Friday Feb 05, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Learning Objectives for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance is the engineered system for all your applications.  You can get up and running on the remarkably quickly.

To learn about using this product, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview.The learning objectives for this short and comprehensive seminar are:

  • Explain the advantages of virtualization
  • Describe characteristics of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
  • Describe access and usage of the Private Cloud Appliance interfaces
  • Describe the general architecture of Oracle VM in the Private Cloud Appliance
  • Describe the importance of ISO files to the creation of virtual machines
  • Describe the importance of virtual disks to the operation of virtual machines
  • Define a VLAN and its purpose
  • Explain how to configure a VLAN segment for guest virtual machines
  • Define virtual machine–related terms
  • Describe the purpose of the Virtual NICs tool
  • Describe the logical view of a virtual machine
  • Explain the virtual machine life cycle
  • Describe the steps to create a virtual machine
  • Explain the process of cloning a virtual machine or template
  • Describe the general features used to set up the Self Service Portal for the Infrastructure Cloud
  • Describe the steps to provision a server (VM) from a template or an assembly

You can take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar through one of the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material and instructive demos at your own pace through streaming video.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk.There is currently an event scheduled for 6 May 2016.
  • In-Class Events: You can travel to an education center to take this class.
To request an event be added to the schedule, or to learn more about this course, go to the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview seminar course page.

Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.14 available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 14.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find two important and very hot items:

  • USB Fixes for MAC OS X - El Capitan
  • Audio regression fixes. 

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Jan 08, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM

Happy New Year! With more partners who endorse Oracle VM, customers benefit from the growing ecosystem to choose a variety of partner solutions to enable their cloud infrastructure.

I'm pleased to share that Acronis announces Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM - to protect your entire Oracle VM environment with efficient backups, flexible storage, and ultra-fast data recovery — all managed from one easy-to-use dashboard. The solution is delivered beginning with Acronis Backup Advanced for Oracle VM Version 11.5.  In addition, Acronis has launched its all-new Sleepless Gold Backup Solution powered by Acronis technology with backup capabilities for Oracle VM customers.  

Visit the partner page for more information.

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

Virtualization Training in Oracle Systems Learning Subscription

The Oracle Systems Learning Subscription is now available. In this portfolio of digital training, you learn to administer virtualization technologies such as Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle VirtualBox and Engineered Systems such as Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. This Learning Subscription also brings you learning opportunities on Oracle's operating systems, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris, as well as on Servers and Storage solutions. Preview the training available in this subscription.

In this learning subscription, Oracle experts provide you with learning tracks as well as easily consumed learning nuggets on product offerings, insights into product releases, best practices and more.

Access information on all Oracle's Learning Subscriptions at

Friday Dec 18, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.12 now available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 12.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Thursday Dec 10, 2015

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.1.1 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.1.1 of Oracle Private Cloud Appliance which simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. The latest  release delivers enhanced networking, improved flexibility and better security. 

  • Custom networks at the appliance level are enhanced by adding custom networks at the appliance level, thus enable additional connectivity.
  • Memory configuration is more flexible by supporting the installation of additional physical RAM. New RAM modules will be detected during reboot and the appropriate configuration will be changed automatically.
  • Component firmware upgrades are automatically performed for the ZFS Storage Appliance as part of the Oracle PCA software update. The storage configuration is now updated to active-active for storage head cluster. This makes the storage hardware easier to service and maintain.
  • Authentication management has been improved with a finer-grained and robust password management functionality.
  • The Oracle PCA Command Line Interface (CLI) has been enhanced with the integration of the controller software update and password management functionality.
  • Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server have been upgraded to Release 3.2.10, to include the latest security and errata bug fixes available.

You can review the list of changes and improvements in the release notes of the documentation set. To download the software update, search patch ID 22185511 from My Oracle Support. To attend a training offered by Oracle University, read the news here.

Thank you to the readers of the UK IT news who voted the best products for 2015. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance won the award as the Best virtualisation Product under Cloud Computing category.

Best Virtualisation Product

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

Monday Dec 07, 2015

Self-Paced Online Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance simplifies the way you install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows and Oracle Solaris applications. You can now take Oracle Private Cloud Appliance training online - getting trained anywhere, when it suits you. With Training-on-Demand, you can start learning straight away and benefit from instructor delivery at your own pace. 

In the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview  you will learn to:

  • Review the hardware and software as installed and configured in the Private Cloud Appliance.
  • Monitor the health of hardware.
  • Allocate memory, CPU, and storage resources for effective virtualization support.
  • Create, deploy, manage, and delete virtual machines.
  • Enable virtual machines to run with high availability, or in isolation.
  • Configure the allocation of Infrastructure as a Service resources.
  • Provide IaaS with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control.

Monday Nov 30, 2015

Oracle at Gartner DC, Infrastructure and Operations Mgt Conference, Dec 7-10

Oracle is a Premier sponsor of the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conferencethis December 7 – 10, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Oracle experts in a variety of sessions, including demonstrations during the showcase receptions where they can discuss topics on Oracle’s Engineered Systems and many more of Oracle’s product offerings.

Oracle’s Solution Provider Session: New Thinking in Critical IT Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Chuck Hollis 

IT services are moving to the cloud, that's a fact, but you will always have critical services that run in your data center. You need a new type of infrastructure that allows you to move seamlessly between traditional IT, private & public cloud. This session will feature executive thought leaders from Oracle and leading customers to share their experience in transforming IT infrastructure.

Oracle will be at the Conference Exhibition Hall C, Booth #411 during the following date & hours:

Monday, December 7th 

6 - 8 PM: Show floor hours

Tuesday, December 8th

12– 2 PM: Show floor hours

6 – 8 PM: Show floor hours

Wednesday, December 9th

12- 2 PM: Show floor hours

Come and talk to our experts and grab a DVD with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM on it.

    Register today. 

    Friday Nov 27, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Pre-requisites for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training

    The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview introduces essential concepts for administrators and talks to the operation of the virtualization environment hosted by the Private Cloud Appliance, helping you manage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

    Before taking this course, people should have familiarity with:

    • Creating and managing virtual machines
    • Configuring networks and storage in the data center and in a virtualized environment
    • Physical and virtual server system administration
    • IaaS and PaaS concepts

    For information about what you will will learn during this seminar, please see the course description. To register for an event or to request that an event is added to the schedule, go to

    Monday Oct 19, 2015

    OOW15: QLogic Showcases Solutions at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

    QLogic is one of the global leaders and technology innovators in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Oracle and other leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. QLogic technology provides Oracle with I/O from servers and storage to the cloud. 

    At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Booth #121, Kiosk: SLX-005, QLogic is demonstrating the use of NPAR (NIC Partitioning) and Oracle VM for QoS Cloud Solutions.  QLogic will also present their solution in the theatre session below:

    QLogic Adapters with NPAR and Oracle VM Enable Optimal Data Center Consolidation [THT11247]

    Michael Geroche, Sales Engineer, QLogic Corporation

      • Monday, Oct 26, 12:00 p.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
      • Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:00 p.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South 

    We look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld.

    Friday Oct 16, 2015

    Friday OOW15 Spotlight - Oracle VM Hands on Labs: HOL10469, HOL10471 and HOL10472

    Oracle OpenWorld 2015 will start in on October 25th. As every year, among the 2000+ sessions presented there will be many Hands on labs.

    The idea of these Oracle VM HOL is to enable 40 to 50 customers and partners to meet in a room and install/configure/use Oracle products on laptops during 1 or 2 hours, following detailed documentation and being helped by several Oracle experts. Each student will have a laptop where, thanks to Oracle VM VirtualBox, we will be able to create Oracle VM Demo environments:

    The labs that we are going to host this year are the following:

      Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM [HOL10469]

      In this session, highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle VM as the foundation. See how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

      Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)

      Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates

      Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

      Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 AM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)

      Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10472]

      Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance. And going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. In this hands-on lab, learn how powerful Oracle VM Templates can make rolling out Oracle E-Business Suite quick and easy.

      Monday, Oct 26, 02:00 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)

      If you will attend Oracle OpenWorld 2015 and are interested by Infrastructure Cloud, OpenStack or Virtualization, add those labs to your calendar using the Schedule Builder tool

      To learn more about other sessions, read the previous blog post - Start Reserving Your Spots in Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Sessions.

      See you soon @ OOW15!

      Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

      OOW15: Intel® Showcasing at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

      Intel – Accelerating Technological Innovation and bringing it to customers faster 

      We are excited to welcome Intel® Corporation, to the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 - Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

      Intel® and Oracle share a multi-decade history of collaboration, from building Linux kernels to validating configurations of Intel-based server solutions to server virtualization.  Oracle Linux and Oracle VM add infrastructure components to effectively complement Intel hardware, and the co-engineering relationship between Intel® and Oracle benefit end-customers with highly optimized results from their Oracle enterprise software on Intel® Xeon® Processors. You can hear about these technologies and collaboration in the Intel theatre sessions:

      Theatre Session:

      OpenStack and Intel—Comprehensive Support for a Trusted, Private Cloud [THT11336]

      Speaker: Glenn Williamson, Sr Staff Software Engineering Manager, Intel Corporation

      • Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
      • Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South

      Visit Intel® at the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase to learn more about solutions from Intel® experts located at Moscone South, Booth #121SLX-001 and 003 – from Oct 26-28th.

      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.


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