Friday Mar 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Happy Friday!

A new Oracle press release this week highlights the use of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at Epsilon. From the press release:

"With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before." 

Head on over and read the full press release

Friday Mar 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: March 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the March 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter.

This issue includes information on:

  • New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database and Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle VM 3.3.2 and Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers 3.2.3 for Microsoft Windows 
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox updated
  • Oracle VM customer survey
  • Upcoming webcasts, in person events, new white papers and customer stories, and much more

I wanted to highlight the Oracle VM customer survey in particular. This is a fantastic opportunity to let us know how you use Oracle VM in your environment. It's a short survey (about 3 minutes), but your comments will be carefully read and considered by our Oracle VM product management team.

If you'd like the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up here

 Have a great week!

-Chris

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld Slide Decks

Happy Friday!

Every year after Oracle OpenWorld, many of the slide decks become available for you to download. If you were at these sessions, it's great to have these PDFs for reference, and if you weren't able to go, or had sessions overlapping, you can read the slides and get a sense of the key points.

You can find the slides from the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Content Catalog. You can search for sessions that you'd like to download. Some good keywords are "Oracle Linux", "Oracle VM", "OpenStack", etc.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Friday Aug 22, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Secure Global Desktop and amitego VISULOX

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is a screencast about a fantastic solution that takes the security model of Oracle Secure Global Desktop and adds even more features.

If you work in environments where you need to have a video record of users' interactions with applications, or need to ensure that two users can remotely work on the same session (a worker entering data in a form from one workstation and a manager typing an authorization code from another, for example), amitego VISULOX can do this and a lot more. It's built on top of Oracle Secure Global Desktop, so you get all of the great features there, plus additional unique security related features provided by VISULOX.

Click the thumbnail below to watch the screencast.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 08, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM - Rethink Virtualization

Happy Friday! There is a new, extremely cool video for Oracle VM that we're very excited to share with you! Click below to watch "Oracle VM: Rethink Virtualization"!

See you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Jul 25, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox and PeopleSoft

Happy SysAdmin day and happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is a very cool use case for Oracle VM VirtualBox. You’re probably familiar with Oracle VM VirtualBox, it lets you run multiple, different operating systems on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris. It’s really a fantastic tool for running, say, Windows on your Mac, or an Oracle Linux test environment on your Windows machine. But this is a unique use case for it, it’s used to host the PeopleSoft Update Manager.

Our friends over at the PeopleSoft Apps Strategy blog have a blog post about PeopleSoft Update Manager, and links to several documentation videos. If you use PeopleSoft, this will be some great information for you. And if not, it might give you some ideas on how to leverage virtual appliances running in Oracle VM VirtualBox for your own projects!

See you next week!
-Chris

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 

-Chris 

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Friday Spotlight: More on OpenStack Networking by Ronen Kofman

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the latest entry in a series by Ronen Kofman (for more, bookmark his blog and follow him on Twitter) about OpenStack networking:

Diving into OpenStack Network Architecture - Part 3 - Routing

The previous entries in that series are really great reads, too:

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

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

Friday May 30, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Ronen Kofman on OpenStack Network Architecture

Happy Friday!

Oracle's Ronen Kofman kicked off a fantastic series this week on OpenStack network architecture. Our Spotlight today is the first article in that series, "Diving into OpenStack Network Architecture - Part 1."

For more OpenStack info, be sure to bookmark Ronen's blog, and follow him on Twitter.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: New Features in Oracle VM Server for SPARC

The latest release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 was announced recently. It has extended Single Root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) benefits beyond Ethernet and Infiniband devices by adding support for Fibre Channel devices. In addition, it provides the ability to control the amount of physical network bandwidth consumed by virtual network devices, thus prevents guest domains from consuming excess bandwidth. To take advantage of the latest features to benefit your virtualization deployment, read Jeff Savit's blog here.

Friday Mar 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1

Happy Friday, everyone! Our Friday Spotlight this week is a blog entry from the Oracle Secure Global Desktop engineering team, with some info on what they've been up to: 


Hadn't noticed that this blog has been quiet for a while.  Time to catch-up!

So, what's been happening with Oracle Secure Global Desktop recently?  The biggest event was the release Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 5.1 in November 2013.  This version builds on the tablet support for iPads introduced in version 5.0 and extends it to Android devices.  It also supports the use of the tablet client, using HTML 5 technology, in Chrome browsers.  The traditional Oracle Secure Global Desktop clients are not being neglected and a Patch Set Update was delivered in February 2014 to support their use in Internet Explorer 11.

Talking of "Patch Set Updates", that's the other big, recent development.  In early 2014, we released 'tarantella patch' commands that can be retro-fitted to Long Term Support (LTS) maintenance releases of Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway to patch existing installations.  Using these commands, you can keep current with third-party components, like the JVM, and apply bug fixes to Oracle Secure Global Desktop.  It's not an alternative to upgrading to the latest version to get the latest features, but helps alleviate immediate problems until an upgrade can be scheduled.

Finally, the other big change is the relationship between Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VDI, but that's a big topic that needs an entry to itself...


We'll see you next week with another Friday Spotlight!

Friday Feb 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: What's in a Name?

This week’s spotlight is an Oracle VM tip from Greg King, our best practices engineer. While the tip may appear to be straightforward, a well thought out naming convention is critical in helping system administrators better organize, manage and eliminate mistakes made by other administrators.

Oracle VM is designed to be a highly availability computing platform for your Oracle VM guests. However, high availability is not just about ensuring you have eliminated as many single points of failure as possible, it also means making your Oracle VM platform easy to understand and maintain. An easy to understand Oracle VM environment makes all the difference in managing and maintaining a fault tolerate environment for your Oracle VM Guests when the chips hit the fan.

The use of meaningful descriptions and simple names is a frequently overlooked key to maintaining a reliable highly available computing platform. One goal of high availability is reducing the occurrence of mistakes that cause outages through human error. Using cryptic naming schemes, relying on default names of objects and failing to use descriptions effectively all contribute to overly complex, hard to understand Oracle VM environments; this in turn can completely undermine all the effort you put into eliminating single points of failure in your hardware and operating systems.

The easier it is to understand things at a glance, the faster tasks can be done with less explanation and less chance for critical mistakes. So, let’s take a look at a few examples of things you can do to make your Oracle VM object naming scheme more powerful.

People often leave the simple name for the server management network as the dotted decimal notation of the subnet. Even worse, they use the dotted decimal subnets as names for all their other networks they create. This is pretty cryptic and quite meaningless to anyone but a few in your organization. The default name is meant to be changed to something meaningful in your environment and a naming scheme should be developed that is simple yet meaningful for the remaining networks you create. We have a network naming white paper available on OTN that might give you some good ideas.

You should also take the time to create meaningful naming schemes for Oracle VM servers, server pools, physical disks, virtual disks, guests and guest resources such as assemblies, ISO images and templates. You want to be able to relate various objects to each other without having to search through different tabs and sub-tabs so take the time to create and use meaningful simple names.

If nothing else, the more time you spend making your naming scheme easy to understand, the faster you can detect issues from Oracle VM Manager at a glance. This can save you time on maintaining tedious documentation that you don’t like to write and most people don’t like to read.

Friday Feb 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Amitego's Tools Updated for latest Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our spotlight this week is on a fantastic tool, VISULOX Helpdesk from Amitego. If you’re a user of Oracle Secure Global Desktop, you have probably heard of Amitego. They provide tools that extend the feature set of Oracle Secure Global Desktop.

Whereas Oracle Secure Global Desktop is primarily designed for secure remote access to applications and desktops for a single user, Amitego provides extra, complementary tools to control and manage secure access for multiple users to the same session. This is really useful in situations such as where a manager needs to approve a transaction, or if two people with trusted information are needed to complete a task, or, perhaps the most common scenario, providing helpdesk services.

Their new tool, VISULOX Helpdesk, is based on the new VISULOX 3 framework and helps solve this last problem. It allows controlled assisting of a user by another user, without opening up the security risks associated with doing this on your desktop PC. You can do things like assign a group of users that a supervisor can assist with, and then the users can request help from the supervisor, and that supervisor can view their session in tandem. And the user still has control, too -- they can even switch off the cooperation view temporarily to enter a password, for example. And, of course, all of the clients and applications supported by Oracle Secure Global Desktop are supported by VISULOX Helpdesk, so you can even use your tablet device to remotely view and participate in a session.

If you need to do any sort of tandem work or helpdesk services and you’re using or looking at using Oracle Secure Global Desktop, you should go have a look at Amitego and read about their various offerings. Their tools have recently been updated to work with the latest Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.1.

Have a great week!
-Chris

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Upcoming In Person Events in EMEA

Happy Friday!

The team in EMEA has put together some wonderful in person events for potential or existing Oracle VM and Oracle Linux customers. In these events, there are expert presentations, and then time to mingle and chat with the Oracle folks. It's really a great opportunity to get your questions answered firsthand. If you live near any of these cities, consider registering for the events!

Feb 18, Munchen, Germany
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Feb 19, Dreieich, Germany
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Feb 24, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Feb 25, Istanbul, Turkey
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Feb 26, Berlin, Germany
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Mar 6, Paris, France
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If you're anywhere near these cities, you won't want to miss these fantastic events.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

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