Friday Nov 08, 2013

Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - November 8, 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!

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - November 1, 2013

Welcome to Friday, we hope you had a good week! It was exciting for us here (especially those with Android tablets!) due to the announcement of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1. So, our Friday spotlight is the news release "Oracle Secure Global Desktop Adds Support for Android Tablets".

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Thursday Oct 24, 2013

The October 2013 Virtualization Newsletter is Here!

The October 2013 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is here! Some of the highlights from this information packed issue:

  • New Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.
  • Airbus Selects Oracle Secure Global Desktop to Increase Efficiency and Accelerate Time to Market.
  • Open Universities Australia Realizes Valuable Savings and Simplifies IT with Oracle VM.
  • Oracle Virtualization Recap from Oracle OpenWorld 2013.
  • Information on the "What's New with Oracle Secure Global Desktop" webcast, happening on November 7th.

Plus, videos, white papers, customer spotlights, information on training, and much more! You can sign up to get the newsletter in your inbox automatically, or you can read this edition online right now.

-Chris

Friday Oct 11, 2013

Friday Spotlight - October 11, 2013

Happy Friday, folks!

Our spotlight this week might be a little confusing because it seems to be focused on Oracle Linux. But Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization go hand in hand to help create a solid platform for deploying Oracle Database. The webcast below will feature not just Oracle Linux content, but Oracle VM will come up prominently as well. I highly recommend you join, there will be a bunch of fantastic information for you.

Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments 

Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:00 AM PDT

Speakers:
Sumanta Chatterjee, Vice President, Database Engineering, Oracle
Monica Kumar, Senior Director Product Marketing, Oracle

Description:
Oracle Database on Oracle Linux helps customers lower IT costs while delivering high quality of service. With Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Linux, customers benefit from the joint development and testing resulting in optimized features, better stability and higher performance to enable the next generation of enterprise applications. 

In this webcast, Oracle experts will cover:

  • Advantages of choosing Oracle Linux for Oracle Database 
  • Key optimizations and features such as Database Smart Flash Cache, data integrity, and Cgroups that make Oracle Linux the best performing and most reliable Linux for deploying Oracle Database 
  • Tools to simplify and speed deployment of Oracle Database on Linux, including Oracle VM Templates, Oracle Validated Configurations, and pre-install RPM 
  • Integrated database and operating system management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 
  • Real-life customer examples

Don’t miss this informative session. Register now.

-Chris 

Friday Oct 04, 2013

Friday Spotlight - October 4, 2013

Happy Friday! During Oracle OpenWorld, we were able to do brief videos with a number of Oracle virtualization and Oracle Linux partners. We have more of these coming soon, but I wanted to highlight some that we just published:

Have a great weekend!

-Chris

Friday Sep 27, 2013

Friday Spotlight, Post Oracle OpenWorld Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! Hopefully you were in San Francisco with us for this amazing Oracle OpenWorld 2013 week. From the many announcements regarding Oracle virtualization and Oracle Linux, to the sessions, hands on labs, and demos, to the excitement of the America's Cup, it has been an amazing week!

We'll go into a lot more detail in the coming weeks, but I wanted to provide some quick links to announcements during the show:

- On Monday, Lenovo announced that their ThinkServer portfolio of products has been tested and certified with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. Read the news release.

- Also on Monday, Nimble Storage announced their new SmartStack solution that leverages Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. Read the news release.

- On Wednesday, Dell announced that Dell and Oracle are building on their relationship to enhance customer experience. This includes reaffirming the agreement that allows customers to purchase and renew support for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux from Dell, simplifying the point of contact for customers. Read the news release or watch the keynote.

It's been a great week here and we're looking forward to another exciting year!

-Chris

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Meet the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Experts at Oracle Openworld

Where are these penguins going??

 They are going to:

 "Meet the Experts" session on Wed, 9/25 3pm

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion, Moscone South #2021.

Our Sr.VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Wim Coekaerts will be there to take your tricky questions, we will also have our Product Managers, engineers and developers from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams to chat. 

Are you coming? 

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Nimble Storage Introduces SmartStack Solution leveraging Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Nimble Storage today announced a new SmartStack™ converged infrastructure solution leveraging Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Database, running on Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS). This solution provides organizations with the ability to meet Oracle Database performance demands and scale without disruption or increased capital expenses.

Highlights of the SmartStack Validated Reference Architecture with Oracle

- The new solution is fully tested and validated using both Oracle Validated Configuration test kit and Nimble Storage’s test environments.

- The solution components include a Nimble Storage CS-series array, two Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade servers, Oracle VM 3.2, Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Database 12c.

Nimble Storage’s intelligent flash-based architecture allows customers with Oracle workloads running on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to take advantage of:

- Adaptive performance to easily grow performance and/or capacity to scale to the needs of OLTP and OLAP applications as they grow - Ease of deployment with pre-configured optimizations and performance profiles to minimize the guesswork of tuning the infrastructure for performance

- Integrated data protection and enhanced availability enabling organizations to take more frequent backups without disrupting applications, and facilitate quick recovery with Nimble Storage snapshots

Nimble Storage will exhibit its flash-optimized hybrid storage arrays and new converged infrastructure solutions at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 taking place September 22 – 26 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. You can check Nimble Storage solutions in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion - booth #2021.

Read the press release for more information.

Lenovo ThinkServer Systems Certified for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux

This morning, Lenovo announced that their ThinkServer rack portfolio has been tested and certified with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. You can read the news release here.

By completing the testing necessary to appear on the Oracle VM and Oracle Linux Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), customers using Lenovo ThinkServer Systems are assured that their Oracle VM and Oracle Linux deployments are supported.

This is an exciting development for Oracle customers because it gives them more choice in how they want to deploy their Oracle software, including Oracle Applications, Oracle Database, and more, with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. The combination is especially interesting in small to medium sized businesses for a number of reasons.

First, there is an extremely low barrier to entry. With zero license cost for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, there are never any upfront fees to take into consideration. This helps small to medium sized businesses do all of their architecting, testing, and even implementation without needing to worry about license fees. Another factor that reduces the barrier to entry is Oracle VM Templates. There are over 100 of these ready to run virtual machines, pre-tested, pre-configured with popular Oracle software requiring near-zero OS, or application knowledge, ready to deploy from point of download. For SMB’s with slim IT resources, Oracle VM Templates help to radically reduce deployment time so companies can focus on growing their business.

The last piece of the puzzle for small and medium sized businesses is affordable support costs. With some of the lowest support costs in the industry, if a customer chooses to purchase support for their deployment, they are assured of a low cost, high value investment. Affordable support costs paired with zero license fees means that overall costs stay incredibly low.

And now, all of this is certified for use on Lenovo’s ThinkServer Systems!

When you look at these factors, the combination of Lenovo ThinkServer Systems and Oracle VM and Oracle Linux is a very compelling option.

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Friday Tips #46, Pre Oracle OpenWorld Edition

Happy Friday, everyone!

Since we're just a couple of days away from the start of Oracle OpenWorld, I thought I'd use the tip this week to give you some picks on virtualization material that you just shouldn't miss at the show. We've done several blogs about the content at this year's show, but here are a few items to take into account as you're planning your week:

General Session

We covered this one yesterday, but it's worth highlighting again. This is the go to session for definitive virtualization information right from Oracle execs. You can even get your virtualization questions answered by the executive team. Hope to see you at this one!

Customer Sessions

We also covered a few of these earlier this week, but here is a more complete list:


Hands On Labs

Product Demonstrations

In the DEMOgrounds in Moscone South you'll find demo pods for Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, Oracle VM Templates, Oracle desktop virtualization, and more!

Now, this list of highlights isn't meant to imply that you shouldn't try to take in all the fantastic content at the show, it's just a list of things you for sure should not miss! You can see a complete list of what's happening in virtualization with our Focus On Virtualizaiton document.

We hope you have an exciting, educational, and fun time at Oracle OpenWorld 2013!

-Chris

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Airbus Selects Oracle Secure Global Desktop to Increase Efficiency and Accelerate Time to Market

In case you didn't see it this morning, I wanted to point you to our news release on Airbus selecting Oracle Secure Global Desktop to get real-time, secure access to their test flight performance data from remote sites. This is really an amazing use care for secure application access and allows them to position teams all around the EU (or the world, if they need to!) to monitor test flights, and to get information back from those engineers immediately.

If you're going to Oracle OpenWorld, you're in for a treat because you can hear all about this story directly from Laurent Peltiers of Airbus in the session Implementing Secure Access to Oracle Applications and Critical Data [CON9547], on Tuesday, September 24 at 3:45PM in the Westin - Concordia. Laurent will be joined by Iain Robertson from NHS Lothian who will discuss how his organization uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop, too. It will be a great session and we hope to see you there!

-Chris

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Overstock.com, Data Intensity, State University of New York on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Database and Oracle Applications

Just five days left to Oracle OpenWorld! This is a great opportunity to attend sessions in the virtualization track and hear directly from customers on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Databases and Oracle Applications.

Oracle VM Templates are powerful tools that can transform daily IT individuals into IT heroes. Hear from Oracle engineering architects to learn how we built in the power of automation to allow for repeatable auto deployment of Oracle Database and Oracle Applications. In CON9555 hear from Oracle experts on creation of templates for Oracle Database, single instance deployments and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) deployments. In the same session, also hear from the Overstock.com web operations team on how they are able to benefit from application deployment with Oracle VM Templates.

In CON11257, hear from Oracle ACEs on best practices for virtualizing Oracle E-Business Suite. In the same session, hear from the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne team on deployment using Oracle VM Templates. For enterprise applications, high availability is key, join us in CON11258 and hear from Data Intensity on best practices for building a highly available virtualized infrastructure with Oracle VM. For more on the combined power of Oracle VM Templates and Enterprise Manager 12c, checkout CON9584 and hear how State University of New York, one of the largest university systems in the US, uses Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c to enable self-service provisioning and publish applications as cloud services.  

Anxious to put all that you’ve heard to work, you can join us in the Hands On Lab session HOL9982. In this one hour step-by-step instructor led class, you’ll be guided by Oracle’s long time field experts and Oracle VM Templates architects. By the time you are done with the lab, you will have deployed a 4 node RAC cluster. You'll get access to so much knowledge and practical hands on experience that you can put to use immediately, it's more than enough reason to justify your attendance at Oracle OpenWorld!

Monday Sep 16, 2013

Telecom & media customers speak about cloud deployments savings with Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c

Counting down to Oracle OpenWorld 2013, there are just 6 days to go! Join us in the virtualization track this year and hear about exciting IT achievements from our customers in the cloud space.

The real benefits of migration to cloud start with transforming the physical data center to virtual infrastructure. In CON9545, hear from Time Warner Cable how the Oracle stack, from hardware to Oracle Database Appliance including Oracle VM, enables this rapid transformation and provided savings for them. In CON3449, hear from Korea Telecom Senior VP on their deployment of Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c for operations spanning the globe with thousands of virtual servers and the ability to orchestrate a cloud infrastructure and services from a fully enabled control console.

To put into practice what these customers have done, join us in the Hands On Lab sessions to learn firsthand how you can achieve similar results. Oracle field experts with years of deep experience will guide you in the one hour labs. HOL9981 takes you through a migration from VMware vSphere to Oracle VM and subsequently migrate from Red Hat Linux to Oracle Linux. Check out HOL10003 for a step-by-step experience on how Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c enable these customers to build and manage their cloud infrastructure, including chargeback.

We look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld, starting next Sunday!

Friday Sep 13, 2013

Friday Tips #45

Happy Friday!

Our tip this week is on Oracle Secure Global Desktop, which provides secure remote access to Oracle Applications and other enterprise software. One of the really great things about Secure Global Desktop is that once the administrator has setup an application the first time, providing access to that application to any number of users takes literally seconds.

Check out this great step by step tutorial for publishing an application to an entire group of users in the enterprise directory by the Fat Bloke:

Controlled Application Deployment with Secure Global Desktop


Speaking of Secure Global Desktop, if you're coming to Oracle OpenWorld, don't miss a fantastic session we're doing on the topic of secure application access, featuring Airbus and NHS Lothian. Both of these large organizations use Secure Global Desktop as an access layer for a variety of applications from many different types of devices. It will be a fascinating session and if you're at all interested in remote access, security, application virtualization, or anything similar, you won't want to miss it.

Tuesday, September 24
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Westin San Francisco, Concordia

Monday Sep 09, 2013

New this year at Oracle OpenWorld!

This year, we have expanded the Oracle Linux Pavilion at Oracle OpenWorld to include Oracle VM! You will see and hear from partners that will showcase their Oracle VM solutions in addition to their Oracle Linux solutions. There are many reasons to visit our pavilion, but here's some of the most compelling:

  • Get insights and real world implementation examples from participating ISV/IHV partners
  • Attend the "Meet the Experts Reception" on Wednesday  9/23 from 3:00pm to 3:45pm to talk to kernel engineers and executives from Oracle
  • Get your hands on a limited edition T-shirt (limited quantities, will be given during reception)

Here's a list of the partners attending this year's Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion: 

Moscone South, Booth #2021

BeyondTrust is the only security solution vendor providing context-aware security intelligence, giving customers the visibility and controls necessary to reduce their IT security risks while at the same time simplifying their compliance reporting. BeyondTrust offers consistent policy-driven vulnerability and privilege management, role-based access control, monitoring, logging, auditing, and reporting to protect internal assets from the inside out. 
Emulex, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring, and management, provides hardware and software solutions enabling unrivaled end-to-end application visibility, optimization, and acceleration for global networks that support enterprise, cloud, government, and telecommunications. Emulex’s offerings include Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products and network visibility and recording products. Visit Emulex.com.
HP is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. We explore how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges and realize their possibilities, aspirations, and dreams. We apply new thinking and ideas to create more simple, valuable, and trusted experiences with technology, continuously improving the way our customers live and work.
Nimble Storage is the leading provider of flash-optimized hybrid storage solutions and the fastest growing storage company in history. Its flash-enabled architecture delivers high-performance storage, instant backups, and integrated disaster recovery—in an easy-to-manage 3U system—and its write-optimized data layout integrates the best characteristics of solid state and disk storage to provide affordable, scalable, high-performance storage for business-critical applications. Learn more at nimblestorage.com.
SAS helps organizations anticipate opportunities, empower action, and drive impact through advanced analytics that turns data about customers, performance, financials, and more into meaningful information. Fact-based decisions bring bottom-line impact, transforming the way our customers do business. At SAS, our customers are part of the creative R&D process, our employees are the creative capital building the technology, and our technology gives our customers solutions providing THE POWER TO KNOW®.
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in security software, strives to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our innovative security solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments protect information on mobile devices, endpoints, gateways, servers, and the cloud. For more information, visit trendmicro.com.

Hope to see you in our pavilion this year, and be sure to watch this blog for more updates about Oracle VM at Oracle OpenWorld!

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