Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Telco Case Study: "IT-as-a-Service" with Oracle VM Enables Higher Business Availability

In this blog article we want to share with you a use case for Oracle VM enabling high availability through an "IT-as-a-Service" deployment at a Telco provider.

Using Oracle VM, the Telco customer is able to realize a highly efficient server infrastructure to dynamically provision and reclaim resources to quickly respond to business demands. With over 100 Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) servers deployed in an Oracle VM-based virtualized environment, the Telco customer has a solid, highly available infrastructure designed for maximum flexibility.

To better respond to the customer needs for application services, the Telco customer uses Oracle VM Templates to roll out new servers, each taking only 10 minutes per box which can be ready in parallel. “It’s all cabled once, it’s all in a pool, and we have created processes and procedures to quickly add more resources as we need them. Oracle VM provides this elasticity.” says the Telco architect.

Read the whitepaper and get an in-depth look at "IT-as-a-Service" deployment at a large Telco.

Friday Dec 13, 2013

Friday Spotlight: IaaS with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager

Reap the Benefits of IaaS with Oracle Virtualization

IT customers are looking to reap the benefits of cloud computing, including at the Infrastructure layer. Their role is viewed as data center service providers. To them, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), is internalized as Integration of "astonishing" applications and systems. It’s the proverbial duct taping of all the different components of IT infrastructure into a single cohesive intelligent controllable, predictable box from which they can direct all that happens to support their business. From their perspective, Oracle VM is the container and Oracle Enterprise Manager is both the duct tape and the control box for IaaS which has helped them to tame the complex infrastructure and quickly provision the “astonishing” applications, sometimes with wildly varying need for network, storage compute resources.

For an insightful perspective of IaaS from Oracle, join VP of Product Management for Oracle Enterprise Manager, Sudip Datta, in his chalk talk.


Friday Nov 15, 2013

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 are Now Available

Happy Friday everyone!

Congratulations to the Oracle E-Business Suite team for bringing us another update to the Oracle VM Templates family. The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite facilitate rapid deployment of ready-to-run Oracle E-Business Suite that can be used for demonstration, development and/or production. As with all other Oracle VM Templates for Oracle’s applications, the Oracle VM Templates for E-Business Suite come fully pre-configured with Oracle Linux as the guest OS along with all the required technology components.

You can deploy these templates on any industry-standard x86-based hardware certified for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux (listed here).

An Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.2 installation requires two templates, one for the database and one for the primary application tier.   You can choose from two database templates, depending on whether you will deploy a Vision demonstration system or an empty production instance.  In addition to the database template and the primary application tier template, you can optionally deploy a "sparse middle tier" template to add secondary application tiers.

Visit Steve Chan’s blog for more information on the new Oracle E-Business Suite Templates.

Additional Information:

  • For more information on Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server, refer to the Oracle VM Documentation Library.
  • For information on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, refer to the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 Information Center (Doc ID 1581299.1).

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Join us for Live Oracle VM and Oracle Linux Cloud Events in Europe

Join us for a series of live events and discover how Oracle VM and Oracle Linux offer an integrated and optimized infrastructure for quickly deploying a private cloud environment at lower cost.

As one of the most widely deployed operating systems today, Oracle Linux delivers higher performance, better reliability, and stability, at a lower cost for your cloud environments. Oracle VM is an application-driven server virtualization solution fully integrated and certified with Oracle applications to deliver rapid application deployment and simplified management. With Oracle VM, you have peace of mind that the entire Oracle stack deployed is fully certified by Oracle.

Register now for any of the upcoming events, and meet with Oracle experts to discuss how we can help in enabling your private cloud.

Nov 20: Foundation for the Cloud: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Belgium)

Nov 21: Oracle Linux & Oracle VM Enabling Private Cloud (Germany)

Nov 28: Realize Substantial Savings and Increased Efficiency with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Luxembourg)

Nov 29: Foundation for the Cloud: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (Netherlands)

Dec 5: MySQL Tech Tour, including Oracle Linux and Oracle VM (France)

Hope to see you at one of these events!

Friday Nov 08, 2013

Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - November 8, 2013

Hands-on Private Cloud Simulator In One Hour

Submitted by: Doan Nguyen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director

My aeronautics instructor used to say, "you can’t appreciate flying until you take flight." To clarify, this is not about gearing up in a flying squirrel suit and hopping off a cliff (topic for another blog!) but rather about flying an airplane. The idea is to get hands-on with the controls at the cockpit and experience flight before you actually fly a real plane. After the initial 40 hours of flight time, the concept sank in and it really made sense.

This concept is what inspired our technical experts to put together the hands-on lab for a private cloud deployment and management self-service model. Yes, we are comparing the lab to a flight simulator! Let’s look at the parallels:
  • To get trained to fly, starting in the simulator gets you off the ground quicker. There is no need to have a real plane to begin with. In a hands-on lab, there is no need for a real server, with networking and real storage installed. All you need is your laptop
  • The simulator is pre-configured, pre-flight check done. Similarly, in a hands-on lab, Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager are pre-configured and assembled using Oracle VM VirtualBox as the container. Software installations are not needed.
  • After time spent training at the controls, you can really appreciate the practical experience of flying. Along the same lines, the hands-on lab is a guided learning path, without the encumbrances of hardware, software installation, so you can learn about cloud deployment and management.

 However, unlike the simulator training, your time investment with the lab is only about an hour and not 40 hours!

This hands-on lab takes you through private cloud deployment and management using Oracle VM and  Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c in an Infrastructure as a service IaaS model. You will first configure the IaaS cloud as the cloud administrator and then deploy guest virtual machines (VMs) as a self-service user. Then you are ready to take flight into the cloud!

Why not step into the cockpit now!

Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

What do Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 have to do with your Next Vacation!

Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 Update 2 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1.3.3 are now available for download from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. So, what do Oracle VM Templates have to do with your next vacation? Well, how about time savings so you can plan for that next vacation and have the peace of mind since Oracle did the work and the testing for you!!

What’s inside the new Oracle VM Templates release? The Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enables you to rapidly install JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. The complete stack includes:

  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications Release 9.1 Update 2
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 3, maintenance pack 3 (9.1.3.3)
  • Oracle Database 11g Release 2
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.5
  • All pre-configured and pre-tested to run on Oracle Linux 5. Yes, the OS is included in the template!
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher 11.1.1.7.1 for use with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne One View Reporting
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Business Services Server and Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) 11.1.1.5, for use with the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Applications
  • All pre-tuned to support up to 100 interactive users

The templates can be installed to Oracle VM Server for x86 release 3.1 or later, to the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and to the Oracle Database Appliance. Simply visit http://edelivery.oracle.com/oraclevm. Download and unzip the files and read the readme and you’re ready to go.

How long would take you to install each of the components above, configure and tune them all from scratch? We know that you can get 7-10x faster deployment using the Oracle VM Templates. Now, how about that snorkeling trip to Belize!!

Friday Oct 18, 2013

Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - October 18, 2013

Opening The Oracle VM Templates Blackbox

Oracle VM Templates give you the efficiency of speed and the assurance of no guess work. For those in the know, Oracle VM Guest Additions is a great way to empower you to do more interesting things with the Templates. Today’s blog article is to share the secrets with those who are not content with just treating Oracle VM Templates as a black box.

Oracle VM Guest Additions is a set of packages that can be installed on the guest operating system of a virtual machine running in the Oracle VM environment. These packages provide the tools to allow bi-directional communication directly between the Oracle VM Manager and the operating system running within the virtual machine. OK here’s where the ‘power-user’ part comes in…. This gives your fine-grained control over the configuration and behavior of components running within the virtual machine directly from Oracle VM Manager. You now have the ability to see and direct what goes on inside your VM from Oracle VM Manager.

  • Get a reporting on IP addressing
  • Use the template configuration facility to automatically configure virtual machines as they are first started
  • Send messages directly to a virtual machine to trigger programmed events
  • Query a virtual machine to obtain information pertaining to previous messages

Enough of the theory!

To get hands-on how-to’s and talk directly with the product expert on Oracle VM Guest Additions, Robbie de Meyer, or Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database and RAC Template expert Saar Maoz, join us for the Oct 24th live webcast. You can also read more about the Oracle VM Guest Additions in the whitepaper.

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 

Monday Aug 19, 2013

Open Universities Australia uses Oracle VM to Virtualize Oracle Database and PeopleSoft

Open Universities Australia Realizes Valuable Savings and Simplifies IT with Oracle VM

Deploys Virtualized Oracle Database and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Applications to Production, Development and Disaster Recovery Environments in Campus-Wide Infrastructure Upgrade

Read the entire press release.

Open Universities Australia (OUA) director of ICT, Anthony Russo, was faced with a 3 year cycle of systems upgrade. With tightening budgets to meet growth targets, needing to deliver on cost efficiencies while staying within constraints of existing license footprints and implementing a zero outage operations model, Anthony had to re-evaluate his traditional IT approach with bare metal computing.

Virtualizing Oracle Database and Oracle PeopleSoft Campus applications were a remote option for Anthony due to fear of loss in performance and managing the complexity of the environment with a small IT staff. The environments that would be affected were the hosted development, and cloud based environments for both Production and Disaster Recovery.

However, the looming hardware refresh and software upgrade costs of over $300,000 convinced Anthony to evaluate Virtualization.

Oracle VM claims as the best virtualization technology for Oracle Database and enterprise applications workload were not sufficient data to decide on this important refresh. Anthony embarked on a performance testing validation exercise. To his surprise, his own performance results debunked the performance myths about virtualizing database workloads -- in fact in some cases virtualized workloads on Oracle VM performed better than even on bare metal!

As for the fear of complexity introduced to his IT process by virtualization, this was also debunked with Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Enterprise Manger 12c. His IT team provisioned a multi-node Oracle RAC environment all within a few hours using the Oracle VM Templates with pre-configured Oracle Database, RAC and Oracle Linux. With Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, the team is able to manage and monitor Oracle VM servers and virtual machines across multiple locations from a single console.

Anthony shares his report findings in a whitepaper “ Oracle VM on Oracle Real Application Clusters, Physical vs. Virtual Database” hosted by the Independent Oracle User Group. Here is a sample of some of the key findings in the report:

To access the complete report, visit the IOUG Website sign up for a Free Associate Membership and join the Cloud Computing SIG.

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

New: Oracle VM Podcast Series

Join the Oracle VM product management experts in the new Oracle VM podcast series. Hear from Oracle's Adam Hawley, Ronen Kofman and Jeff Savit on key aspects of Oracle VM including the benefits of application-driven virtualization for a private cloud, the value of integrated and simplified management, and unified management for both x86 and SPARC based solutions from Oracle.

Here is a list of available podcasts in this series.

Hope you find these insightful.

Tuesday Feb 05, 2013

Airbus Deploys Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Airbus, a world leader in the civil air transport market, employs approximately 52,000 people at sixteen sites in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain. The company relies on partnerships with major companies around the world and has a network of 1,500 suppliers in 30 countries.

Airbus uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide a dispersed workforce of aircraft designers, structural engineers, and other essential, ground-based staff with secure, real-time access to test results during flight trials. Technical teams no longer need to travel to the company’s center in Toulouse, and experts have the ability to start to evaluate results immediately. Using Oracle Secure Global Desktop has helped Airbus accelerate compliance with global aviation regulations, complete tests required by potential customers more quickly, and reduce time to market for new aircraft.

"Oracle Secure Global Desktop enables us to deliver real-time flight test data direct from the cockpit to any number of designers, engineers, component manufacturers, and other authorized users, regardless of location or client device." – Ghislain Banville, IT Architect, Flight Test Data Equipment, Airbus 

Read more details.

Thursday Jan 24, 2013

New Oracle VM Templates Available for Oracle Exalogic

New Oracle VM Templates for several Oracle Applications are now available for Oracle Exalogic.

These include

Extending the same ease of use and peace of mind of certification with existing Oracle VM Templates, these new templates are pre-configured, pre-tested for rapid application deployment to your Oracle Exalogic environment.

See how you can reduce deployment time from weeks and days to hours and minutes.

Read the press release.

Read more about time savings findings in the Evaluator Group report: “Oracle VM – Quantifying the Value of Application Driven Virtualization

Thursday Jan 03, 2013

Free Oracle VM Training for Sys Admins - Jan 15, 2013


Join us for the Virtual Sys Admin Days and get hands-on experience with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Solaris. These free events will be hosted by Oracle experts who can guide you through your hands on labs and answer any questions via live chat.

See the complete Agenda.

Choose the date that is most convenient for you!

Americas - Tuesday January 15th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. BRT

EMEA -  Tuesday January 29th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 13:00 p.m GMT / 10:00 a.m – 14:00 p,m CET / 12:00 p.m – 16:00 p.m AST / 13:00 p.m – 17:00 p,m MSK / 14:30 p.m – 18:30 p.m IST

Register Now.

To make the experience most productive some homework is required. Load the virtual machine images on your laptop, find the instructions, and make sure everything is working properly. The wiki https://wikis.oracle.com/display/virtualsysadminday/Home explains what you need to do.

Register for the Sys Admin Day.

Friday Jul 20, 2012

The July Edition is Here - Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

  We are pleased to announce the July 2012 edition of our Virtualization Newsletter. It is full of new content including:

  • Analyst Report: Oracle VM Named a "Challenger: in Gartner 2012 Magic Quadrant
  • 3-minute Video on how Overstock.com Achieves 100% Uptime with Oracle VM
  • New: Oracle VM Template for Oracle Secure Global Desktop
  • Oracle Magazine: Virtually Everywhere
  • Oracle Desktop Virtualization at BriForum London and Chicago
  • "All Things Virtualization" at Oracle OpenWorld 2012
  • Customer Success: Catholic Education South Australia Leverages Oracle Secure Global Desktop
  • Webcasts, White Papers, Events, and more...

Read it here.

Subscribe to it now.

Wednesday Jun 20, 2012

Oracle VM Moves into Challenger Position in the Latest Gartner Magic Quadrant

Oracle Innovations boost Oracle VM into Challenger Position in Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant

Oracle VM's placement in the just published Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant affirms the Oracle strategy and is also supported by strong customer momentum gains. Optimizations delivered in Oracle VM releases during this last year along with easy software access and low cost licensing have moved Oracle’s placement into the Challenger quadrant in a very short time.

Oracle continues to focus on delivering a strong integrated virtualization with Oracle VM and the managed stack in the following areas:

  • Integrated management with Oracle VM and all layers of the Oracle stack from hardware to virtualization to cloud
  • Application-Driven virtualization with Oracle VM templates for rapid enterprise application deployment
  • Certified Oracle applications on Oracle VM
  • Complete stack solution offering more values to customers

Get a copy of the Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure report to read more about how Oracle VM rapidly moved up in its new position.

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