Thursday Aug 09, 2012

We're Hiring! Oracle VM Product Management

We continue to expand the Product Management team for Oracle VM to deal with the growth and success of the product so we've got an opening on the team.  This would be a Principal Product Manager or possibly Director level individual contributor.  While we're a close team and everyone contributes to driving the product, the person in this role would likely be focused on driving the roadmap and execution in particular with internal- and external partners that are integrating Oracle VM with their products.  So we're looking for someone fairly technical that, today, typically might have a Technical Marketing Manager or Product Manager title.

Ideally, we'd locate this individual either at Oracle HQ in Redwood Shores California or in the Boston area (the campus is actually in Nashua New Hampshire), but other locations may be considered for extremely strong individuals. 

 If you are interested, please go to the Careers site on oracle.com and search by the job requisition number as the "Keyword":  IRC1873887.

 I look forward to reviewing your resume and following up with qualified candidates!

Thursday Apr 05, 2012

Update: Oracle VM 3: New Patch Set! (or Mega Millions winner?...you decide!..)

(An update since I originally published this last Friday:  Some of you may have tried to download the update in the last couple of days and found that a password was required.   That has now been resolved and a password is no longer required so please try again.  Thanks!) 


Today, my favorite number is 14736185 (despite the fact that it did not win me $249million in the MegaMillions lottery...or did it?)!  Why?  Because it is our latest patch release and it is chock-full of good stuff for the Oracle VM 3.0 user.  Oracle VM support customers can find it on My Oracle Support as patch number 13614645.   This can be installed on Oracle VM 3.0.x systems as an incremental patch on top of 3.0.3, so if you previously ran 3.0.3 GA or updated to 3.0.3 patch 1 ( build 150) this will just apply on top.  We're recommending you update to this patch set at your earliest convenience.    For more details, see below but also see Wim Coekaert's blog with related info here.

Oracle VM Manager Update Instructions

Oracle VM Manager 3.0.2 or 3.0.3 can be upgraded to this Oracle VM Manager 3.0.3 patch update. Unzip the patch file on the server running Oracle VM Manager and execute the runUpgrader.sh script.

# ./runUpgrader.sh

Please refer to Oracle VM Installation and Upgrade Guide for details.

Upgrade Oracle VM Servers

It's highly recommended to update Oracle VM Server 3.0.3 with the latest patch update. Please review Oracle VM 3.0.3 User Guide http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E26996_01/e18549/BABDDEGC.html for specific instructions how to use Yum repository to perform the server update.

To receive notification on the software update delivered to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, http://linux.oracle.com) for Oracle VM, you can sign up here http://oss.oracle.com/mailman/listinfo/oraclevm-errata

Additional Information

Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html 

Please refer to the Oracle VM 3.0.3 Release Notes for a list of features and known issues. For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visithttp://oracle.com/virtualization

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Wednesday Feb 29, 2012

Webcast: Top 10 Tips for Oracle VM Deployments

Server Virtualization deployments need not be difficult to get up and running quickly, particularly with Oracle VM.

Join our Virtualization experts, Adam Hawley, Senior Director of Virtualization Product Management and

Greg King, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Oracle VM Best Practices Engineering, as they discuss tips to:

  • Rapidly and reliably deploy an Oracle VM environment
  • Create a flexible infrastructure to deploy and manage enterprise apps

If you are an Oracle VM administrator, or just learning about Oracle VM, you wouldn't want to miss this webcast!

  • Day and Date: Tuesday, March 6th
  • Time: 9am US PT

Register Now.

 

   

Friday Oct 07, 2011

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Wrap-up Video

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 is now in the books and we appreciate all the folks that attended our virtualization sessions and kept track of us through our social media channels!

We have posted a few videos and have several more in the pipeline for you, but for now, have a look at this video from Adam Hawley (Senior Director, Virtualization Product Management), mentioning some of the highlights of the show.


Tuesday Aug 23, 2011

Great Things Come in 3s: Announcing Oracle VM 3.0

Let me hit you with some quick highlights for Oracle VM 3.0, announced today:

  • All the management you really need to support your entire data center:  Network management, storage management, dynamic resource scheduling (triggered on network not just CPU!)
  • An even more scalable server: Support for 128 vCPUs per guest VM vs. 32 vCPUs for VMware.
  • A more scalable budget (your's)Save about $2.5million dollars over 3yrs vs. VMware (license + support.  See configuration details below but their pricing is here).  Would you like to have that in your pocket right now? Or maybe just have it for one of these?

And that's just the beginning.   The definition of what represents "value" in a virtualization solution just changed.  Oracle has been focused on delivering an increased feature set at the same price ($0 license, pay only for support) while others have been focused on delivering increased pricing (though perhaps "focus" is not the right word here).

Since the day we created Oracle VM, we've focused on exceptional price:performance and scalability.  That focus continues, hence the support for 128 vCPUs and up to 160 physical CPUs, but with Oracle VM 3.0, we're introducing a massive set of enhancements to manageability and ease-of-use that will transform the way you can think about your options for deploying Oracle VM:  Now you get not-only exceptional price:performance but also all the management features you really need to deploy Oracle VM across your entire data center and not just for your Oracle software.  In the past, Oracle VM required some configuration from the manager and some configuration at each individual server, which meant a little more work to get going and to maintain things in very large environments.  For some customers, this meant they mainly focused on doing that only for their Oracle applications and directly related things, but not much beyond that.

But no longer.

With Oracle VM 3.0, everything is done centrally from the management server:  discovery, server-, storage-, and network set-up all from a browser (no client software required, no logging in to each individual servers).  And then, once you've got it set-up, it has a rich feature set for managing and maintaining your environment:

  • Dynamic resource scheduling to load balance across server pools based on network (and CPU):  trigger live migration (migration of running VMs) based on CPU and/or network load.  Note that I think triggering DRS on network load is a first amongst the major vendors anyway.  This capability combined with one of our network management features that allows the separation of different traffic types onto different, independent networks (e.g. separate guest IP traffic from storage traffic and others) means that you can trigger live migration to occur over a dedicated live migration network based on hitting a load threshold on the guest IP network.  This separation is important because if you start a live migration over a shared network that is already overloaded, you risk making things worse.  But we make it better instead.  Very important for enterprise loads that are very I/O intensive
  • Dynamic Server Power Management:  automatically power-off underutilized servers without disrupting your applications; power them back-on when needed.
  • Comprehensive Event Logging: Event logging sometimes sounds like something pretty boring, but its not.  It's really not.  Just ask any admin trying to track down a change in the environment in the middle of the night whether he or she thinks they'd like to have access to event logs that can tell you basically anything that triggered, who did it, and whether it succeeded or failed and why and I'm very sure they'd say "yes please".  And we put this all nicely available centrally in the UI in calendar form:  click a date on the calendar to see what happened in the environment instead of having to dig through a bunch of obscure logs that you need to "tail" to try to understand what happened.

There is so, SO much in 3.0 I could write a massive entry here going on-and-on but, instead, the best thing to do is to watch the replay of the live event (once posted...it is being processed today for replay but should be on the site here any minute), including the tech webcasts featuring myself and my team that focus on different aspects of the product.

Oh yeah...the config that will cost you an extra $2.5 million from VMware is for 250 2-socket servers, with 96GB of "vRAM" per server on Oracle VM 3.0 vs. VMware vSphere5 (VMware's revised pricing).  You can compare any configuration you want by trying out our cost-calculator here.

In the coming days and weeks, keep an eye on this blog.  We'll be focusing on entries that go into the details in the various feature sets of Oracle VM 3.0.  But the proof of the pudding is in the tasting as they say so the best test of all is to get the software and try it out for yourself.  The software is available today for existing customers through My Oracle Support.  For users without a My Oracle Support account, the software is expected to be available on Oracle's eDelivery website in the next 24hrs.

Thursday May 26, 2011

Oracle VP Makes Shocking Revelation!: Xen Bits Actually *are* in Linux!

For those of you that relish a bit of technology deep-dive now and again, I've got a great entry for you from the Senior Vice President of Virtualization and Linux Development and Support at Oracle Wim Coekaerts (...and Linux Foundation board member.  And my boss.  Yes- that's his picture and, no, he doesn't have that beard anymore.  Well, not most days.)  It's about how, despite what you may have heard in the past, the bits that optimize Linux for running in Xen environments actually *are* now in mainline Linux.  Xen is alive and well, thank you and there are darn good reasons for that.

Perhaps one of the things we in the Xen community have not talked about loud enough and consistently enough is how Xen absolutely dominates public cloud infrastructures, including the biggest of them all Amazon, who use not only open source Xen but also Oracle VM (based on Xen) to underpin their Amazon Web Services EC2 offering.   For those of you contemplating implementing your own internal cloud fashioned on the model that has been so successful for the leaders in cloud computing, i.e. the public cloud guys, think long and hard about that:  why have nearly all the big and emerging cloud players chosen Xen?   Xen is here, it is a vibrant community, and it is a proven, robust technology that is more than ready for the enterprise as well.  And adoption of the various Xen optimizing kernel bits into the Linux mainline shows that it will continue to be maintained and enhanced for a long time to come, so don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

For the full story in glorious, geeky details, take a look at Wim's blog entry.

Monday Feb 07, 2011

We're Hiring! - Server and Desktop Virtualization Product Management

There is a lot of exciting stuff going on here at Oracle in general but the server and desktop virtualization group in particular is deeply involved in executing on Oracle's strategy for delivering complete hardware-software solutions across the company, so we're expanding our team with several open positions. If you're interested and qualified, then please send us your resume.

The three positions in Virtualization Product Management can be found by going here or going to the Employment Opportunities Job Search page, clicking on 'Advanced Search' and typing the job opening numbers (include 'IRC'... see below) in the 'Keywords' field. Click Search.

Current openings are...
IRC1457623: Oracle VM Product Management
IRC1457626: Desktop Virtualization Application Solutions Product Management
IRC1473577: Oracle VM Best Practices Implementation Engineer (Product Management)

I look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday Dec 22, 2010

Leaks on Wikis: "Corporations...You're Next!" Oracle Desktop Virtualization Can Help.

Between all the press coverage on the unauthorized release of 251,287 diplomatic documents and on previous extensive releases of classified documents on the events in Iraq and Afghanistan, one could be forgiven for thinking massive leaks are really an issue for governments, but it is not: It is an issue for corporations as well.

In fact, corporations are apparently set to be the next big target for things like Wikileaks. Just the threat of such a release against one corporation recently caused the price of their stock to drop 3% after the leak organization claimed to have 5GB of information from inside the company, with the implication that it might be damaging or embarrassing information.

At the moment of this blog anyway, we don't know yet if that is true or how they got the information but how did the diplomatic cable leak happen?

For the diplomatic cables, according to press reports, a private in the military, with some appropriate level of security clearance (that is, he apparently had the correct level of security clearance to be accessing the information...he reportedly didn't "hack" his way through anything to get to the documents which might have raised some red flags...), is accused of accessing the material and copying it onto a writeable CD labeled "Lady Gaga" and walking out the door with it. Upload and... Done.

In the same article, the accused is quoted as saying "Information should be free. It belongs in the public domain."

Now think about all the confidential information in your company or non-profit... from credit card information, to phone records, to customer or donor lists, to corporate strategy documents, product cost information, etc, etc.... And then think about that last quote above from what was a very junior level person in the organization...still feeling comfortable with your ability to control all your information?

So what can you do to guard against these types of breaches where there is no outsider (or even insider) intrusion to detect per se, but rather someone with malicious intent is physically walking out the door with data that they are otherwise allowed to access in their daily work?

A major first step it to make it physically, logistically much harder to walk away with the information. If the user with malicious intent has no way to copy to removable or moble media (USB sticks, thumb drives, CDs, DVDs, memory cards, or even laptop disk drives) then, as a practical matter it is much more difficult to physically move the information outside the firewall. But how can you control access tightly and reliably and still keep your hundreds or even thousands of users productive in their daily job?

Oracle Desktop Virtualization products can help.

Oracle's comprehensive suite of desktop virtualization and access products allow your applications and, most importantly, the related data, to stay in the (highly secured) data center while still allowing secure access from just about anywhere your users need to be to be productive. 

Users can securely access all the data they need to do their job, whether from work, from home, or on the road and in the field, but fully configurable policies set up centrally by privileged administrators allow you to control whether, for instance, they are allowed to print documents or use USB devices or other removable media.  Centrally set policies can also control not only whether they can download to removable devices, but also whether they can upload information (see StuxNet for why that is important...)

In fact, by using Sun Ray Client desktop hardware, which does not contain any disk drives, or removable media drives, even theft of the desktop device itself would not make you vulnerable to data loss, unlike a laptop that can be stolen with hundreds of gigabytes of information on its disk drive.  And for extreme security situations, Sun Ray Clients even come standard with the ability to use fibre optic ethernet networking to each client to prevent the possibility of unauthorized monitoring of network traffic.

But even without Sun Ray Client hardware, users can leverage Oracle's Secure Global Desktop software or the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client to securely access server-resident applications, desktop sessions, or full desktop virtual machines without persisting any application data on the desktop or laptop being used to access the information.  And, again, even in this context, the Oracle products allow you to control what gets uploaded, downloaded, or printed for example.

Another benefit of Oracle's Desktop Virtualization and access products is the ability to rapidly and easily shut off user access centrally through administrative polices if, for example, an employee changes roles or leaves the company and should no longer have access to the information.

Oracle's Desktop Virtualization suite of products can help reduce operating expense and increase user productivity, and those are good reasons alone to consider their use.  But the dynamics of today's world dictate that security is one of the top reasons for implementing a virtual desktop architecture in enterprises.

For more information on these products, view the webpages on www.oracle.com and the Oracle Technology Network website.


Tuesday Nov 16, 2010

Oracle VM Template for Oracle RAC 11g Webinar Slides & SIG Info

Thanks to the hundreds and hundreds of you that joined us today for the Webinar on how to use Oracle VM Templates to create a fully configured 2 node RAC 11g cluster in about 30mins.

For those of you that missed it....

  • A PDF of the slides are already available here
  • An on-demand playback of the webinar should be posted in the next day or so, so check back here (www.oracle.com/virtualization) by going to the "Events" section on the right hand side for this and other past webinars.
  • Plan to attend a 2hr extended version of this, including hands-on demo time sponsored by the RAC SIG (Special Interest Group).  See here for details.
Enjoy!

Friday Jul 16, 2010

SCOOP!! SECRET PICTURES OF VP's OFFICE & [TOP SECRET] VIRTUAL DESKTOP SET-UP!!!

We're pretty excited about the Sun Ray Server Software and Thin Client hardware, as we are about the desktop in general: Windows desktops, Linux workstations, Solaris...all of it. We can deliver it all (not just Windows like those other guys...) through our Sun Ray and/or VDI infrastructure products. (And for those of you that are more comfortable around a terminal/remote services model, we've got our Secure Global Desktop software from Sun's acquisition of Tarantella so you can access just about any kind of server-resident application or desktop even if they are not browser based. Or even if they are...stop worrying about client hardware browser dependencies and just use a single version of the Secure Global Desktop web client to access a broad range of browser versions when your desktop browser standard doesn't match with what your app requires.)

Anyway. I digress from the main point of my entry here which is to show you yet another proof point for Oracle's love of the desktop. At great risk to my career, I slid into my bosses office (Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President for Linux and Virtualization Development and Support) and snapped a picture of his office, and published it here for the first time anywhere...

DSC_4317-2.JPG

 

Now anyone that knows Wim knows he's pretty solidly into the category of the neo-maxi-zoom-techno-geek. He LOVES to play around with the products in his group. And by play around, I don't just mean "use". I mean install, configure, hack-on, etc. He's loving this stuff and thinks and talks about it with great passion as you might guess by looking at his office.

We have a lot of plans for this space and you've already started to see- and hear about some of them.

We recently released the new Sun Ray 3+ Client (shown) with its higher security, more eco-friendliness, and higher powered support for displays. In fact, you can see in the spy shot, that Wim is taking advantage of the fact that the Sun Ray natively supports up to two 30" displays without any additional graphics adapter required so you can have a 60 inch wide desktop if you want! (I think his is only 41 or 42 inch here though...). Aside: Cool Sun Ray trick: you can actually then combine up to 16 Sun Rays, with 2 displays each into one massive, 32 display wall of Sun Ray desktop greatness! Now that's a big desktop!

We also just announced a new release of the Sun Ray Server Software ("shown") to support VMware View 4 as the VDI back-end, as well as an update to the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (to access your Sun Ray and VDI desktops from your desktop/laptop) with the update now providing support from Mac clients.

And, certainly, last but not least, we've done a number of Oracle VM VirtualBox enhancements to support even more feature rich usage on desktops and as a part of our Oracle VDI solution where it hosts the VMs and that uniquely allows us to support not only Windows desktops, but also Linux and Solaris Workstations...all with RDP! That's handy if you got a lot of "normal" desktops to virtualize but also, say, want to virtualize all the workstations your developers use that run Linux or Solaris.

Now...hold on a second here...aside from the Linux Penguin Lamp and the Iron Man movie poster (staring Larry Ellison!!!!)...what else interesting can we see in this picture? Well, I did have to blur out the [TOP SECRET] in this picture, otherwise this truly would be a career-limiting blog entry. So, for now, let's just say we're not standing still my friends...

Monday Apr 19, 2010

Oracle VM and JRockit Virtual Edition: Oracle Introduces Java Virtualization Solution for Oracle(R) WebLogic Suite

Since the beginning, we've been talking to customers about how our approach to virtualization is different and more powerful than any other company because Oracle has the "full-stack" of software (and even hardware these days!) to work with to create more comprehensive, more powerful solutions. Having the virtualization layer, two enterprise class operating systems in Solaris and Enterprise Linux, and the leading enterprise software in nearly every layer of the data center stack, allows us to not just do virtualization for virtualization's sake but rather to provide complete virtualization solutions focused on making enterprise software easier to deploy, easier to manage, and easier to support through integration up and down the stack.

Today, we announced the availability of a significant demonstration of that capability by announcing a WebLogic Suite option that permits the Oracle WebLogic Server 11g to run on a Java JVM (JRockit Virtual Edition) that itself runs directly on the Oracle VM Server for x86 / x64 without needing any operating system. Why would you want that? Better performance and better consolidation density, not to mention great security due to a lower "attack surface area".

Oracle also announced the Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder product. Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder provides a framework for automatically capturing the configuration of existing software components and packaging them as self-contained building blocks known as appliances. So you know that complex application you've tweaked on your physical servers (or on other virtual environments for that matter)?  Virtual Assembly Builder will allow the automated collection of all the configuration data for the various application components that make up that multi-tier application and then use the information to create and package each component as a virtual machine so that the application can be deployed in your Oracle VM virtualization environment quickly and easily and just as it was configured it in your original environment. A slick, drag-and-drop GUI also serves as a powerful, intuitive interface for viewing and editing your assembly as needed.

No one else can do complete virtualization solutions the way Oracle can and I think these offerings show what's possible when you have the right resources for elegantly solving the larger problems in the data center rather than just having to make-do with tools that are only operating at one layer of the stack.

For more information, read the press release including the links to more information on various Oracle websites.


Tuesday Mar 16, 2010

Best Practices around Oracle VM with RAC: RAC SIG webcast - Thursday, March 18th -

The RAC SIG will be hosting an interesting webcast this Thursday, March 18th at 9am pacific time (5pm GMT) on:

Best Practices around Oracle VM with RAC

The adaptation of virtualization technology has risen tremendously and continues to grow due to the rapid change and growth rate of IT infrastructures. With this in mind, this seminar focuses on configuration best practices, examining how Oracle RAC scales & performs in a virtualized environment, and evaluating Oracle VM Server's ease of use.

Roger Lopez from Dell IT will be presenting.

This Week's Webcast Connection Info:
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Webcast URL (use Internet Explorer):

https://ouweb.webex.com/ouweb/k2/j.php?ED=134103137&UID=1106345812&RT=MiM0

Voice can either be heard via the webconference or via the following
dial in:

Participant Dial-In 877-671-0452
International Dial-In 706-634-9644
International Dial-In No Link http://www.intercall.com/national/oracleuniversity/gdnam.html

Intercall Password 86336

Friday Feb 26, 2010

The Oracle VM Product Line Welcomes Sun!

Now that the Sun acquisition has closed, and we are one company, we can start talking to you about all the exciting things available in today's Oracle VM product line and where we are going. In the coming days and weeks, you can expect to see a number of new blog entries from a number of voices that may be new to this Oracle blog, but are definitely not new to virtualization.  We are tremendously excited to combine our portfolios and work side-by-side with our extremely talented Sun brethren to advance the state-of-the art in virtualization.

As others have said across the industry, particularly with the Sun acquisition, Oracle has the greatest collection of products and technologies in the industry to take virtualization to the next level and enable truly integrated, comprehensive solutions for customers. From the beginning, we've said that Oracle virtualization is not about virtualization for virtualization's sake: it's about creating virtualization products and technologies that make applications and other software easier to deploy, easier to manage, and easier to support.  That strategy is unwaivering and is bolstered with the addition of the Sun products.

First, let's dispel some rumors right off the bat to make it crystal clear what we are driving forward and continuing to invest in vigorously in the virtualization space (in no particular order...):

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC (Logical Domains): Hypervisor-based virtualization for SPARC servers
  • Oracle VM Server for x86/x64: Hypervisor-based virtualization for x86/x64 servers
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox: Hosted workstation and server virtualization for x86/x64
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop: Presentation / desktop services for server resident applications
  • Sun Ray software and hardware: Thin client computing but oh so much more
  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: VDI for Windows, Linux, and Solaris desktops
  • Solaris Containers and Zones:  Highly scalable Solaris virtualization
  • Sun Dynamic Domains:  The ultimate in OS instance isolation
If anyone tells you they heard one of these products is no longer important or not moving forward at Oracle, it is simply not true.  Please point them to this blog entry. 

But - Adam - what about the Sun xVM server you ask?  Sun's xVM server was never fully released and productized by Sun while Oracle VM, Oracle's own x86 server virtualization with a Xen-based architecture has been shipping and running in production for just over 2 1/2 years and thus Oracle VM for x86/x64 will continue to be Oracle's target of strategic investment in the Xen-architecture space.

Last, but very definitely not least, management:  Management is, in fact, a huge part of our focus with Oracle VM Manager, Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Ops Center so rest assured on that front as well that these products and investments will flourish. 

Not only are we investing in all these things, you'll see quite a bit of activity in the space in the coming months and across the year, so please keep an eye on this blog.  We'll have a number of entries to go into more thoughts on each of the products I've listed above and then some.

Finally, if you haven't already, you should definitely watch our strategy webcast with Oracle's Chief Architect Edward Screven talking about our virtualization direction.  That can be found here (opens a new Flash window) to hear a more detailed presentation covering these products.  You should also take a look at the Management strategy here.

Tuesday Nov 17, 2009

Oracle VM Videos On YouTube

As my boss, Wim Coekaerts pointed out on his blog yesterday, there are a number of good, educational videos covering Oracle VM on YouTube, including coverage of some topics for Oracle VM 2.2 (the latest release). Very easy to find, just go to YouTube and search on Oracle VM (or Oracle VM 2.2 to see those specifically). Of course, you'll also find some videos on reference customers, partners, and even a video interview with me from the Cloud Computing Expo that I mentioned in my earlier blog entry.

Thanks to the Oracle Partner Network team for producing these fine videos!

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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