Friday Feb 28, 2014
Tuesday Feb 25, 2014
By Chris Kawalek on Feb 25, 2014
The February 2014 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! It includes content on an updated Oracle VM cost calculator (now including Oracle Linux!), 2014 IT Predictions, community demonstration videos, what's new in Oracle Secure Global Desktop, and much more!
Friday Feb 21, 2014
By Chris Kawalek on Feb 21, 2014
Wednesday Feb 19, 2014
By Chris Kawalek on Feb 19, 2014
Join us in this live webcast and learn how Data Intensity, a long time Oracle partner, built a successful database and application hosting business using Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Valuable IT best practices and insights on building a private cloud infrastructure from this seasoned hosting provider will prove to be a valuable and informative 60 minutes time investment.
Time: 9:00 am PST
Friday Feb 14, 2014
By Chris Kawalek on Feb 14, 2014
The team in EMEA has put together some wonderful in person events for potential or existing Oracle VM and Oracle Linux customers. In these events, there are expert presentations, and then time to mingle and chat with the Oracle folks. It's really a great opportunity to get your questions answered firsthand. If you live near any of these cities, consider registering for the events!
Feb 18, Munchen, Germany
Feb 19, Dreieich, Germany
Feb 24, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Feb 25, Istanbul, Turkey
Feb 26, Berlin, Germany
Mar 6, Paris, France
If you're anywhere near these cities, you won't want to miss these fantastic events.
We'll see you next week!
Friday Feb 07, 2014
Friday Spotlight: Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB) 12.1.2 Demo Appliance Available for Testing!
By Chris Kawalek on Feb 07, 2014
Happy Friday! Our Friday Spotlight this week is about a new virtual appliance for Oracle VM:
The Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder team has been busy! You can now take a self-guided tour to see the power of Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder.
Oracle VM Templates allow you to easily and quickly deploy pre-configured Oracle Database and applications. Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder accelerates and simplifies provisioning of complete multi-tier application topologies by packaging them as standard Open Virtualization Format (OVF) Assemblies for deployment into Oracle VM environments. It is capable of capturing application topologies comprised of Oracle and non-Oracle products. With a single keystroke, applications are fully deployed using application and user defined metadata. Two example use cases are replicating an entire application topology from one datacenter to another or deployment of entire stack of application into Oracle VM as a foundation for your private cloud environment.
Please note: this appliance is not meant for production use.
The OVAB team has done a great job in packaging this appliance. Download the Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder 126.96.36.199.0 Demo Appliance and take your self-guided tour today!
Have a great week and we'll see you next Friday!
Friday Jan 31, 2014
By Chris Kawalek on Jan 31, 2014
Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week is a post from our Oracle VM VirtualBox product team on a brand new virtual appliance:
Oracle has released the Oracle BigDataLite virtual appliance allowing developers to focus on what they do best, which is developing applications.
With the Oracle BigDataLite virtual appliance, there is no need to install the Big Data platform components or configure them, that's already all done for you. Simply download the Oracle BigDataLite appliance for Oracle VM VirtualBox, start it up on your desktop or laptop and you are ready to go. Can it be easier than that?
If you like to get more details about the Oracle BigDataLite virtual appliance please check this announcement. Or even better, register for the Virtual Developer Day scheduled next week Tuesday, February 4th to get first hand answers to all your questions or to make your hands dirty during one of the hands-on-labs.
Have a great day,
-The Oracle VM VirtualBox team
Friday Jan 17, 2014
By Chris Kawalek on Jan 17, 2014
Happy Friday! Our Friday Spotlight today is a bit unique in that we're putting the same information on both the Oracle Virtualization blog and the Oracle Linux blog. The reason is that we want to tell you about a fantastic opportunity for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux administrators.
On January 28, Oracle is hosting an event called Virtual Sysadmin Day. If you haven't attended one of these before, you're in for a treat. These events let you attend a virtual version of the hands on lab sessions that we run each year at Oracle OpenWorld. So, if you've ever wanted to go to one of those sessions but couldn't get to San Francisco or the other Oracle OpenWorld locations around the world, now is your chance to attend from the comfort of you desk!
The format is really cool. The materials for the lab are provided for you, you just need to have Oracle VM VirtualBox (it's a free download), and download the pre-configured virtual machines for the labs. You should do this ahead of the event, but all the information to help you do it is available to you when you register.
On the day of the event, you login and watch some intro content that sets up the labs, and then you follow the steps for the labs on you own system. Oracle experts will be in the chat area to help with issues you might run into.
Virtual Sysadmin Day Winter 2014
January 28, 2014
9AM - 1PM Pacific Standard Time
Virtual Sysadmin Day is one of my favorite events, I hope you have time to check it out!
Friday Jan 10, 2014
By Chris Kawalek on Jan 10, 2014
New year greetings, everyone!
Reflecting on 2013, we thought we'd do a summary of the many myths that were debunked in 2013. Here are the top 10:
1. Oracle VM has no benchmarks
Internally the Oracle VM team runs hundreds of benchmarks in every one of our releases. In addition, our integrated Oracle Engineered Systems team, such as Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Virtual Networking perform their own benchmarks with Oracle VM.
Over the years, we’ve commissioned 3rd parties to report on Oracle VM performance. For many of you, all that is great, however the internal efforts lack “arm’s length” objectivity. So instead, we’ve been letting our customers speak for us on the performance benchmarks of Oracle VM.
For Oracle VM performance on Oracle Database as well as compared to other virtualization solutions, there is the benchmark document from Revera Limited. The report shows Oracle VM performs better than other solution in all categories.
For Oracle VM performance with Oracle PeopleSoft and Oracle Database, Open Universities, Australia Director ICT, Anthony Russo performed the benchmarks in his evaluation of Oracle VM. The results and cost savings led him to decide on Oracle VM as the virtualization for a campus-wide deployment. Anthony shares his benchmark write up with the IOUG community. Read more about Open Universities Australia in the press release.
2. Oracle VM is not for serious enterprise applications
This is a myth long ago debunked. Oracle VM application-driven virtualization is designed and architected with enterprise applications in mind. Guided by our own in-house expertise on how sophisticated enterprise software deployment can be, we designed a hypervisor that not only serves the purposes of consolidation and abstraction from the hardware, but we also have a laser-focus on building in support into the hypervisor to simplify provisioning and management of enterprise applications in their entire lifecycle.
Oracle VM is an important foundation for many of our customers, with the Oracle stack as well as for mixed deployments. Adoption of Oracle VM is diverse, from helping to keep 24/7 online retail operations running (such as Overstock.com) to massively compute intensive operations for Lawrence Livermore National Labs, enabling continuous Managed Services Operations for dcVAST or Data Intensity to scale and grow as business grows. See a sample listing of customers who rely on Oracle VM to power their business.
3. Complicated to deploy
This one is has long been debunked, with the built in support for Oracle Applications with Oracle VM Templates and tight integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager. However, it's worth recapping, as we’ve made huge advances in simplifying Oracle Database and applications even more. The Evaluator Group report has demonstrated that deployment of a 2 node Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) takes under 4 hours, compared to about 40 hours for the competition. This is old news! Our latest releases of the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database Single Instance and RAC deployment is now even speedier. At OpenWorld 2013, we had a room full of attendees deploying a 4 node RAC cluster in under 60 minutes in a Hands On Lab session. And let’s not get carried away on just speed, according to one of our Oracle VM Templates engineers, Saar Maoz: “ACTUAL ELAPSED TIME is only mildly interesting, what really matters is that when you do download the template and run it, it just works. Oracle is the only vendor that can do this because we own the apps!”
To illustrate the power and simplicity, we’ve created a Hands-on Lab about deployment of an IaaS environment that showcases the use of chargeback. The environment is a contained Oracle VM VirtualBox appliance including Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager. To run this yourself visit our OTN post of the lab here.
4. Limited Enterprise Use
In addition to powering many critical enterprise operations, Oracle VM is the virtualization foundation for Oracle as well. Oracle VM is integrated into many of the Oracle Engineered Systems such as Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Exalytics, and Oracle Database Appliance. In addition, Oracle VM is powering Oracle Managed Cloud Services with over 15,000 VMs in deployment and growing.
5. No complimentary tools for private cloud deployment
In addition to Oracle VM Templates for rapid application deployment, Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder (OVAB) is one of the most powerful tools for multi-tier application deployment. OVAB is key to helping enterprises easily and reliably deploy their multi-tier applications to the cloud, or simply migrate their existing stack of physically deployed apps onto their new private cloud. The recent release of OVAB 12c includes an even more intuitive GUI and improved support for creation of base OS image. Want to get hands-on and take a test drive with the new release? Download the OVAB Oracle VM VirtualBox Demo Appliance, including documentation.
6. Oracle VM is expensive
Oracle VM is the most cost effective enterprise-proven hypervisor.
Oracle VM has zero license cost for and low enterprise support cost. Oracle VM Premier Support customers receive Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c management software Base Enterprise Manager Functionality, including Ops Center, for free! In addition, Oracle Hard Partitioning Policy and Hard Partitioning for x86 architectures may also help customers realize further savings in many cases. Test calculate the savings to see how much you can save using the Oracle VM Cost Calculator.
Wondering how difficult it would be to migrate your existing environment? Take a test drive with our Hands-on Lab to migrate your VMware vSphere deployment with Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. Then you can watch your savings grow!
7. A "me too" hypervisor
In the strict sense of the word “hypervisor”, Oracle VM is a hypervisor. Beyond that the “me too” assertion is a complete myth. Oracle VM application-driven architecture is designed with enterprise applications and cloud services in mind. Tight integration with many of the infrastructure products and Oracle Enterprise Manager delivers the most integrated virtualization foundation for both the Oracle stack and non-Oracle stack. To learn more about how Oracle VM application-driven virtualization is different, and hear from customers on how they are able to benefit from this unique architecture, read the Oracle VM E-Book.
8. Oracle VM is only used in Test environments
Our customer list proves this to be a myth. Beyond this, however, we are very proud to be an enabler for the thousands of QA test environments out there. Oracle VM combined with the hugely popular Oracle VM VirtualBox product provide our customers a powerful way to build appliances that can help them to quickly deploy very complex environments for testing.
9. Not ready for Oracle Database
If our own internal deployment wasn't enough, and with so many proven customer uses, it's surprising that this continues to be a myth. Many of our customers do know this and performance testing is proven by our partners as well. Read the report Why Use Oracle VM for Oracle Databases.
10. No partner ecosystem
Oracle VM has an extensive technology partner network. We continue to drive deeper and stronger technology and business relationships with our partners. In the past year, we’ve collaborated with our partners such as Dell, Lenovo, SAP and many more to bring more choice and value to our customers. An example of our collaborative effort is the FlexPod validated configuration with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. In addition, we also recognize that interoperability with industry technology is important to our customers. Oracle recently announced sponsorship of OpenStack.
Wishing all our readers a healthy and prosperous 2014, and watch for more great things to come!
Friday Jan 03, 2014
By Chris Kawalek on Jan 03, 2014
Happy Friday and welcome to the first virtualization spotlight of 2014! To kick things off this year, I wanted to highlight an excellent podcast by Oracle's Doan Nguyen and Ronen Kofman that describes how Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c can significantly improve your server lifecycle management. Have a listen:
We'll see you next week!
Friday Dec 20, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Dec 20, 2013
In the first video, Jung-Sik Suh, SVP of Cloud Convergence at KT, discusses the IT challenges they recently faced. To support their next generation customers, they needed to diversify their product offerings and expand their capacity, and they had to do this while simultaneously merging with another company! They decided to design a private cloud using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux that resulted in a 70% reduction of infrastructure cost and 50% reduction in operation cost.
In the second video, Mr. Suh discusses how implementing an Oracle software stack that is designed to work together, including Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and more, allows them to save costs and pass the savings on to their customers, and in the future, will provide a profit center for them, as well.
Thursday Dec 19, 2013
By Chris Kawalek on Dec 19, 2013
The latest Oracle Virtualization newsletter is out! If you're a subscriber, you already have it in your inbox. But if not, here are some of the highlights:
- Oracle joins OpenStack Foundation
- Replay information for Top 5 Reasons Why Oracle VM Is Best for Oracle Database webcast
- Case study on telecommunications company that deployed IT as a service using Oracle VM
- Oracle VM VirtualBox receives community choice award from Windows IT Pro
- Information on the upcoming Virtual SysAdmin Day on January 28
- A new e-book titled "Oracle VM: Application-Driven Virtualization for the Modern Data Center and the Cloud"
- Plus, new podcasts, white papers, customer success stories, partner buzz, and much more!
Friday Dec 13, 2013
By Monica Kumar on Dec 13, 2013
Reap the Benefits of IaaS with Oracle Virtualization
IT customers are looking to reap the benefits of cloud computing, including at the Infrastructure layer. Their role is viewed as data center service providers. To them, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), is internalized as Integration of "astonishing" applications and systems. It’s the proverbial duct taping of all the different components of IT infrastructure into a single cohesive intelligent controllable, predictable box from which they can direct all that happens to support their business. From their perspective, Oracle VM is the container and Oracle Enterprise Manager is both the duct tape and the control box for IaaS which has helped them to tame the complex infrastructure and quickly provision the “astonishing” applications, sometimes with wildly varying need for network, storage compute resources.
For an insightful perspective of IaaS from Oracle, join VP of Product Management for Oracle Enterprise Manager, Sudip Datta, in his chalk talk.
Tuesday Nov 12, 2013
By Monica Kumar on Nov 12, 2013
Join us for a series of live events and discover how Oracle VM and Oracle Linux offer an integrated and optimized infrastructure for quickly deploying a private cloud environment at lower cost.
As one of the most widely deployed operating systems today, Oracle Linux delivers higher performance, better reliability, and stability, at a lower cost for your cloud environments. Oracle VM is an application-driven server virtualization solution fully integrated and certified with Oracle applications to deliver rapid application deployment and simplified management. With Oracle VM, you have peace of mind that the entire Oracle stack deployed is fully certified by Oracle.
Register now for any of the upcoming events, and meet with Oracle experts to discuss how we can help in enabling your private cloud.Dec 5: MySQL Tech Tour, including Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (France)
Hope to see you at one of these events!
Friday Nov 08, 2013
By Monica Kumar on Nov 08, 2013
Hands-on Private Cloud Simulator In One Hour
Submitted by: Doan Nguyen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director
My aeronautics instructor used to say, "you can’t appreciate flying until you take flight." To clarify, this is not about gearing up in a flying squirrel suit and hopping off a cliff (topic for another blog!) but rather about flying an airplane. The idea is to get hands-on with the controls at the cockpit and experience flight before you actually fly a real plane. After the initial 40 hours of flight time, the concept sank in and it really made sense.This concept is what inspired our technical experts to put together the hands-on lab for a private cloud deployment and management self-service model. Yes, we are comparing the lab to a flight simulator! Let’s look at the parallels:
- To get trained to fly, starting in the simulator gets you off the ground quicker. There is no need to have a real plane to begin with. In a hands-on lab, there is no need for a real server, with networking and real storage installed. All you need is your laptop
- The simulator is pre-configured, pre-flight check done. Similarly, in a hands-on lab, Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager are pre-configured and assembled using Oracle VM VirtualBox as the container. Software installations are not needed.
- After time spent training at the controls, you can really appreciate the practical experience of flying. Along the same lines, the hands-on lab is a guided learning path, without the encumbrances of hardware, software installation, so you can learn about cloud deployment and management.
However, unlike the simulator training, your time investment with the lab is only about an hour and not 40 hours!
This hands-on lab takes you through private cloud deployment and management using Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c in an Infrastructure as a service IaaS model. You will first configure the IaaS cloud as the cloud administrator and then deploy guest virtual machines (VMs) as a self-service user. Then you are ready to take flight into the cloud!
Why not step into the cockpit now!
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