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

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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.


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:


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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