-application. The implementation of this lab helps to deploy an enterprise-proven high-available infrastructure software layer at zero license cost to your virtualization or Linux environment.

      I encourage you to learn the HA best practices from the hands-on lab, then apply them to your Oracle VM deployment. Enjoy your holidays!

      Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

      Oracle VM Hands-on Labs

      With the success of the hands-on labs at Oracle OpenWorld and Virtual Technology Summit, we are now making those hands-on labs available for public download via OTN.

      See the direct link: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/hol-oraclevm-2368799.html

      Or you can navigate from Oracle VM OTN download landing page: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html, and click:

      The hands-on labs leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox on your laptop or personal computer. With easy setup and by following simple steps, you can quickly create an Oracle VM server virtualization demonstration or learning environment with full Oracle software stack. In the coming weeks, we'll explain each lab with more details. Meanwhile, just download the virtual appliances, and import into your Oracle VM VirtualBox environment to play with it. Have fun!

      For in-depth product training, visit Training on the Most Complete Virtualization.

      Monday Nov 17, 2014

      Training on the Most Complete Virtualization

      Learn about the most complete virtualization. Oracle's server virtualization products support x86 and SPARC architectures and a variety of workloads including Linux, Oracle Solaris and Windows.

      The training cited below will teach you how to build the infrastructure for cloud computing and deploy resources on the architecture of your choice.

      Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration

      You can take this 3-day course as a:

      • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Events on the schedule include classes with start dates of 14th of January and 25 February 2015.
      • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Events on the schedule include:

       Location

       Date

       Delivery Language

       Melbourne, Australia

       21 January 2015

       English

       Sydney, Australia

       4 February 2015

       English

       Hamburg, Germany

       15 June 2015

       German

       Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

       7 January 2015

       English

      Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

      You can take this 2-day instructor-led course as a:

      • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Events on the schedule include classes with start dates of 24 and 27 November, 1 and 11 December 2014, 11 and 12 January, 5, 8, and 23 February 2015.
      • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule:

       Location  Date
       Delivery Language
      Dhaka, Bangladesh
      27 November 2014 English
      Canberra, Australia
      23 February 2015 English
      Melbourne, Australia
      12 January 2015 English
      Sydney, Australia
      9 February 2015 English
      Santiago, Chili
      4 December 2014 Spanish
      Prague, Czech Republic  12 March 2015 Czech
      Frankfurt, Germany  16 March 2015 German
      Munich, Germany
      1 June 2015 German
      Causeway, Hong Kong
      29 December 2014 English
      Tokyo, Japan
      9 February 2015 Japanese
      Madrid, Spain
      7 April 2015 Spanish
      Riyadh, South Africa
      26 April 2015 English
      Dubai, United Arab Emirates
      26 April 2015 English
      Atlanta, GA, United States
      22 January 2015 English
      Columbus, OH, United States
      23 April 2015 English

      To register for an event or learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

      Friday Oct 31, 2014

      Friday Spotlight: Managing Oracle VM 3.3 from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

      In the previous blog, we announced that the new virtualization plug-in (12.1.0.7.0) for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control was available. With the latest virtualization plug-in update, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c works seamlessly with Oracle VM Manager 3.3. In today's blog, Daniel Ritzman, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, covers how to use the new plug-in to enable Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to manage an Oracle VM 3.3 installation.

      There are two ways to acquire the latest plug-in versions. You can download the plug-in from OTN or use software update from within Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

      Step I. (Option one) Download with Self Update

      To enable and download using Software Update the following documentation can be used.

      http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E24628_01/doc.121/e24473/self_update.htm#EMADM13221

      If you have already enabled software update, go to Setup->Extensibility->Self Update and click the Check Updates:


      In the Setup->Extensibility-Plug-ins, the new version of the plug-in will be available and can be downloaded:


      Step I. (Option two) Download from OTN

      To download from OTN, follow this link:

      You can now download the plug-in from OTN using the following link and drilling down to path 1.

      Download12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt
      (38,843,237 bytes, cksum 3401906902)
      Plug-in to enable Oracle VM virtualization management capabilities in Oracle Enterprise Manager. 25-Sep-14

      1. In the download directory you will have a zip file which can be transferred to the OMS system and unzipped.

      # ls *zip

      12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.zip

      # unzip *zip

      Archive: 12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.zip

      inflating: 12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.opar

      2. As the oracle user use emcli on the OMS to import the plug-in update opar

      % emcli login -username=sysman

      % emcli import_update -file=/var/tmp/12.1.0.7.0_oracle.sysman.vt_2000_0.opar –omslocal

      Processing update: Plug-in

      Successfully uploaded the update to Enterprise Manager. Use the Self Update Console to manage this update.

      Step II. Applying the downloaded plug-in update to OMS

      The following procedures will be the same regardless of which option you used above for getting the new plug-in update.

             1. In the Setup -> Extensibility-> Self Update select the plug-in section

      a. Verify the vt plug-in has the status Downloaded.

             2. In Setup -> Extensibility-> Plug-in

      a. Use View -> plug-in -> 'only downloaded' to identify only the update which need to be applied.

      b. Select the VT plug-in and deploy on OMS

      i. providing the requested SYS credentials

      ii. confirm that you have backed up the repository and launch the job (Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c will restart)

      Step III. Deploy the update to the agent

      Next you will need to deploy the plug-in update to the agent where you will manage your Oracle VM.

      This can be any agent which can connect to the Oracle VM console, and can be on the Oracle VM manager host itself.

             1. In the Setup -> Extensibility -> Plug-in page

      a. Select the VT plug-in from the expanded "Servers, Storage and Network" section.

      b. Select Deploy On -> Management Agent…

      c. In the Deploy Plug-in on Management Agent pop-up select the version to deploy (defaults to latest) and continue

      d. Select the management agent to deploy the plug-in


      e. Verify the agent has met the prerequisite checks and select Next


      f. Select Deploy in the review page


      Step IV. Configure authentication certs for the agent

      In previous version of the plug-in only the tcps cert needed to be added to the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c agent truststore. For managing Oracle VM 3.3, the weblogic cert will need to be added instead. The complete Oracle Enterprise Manager documentation for this can be found at the following link.

              1. Export the weblogic cert to a file using the ovmkeytool.sh provided with your Oracle VM 3.3 installation

      # /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_upgrade/bin/ovmkeytool.sh exportca > /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3

              2. Transfer the cert file to the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c agent host (if they are not the same host)

      # scp /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3 root@emcc.example.com:/var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3

      root@emcc.example.com password:

      new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3 100% 1503 1.5KB/s 00:00

               3. Remove first line from the cert file if it exists

      a. The first line of the file should be the “-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----“ line

      b. use vi or other text editor to remove the line.

      c. The following is an example of a file which needs the first line removed (in red)

      # head -3 /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3

      libdir is /u01/app/oracle/ovm-manager-3/ovm_upgrade/bin/../lib

      -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----

      MIID+zCCAuOgAwIBAgIUW6+nwq5aQNuD5Pc7gkhtT2he2JUwDQYJKoZIhvcNAQEL

               4. Import the cert into the agent trust store using emctl as the oracle user

      oracle@emcc.example.com $ ./bin/emctl  secure add_trust_cert_to_jks -trust_certs_loc /var/tmp/new_cert_from_ovmkeytool.cert3 -alias ovmm
      Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 
      Copyright (c) 1996, 2014 Oracle Corporation.  All rights reserved.
      Password:

      Message   :   Certificate was added to keystore
      ExitStatus: SUCCESS

      Step V. Register the Oracle VM Manager 3.3 with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

      Now we can to register the Oracle VM Manager 3.3 with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to populate the Infrastructure Cloud tree and allow us to manage the Oracle VM environment from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

      1. In the Enterprise->Cloud->Oracle VM Infrastructure home window
        1. In the Infrastructure Cloud menu (pictured below) select Register Oracle VM Manager


      1. In the register Oracle VM Manager page provide the following details
        1. Name: Display name for the Oracle VM manager in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.
        2. Monitoring Agent: This is the agent above where the plug-in was deployed and the cert imported.
        3. Connection URLS: These will be the URLs on the Oracle VM Manager host.
        4. Monitoring Credentials: This will be the user and password on the Oracle VM application
      2. Select Submit


      1. Verify the launched registration job is successful.


      Now you Oracle VM Manager 3.3 has been registered with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

      Friday Oct 24, 2014

      Friday Spotlight: New assets for Winning Combo: Virtual Compute Appliance and ZFS Storage Appliance

      Happy Friday. In today's spotlight, we want to share some great assets about Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

      Virtual Compute Appliance is a converged infrastructure solution that combines preconfigured networking, servers, and storage into a convenient package that system administrators can easily deploy into an existing data center. Combined with the virtualization power of Oracle VM, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides the perfect general-purpose solution for rapidly and easily bringing online a new rack into a cloud environment. Customers can expand storage of the Virtual Compute Appliance by connecting to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance externally. We published a new white paper that describes how to increase the storage capacity of the Virtual Compute Appliance by adding a new rack containing a larger Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance cluster.

      To learn how the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance is optimized to work efficiently with Virtual Compute Appliance and understand how the Virtual Compute Appliance together with the ZFS Storage Appliance benefits customers by providing storage expansion and backup capabilities, watch this 12-minute Youtube video for a condensed presentation by Premal Savla and Michael Wojnar.

      Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

      Re-Cap: Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and September Partner Activities and Announcements

      This year Oracle OpenWorld 2014 had been a busy one for us and our Partners. It had been one of the most successful showcases we had organized so far with 15 Partners actively demonstrating their solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.  Many of our ISV and IHV partners announced solutions around Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. During the Showcase, we recorded some of our partners who talked about their solution:

      Here's the list of announcements and updates in September from our partners which shows the collaboration and joint engineering efforts of Oracle Linux and Virtualization teams with the key ISV and IHVs:

      OpenStack Solutions

      Mellanox CloudX Platform now supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux – MarketWatch Publication

      Nuage Networks Delivers SDN Integration with Oracle OpenStack with Oracle Linux – Press Release

      SolidFire Announces support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux – Press Release

      Software Solutions

      Acronis Backup Advanced is certified for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM – Requirements; Description

      eG Innovations Delivers End-to-End Performance Management for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM – Press Release

      IBM Infosphere Server pack for Siebel 3.2 has achieved Oracle Linux Ready Status

      Intel – Renée J. James, President of Intel Corporation, shared her keynote on, “The future of the Data Center in a Software-Defined World. Check out this blog.

      SAP certifies Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) – Check out the blog.

      SEP Software Corp. Partners with Oracle to Provide World-Class Backup Solutions to the Marketplace – Press Release

      Hardware Solutions

      Dell and Oracle help customers deploy Oracle Business Intelligence Applications – Press Release

      Nimblestorage unveils JD Edwards EnterpriseOne SmartStack – Publications on: InfoStor ; CNN Money; Virtual Strategy Magazine

      Tegile Systems, a leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays supports Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, are part of theOracle Validated Configurations.

      As you can see from the updates and participation from our partners, our ISV and IHV ecosystem is growing very rapidly with exciting offers and new certifications.

      Visit our Partner pages if you want to know more about solutions from Oracle Linux Partners and Oracle VM Partners.

      See you in 2015 Oracle OpenWorld - October 25–29, 2015!


      Monday Oct 06, 2014

      Secure Oracle VM Deployments

      One of the principles of good security practice is to keep all software versions and patches up-to-date. To keep you and your customers informed about any errata update, please subscribe to oraclevm-errata@oss.oracle.com: you can sign up here to receive notification on software update delivered to ULN for Oracle VM, or you can browse the email archive.

      We've released fixes to address the recent security vulnerabilities. Please review the instructions to apply those fixes.

      Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Software - My Oracle Support (MOS) note 1930502.1
      Oracle VM 2.2, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3  -  MOS note 1929782.1
      • Xen Security Advisory CVE-2014-7188 / XSA-108
      CVE-2014-7188 / XSA-108 Patch Availability Document for Oracle VM - MOS Note 1931331.1
      CVE-2014-7188 / XSA-108 Patch Availability Document for Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance - MOS Note 1931380.1
      The Oracle VM security architecture, by design, eliminates many security threats. The guidelines for secure deployment of virtualized solutions based on Oracle VM are largely based on network security. As these guidelines are generally applicable, they should always be reviewed for applicability in the context of each implementation and the security requirements and policies of the broader environment in which Oracle VM is deployed. Please review Oracle VM Security Guide to apply to your environment.
      • Oracle VM Security Guide for Release 3.3 HTML
      • Oracle VM Security Guide for Release 3.2 HTML
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