Friday Oct 11, 2013

Friday Spotlight - October 11, 2013

Happy Friday, folks!

Our spotlight this week might be a little confusing because it seems to be focused on Oracle Linux. But Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization go hand in hand to help create a solid platform for deploying Oracle Database. The webcast below will feature not just Oracle Linux content, but Oracle VM will come up prominently as well. I highly recommend you join, there will be a bunch of fantastic information for you.

Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments 

Date and Time:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 10:00 AM PDT

Speakers:
Sumanta Chatterjee, Vice President, Database Engineering, Oracle
Monica Kumar, Senior Director Product Marketing, Oracle

Description:
Oracle Database on Oracle Linux helps customers lower IT costs while delivering high quality of service. With Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Linux, customers benefit from the joint development and testing resulting in optimized features, better stability and higher performance to enable the next generation of enterprise applications. 

In this webcast, Oracle experts will cover:

  • Advantages of choosing Oracle Linux for Oracle Database 
  • Key optimizations and features such as Database Smart Flash Cache, data integrity, and Cgroups that make Oracle Linux the best performing and most reliable Linux for deploying Oracle Database 
  • Tools to simplify and speed deployment of Oracle Database on Linux, including Oracle VM Templates, Oracle Validated Configurations, and pre-install RPM 
  • Integrated database and operating system management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 
  • Real-life customer examples

Don’t miss this informative session. Register now.

-Chris 

Friday Sep 27, 2013

Friday Spotlight, Post Oracle OpenWorld Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! Hopefully you were in San Francisco with us for this amazing Oracle OpenWorld 2013 week. From the many announcements regarding Oracle virtualization and Oracle Linux, to the sessions, hands on labs, and demos, to the excitement of the America's Cup, it has been an amazing week!

We'll go into a lot more detail in the coming weeks, but I wanted to provide some quick links to announcements during the show:

- On Monday, Lenovo announced that their ThinkServer portfolio of products has been tested and certified with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. Read the news release.

- Also on Monday, Nimble Storage announced their new SmartStack solution that leverages Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. Read the news release.

- On Wednesday, Dell announced that Dell and Oracle are building on their relationship to enhance customer experience. This includes reaffirming the agreement that allows customers to purchase and renew support for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux from Dell, simplifying the point of contact for customers. Read the news release or watch the keynote.

It's been a great week here and we're looking forward to another exciting year!

-Chris

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Nimble Storage Introduces SmartStack Solution leveraging Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Nimble Storage today announced a new SmartStack™ converged infrastructure solution leveraging Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Database, running on Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS). This solution provides organizations with the ability to meet Oracle Database performance demands and scale without disruption or increased capital expenses.

Highlights of the SmartStack Validated Reference Architecture with Oracle

- The new solution is fully tested and validated using both Oracle Validated Configuration test kit and Nimble Storage’s test environments.

- The solution components include a Nimble Storage CS-series array, two Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade servers, Oracle VM 3.2, Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Database 12c.

Nimble Storage’s intelligent flash-based architecture allows customers with Oracle workloads running on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to take advantage of:

- Adaptive performance to easily grow performance and/or capacity to scale to the needs of OLTP and OLAP applications as they grow - Ease of deployment with pre-configured optimizations and performance profiles to minimize the guesswork of tuning the infrastructure for performance

- Integrated data protection and enhanced availability enabling organizations to take more frequent backups without disrupting applications, and facilitate quick recovery with Nimble Storage snapshots

Nimble Storage will exhibit its flash-optimized hybrid storage arrays and new converged infrastructure solutions at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 taking place September 22 – 26 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. You can check Nimble Storage solutions in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion - booth #2021.

Read the press release for more information.

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Friday Tips #46, Pre Oracle OpenWorld Edition

Happy Friday, everyone!

Since we're just a couple of days away from the start of Oracle OpenWorld, I thought I'd use the tip this week to give you some picks on virtualization material that you just shouldn't miss at the show. We've done several blogs about the content at this year's show, but here are a few items to take into account as you're planning your week:

General Session

We covered this one yesterday, but it's worth highlighting again. This is the go to session for definitive virtualization information right from Oracle execs. You can even get your virtualization questions answered by the executive team. Hope to see you at this one!

Customer Sessions

We also covered a few of these earlier this week, but here is a more complete list:


Hands On Labs

Product Demonstrations

In the DEMOgrounds in Moscone South you'll find demo pods for Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, Oracle VM Templates, Oracle desktop virtualization, and more!

Now, this list of highlights isn't meant to imply that you shouldn't try to take in all the fantastic content at the show, it's just a list of things you for sure should not miss! You can see a complete list of what's happening in virtualization with our Focus On Virtualizaiton document.

We hope you have an exciting, educational, and fun time at Oracle OpenWorld 2013!

-Chris

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Airbus Selects Oracle Secure Global Desktop to Increase Efficiency and Accelerate Time to Market

In case you didn't see it this morning, I wanted to point you to our news release on Airbus selecting Oracle Secure Global Desktop to get real-time, secure access to their test flight performance data from remote sites. This is really an amazing use care for secure application access and allows them to position teams all around the EU (or the world, if they need to!) to monitor test flights, and to get information back from those engineers immediately.

If you're going to Oracle OpenWorld, you're in for a treat because you can hear all about this story directly from Laurent Peltiers of Airbus in the session Implementing Secure Access to Oracle Applications and Critical Data [CON9547], on Tuesday, September 24 at 3:45PM in the Westin - Concordia. Laurent will be joined by Iain Robertson from NHS Lothian who will discuss how his organization uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop, too. It will be a great session and we hope to see you there!

-Chris

Oracle Virtualization Strategy, What’s New and Roadmap at Oracle OpenWorld!

Just 3 days left until Oracle OpenWorld! If you're working on your final session selections, don't miss these:

GEN9535 - Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap is the virtualization general session featuring Wim Coekaerts and Monica Kumar. This session is always filled with key information on Oracle's virtualization portfolio. If you go to only one virtualization session at Oracle OpenWorld, this is the one to go to.

CON9544 - What’s New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive is where Adam Hawley and Honglin Su will give you an inside view of product roadmaps. 

CON4465 - Oracle SDN: Software-Defined Networking in a Hybrid, Open Data Center will give you a glimpse of Oracle Virtual Networking and SDN.

In addition to the virtualization track sessions, you can learn about our partners exhibitions in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion.

Don’t forget that once you are done with sessions, you can also enroll in Oracle VM training at your own leisure Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Overstock.com, Data Intensity, State University of New York on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Database and Oracle Applications

Just five days left to Oracle OpenWorld! This is a great opportunity to attend sessions in the virtualization track and hear directly from customers on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Databases and Oracle Applications.

Oracle VM Templates are powerful tools that can transform daily IT individuals into IT heroes. Hear from Oracle engineering architects to learn how we built in the power of automation to allow for repeatable auto deployment of Oracle Database and Oracle Applications. In CON9555 hear from Oracle experts on creation of templates for Oracle Database, single instance deployments and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) deployments. In the same session, also hear from the Overstock.com web operations team on how they are able to benefit from application deployment with Oracle VM Templates.

In CON11257, hear from Oracle ACEs on best practices for virtualizing Oracle E-Business Suite. In the same session, hear from the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne team on deployment using Oracle VM Templates. For enterprise applications, high availability is key, join us in CON11258 and hear from Data Intensity on best practices for building a highly available virtualized infrastructure with Oracle VM. For more on the combined power of Oracle VM Templates and Enterprise Manager 12c, checkout CON9584 and hear how State University of New York, one of the largest university systems in the US, uses Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c to enable self-service provisioning and publish applications as cloud services.  

Anxious to put all that you’ve heard to work, you can join us in the Hands On Lab session HOL9982. In this one hour step-by-step instructor led class, you’ll be guided by Oracle’s long time field experts and Oracle VM Templates architects. By the time you are done with the lab, you will have deployed a 4 node RAC cluster. You'll get access to so much knowledge and practical hands on experience that you can put to use immediately, it's more than enough reason to justify your attendance at Oracle OpenWorld!

Friday Sep 13, 2013

Friday Tips #45

Happy Friday!

Our tip this week is on Oracle Secure Global Desktop, which provides secure remote access to Oracle Applications and other enterprise software. One of the really great things about Secure Global Desktop is that once the administrator has setup an application the first time, providing access to that application to any number of users takes literally seconds.

Check out this great step by step tutorial for publishing an application to an entire group of users in the enterprise directory by the Fat Bloke:

Controlled Application Deployment with Secure Global Desktop


Speaking of Secure Global Desktop, if you're coming to Oracle OpenWorld, don't miss a fantastic session we're doing on the topic of secure application access, featuring Airbus and NHS Lothian. Both of these large organizations use Secure Global Desktop as an access layer for a variety of applications from many different types of devices. It will be a fascinating session and if you're at all interested in remote access, security, application virtualization, or anything similar, you won't want to miss it.

Tuesday, September 24
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Westin San Francisco, Concordia

Friday Sep 06, 2013

Friday Tips #44

Happy Friday of a short week for our US readers!

This week is about backing up and recovering your Oracle VM systems. Oracle's Greg King just released an extremely thorough guide to give you the background you need to design a backup and recovery plan that fits the needs of your deployments. Have a look:

Oracle VM 3: Backup and Recovery Best Practices Guide

Have a great weekend!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 30, 2013

Friday Tips #43

Happy Friday, folks! If you've been keeping up with this blog, you've been seeing a lot of posts on Oracle VM Templates. With the recent updates to the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database, it's been a pretty exciting time! But I thought I'd take this opportunity to point out that in addition to these, there are many more templates you can choose from. There are templates for Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Secure Global Desktop, and much more. It's the fastest way to get up and running with Oracle software.

This page is an index of the many Oracle VM Templates you can choose from:

Oracle VM Templates on Oracle Technology Network

See you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

New reasons why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Databases

Many thanks to those who stopped by our booth #330 at VMworld! For many of you, we will meet again at Oracle OpenWorld in just a few short weeks. Virtualization related content at Oracle OpenWorld can be found in our Focus On Virtualization document.

We received quite a few inquiries and interest from long time Oracle Database users looking to migrate from physical to virtual environments. Following up on our discussion on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Database are new releases of the Oracle VM Templates that fully automate the creation of Single Instance, Oracle Restart and RAC configurations. Wim’s detailed blog showcases the elegance and simplicity of the templates.

How does deploying Oracle Database using Oracle VM Templates different from deploying Oracle Database with traditional virtualization technology? The complexity and intricate dependencies of Oracle Database deployment is fully encapsulated in a simple script that you can run. Simply, we’ve done the work so you don’t have to. You can deploy the Oracle Database single instance or in a clustered environment in a matter of minutes…..the right way!

The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database are completely pre-configured, pre-tested and pre-packaged in a VM along with Oracle best practices so you have peace of mind that you can indeed deploy and forget. As for performance, read what independent benchmark findings have to say in the Revera benchmarks in a side-by-side comparison, or the most recently posted benchmark results on Oracle Database performance on Oracle VM from Open Universities Australia.

For more information on the new templates visit the Oracle VM Templates home page on OTN

For a more interactive learning option, there are a couple of opportunities coming up soon that you can take advantage of. First, Saar Maoz will be hosting a webinar this Thursday (8/29) where he will be discussing Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Database. Head on over to the Real Application Clusters Special Interest Group to learn more and register.

And If you'd like to learn how to deploy a 4 node RAC cluster within 1 hour, join Oracle field implementation experienced experts in a 1 hour step-by-step hands on lab at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 for this session: 

Friday Aug 23, 2013

Friday Tips #42

Happy Friday! With this week's release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1, it's a perfect time to offer a tip on how to upgrade your systems to the latest version. Oracle's Jeff Savit had this to say about the upgrade process:

"Updating to Oracle Solaris 11.1 to include Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 takes little effort - it only requires a few commands and a few minutes per server. This can be done with the CLI or with Oracle VM Manager."

For the complete step by step guide, check out Jeff's blog detailing the procedure here: 

Upgrading to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 using Solaris 11.1

See you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Part 2

If you're attending Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (and we hope you are!), the Schedule Builder tool is now available for you. Schedule Builder lets you register for the sessions you want to attend during the show. If you're interested in Oracle Virtualization, there are a number of sessions, hands on labs, and product demos that will be interesting to you. I covered several of the sessions in part 1 of this series, and in this one I'm going to cover a few more sessions. In the 3rd part of this series, I'll cover the Hands On Labs and demo stations that you can visit.


What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive (CON9544)
Oracle VM Server virtualization solutions provide users the best combination of price, performance, certification, and advanced features tailored for ease of deployment and management. Spanning both x86 and SPARC architectures, it's designed to support a diverse set of OS workloads such as Linux, Solaris, and Windows to meet the wide ranging demands of modern IT environments. Join us to get the latest technology updates on Oracle VM Server.

High Availability and Infrastructure Best Practices with Oracle VM (CON11258)
This session will provide practical details and best practices on building and scaling an Oracle VM environment for High Availability for Database and infrastructure best practices. From information gathering and planning to analyzing needs of your environment, you will learn to plan for growth in infrastructure components to accommodate failover, DR, HA and migration. This session will also cover the methods to reduce downtime during events like system upgrades and migration and troubleshooting during system outages.

And in the Develop track:

What's New in Oracle VM VirtualBox (CON9550)
Oracle VM VirtualBox is the world's most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with nearly 100 million downloads. Optimized to run on desktop systems, Oracle VM VirtualBox is an ideal choice for development and testing, and can help ease cross-platform headaches by allowing you to run multiple platforms on your laptop or PC. In this session Oracle experts will cover the latest advancements in Oracle VM VirtualBox, including information on features such as VM Groups, guest automation, resource controls, and more.


One of my favorite features for attendees of Oracle OpenWorld is the "Focus On" documents that group together similar content as kind of a quick reference guide. This year, Focus On documents are done with a cool dynamic web page, so any changes that happen in the next few weeks (for example, when the Hands On Labs signups open up in the next week or so, or if a session gets oversubscribed and is moved to a bigger room), the Focus On page will automatically update. So, please go here to have a look at the most up to date Focus on Virtualization, and then bookmark it for future reference:

Focus on Virtualization

This year's show is shaping up to be a big one! Most of the folks that post on this blog will be there along with a large number of folks from the Oracle virtualization team, and we're very excited to meet you in person!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 16, 2013

Friday Tips #41

Happy Friday, everyone!

As you might have heard, we introduced Oracle's latest engineered system, the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance this week. If you've been reading the blog over the last few days, you've seen quite a bit of information about it. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend Adam Hawley's post where he discusses it from the product management viewpoint.

Even with all this information, there is still a lot more to know. That's why I wanted to point you to the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Frequently Asked Questions document, which contains even more info. For instance:

  • What is Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance?
  • What are the components of the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (hint: it includes Oracle VM!)?
  • Can Oracle VM templates be used with Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (short answer: Yes!)?
  • Which guest operating systems are supported?
  • What are the hardware specifications of the nodes?
  • And much more

Head on over to the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance FAQ document to learn the answers to these and many more questions.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

Introducing the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance

Today, Oracle introduced the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance. This new engineered system is built, designed, and tested for rapid and repeatable deployment of business-critical application workloads. To enable this, the appliance is comprised of a full-stack virtual environment, including Oracle VM Server for x86 designed for application-driven virtualization. The hardware and virtualization layer are both fully integrated with a fast InfiniBand fabric to provide the needed throughput for enterprise workloads. The entire system arrives pre-wired and configured – customers can go from dock to data center “power on” in an hour and deploy ready-to-run virtual machines in just minutes.

With over 100 Oracle VM Templates pre-defined, pre-configured and certified for Oracle Applications, users can deploy Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) or Oracle E-Business Suite 7x-10x faster than the manual methodology with other virtualization technologies. And to further enable multi-tier application workload deployment for application migration or private cloud deployment, Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder generated assemblies are also supported on the new appliance. Assemblies encapsulate application workloads along with deployment and management directives to simplify and standardize entire life cycle management which can be controlled from Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Whether you are looking to modernize your data center, migrate to private cloud, or looking for faster time to market in deployment of your application services in a pre-wired, virtualized infrastructure for development, QA, or production, you should have a look at the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance.

For more information: 


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