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.


Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Join us for Live Oracle VM and Oracle Linux Cloud Events in Europe

Join us for a series of live events and discover how Oracle VM and Oracle Linux offer an integrated and optimized infrastructure for quickly deploying a private cloud environment at lower cost.

As one of the most widely deployed operating systems today, Oracle Linux delivers higher performance, better reliability, and stability, at a lower cost for your cloud environments. Oracle VM is an application-driven server virtualization solution fully integrated and certified with Oracle applications to deliver rapid application deployment and simplified management. With Oracle VM, you have peace of mind that the entire Oracle stack deployed is fully certified by Oracle.

Register now for any of the upcoming events, and meet with Oracle experts to discuss how we can help in enabling your private cloud.

Nov 20: Foundation for the Cloud: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Belgium)

Nov 21: Oracle Linux & Oracle VM Enabling Private Cloud (Germany)

Nov 28: Realize Substantial Savings and Increased Efficiency with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Luxembourg)

Nov 29: Foundation for the Cloud: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Netherlands)

Dec 5: MySQL Tech Tour, including Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (France)

Hope to see you at one of these events!

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!

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 Aug 02, 2013

Just Released – Two New Templates for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 (12.1.0.3)

The new template continues to build on the integration of Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager to further automate the deployment of Oracle VM servers. This template can be used to provision new guest virtual machines running Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 Oracle Management Service (OMS), Oracle Management Agent and Repository Database.

Note: This VirtualBox image is strictly for test Enterprise Manager setup or proof of concepts (POC), this should not be used for Enterprise Manager production site setup.
The Oracle VM VirtualBox Template for Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 (12.1.0.3) can be used to provision new guest virtual machines running Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 Oracle Management Service (OMS), Oracle Management Agent and Repository Database. 

For a list of Oracle VM Templates,  please visit:

Oracle VM Templates on Oracle Technical Network 

For more Oracle VM VirtualBox Templates, please visit:

Oracle VM VirtualBox Templates on Oracle Technical Network 

For more information on Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c:

Tuesday Jul 30, 2013

Unveiling Oracle’s Latest Engineered System

Join us in this live webcast to learn how Oracle’s latest Engineered System simplifies your journey to virtualization and cloud. Live webcast August 13th, 2013, 10am PT/1pm ET.

Thursday Apr 04, 2013

Visit us at Cloud Connect

Oracle is a Platinum Sponsor and exhibitor at the Cloud Connect conference, taking place now in Santa Clara, CA. Here's a picture from yesterday at the show:

If you're in town for this event, stop by the Oracle booth and have a look at Oracle VM and other cloud related Oracle technologies!

Wednesday Nov 30, 2011

Live Webcast, Dec. 6: Enterprise Clouds with Oracle VM

Mark your calendar! On Tuesday, Dec. 6th at 9am PT, we are hosting a live webcast with Oracle VM experts.

Enterprise Clouds with Oracle VM

Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9 AM US PT

The ability to create a cloud leveraging public or private infrastructure has been hampered by the lack of availability of practical, cost-effective choices for server virtualization. In this session, you will learn how Oracle provides a single virtualization solution for your entire infrastructure, and how Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder help you manage Oracle Applications across the cloud. Also find out how virtualization was leveraged to transform IT for Oracle University and support more than 350,00 students in more than 40,000 classes each year. Those lessons have paved the path to private cloud computing inside Oracle.

Speakers:
Adam Hawley, Senior Director of Product Management, Oracle
Dan Herrup, Principal Systems Engineer, Oracle Corporate Citizenship

Register Now.

Sunday Oct 02, 2011

Oracle VM - Building Block for Cloud

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12cToday at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle announced Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. It's the industry’s first solution to combine management of the full Oracle stack with complete enterprise cloud lifecycle management. This release also introduces new virtualization management and cloud resource management capabilities built on Oracle VM 3.0.

  • Watch OpenWorld Keynote to learn the latest announcement about Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle Exalogic.
Get the latest Oracle VM 3.0.2 patch update to experience the benefit of full stack management and cloud control with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

Friday Jun 03, 2011

Get your Free Pass for Cloud Expo East - June 6-9

Join us at the Cloud Computing Conference & Expo 2011 taking place next week June 6-9 in New York. Oracle is offering free passes to Cloud Expo with full access to the event, sessions, and exhibition. Get your pass now before we run out!

Don't miss the Oracle sessions and keynotes and get up to speed on Oracle's Cloud products, strategy and roadmap. Come by the Oracle booth #115 and check out Oracle's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering based on Oracle VM. Our virtualization experts will be on hand at the events.

We hope to see you there.

Wednesday Apr 20, 2011

Webcast: Ultra-Fast Application Deployment with Oracle VM

Join us for a webcast on Tuesday, April 26th at 9am US PT and find out how Oracle VM can help you accelerate application deployment and provisioning.

Enterprise applications are increasingly being deployed in virtualized environments to gain the benefits of consolidation, flexibility and cloud computing. However, administrators still follow the same time-consuming, manual steps for installing, configuring, and deploying all software such as operating system, database, middleware, and applications, in virtual machines. You don't need to do this anymore!

Join Oracle's virtualization experts and learn how the combination of Oracle VM server virtualization and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder helps enterprises significantly reduce this time-consuming and error-prone work and automate deployment of multi-tier software assemblies!

Day and Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Time: 9am US PT

Register Now!

Tuesday Apr 19, 2011

NAB Builds Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux

Check out this recently published article in the CIO Magazine talking about National Australia Bank's (NAB) roadmap to building a private cloud, focused on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS).

NAB has standardized on Oracle VM and Oracle Linux as the enabling technoligies for their IaaS cloud efforts.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

The IT leaders at NAB aren't holding back when it comes to the full-scale deployment of a private Cloud. Ubank, NAB's online-only banking service launched in October 2008, is already the flagship 'tenant' and running almost exclusively on virtualised infrastructure -- from the operating system to Web portal.

UBank is the first 'user' of NAB's new enterprise technology platform, but plans for expansion into the rest of the bank are very ambitious.

From the hardware up, NAB engineered a private Cloud based on Oracle Enterprise Linux and Oracle's (Xen-based) virtualisation platform for infrastructure-as-a-service.

"So in our environment we're basically building up what we refer to as an infrastructure-as-a-service internal private Cloud, based on Oracle virtual grid technology and blade servers underneath that as well," Beer said. "It's a combination of both VMs and physical server deployments [and] operating systems in that environment.

Read the entire 3-part article to see how NAB is deploying their private cloud.

Monday Nov 01, 2010

Hot Off the Press: Oracle Virtualization Whitepaper

The latest white paper on Oracle's Virtualization Strategy discusses the new trend that data centers are now becoming service centers, and Virtualization technologies need to evolve to keep pace with changing IT demands. Just a hypervisor is not good enough.

Here is an excerpt:

As IT organizations look to deliver on-demand services, virtualization requirements continue to advance -- and companies are realizing that server virtualization is only a partial solution. Without the ability to package complete application environments that can be deployed on demand, IT staff must manually customize solutions in order to deliver services. Today's virtualization solutions need to:

• Evolve beyond simple consolidation
• Support comprehensive application environments that meet stringent high availability and scalability requirements
• Integrate with the applications running in the virtual environment
• Make the entire application stack easier to provision, deploy, manage, and support
• Result in greater IT efficiency, agility, and flexibility

Read this whitepaper to find out how Virtualization is evolving and how Oracle Virtualization can help you realize true benefits beyond simple consolidation.

Enjoy!

Monday Oct 18, 2010

Forecast is Cloudy! Oracle VM Now Available on Amazon EC2

Last month at Oracle OpenWorld, a signifcant amount of news related to Oracle Virtualization, was releases. One important announcement focused on certification and support of Oracle Software on Amazon EC2 using Oracle VM.

A wide selection of Oracle enterprise software, including Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle's Siebel CRM, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database, and Oracle Linux, has been certified to run on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud using Oracle VM virtualization. Oracle customers will now be able to leverage the scalability, reliability, security, and utility-based pricing model of Amazon Web Services for production workloads with full support from Oracle and Amazon.

This is an important milestone for Oracle and Amazon in delivering cloud computing capabilities to joint customers.

Read the press release.

Tuesday Nov 10, 2009

Virtualization for 'Cloud' vs. "Traditional" Virtualization

My, my...I just looked back and it has been almost exactly 6 months since my last post to this blog. The time has gone fast as we've been working hard on a number of things here ranging from the Virtual Iron acquisition integration (going nicely, thanks...) to a number of other projects that I'll talk about over the next few posts. I plan to get back into blogging much more regularly as I did all during the Spring.

I want to talk about implementing virtualization for 'Cloud' architectures vs. implementing it for "traditional" virtualization. Last week, several of us from Oracle presented at the Cloud Computing Expo as to our perspectives on what's important for Clouds and, in particular, private clouds with just a little bit on how Oracle products do- or will fit into that including our ability to provide a lot of capabilities at basically every layer of the stack, whether we're talking software as a service, platform-as-a-service, or infrastructure-as-a-service.

My session was about thoughts on the infrastructure layer and specifically, what should you consider when planning to implement virtualization to support Cloud capabilities vs. what you may have already done to support more "traditional" virtualization goals.

There's a link to my presentation farther below (PDF download), but before I send you there, I want to mention an interesting Technical Report from UC Berkeley's Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Lab or "RAD Lab". I quoted the report a couple of times in my preso and I found it to be a thoughtful and accessible discussion of the technical, operational, and economic aspects of cloud computing and, in particular, public clouds. You can find that report here (but if you click this link, don't forget to come back!...)

Funny story: so about 30mins before I presented, I ran into a colleague and asked him how the show was going because I had not yet attended any sessions and he said "Pretty good but the irritating thing is that everyone starts out with 'What is the Cloud?". Hmm. Well. Uh...Glad I didn't do that!..heh... I said nervously while quickly trying to decide if I could sneak away to quickly change my intro. Well, it was too late to change so I just plowed ahead to a standing-room only crowd. Take a look and let me know what you think:

CloudConf09_FINAL.pdf


UPDATE:  Barton George, the Cloud Computing Evangelist at Dell posted a video interview he did with me at the conference.  You can see it on YouTube or on his blog
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