Monday Nov 24, 2014

Fulfilling your wish list this holiday season: More time for fun

As the holiday season gets near, do you find yourself wishing that you can have more time for fun instead of sitting in the data center cobbling together a new cloud platform?

Why spend hundreds of hours configuring and installing new servers, new storage, networking switches and all the software layers to create your new platform when there is an alternative solution?

What if 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
- Deploy your Oracle Database in 10 minutes

Per Sean Donaldson, CTO of Secure-24, that is possible with the
Virtual Compute Appliance from Oracle, "The Virtual Compute Appliance really is a cloud framework with a virtualization engine that allows you to run JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Hyperion, Oracle E-Business," said Mr. Donaldson.

Secure-24, a fast-growing hosting/managed services company based in Michigan, provides services to middle-market companies and Fortune 500 organizations in many industries. Mr. Donaldson and his team wanted faster Time-to-Market to meet their clients’ demand for business critical application hosting and cloud services. After careful evaluation of several vendors, they selected Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance.

Hear the reasons in
this video:

If you're thinking: hmm, that sounds interesting. Let me find out more on CRN, my news source for channels and partners.

You find that CRN just released their 2014 Tech Innovator Awards, a program that recognizes companies for outstanding innovation in products developed for the enterprise.

Clicking through, you see that the Virtual Compute Appliance received
'Honorable Mention' in the Cloud Solutions category, out of more than 250 products that were nominated this year to CRN.

Why not look into this solution to save you hundreds of hours in the data center? Check this item off your wishlist.  Have more time for fun and your family, and enjoy the holiday season.

Thanks to Haiduong Vo, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director at Oracle, who contributed this blog entry.

Friday Nov 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: The Right Tool for the Job

Enterprise applications drive mission-critical businesses, including our own, both in production and IT. Oracle VM is the foundation that fuels and maintains the enterprise applications in our own IT. With well over 182,400 virtual guests and growing and nearly 20,000 Oracle VMs deployed to power Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Many of our IT enterprise customers also rely on Oracle VM for their operations.

Read the latest Oracle VM white paper for an inside view into the engineering decisions and architecture of how Oracle VM is built for virtualizing enterprise applications.

Register for our upcoming webcast series:

Oracle VM Built for Rapid Enterprise Workload Deployment
Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 9:00 am PST
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Live Webcast on Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle
Thursday, November 17, 2014 – 9:00 am PST

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Oracle VM Application-Driven Virtualization Built and Proven for the Enterprise

Enterprise workloads and demanding cloud infrastructures require a technology foundation built for massive scaling, availability and ease of management. Oracle VM’s unique application-driven virtualization architecture combined with integrated support for enterprise applications, including Oracle Database, deliver an enterprise proven solution to help simplify and accelerate IT. Join us in this two webcast series to learn how Oracle VM powers Oracle's massive production and IT operations and how you can benefit from the same integrated technology to transform your data center. Please find more details on the two webcasts below:

Oracle VM Built for Rapid Enterprise Workload Deployment
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST
Register here

Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle Database   
Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST

Monday Oct 20, 2014

Oracle Technology Helps Securitas Direct Improve Service Quality and Diversify Offerings by Increasing Speed and Capacity at its Processing Center

Securitas Direct, a leading supplier of safety and security solutions in Spain, Europe, and Latin America, has chosen Oracle hardware and software as the backbone for its main connections and processing signals center. With the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) solution, Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Securitas Direct will be able to strengthen the quality of service, speed time to market for new products and services, and deliver an improved experience for its business and residential customers. Read more on how the Oracle solutions will allow Securitas Direct to manage as many as 100 million signals per day from different security devices.

Read the Press Release

View the Customer Story

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

Announcing Virtual Compute Appliance Software Release 2.0.1

We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.0.1 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

The VCA software release 2.0.1 delivers the following enhancements:

  • External Storage Support: Oracle VCA storage can be extended by connecting and configuring external storage hardware. This allows customers to provision virtual machines with virtual disks beyond the capacity of the internal storage, and to provide ample disk space for large repositories and for backup and recovery purposes. The storage hardware is connected to the Fabric Interconnects using either InfiniBand or Fibre Channel technology.
  • Integrated Command Line Interface: VCA 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.
  • Management VLAN Support: The VCA management network now supports the use of VLANs.
  • Synchronization Service: A synchronization service has been implemented to allow configurable parameters to be set and maintained across heterogeneous sets of components within an Oracle VCA environment. Throughout the life cycle of the appliance, software updates, capacity extensions and configuration changes will occur at different points in time. The synchronization service is an extensible foundation for any mechanism implemented to eliminate configuration mismatches.
  • Provisioning Lock: The Oracle VCA Dashboard allows administrators to temporarily disable compute node provisioning with the click of a button. When provisioning is suspended, maintenance tasks or management node upgrades can be carried out safely.

Please refer to the product page for a complete list features and benefits. For additional resources about VCA:

  • Download Virtual Compute Appliance Software Release 2.0.1 from My Oracle Support, search patch ID 19555021.
  • Read the documentation for details about the new features and requirements of installation and upgrade.
  • Review data sheet (PDF).
  • Watch Larry Ellison's keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 when he talked about Oracle Cloud, VCA and Oracle Engineered Systems.

For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit

Oracle Virtualization at VMworld Barcelona

Here is a pic from our booth at VMworld Barcelona. Join Oracle at booth #301 to talk to product experts and learn about the latest on Oracle VM, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM VirtualBox, and Oracle Secure Global Desktop!

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld Slide Decks

Happy Friday!

Every year after Oracle OpenWorld, many of the slide decks become available for you to download. If you were at these sessions, it's great to have these PDFs for reference, and if you weren't able to go, or had sessions overlapping, you can read the slides and get a sense of the key points.

You can find the slides from the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Content Catalog. You can search for sessions that you'd like to download. Some good keywords are "Oracle Linux", "Oracle VM", "OpenStack", etc.

We'll see you next week!


Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

CERN talks OpenStack Deployment at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Join CERN IT architect and engineer as they share their adoption and deployment of OpenStack with Oracle VM in this must see session at Oracle OpenWorld today at 12:45PM, Intercontinental, Union Square.

CON6746 – Integrating Oracle VM on an enterprise-grade OpenStack cloud: CERN case study

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Hello Oracle OpenWorld – Day 1

Posted on behalf of Oracle's Doan Nguyen.


Day 1 of Oracle OpenWorld was eventful!!

Many thanks to our guests and partners for a great Day 1. The Virtualization Generalization session was standing room only. The Oracle VM Hands on Lab and the OpenStack lab were both at capacity.

Upcoming OpenStack session and Hands-on Labs must attend for Wednesday, October 1st:

CON8472 – What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive

CON8356 – Oracle's Next Generation Software Defined Networking (SDN) Platform for Public and Private Clouds  

CON8355 – Using Oracle VM VirtualBox as your development platform

CON8473 – Oracle Distribution of OpenStack –Making OpenStack an Enterprise Grade Solution

HOL9121 – Create Your Own Oracle VM Template to Simplify Your Own Application Deployment 

HOL9122: Build a Private DBaaS Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Support for Oracle Linux running with Canonical Ubuntu OpenStack

Posted on behalf of Oracle's Doan Nguyen: 


The Oracle Linux team is collaborating with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, to allow customers who wish to run Oracle Linux as a guest inside an Ubuntu OpenStack environment and to do so in a supported way. It is important for us to provide choice and interoperability around OpenStack. Oracle and Canonical are committed to supplying interoperability by supporting Oracle Linux on Ubuntu OpenStack.

As we have said in the past, while Oracle provides solutions for OpenStack, Linux, and virtualization, Oracle also wants to help ensure that customers can receive the same world class support when running Oracle Linux on virtually any platform. Our goal is to continue to provide customers with the best-in-class products and solutions and a great customer experience. 

Thursday Sep 18, 2014

Hello Oracle OpenWorld – 10 days to go

Here is a blog post on the virtualization presence at Oracle OpenWorld by Oracle's Doan Nguyen:


After you have planned your evenings to see the Five Great Bands, join us in the day for a great line up of informative and thought provoking sessions. Learn useful hands-on practical concepts to take away and apply when you get back. 

GEN8471– Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap
Virtualization is interesting but do you know how virtualization is deployed, developed and driven revenue for Oracle? Get the insight on how Oracle has ruggedized virtualization for the enterprise and how you can benefit from the experience. While at it, hear Wim talk about the strategy and roadmap.

CON8472 – What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive
Look under the hood and see what’s new with Oracle VM for both x86 and SPARC. Join long time product experts John Falkenthal and Honglin Su and you’ll be surprised at what you might have missed.

CON8356 – Oracle's Next Generation Software Defined Networking (SDN) Platform for Public and Private Clouds
Andrew Thomas, Julie Wong and Sam Bendinelli have been very busy. Join this terrifically brilliant trio as they give you an exclusive peek into Oracle’s next generation SDN work they have been brewing.

Do plan to checkout Ronen Kofman’s sessions on OpenStack. A must see. The Hands-on lab is at capacity but you can still join Ronen in his sessions.

Now to get hands-on, there’s no better way than to just do it. Think Database-as-a-service is for the savvy? May be not. Join us in this Hands-On lab, lead by seasoned field experts with deep experience in deploying large enterprise systems and databases.
HOL9122: Build a Private DBaaS Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
Too complicated you say? Too much work? Not really. Using Oracle VM VirtualBox, we’ve pre-built the environment. Join us for the test drive and build your own Database-as-a-service:

SEP – Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution Certified for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

SEP sesam – ONE backup and disaster recovery solution for heterogeneous environments of any size 

SEP Corp has partnered with Oracle to deliver an all in one backup and recovery solution for heterogeneous enterprise environments. SEP's flagship solution, SEP sesam, uses its patented Multi-Streaming technology to facilitate unlimited simultaneous data streams to provide a high performance backup solution for demanding enterprises.

SEP sesam is certified and supported on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, and has achieved Oracle Linux Ready, Oracle VM Ready certification.

Stop by the SEP Software Corporation kiosk at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack (#611) at Oracle OpenWorld to discuss your backup and disaster recovery needs.

Be sure to also check out SEP’s 20 minute session at the Scene and Be Heard Theatre (#313). SEP’s lead technical engineer, Christian Ruoff, will be discussing “Backup and Disaster Recovery for Oracle in Physical and Virtual Environments.” Additionally, SEP will be hosting a webinar on the same subject,  on September 23rd at 11:00a.m MDT, to register - click this link.

Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: Monday 9/29 at 2:00PM-2:20 PM at Moscone South, booth #313

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
SEP Software Corp. Kiosk is located at SLX-009. The exhibition hall is open from September 29th to October 1st.

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Fujitsu To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Fujitsu offers a broad portfolio of IT products and services, focusing on providing solutions to support the modernization of existing business systems, business innovations and social innovations.

As such, Fujitsu will feature the latest member of the vShape family of  systems that support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM - “vShape for x86 enterprise”.

This new system offers a converged compute, storage, network and management platform (“a data centre in a box”) which is optimized for virtualized deployment of Oracle applications and databases. The modular hot-pluggable architecture, based on the latest generation of high density blades and solid state storage, makes the solution uniquely adaptable and ultra-scalable while the pre-installed complete management stack allows for ultra-fast deployment.

Make sure you stop by the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack, where Fujitsu will be exhibiting, ready to answer your questions and provide you insights about enabling modernizations and innovations in your IT infrastructure in support of your business needs.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Fujitsu Kiosk is located at SLX-017, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Dell To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Is your business being challenged to quickly and rapidly deploy critical enterprise applications?  Do you want to automatically provision entire application stacks instead of individual components? Imagine the advantages you can realize through integrated management of the complete IT stack including Oracle VM and the applications running inside the VM!

An example of such integration is the integration of Dell Compellent Live Volume and Oracle VM Live Migration capability, which can be effectively used for planned migration of virtual machines between homogeneous storage arrays with zero downtime. The migration across heterogeneous storage arrays is not so straightforward and a joint solution developed by Dell and Oracle to address this challenge will be demonstrated. You will have an opportunity to discuss other Dell storage solutions developed by Dell Storage Engineering Solutions team.  In addition, you will also learn about the zero downtime heterogeneous storage migration solution leveraging the Dell Software SharePlex database replication solution with ZeroIMPACT migration methodology.

Furthermore, Dell’s latest generation of PowerEdge servers have been certified for support on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM; similarly the PowerEdge Oracle Validated Configurations offer pre-tested and validated Dell/Oracle architectures that serve as an assurance for customers.

Join Dell at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack, at Oracle OpenWorld, for live demonstrations, and discuss how Dell can help you with Oracle solutions.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Dell Kiosk is located at SLX-010, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

Get OpenStack Savvy at OpenStack Silicon Valley

OpenStack Silicon Valley is sold out, but if you are one of the lucky few attending today, please stop by and visit the Oracle OpenStack team. Chat with Ronen Kofman, director of product development and get the scoop on what he and the team has been up to.


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