Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Support for Oracle Linux running with Canonical Ubuntu OpenStack

Posted on behalf of Oracle's Doan Nguyen: 

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The Oracle Linux team is collaborating with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, to allow customers who wish to run Oracle Linux as a guest inside an Ubuntu OpenStack environment and to do so in a supported way. It is important for us to provide choice and interoperability around OpenStack. Oracle and Canonical are committed to supplying interoperability by supporting Oracle Linux on Ubuntu OpenStack.

As we have said in the past, while Oracle provides solutions for OpenStack, Linux, and virtualization, Oracle also wants to help ensure that customers can receive the same world class support when running Oracle Linux on virtually any platform. Our goal is to continue to provide customers with the best-in-class products and solutions and a great customer experience. 


Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Fujitsu To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Fujitsu offers a broad portfolio of IT products and services, focusing on providing solutions to support the modernization of existing business systems, business innovations and social innovations.

As such, Fujitsu will feature the latest member of the vShape family of  systems that support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM - “vShape for x86 enterprise”.

This new system offers a converged compute, storage, network and management platform (“a data centre in a box”) which is optimized for virtualized deployment of Oracle applications and databases. The modular hot-pluggable architecture, based on the latest generation of high density blades and solid state storage, makes the solution uniquely adaptable and ultra-scalable while the pre-installed complete management stack allows for ultra-fast deployment.

Make sure you stop by the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack, where Fujitsu will be exhibiting, ready to answer your questions and provide you insights about enabling modernizations and innovations in your IT infrastructure in support of your business needs.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Fujitsu Kiosk is located at SLX-017, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Dell To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Is your business being challenged to quickly and rapidly deploy critical enterprise applications?  Do you want to automatically provision entire application stacks instead of individual components? Imagine the advantages you can realize through integrated management of the complete IT stack including Oracle VM and the applications running inside the VM!

An example of such integration is the integration of Dell Compellent Live Volume and Oracle VM Live Migration capability, which can be effectively used for planned migration of virtual machines between homogeneous storage arrays with zero downtime. The migration across heterogeneous storage arrays is not so straightforward and a joint solution developed by Dell and Oracle to address this challenge will be demonstrated. You will have an opportunity to discuss other Dell storage solutions developed by Dell Storage Engineering Solutions team.  In addition, you will also learn about the zero downtime heterogeneous storage migration solution leveraging the Dell Software SharePlex database replication solution with ZeroIMPACT migration methodology.

Furthermore, Dell’s latest generation of PowerEdge servers have been certified for support on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM; similarly the PowerEdge Oracle Validated Configurations offer pre-tested and validated Dell/Oracle architectures that serve as an assurance for customers.

Join Dell at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack, at Oracle OpenWorld, for live demonstrations, and discuss how Dell can help you with Oracle solutions.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Dell Kiosk is located at SLX-010, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

Get OpenStack Savvy at OpenStack Silicon Valley

OpenStack Silicon Valley is sold out, but if you are one of the lucky few attending today, please stop by and visit the Oracle OpenStack team. Chat with Ronen Kofman, director of product development and get the scoop on what he and the team has been up to.

NUAGE Networks Showcasing Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

- an Alcatel –Lucent venture

Take the headache out of configuring and managing your networks with Nuage Networks’ Software Defined Network (SDN) solutions, supporting Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

 “Nuage” is French for ‘Cloud”, a befitting name for a company whose solutions help customers in their transformation towards cloud IT.  Its Software Defined Network (SDN) solution provides seamless management capabilities for virtualized and physical infrastructures, which include Oracle Linux. In addition to providing valuable SDN capabilities, Nuage Networks’ plug-in for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux allow customers to make the most of their Oracle enterprise-grade solutions, while further enhancing their OpenStack environments.   

If you have to deploy a new application in a couple of hours and you don’t have a couple of weeks to configure the network, Nuage Networks has a solution for you!  Come visit with Nuage Networks at OpenWorld. Also, Amir Sharif, from Nuage Networks, will be hosting a theatre session at the Scene and Be heard theatre at OpenWorld, where he will share insights about “Making Fortune 500 clouds Possible with Policy-Driven SDN and OpenStack.” Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: Monday 9/29 at 11:00a.m-11:20a.m at Moscone South, booth #313

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611 - Nuage Networks is at kiosk SLX-013 exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.


A10 Networks Showcasing Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Did you know that A10 Networks has solutions for data center optimization in the area of performance and security of your virtualized infrastructure supporting Oracle Linux and Oracle VM? 

With the increased use of virtual servers and software defined network, there’s also an increase in network complexity. A10 Networks has developed the next-generation application networking solutions that are flexible and dynamic.  Our partnership with A10 spans a number of years as well as across a number of Oracle product lines, with proven solutions for optimized architecture for Oracle customers deploying enterprise-grade solutions. Most recently, A10 Networks has certified A10 vThunder™ ADC  on top of Oracle VM and tested an integration with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. The availability of the vThunder appliances for Application Delivery Controller provides Oracle customers with flexible and easy-to-deploy advanced services for their enterprise within a virtualized environment. 

Stop by, if you are looking for proven solutions that can help optimize your enterprise applications. A10 Networks is at OpenWorld at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase, with OpenStack, and will be hosting a Scene and Be Heard theatre session, where they will share “Tips and tricks for making Oracle applications secure and highly available”.

Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: Monday 9/29 at 11:30a.m-11:50a.m at Moscone South, booth #313 

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611 – A10 Networks is at kiosk SLX-021, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Friday Sep 12, 2014

INTEL: Partners Showcasing Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Intel – Accelerating Technological Innovation and bringing it to customers faster

We are excited to welcome Intel Corporation, the Innovation Sponsor for Oracle OpenWorld 2014, to the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack.

Intel and Oracle share a multi-decade history of collaboration, from building Linux kernels to validating configurations of Intel-based server solutions to server virtualization.  Oracle Linux and Oracle VM add infrastructure components to effectively complement Intel hardware, and the co-engineering relationship between Intel and Oracle benefit end-customers with highly optimized results from their Oracle enterprise software on Intel© architecture. In addition to integration at the infrastructure level, our collaborative effort also extends to management of Intel hardware in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to report on hardware exceptions.

Visit Intel in the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack to learn more about Intel security solutions for virtual environments from Intel and McAfee experts.

Moscone South, Booth #611 , SLX-017 and 018 – from September 29th to October 1st, 2014.

Thursday Sep 11, 2014

OpenStack Silicon Valley 2014

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM will be at OpenStack Silicon Valley on September 16. Oracle is a sponsor at this event, join us and network with the OpenStack community for the latest news and trends.

Monday Sep 08, 2014

eG Innovations and Tegile: Partners Showcasing Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Looking for an application performance management solution for your Oracle Linux  physical, virtual and cloud Infrastructures, look no further – check out eG  Innovations!

 With its eG Enterprise Suite™ solution, eG Innovations can provide your Oracle Linux and Oracle VM infrastructure, a complete internal and external monitoring of all the tiers of your infrastructure, with real-time automated root cause analysis, hence reducing MTTR.
eG Monitor for Oracle VM Server for x86, part of the eG Enterprise Suite™ offers a comprehensive solution for monitoring and managing all aspects of your Oracle VM hypervisor and its guest VMs, whether the infrastructure is used to support server or desktop applications. Please visit eG Innovations at Moscone South, Booth #611, Kiosk SLX-007, for a demo of the solution or to simply chat about your monitoring needs of your Oracle Linux and Oracle VM infrastructure.
Furthermore,  eG Innovations, will host a theatre session, where you will learn about “Intelligent Performance Management Made Simple “ at the Scene and Be Heard theatre on Sep 29, 1:30pm in Moscone South, Booth #313

Accelerate and Sustain your database and applications workload in your Oracle Linux and Oracle VM infrastructure with Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash architecture

Tegile System flash storage arrays, with patented IntelliFlash™ architecture, deliver high I/O and low latency for applications and databases running on Oracle Applications, Databases, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.  As part of the integration effort, Tegile extensively tests Oracle products with Tegile flash storage platforms ensure customers achieve business acceleration along with significant data reduction in their mission critical Oracle deployments.

Visit Tegile at Moscone South, Booth 611, Kiosk: SLX-019

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Friday Sep 05, 2014

LENOVO: Partners Showcasing Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

This Friday and next three Fridays until Oracle OpenWorld, we will be featuring the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase in our blogs. Our regular Friday Spotlights will resume in October after OpenWorld. The focus of this blog will be one of our key partners -  Lenovo.

Lenovo Next Generation Servers: Oracle Solutions For Mid-Market Customers

Lenovo is a leading server provider in key market segments such as retail, education, hospitality, and enterprise customers with distributed data centers. Many of these customers are running Oracle solutions on Lenovo deployments.  

In fact, through Oracle’s Hardware Certification Program, Lenovo’s full suite of rackmount systems, have been certified with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, providing customers with the assurance that the Lenovo and Oracle combined solution is a proven one. Furthermore, through Oracle’s Validated Configuration Program, customers benefit from the reliability of pre-tested and validated architectures, currently featuring Lenovo’s ThinkServer RD640 and RD430, with Oracle’s red stack consisting of Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware. 

In addition, this year’s Oracle OpenWorld offers a forum for Lenovo to announce some new and exciting news. Lenovo has been approved to move forward with the acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business, and other ancillary product lines. With this new acquisition, Lenovo will support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM on System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, NeXtScale and iDataPlex servers and associated software, blade networking and maintenance operations. 

Come hear about Lenovo’s next generation servers, storage solutions, and the value of running Oracle software on Lenovo’s family of ThinkServer systems in these Scene and BeHeard sessions.  Visit Lenovo at Moscone South, Booth 611, Kiosk: SLX-022.

For more information, visit Lenovo’s Server & Storage website.

Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

amitego AG: Partners Showcasing Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Featuring Showcase Partners with proven Infrastructure and Management Solutions for Customers using Oracle Linux, Oracle Virtualization, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

These partners will be exhibiting their solutions at Oracle OpenWorld’s Oracle Linux and Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase-Booth #611. Make sure you stop by, as you would not want to miss an opportunity to discuss how they can help make your infrastructure more manageable, more secure and more reliable.

amitego is not new to Oracle Infrastructure products, nor to Oracle OpenWorld. Its mission is to make IT a safer place, by addressing secure access by privileged users, and this through its Remote Access Control and Management Solution Suite, VISULOX.

VISULOX is based on the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Software, offering customers a flexible and powerful way to control and document all activities of the privileged users in the IT environment. 

Amitego will be demonstrating their VISULOX product and show how easy it is to integrate without any modification to server or client, delivering a complete audit trail about who did what and when in the system. Including demos showing the user activities. Visit Amitego at Booth 611, Moscone South, Kiosk: SLX-008.

For more information, visit amitego website.

Thursday Aug 21, 2014

The August '14 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Now Available

The August 2014 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! You can catch up on what's been going on with Oracle VM, Oracle Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VM VirtualBox by reading the latest issue. Here are some highlights:

  • Oracle Announces Oracle VM 3.3 Release
  • Technology Preview of OpenStack Icehouse with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Now Available
  • Getting Started with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and OpenStack
  • Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS
  • Updated Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-in for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Now Available
  • Controlled Remote Access with Oracle Secure Global Desktop and amitego VISULOX
  • And much more!
You can read the latest edition online right now or sign up to get it automatically delivered to your inbox.

Friday Aug 15, 2014

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase @ Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase “aka.Pavilion" at Oracle Openworld will be amazing this year. You can find us in a spacious area in Moscone South (Booth #611), featuring many of our key partners. New this year in the Showcase, you will also find Oracle demopods showcasing Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization. In addition, we are also featuring OpenStack. A lot of exciting technologies and solutions in one stop! Oracle Linux and Virtualization partners will be on the floor with their latest integrations and solutions to help you better accelerate your infrastructure investments. Come by the Showcase to network, win some prizes and walk away with:
  • Insights and real world implementation examples from participating ISV, IHV and SI partners
  • Deeper knowledge on the latest developments of Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization and the Oracle OpenStack integrations
  • Broader view of how Oracle and Partners are implementing OpenStack


Whether you are modernizing your IT or planning an OpenStack deployment, join us in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase and our experts will help you visualize your future, simplify your IT life and realize further profitability for your business.

Starting next week here on the Linux and Virtualization blogs, we’ll go into detail about the partners that you can visit in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase. In the meantime, don't forget to mark Moscone South, Booth: 611 as a place to visit this year.

Hope to see you in our Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase!

Monday Aug 04, 2014

Technology Preview of OpenStack Icehouse with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM - Now Available

On May we announced the technology preview of the OpenStack Havana release with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, today we are releasing the technology preview of the Icehouse release. This release is a fast and easy way to deploy OpenStack giving customers an excellent starting point to deploy Icehouse and test it in their environment. We made sure that the deployment process remains the same as it was for Havana using few simple steps so anyone ,even with no prior experience with OpenStack, can install and try it out. The Icehouse release is an important step in the process of making OpenStack a first class enterprise solution, it continues the strong maturity curve of OpenStack and introduces more plug-ins , more bug fixes and around 350 new features.

Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Linux will become part of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM premier support subscriptions at no additional cost. Like Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers can use it for free or, shall they choose to, purchase support from Oracle and receive a complete production support for their deployment. As we stated previously, Oracle will support deployment of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM with any distribution of OpenStack the customer chooses and we will continue working with third party vendors to assure that we can integrate with their solution.

Please join us at Oracle OpenWorld on September 28th where we will have a special focus on OpenStack. At Oracle OpenWorld customers will have a chance to hear more about Oracle’s OpenStack strategy and products as well as see live demos and try them in the hands on labs.

Some technical details about the Icehouse tech preview release:

The download instructions are available here and the getting started guide is available here, for convenience we outline the few additional steps needed to complete the deployment

When deploying an Icehouse compute node with Oracle VM users have to perform two additional steps as part of their post-install steps. The two additional steps include setting the following parameters:

openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt cpu_mode none
openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt virt_type xen

When deploying an Icehouse compute node with Oracle Linux the two additional steps include setting the following parameters:

openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt virt_type kvm
openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt cpu_mode none

In both cases the operation needs to completed by restarting the nova-compute service:

service openstack-nova-compute restart

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