Tuesday Apr 26, 2016

LIVE WEBINARS: Foundations for Cloud and Performance Optimizations for IaaS

We have two great webcasts covering cloud topics and benefits of using Oracle VM in your foundation. They are live events where you can ask questions at the end.

Don't miss them: 

WEBCAST #1

"FOUNDATIONS OF AN OPEN CLOUD”

April 28th at 9:00am PST


As Enterprises face the challenge of building their own internal Open Cloud Infrastructures which combine security, agility, and cost-effectiveness; key business and technology choices have to be made. Creating a strong and Open foundation is critical. The Xen based Oracle VM offers the leading open source foundational virtualization layer on which to build. In addition it combines this with unparalleled management, scalability and robustness for mission-critical applications for Cloud Ready Application Deployment.

Join the webcast on April 28th, 2016 at 9:00 PST to learn:  

·         How to build an Open Foundational Layer for your cloud

·         New features and capabilities in Oracle VM 3.4

·         How to incorporate Oracle VM in your cloud strategy

Live Q&A session will be held after the webcast.   

Featured Speakers: 

·         John Priest, Director Oracle VM Product Management

·         Tony Kay, Director Oracle Virtualization 

 Register today! 

 WEBCAST #2

Performance Optimizations for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

May 5th, 2016 at 10:00am PST

Many customers are relying on Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance to build the private cloud infrastructure. Oracle VM is designed to provide high performance "out of the box" without tuning and administrative effort. With optimization, customers can achieve better agility to meet demanding service level requirements. This webcast and presentation discusses Oracle VM performance optimization best practices, goals and techniques to provide the best possible performance.

Join the webcast on May 5th, 2016 at 10:00 PST to learn: 

- Understand and measure performance in the cloud

- Oracle VM features for performance and scale in cloud environments

- How to tune CPU, memory and I/O in virtual machine and cloud

Live Q&A session will be held after the webcast.   

Jeff Savit, Senior Principal Technical Product Manager, Virtualization   

Register today! 

Friday Mar 18, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Meet us at OpenStack Summit - April 25-29

Oracle is sponsoring the OpenStack Summit at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, April 25-29. The OpenStack Summit is a gathering of IT leaders, telco operators, cloud administrators, app developers and OpenStack contributors building the future of cloud computing. Hear business cases and operational experience directly from users, learn about new products in the ecosystem and participate in hands-on workshops to build your skills. Attended by thousands of people from more than 50 countries, it’s the ideal venue to plan your cloud strategy and share knowledge about architecting and operating OpenStack clouds.

See What Makes Oracle the Leader in OpenStack Computing 

Oracle offers fully integrated OpenStack enterprise cloud solutions with single support for all components in the stack including applications, database, middleware, guest OS, host OS, virtualization and OpenStack. Bringing Oracle experience in stability, availability, performance, debugging and diagnostics to enable the world’s toughest enterprise workloads in the cloud. 

Visit us at OpenStack Marketplace – Oracle Booth B30

Learn how Oracle’s OpenStack-focused products and solutions enable faster deployment, easy management and richer observability for DevOps. We will have engineers and demos for :
  • Oracle OpenStack for Solaris 
  • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  • Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Oracle Optimized Solutions 

OpenStack Marketplace Hours:

  • Monday, April 25           6:00pm – 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 26          10:45am – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, April 27     10:30am – 6:00pm 
  • Thursday, April 28         10:30am – 1:30pm 

Attend Oracle Session: Tuesday, April 26th, 2pm

Why Should You Attend?  

The OpenStack Summit is a gathering of IT leaders, telco operators, cloud administrators, app developers and OpenStack contributors building the future of cloud computing. Hear business cases and operational experience directly from users, learn about new products in the ecosystem and participate in hands-on workshops to build your skills. Attended by thousands of people from more than 50 countries, it’s the ideal venue to plan your cloud strategy and share knowledge about architecting and operating OpenStack clouds.

How Do I Find Out More? 
Learn more about the OpenStack Summit in Austin.

See you in Austin!

Friday Mar 11, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates and Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning

Oracle VM template is a fully pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine that can be downloaded onto an installed Oracle VM server. An Oracle VM Template may include a single virtual machine, with a single Oracle product such as a single-instance database or WebLogic Server or multiple VMs with multiple Oracle products to facilitate rapid deployment of even the most complex composite applications: this is the foundation of the Application-Driven Virtualization.

Use of Oracle VM Templates eliminates the installation and configuration costs, and reduces the ongoing maintenance costs helping organizations achieve faster time to market and lower cost of operations.

Oracle VM Templates can be downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud: Just download, import and deploy the Template VM(s) and within minutes you will have a fully installed and configured Oracle environment that you know is completely correct, supported and certified by Oracle. In most cases, deployment times for complex applications can be reduced from weeks to hours.

And this is not all…..

On Oracle VM you can create your own templates, based or not on Oracle Products; so, for example, starting from an existing Oracle VM Template you have the opportunity to build your gold image where you can address all your standards and/or desired changes.


At the same time, you can create a totally new Oracle VM template and evaluate which kind of customization is needed on the first boot of the VM.

This option allows to build an entire fully automated Cloud solution, based on Oracle VM, able to deploy VMs and services in minutes, instead of hours or days.

All these activities can be accomplished easily with this white paper, totally dedicated to the Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning for Oracle VM where concepts like:

  • Oracle VM Messaging System
  • Oracle VM Guest Additions (ovmd and ovm-template-config)
  • Oracle VM CLI
  • Local and remote configuration of a VM

are explained and proved with more examples on different Oracle Linux releases (5/6/7).

To learn more:

If you have any question, feel free to post them on this blog entry.

Have a great weekend.

Saturday Mar 05, 2016

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.16 now available for download!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 16.

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

  • Windows hosts/guests: properly sign binaries using a sha-256 certificate
  • PC Speaker passthrough: new experimental feature, available on Linux host only
  • Linux hosts: fixed the /sbin/rcvboxdrv script as well as the missing shebang in two scripts 

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

Wednesday Feb 24, 2016

Spirent TestCenter™ Virtual Uses Oracle VM for Cloud-Enabled Services

Today's blog features one of our partners Spirent who offer services and solutions for cloud.

Spirent TestCenter Virtual now supports Oracle VM allowing customers with layer 2–7 test and measurement capabilities to accelerate SDN and NFV deployments. Spirent TestCenter Virtual is a software module that resides on virtual machines and servers. It is used by operators and cloud providers to validate virtual switches, routers, and firewalls using the same tests that have been used to validate physical devices for years.

Spirent TestCenter Virtual helps benchmark VNFs, NFV environments and cloud management platforms like OpenStack, VMware vCloud, Cloudstack and AWS. It is capable of high performance using DPDK drivers and is supported on multiple hypervisors including VMware ESXi, KVM/QEMU, Xen Server, and Hyper-V.

Learn more about Spirent TestCenter Virtual on Oracle VM here.

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 http://education.oracle.com/subscriptions.

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 V3.co.uk 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 http://education.oracle.com.

    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.

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