Friday Jul 25, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox and PeopleSoft

Happy SysAdmin day and happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is a very cool use case for Oracle VM VirtualBox. You’re probably familiar with Oracle VM VirtualBox, it lets you run multiple, different operating systems on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris. It’s really a fantastic tool for running, say, Windows on your Mac, or an Oracle Linux test environment on your Windows machine. But this is a unique use case for it, it’s used to host the PeopleSoft Update Manager.

Our friends over at the PeopleSoft Apps Strategy blog have a blog post about PeopleSoft Update Manager, and links to several documentation videos. If you use PeopleSoft, this will be some great information for you. And if not, it might give you some ideas on how to leverage virtual appliances running in Oracle VM VirtualBox for your own projects!

See you next week!

Friday Jul 18, 2014

Friday Spotlight: A Great Week and Latin America OTN Tour 2014

Happy Friday!

It's been an exciting week here! If you haven't read Ronen Kofman's (@RonenKofman) excellent write-up about Mirantis, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM, be sure to have a look.

And for our spotlight this week, I wanted to highlight a fantastic series of events coming up during August in Latin America:

Congratulations to the Latin America User Groups on assembling yet another great tour for 2014!!! Agendas are packed full of great topics from Oracle Database to Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, including Java and Cloud Solutions. If you find yourself in the region or live there, please register and reserve a seat. Talk to the experts, get hands on. No spin, just a great learning experience with experienced users!! 

Brazil - August 2
Panamá - August 4
Chile - August 4 and 5
Costa Rica - August 6
Perú - August 7
México - August 8
Guatemala - August 11
Argentina - August 11 and 12
El Salvador - August 13
Uruguay - August 14 and 15
Colombia - August 15 and 16
Ecuador - August 18 and 19

 If you live in the areas where the events are taking place, I highly recommend checking them out.

We'll see you next week!


Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Mirantis Announces Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

In May we announced the tech preview of the Oracle’s Distribution for OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. As we have been doing for many years with Linux and Xen, we plan to work with the OpenStack community and help make OpenStack an enterprise grade alternative for cloud deployments. 

We are very pleased with the Mirantis announcement today stating that Mirantis will offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their supported operating systems and hypervisors options. Right from the beginning we stated that our approach to OpenStack will be open and collaborative (see Wim Coekaerts’ blog). We said we’ll work with the rest of industry and support our customers with any choices they make with regards to OpenStack distribution and today, with this announcement from Mirantis, we take another step in this direction.

With this announcement our joint customers can choose Oracle Linux as their operating system and Oracle VM Server as their hypervisor of choice and build an OpenStack deployment with end to end support. Customers can now use the most advanced capabilities in Oracle Linux like Ksplice and Dtrace and achieve better scale and performance with Oracle VM Server as well as receive 24/7 support directly from Oracle. Using an enterprise grade hypervisor and Linux distribution such as Oracle Linux and Oracle VM brings OpenStack deployment to a new level of reliability.  a higher level of reliability allows users to transition more workloads onto OpenStack confidently, knowing that each part of the stack is well supported.

On top of that Oracle Linux is fully supported as a guest operating system on the Mirantis distribution of OpenStack. Oracle Linux is free to use and redistribute including patches and updates with the option to purchase support subscription from Oracle. We believe that choosing Oracle Linux as guest operating system is the best and most cost efficient option and we would like every customer to have the option to use it.

Oracle will continue to collaborate with other OpenStack solution providers to allow them to offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their solution. Our goal remains the same: jointly deliver great solutions and support experience for our mutual customers. We also look forward to working with other vendors to certify networking, storage, hypervisor and other plugins into the Oracle OpenStack Distribution.

We believe in keeping OpenStack open and collaborative and we will continue to focusing on:

  1. Working with other cloud solution to make sure they can integrate with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  2. Working with hardware and software vendors to integrate their solution with Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  3. Assuring that Oracle Linux is supported as guest operating system on any virtualization platform
We look forward to continue working with our partners and customers helping to make OpenStack a first class solution for the enterprise.

Friday Jul 11, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-in for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance

The Oracle VM Storage Connect framework provides a storage discovery and provisioning API that enables the provisioning and management of storage platforms directly from within Oracle VM Manager. The abstraction provided by the Storage Connect framework allows administrators to perform provisioning operations without the need to know the specific behavior of any storage platforms that are being used within the Oracle VM infrastructure. The Storage Connect API allows third party storage vendors to develop their own Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins that enable their storage appliances to interface with the Storage Connect framework.

With the release of Oracle VM 3.3, the storage connect plug-in for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance has been updated to enable Oracle VM 3.3 to provision and manage the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance. To download the software and read the documentation, visit

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Thursday Jul 10, 2014

Interested in Showcasing your Solutions around Oracle Technologies at Oracle OpenWorld?

“Linux and Virtualization Showcase (aka.Pavilion) ” is the venue for you !

Join our partners :

  • Fortinet
  • A10 Networks
  • Amitego AG
  • eGinnovations
  • Lenovo
  • SEP Software, Corp.
  • Mirantis
  • Fujitsu
  • Tegile 
  • NuageNetworks, an Alcatel-Lucent Venture
  • Secure-24
  • Intel

and good news is we have room for more… come and be part of this exciting showcase.

Attended by tens of thousands of Oracle customers and partners, Oracle OpenWorld is a venue for an intense five days of knowledge sharing and learning, as well as networking with your peers and decision-makers.

In particular, the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase offers a streamlined, focused and turnkey opportunity for Partners to reach the largest targeted audience in the least amount of time. Just bring your laptop with your solutions supporting Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack – demonstrate the seamless integration of your solution to a targeted Oracle OpenWorld audience, whose interest lies in enterprise-scale infrastructure, and truly “Open” Openstack solutions. 

Located in Moscone South, Booth 611, the turnkey showcase package includes advertising, networking demo station, signage, conference passes, and pavilion-specific branding, along with an option for a speaking session.Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to stand out from the crowd showcasing your Oracle Linux, Oracle VM or solution in the Moscone South Exhibition Hall. 

Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack provide the industry's most cost-effective and open infrastructure solution.

Email us  or call +1.862.209.1338 if you are interested.

For more details check the Oracle OpenWorld website:

Oracle OpenWorld

September 28 to October 2nd

San Francisco, California

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Grow Your Business Using Oracle VM Templates

Happy Friday, and for those of us in the US, happy Independence Day!

It's been an exciting week for Oracle Virtualization with the release of Oracle VM 3.3! If you haven't read Honglin's excellent blog post on what's new, be sure to have a look at it.

We also have a new screencast about Oracle VM Templates for you. It's both for Oracle partners and anyone who needs to distribute applications:

Grow Your Business Using Oracle VM Templates

Looking to boost your revenue and sustain growth for your business? View this screencast to see how you can gain an unfair advantage over your competition using Oracle VM Templates for distribution of Oracle Linux, Oracle applications or your own applications. 

Watch the Screencast

See you next week!


Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

Announcing Oracle VM 3.3 - Delivers Enterprise-Scale Performance Enhancements

We are pleased to announce Oracle VM 3.3, Oracle’s latest server virtualization product. It deliver enhanced ease of use for x86 and SPARC architectures, improved management features, and expanded support for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads, including support for OpenStack—providing customers and partners with additional choices and interoperability. This release continues to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management.

Many customers are using Oracle VM 3 today, Oracle VM help customers virtualize the entire Oracle software stack; in addition, as a general purpose server virtualization solution, Oracle VM runs many non-Oracle workloads as well.

With the latest Oracle VM 3.3 release, the product is getting even better and brings greater customer benefits. New Oracle VM 3.3 highlights:

  • Fully supported Web Services API: Oracle VM Manager now exposes a fully supported Oracle VM Web Services API that offers both SOAP and REST interfaces to program any action supported within Oracle VM, enabling more automation and interoperability. See the Oracle VM Web Services API Developer's Guide for more information. In addition, the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface and the Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface have been rewritten to use the new WS-API to provide further consolidation and consistency.  

  • New statistics and events model: The statistics and events model has been entirely rewritten to offer significant performance gains. A queued job task is in place to monitor the number of generated statistics and to adjust the threshold automatically during periods where the number of statistics exceeds the threshold.

  • Huge Page support: Support for Huge Pages (or Super Pages) has been added to allow guests, hosted on an x86-based server pool, to take advantage of this functionality to improve performance and reduce the I/O that results from page lookups in virtualized environments.

  • Improvements to guest VM messaging: A change to the Oracle VM Guest Additions messaging facility to support multiple key-value pairs in a single message reduces the number of jobs generated within Oracle VM Manager, resulting in significant performance gains.

  • Tighter security control: Reduces the number of required open ports to minimize potential access points and security vulnerabilities. To protect and ensure authorized access to Oracle VM Server, a certificate-based authentication model has been implemented for Oracle VM Agent and Oracle VM Manager.

  • Virtual machine configuration file view: It is now possible to view the virtual machine configuration file for any virtual machine directly within the Oracle VM Manager Web Interface and Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface, to provide more transparency for the configuration that is actually applied to a virtual machine when it is started by the hypervisor.
  • New virtual machine console: The virtual machine console has been redesigned to use JavaScript and HTML5 features. There is no longer any requirement to install or run software locally on the client computer. This change reduces complexity and provides a more reliable console tool.

  • Management database consolidation: Oracle VM Manager comes bundled MySQL Database Enterprise Edition, providing automated database backup and integrated tools for database object consistency checking to improve supportability and management. It removes the need for an external database as the backend management repository. 
  • Inbound migration Lock: A new feature allows you to protect an Oracle VM Server from attempts to move or migrate other virtual machines to that server. This allows you to run selected virtual machines on a specified Oracle VM Server, and to be certain that no other virtual machines are started on the server, consuming resources that may be mission critical for some applications.
  • Improved VLAN support: Simplified VLAN support definition enables users to specify VLAN interfaces as needed and to define which ports are used for which VLAN tags, bringing more flexibility to network design.
  • Improved SPARC virtualization management and availability: Additional storage types such as Fibre Channel, iSCSI, ZFS volume, and local disk, in addition to NFS, can now be directly assigned to virtual machines running in a SPARC server pool managed by Oracle VM Manager, offering customers more choices when choosing storage with Oracle VM Server for SPARC. Furthermore, virtual machine high availability and support for configuration of redundant I/O service domains improve system availability for business-critical operations.
  • Oracle VM Server installation partitioning: The Oracle VM Server Installer now handles all disk partitioning itself, to optimize installation. Part of this process make sure that only the maximum required disk space for the Oracle VM Server software is used. Any remaining disk space is automatically partitioned to be used as a discoverable local disk that can be used to host a storage repository, or attached to a virtual machine hosted on the server. This improvement to disk space usage ensures the best possible use of machine resources. This change is only supported for locally hosted boot disks and does not apply to SAN disks.
  • New guides and improved interface coverage: The documentation has been restructured to provide more comprehensive coverage.
  • Infrastructure changes in Oracle VM Manager: Much of the technology used to enable Oracle VM Manager has been updated to take advantage of new features, improved performance and security fixes. Major changes to these components include: Oracle WebLogic Server and ADF upgraded to 12c; Java upgraded to version 7; MySQL Database Enterprise Edition upgraded to version 5.6.
  • Infrastructure changes in Oracle VM Server: Major changes to the underlying technology used for Oracle VM Server on x86 hardware have been implemented, including: Xen hypervisor upgraded to version 4.3; Dom0 user space upgraded to Oracle Linux 6; and Dom0 kernel upgraded to Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (UEK3). The optimization of the hypervisor and special-built Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel has enabled Oracle VM Server the most scalable x86 server virtualization solution. Oracle VM 3.3 supports up to 240 physical CPU threads and 6 TB memory, and the guest VM supports up to 128 virtual CPUs and 2,000,000 MB memory. Such scalability limits have been tested on Oracle’s Sun Server X4-8 System.

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