Friday Oct 04, 2013

Friday Spotlight - October 4, 2013

Happy Friday! During Oracle OpenWorld, we were able to do brief videos with a number of Oracle virtualization and Oracle Linux partners. We have more of these coming soon, but I wanted to highlight some that we just published:

Have a great weekend!

-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

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Meet the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Experts at Oracle Openworld

Where are these penguins going??

 They are going to:

 "Meet the Experts" session on Wed, 9/25 3pm

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion, Moscone South #2021.

Our Sr.VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Wim Coekaerts will be there to take your tricky questions, we will also have our Product Managers, engineers and developers from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams to chat. 

Are you coming? 

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!

Monday Sep 16, 2013

Telecom & media customers speak about cloud deployments savings with Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c

Counting down to Oracle OpenWorld 2013, there are just 6 days to go! Join us in the virtualization track this year and hear about exciting IT achievements from our customers in the cloud space.

The real benefits of migration to cloud start with transforming the physical data center to virtual infrastructure. In CON9545, hear from Time Warner Cable how the Oracle stack, from hardware to Oracle Database Appliance including Oracle VM, enables this rapid transformation and provided savings for them. In CON3449, hear from Korea Telecom Senior VP on their deployment of Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c for operations spanning the globe with thousands of virtual servers and the ability to orchestrate a cloud infrastructure and services from a fully enabled control console.

To put into practice what these customers have done, join us in the Hands On Lab sessions to learn firsthand how you can achieve similar results. Oracle field experts with years of deep experience will guide you in the one hour labs. HOL9981 takes you through a migration from VMware vSphere to Oracle VM and subsequently migrate from Red Hat Linux to Oracle Linux. Check out HOL10003 for a step-by-step experience on how Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c enable these customers to build and manage their cloud infrastructure, including chargeback.

We look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld, starting next Sunday!

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

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 

Monday Aug 12, 2013

The August 2013 Virtualization Newsletter is Here!

  • Find out about the latest Engineered System, being unveiled tomorrow, August 13, at 10am PT.
  • A summary of Oracle Virtualization content you can see at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.
  • Two new white papers: Why Use Oracle VM for Oracle Databases, and Deployment Considerations for Oracle Secure Global Desktop.
  • The new release of Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder 12c.
  • And more!

-Chris

Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Part 1

It's that time of year again when you have a unique opportunity to meet and talk with Oracle's virtualization experts at Oracle OpenWorld. This is the first of a series of blogs where we'll discuss virtualization related activities happening at this year's show.

The theme of this year's show is "The Future Begins at Oracle OpenWorld", and the content we've put together for you is reflective of that. We have sessions, demos, hands on labs, and many opportunities for you to meet with our executives, developers, technical staff, and more, and learn everything you need to know about Oracle virtualization.

In this first blog of the series, I'd like to highlight some of the virtualization sessions in the main OpenWorld virtualization track:

General Session: Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap (GEN9535)
In this can't miss session, you will get details of the latest product updates and strategy, product roadmaps, integration with enterprise applications, and real-world examples of how Oracle server, desktop, storage, and network virtualization are benefiting customers.

Building a World-Class Public and Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager (CON3449)
In this session, you will learn about Oracle VM application-driven virtualization with Oracle VM Templates and integrated total cloud control management with Oracle Enterprise Manager. You’ll hear from Korea Telecom about how it is experiencing the ease and speed of delivering cloud infrastructure and application services in its enterprise. 

Best Practices for Deploying Highly Scalable Virtualized Oracle Applications (CON11257)
This session introduces a systematic methodology for migrating existing Oracle E-Business Suite applications and Oracle’s JD Edward EnterpriseOne applications from a physical server environment to a virtual environment. Hear experts from Dell and Oracle about how to plan, size, and identify the best techniques for using Oracle VM Templates to simplify your application migration or consolidation. 

Best Practices for Virtualizing Oracle Database with Oracle VM Templates (CON9555)
With Oracle VM Templates—preconfigured, pretested, and certified for Oracle Database and Oracle applications—you can virtualize your database and applications with ease and peace of mind. In this session, learn about Oracle VM Templates from experts from Overstock.com and Oracle.

The Real Benefits of Private Clouds with Oracle VM (CON9545) 
In this session, you will gain practical insight into quantifiable savings delivered by application-driven virtualization, which enables simplified management and application deployment that is 7x to 10x as fast. You will also hear how Time Warner Cable achieves real savings deploying private clouds with Oracle VM. 

Implementing Secure Access to Oracle Applications and Critical Data  (CON9547)
Oracle Secure Global Desktop is an ideal tool for providing secure remote access to nearly any application, including Oracle Applications and even custom, in-house software. Attend this session to hear experts from Airbus and NHS Lothian discuss how they use Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide secure access to their critical applications and data.      

This is just a sampling of the many sessions you have to choose from. We'll talk more about other sessions you can attend, the hands on labs, and demos in future entries. Until then, feel free to have a look through the Content Catalog (search on "virtualization" or other related terms to see what piques your interest!).
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