Friday Feb 13, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.22 Release

Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.22, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

You can see the Changelog for a complete list of changes. Binaries can be downloaded here (at VirtualBox.org) or here (Oracle Technology Network).

For highlight information on Oracle VM VirtualBox, please see this Spotlight article.

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox

Today's spotlight is on Oracle VM VirtualBox, world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software that enables you to run multiple operating systems on your Mac, PC, Linux, or Oracle Solaris machine. Millions of users are using VirtualBox to test, develop, and demonstrate a variety of software on any of their favorite operating systems on one machine. 

VirtualBox shines for desktop virtualization, with features that enhance the end-user experience:

  • Audio support with Intel High Definition Audio.
  • Multi-monitor display.
  • Graphics acceleration with OpenGL for Linux, Solaris, Windows; Direct3D for Windows.
  • Built-in RDP server for remote graphical console display.
  • Record and play back VM console sessions.
  • Ease of use: VirtualBox has a simple, but powerful GUI that lets users define, start, stop, suspend, resume, snapshot, edit, clone, import and export virtual machines. A full CLI and API set permits automation, too.
  • Shared folders - permits sharing directories/folders between a host system and its guests.
  • USB devices passthrough.

It has features that take advantage of new hardware and can be used to demonstrate very demanding applications as well:

  • Highly scalable guest machines, with up to 32 virtual CPUs and 1TB of RAM.
  • Virtualization with or without VT/x or AMD-V; PAE; EPT/nested page tables; VPID support.
  • Permits over 100 virtual disk devices over multiple storage protocols (SAS, SATA, IDE) and contains a built-in iSCSI initiator.
  • Up to 8 virtual network devices per guest.
  • Page Fusion, allowing real memory sharing with hints for Windows guests.
  • Teleportation - live migration of a VM between servers.

Both use categories can benefit from flexible VirtualBox network options: VMs can use bridged networking which makes them full network citizens, VM-only and host-only private networks, or Network Address Translation (NAT) with or without port forwarding. They can be used in a variety of scenarios ranging from simply putting VMs on the network, to creating private virtual network infrastructures that are insulated from the physical network - or can even operate without a physical network.

Some features are particularly attractive to developers: virtual machines can be snapshotted, cloned and exported as appliances using open virtual machine description data formats. A popular use case is to distribute demonstration and test environments using VirtualBox appliances, such as the Oracle VM Hands On Lab and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. Virtual appliances can be imported transparently into VirtualBox, and even imported into Oracle VM Server for production. Oracle itself, and many other institutions, widely use VirtualBox for this purpose.

You can track new releases of VirtualBox on the News and Changelog pages at VirtualBox.org. New versions can be found for personal use at the Downloads page and at the Oracle VM VirtualBox page, and available with commercial support. An active community and forum can be seen at community page.

In summary, Oracle VM VirtualBox is a powerful, widely-used virtualization platform. Simply visit VirtualBox.org to download the software and enjoy using it. Watch this space for announcements about new releases.

Thursday Apr 24, 2014

The April '14 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Out!

The April 2014 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! Learn why Oracle VM is the best platform for Oracle Database, read about what it takes to deploy and manage private clouds, learn about Oracle joining the OpenStack Foundation, have a look at customer stories and much more.

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to have future issues delivered straight to your inbox! 

-Chris

Tuesday Jan 24, 2012

January 2012 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

The latest issue of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now online! You can read about some of the awards Oracle Virtualization has recently won, get up to date on the latest product releases, read tips on accelerating Oracle VM and more. Read the January edition now.

-Chris

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Friday Jan 06, 2012

Virtualization Review 2012 Reader's Choice Awards

We're very excited to share with you that Oracle virtualization has been recognized in Virtualization Review's 2012 Reader's Choice Awards! Have a read through the article here.

Products from our portfolio were awarded the "Preferred Products" designation in three different categories:
  • Server Virtualization
  • Desktop Virtualization/Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 
  • Thin/Zero Client Computing

It's an exciting start to 2012! Many thanks to our customers and everyone who voted for us, we couldn't do it without you!

-Chris

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