Friday Oct 02, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux, Virtualization, and OpenStack Showcase at OOW15

Happy Friday everyone!

Today's topic will be about our amazing showcase at Oracle OpenWorld, Oct 25-29. The Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack showcase is located in Moscone South, booth #121, featuring Oracle product demos and Partners.  In past years, our showcase had been a great location to see demos of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as well as solutions from our Partners. This year, it is expanded with Oracle OpenStack product demos and a theatre. Here's a list of the Oracle and Partner kiosks, don't forget to visit and talk to one of the experts that can help you out with your questions:

  • SLX-007 - Access Applications Securely with Oracle Secure Global Desktop
  • SLX-008 - Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • SLX-009 - Enhance Security and Reduce Costs Using Zero-Downtime Updates with Oracle Linux and Ksplice
  • SLX-010 - Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux  -Enterprise Ready
  • SLX-011 - Oracle Linux for the Cloud-Enabled Data Center
  • SLX-012  - Develop and Distribute Containerized Applications with Oracle Linux
  • SLX-013 - Oracle VM Server for x86
  • SLX-014 - Oracle VM Server for SPARC  

The table below lists the featured Partners and their solutions:

The Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase will also include an in-booth theatre for Partners and Oracle experts to share their solutions to customers and partners, alike. For the latest listing of theatre sessions currently confirmed please refer to the Schedule Builder

Don't forget to visit us at Moscone South #121, we will giveaway some great software (keeping it as a surprise- you need to come and see) and be in the drawing for our famous penguins and and Intel Mini PC - NUC appliance where you can use it for set top boxes to video surveillance, and home entertainment systems to digital signage, it is one appliance that can do it all.

Register today.

Friday Sep 18, 2015

Friday Spotlight Bonus: VirtualBox 5.0 Enhancements and New Features

This Friday Spotlight announces a new series of deep-dive sessions dedicated to the new VirtualBox 5.0 release and its enhancements and new features.

Oracle VM Portfolio, between others, include Oracle VM VirtualBox, the world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with thousands of downloads each day. On July 9th, Oracle released the new Major VirtualBox Release 5.0 ( today 5.0.4 is already available ) with an huge amount of new enhancements and features.

First blog-post of this new appointment-in-chapter will introduce you on a brief list of new main enhancements available with VirtualBox 5.0 and, at the same time, will discuss the new feature "Disk Image Encryption".

Over there you will find why "Disk Image Encryption" is a must-to-have on a desktop virtualization solution like VirtualBox and you will see, in depth, how it works, how to manage it and important things to know while using this awesome feature.

Stay Tuned!

Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Wim Coekaerts is Keynote speaker at LinuxCon North America

Oracle is one of the biggest contributors to Linux but it’s also at the forefront of exploring what is possible with cloud computing and containers, including integrations with Docker and contributions to the Open Container Initiative. 

This year Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon North America and Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will be keynote speaker. He will be talking at the event specifically about how the cloud revolution is changing the role of the operating system, a very relevant topic for attendees. Amanda McPherson of Linux Foundation, spoke to Wim at Oracle’s campus in Redwood Shores a few weeks ago, and in this short video preview, Wim tells if the operating system still matters in a world of virtualization and containers and how that impacts application development. 

Read more.

Friday Jul 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:

  • Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point
  • Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud
  • From power-on to production in few hours
  • Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time
  • Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack 

It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers.

There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples:

In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services

Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services.

By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers.

We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples.

Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

Monday Jul 20, 2015

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.0.5 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.0.5 of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications.

You can review the list of changes and improvements in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

To download the software update, search patch ID 21288160 from My Oracle Support.

For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance deployment, visit here.

Friday Jun 12, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Tier1 Delivers Private Cloud with Virtual Compute Appliance

Happy Friday! We are happy to share another customer success story. Tier1 Inc. used Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance as a foundation for expanding the firm’s offerings to include full lifecycle of services, not just managed services and application hosting — creating an important new revenue stream.

“Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system that includes everything we need to host our customers’ applications in a virtual environment—fully integrated compute, storage, software, and networking. Our customers know their systems are secure running on a pre-configured, pre-wired converged infrastructure platform built by Oracle. And, it is versatile enough to meet our diverse clients’ needs.”

“We chose Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance for a number of reasons. After evaluating various build versus buy options for our private cloud solution, we decided on Virtual Compute Appliance because it was prebuilt, easy to install, and we could get it up and running very quickly. Additionally, this turnkey solution provides everything from a single vendor that allows for superior product integration, simplified purchasing and management, and a single point of contact for support,” said David Busch, CEO, Tier1 Inc.

To learn more details how Tier1 Inc. moves rapidly into hosted application segment, expands business offerings, and ensures secure private cloud, read the full story here.

You may also watch the video where Tier1 Inc. talks about the benefits of using Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance to build a private cloud virtualization platform to host its customers' Oracle Enterprise applications and Windows applications.

Friday May 08, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Fast Track to Cloud Deployment

Oracle Platinum Partner Secure-24 is an Oracle Platinum Partner managing Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Hyperion, and SAP applications across all industries for businesses of every size. Secure-24 deploys Virtual Compute Appliance for consistent, secure launch of enterprise Cloud environments. The result: Deployment costs are down 90%; acquisition costs are cut in half.

You can achieve the same results by deploying Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance which 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.

For more details, read the full story here.

Contact your Oracle account team to discuss your needs and learn how to build your cloud environment with Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance.

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2 now available!

We are pleased to announce general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is a secure remote access solution for any cloud-hosted enterprise applications and desktops running on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris and mainframe servers, from a wide range of popular client devices, including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux PCs, and tablets such as the Apple iPad and Android-based devices.  Oracle Secure Global Desktop gives users the ability to work securely from any device and anywhere, while providing administrators the tools they need to control access to applications and desktop environments resident in the data center.

What's New in SGD Release 5.2

  • Monitoring with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control - This release delivers plug-ins to enable centralized monitoring of multi-server SGD deployment in Oracle Enterprise Manager.  These plug-ins monitor and analyze the health and performance of SGD servers and gateway servers.  For SGD servers, the plug-in captures various performance and configuration metrics such as array status, users and applications, data store objects, SGD system process, versions and patches.  For gateway servers, various performance and configuration metrics are captured, including connections being serviced, registered SGD servers, versions and patches.  Plug-in metrics data can be processed by reporting tools such as Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.

The image shows a sample SGD array monitoring page (click to view larger image)

  • Single Sign-On (SSO) integration with Oracle Access Manager - Enables instant access to applications, with a user entering credentials only once.  This release integrates Oracle Secure Global Desktop with Oracle Access Manager, enabling the Single Sign-On (SSO) feature of Oracle Access Manager to authenticate users to an SGD server and to remote applications started from the SGD workspace.  Single Sign-On enables SGD users to access multiple applications with a single login and greatly simplifies password management.

  • Role-based administration and enhancements - Provide flexible control over administration.  New roles for SGD administrators have been introduced that add different levels of administration privileges and access control to the SGD Administration Console.  New commands introduced in this release simplify the process of installing software updates (patches) for an SGD deployment.  The Administration Console can now be used, in addition to the command line, to join an SGD server to an array that uses secure intra-array communication.

  • PulseAudio integration - Prior to this release, the Unix audio solution worked with applications that used OSS on Linux or SADA on Solaris.  This release allows audio redirection from applications that use PulseAudio, increasing the range of audio applications supported by SGD.  Also, added support for audio input functionality on Unix brings the Unix audio feature set in line with that on Windows and allows applications compatible with OSS, SADA or PulseAudio to use audio input.

  • Enhanced security and performance/emulations improvements - In addition to new features and expanded server, client and browser support, this release also delivers enhance security and performance, and provide a richer user experience over a range of network conditions.
    • A Password Manager has been introduced to allow users control over caching of credentials, up to the level permitted by the administrator.
    • Greater control of autocomplete behavior is available in SGD web applications.  'Sensitive fields' always have autocomplete disabled and autocomplete can be disabled for non-sensitive fields on a per-application basis.
    • Improved security with HTTP proxies.  Proxy server support has been extended to negotiate, digest, and NTLM authentication when connecting to SGD through HTTP proxy servers.  This means that clients configured for Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) can now be used.
    • Optimizations improve scrolling and responsiveness in X applications, benefiting high latency environments.
    • Improvements in the handling of RDP have reduced both CPU and bandwidth requirements for transferring data and have improved the user experience by increasing responsiveness and reducing tiling and tearing artefacts.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2 maintains its 'slot-in' simplicity while integrating more closely with Oracle products, technologies and solutions such as Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, and, Oracle Access Manager.

For more details refer to Oracle Secure Global Desktop release 5.2 documentation.

Download and try it out to see how Oracle Secure Global Desktop helps solve your organization's cloud applications and desktops needs.

Friday Apr 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Capita delivers Private Cloud Services using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux

Capita IT Enterprise Services has launched a new service that enables businesses to migrate mission critical Oracle software deployments into a secure UK cloud. The service delivers Capita Private Cloud; a secure, private cloud platform, using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, allowing businesses to adopt a blend of public and private cloud services without the complexity of managing multiple suppliers and contracts. Will O’Brien, VP Alliances & Channels at Oracle UK & Ireland, said: “Oracle VM has been a key enabler to support Capita’s Private Cloud for Oracle solution.”

Capita Private Cloud for Oracle includes:

• Server virtualisation environment using Oracle products;

• Onshore managed service and licensing up to and including the operating system;

• Provisioning of high performance compute and storage infrastructure;

• Templated secure network environment within ISO27001 certified data centre;

• OPEX pay-as-you-use charging options with no minimum commitment;

• Designed and implemented in collaboration with Oracle to help ensure an optimised environment from an operational and licensing perspective;

• Potential to integrate with other Capita IT enterprise services such as networks and collaboration.

Read more

Capita, a Platinum member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) and a Forbes top 100 global innovator*, collaborated with Oracle’s Virtualisation team to develop the platform.

*Capita plc was recognised as one of the world’s 100 most innovative companies for 2014 by respected American business magazine Forbes.

Friday Sep 26, 2014

Oracle VM 3.3 - Integration with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Many customers have transformed how IT delivers information and business services using Oracle VM in a Private Cloud. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control enables entire stack of enterprise applications that drive crucial business services as well as end-to-end management orchestrations to cloud based services.

With the latest virtualization plug-in update (, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c works seamlessly with Oracle VM Manager 3.3. You can now download the plug-in from OTN page (drill down "Option 1"):

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Plug-in to enable Oracle VM virtualization management capabilities in Oracle Enterprise Manager. 25-Sep-14

Or you may use Self Update option from Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to bring the plug-in up to date.

For more information, please review

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Virtualization Plugin for Cloud Control (Doc ID 1371536.1)
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Administration Guide: Set Up Cloud for IaaS

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Announcing General Availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Today we announce the general availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0. With this announcement we are now providing production OpenStack support to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers. The support for OpenStack is available as part of the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Premier Support at no additional cost.

In December 2013 Oracle joined the OpenStack foundation, In May, during the OpenStack conference in Atlanta, we have released the technology preview version which was based on the Havana release. Since then we have refreshed the tech preview to support Icehouse and continued improving it by making install process simpler and fixing bugs. The GA release, which is available today, is based on the latest Icehouse release.

Our goal is to help make OpenStack an enterprise grade solution, capable of operating an entire datacenter including all types of workloads meeting all the requirements including reliability, security and performance. We would like OpenStack to become first class solution and the cloud operating system of choice for customers of any size. One of the ways Oracle can help make this a reality is to test and enable demanding enterprise workloads to run on OpenStack. Making sure that those workloads can run on OpenStack in a reliable and supported way is an important step in making OpenStack an enterprise grade, general purpose cloud management solution. With experience in deploying and managing enterprise workloads in virtual environment we are in a good position to drive such enabling activity forward, and that is what we plan to do.

Some resources and pointers to learn more about Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux:

  • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux (aka O3L) is available for download from the Oracle Linux public yum repository at
  • The Oracle Technical Network (OTN) page for O3L is located here and includes documentation, links and also a virtualbox VM which has O3L fully installed, configured and ready to use on your own laptop
  • More information can also be found at including data sheet, an interview with Wim Coekaerts and more

Next week is Oracle OpenWorld, at OpenWorld we will showcase Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0 and also have sessions and hands on lab to discuss OpenStack, you are welcome to join us. Here are links to our sessions about OpenStack:

We discuss the upcoming OpenWorld sessions here.


Friday Jun 27, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM-Foundation for Private Cloud

Happy Friday!

I wanted to draw your attention this week to a new resource kit entitled OracleVM-Foundation for Private Cloud. It's an easy to access one stop shop for everything related to Oracle VM and private cloud. In it, you'll find white papers, an eBook, an analyst report, cost calculator, and more. I hope you enjoy looking through it and we'll see you next week!

Oracle VM-Foundation for Private Cloud resource kit 


Friday Jun 06, 2014

Friday Spotlight: A Webcast You Do Not Want To Miss!

Happy Friday!

Today's Spotlight is about what promises to be an information packed webcast next week. We're really excited about it and hope that you are, too!

Oracle Managed Cloud Services uses Oracle VM to serve up thousands of Oracle applications to thousands of end users every day. To do this, they utilize nearly 20,000 instances of Oracle VM. It's an amazing story of high availability in an unrelenting customer environment, and it's all powered by Oracle. You can leverage this team's experience in your own deployments to gain valuable insight and best practices.

If you'd like to understand how well Oracle VM can scale for your organization, you do not want to miss this webcast. It is coming up this Tuesday at 10AM Pacific Time. Click the banner below to register and we hope to see you there!

Oracle VM: Design Considerations for Enterprise-Scale Deployment 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Live Webcast: Oracle VM - Design Considerations for Enterprise Scale Deployment

The Oracle Managed Cloud Services team serves up thousands of Oracle applications to thousands of end customers on a daily basis. With nearly 20,000 of Oracle VM instances powering this operation, maintaining a highly available environment continuously. Curious how this is done? Join the Oracle Managed Cloud Services expert in this live webcast to gain valuable insights into architectural design and management best practices to build and run this highly successful hosted cloud operation. 

Oracle VM: Design Considerations for Enterprise-Scale Deployment 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT


Friday Dec 13, 2013

Friday Spotlight: IaaS with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager

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.


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