Monday Jul 06, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 3 (RC3)

Oracle is pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 3 ( RC3 ).

All details available here .

This release improves stability and fixes regressions from Release Candidate 2.

Please do NOT open bug reports at our public bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum here .

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox RC3 release on production machines. A VirtualBox RC should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Jul 03, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Adopting Oracle VM Manager for Oracle VM Server for SPARC guests

Customers using Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly called 'logical domains') are increasingly looking at Oracle VM Manager to provide a unified management platform with Oracle VM Server for x86.  While most customers use Oracle VM Server for SPARC's native command line interface or Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, Oracle VM Manager provides

  • a management solution focused on Oracle VM virtualization supporting server pools, advanced VM life-cycle and policy management, and control over the networks and storage they depend on.
  • a graphical user interface, command line interface, and API common to Oracle VM on the x86 and SPARC platforms. Administrators can use the same interactions to control servers, VMs, networks and storage on both platforms from a single screen.

The natural question is how to move existing Oracle VM Server for SPARC guests domains (virtual machines) and servers to Oracle VM Manager for their existing guests.  There is no direct way to "adopt" existing servers and VMs, but there are ways to move them to Oracle VM Manager control.

The first step is to set up at least one SPARC server in an Oracle VM Manager server pool - more servers can be added later. Guest domains can be individually moved to the server pool. This is a "cold" process (guests must be down while being moved) and applies only to guest domains (domains using physical I/O like SR-IOV cannot be moved).  Optionally, servers can be redeployed under Oracle VM Manager as capacity requirements shift from the original deployment to the new pool.

The main consideration for moving a guest is storage. Virtual disks may be on SAN LUNs (typical for production use), physical disks, ZFS volumes, or files in a file system. Oracle VM Manager supports LUNs defined as "physical disks" presented from storage arrays, so moving those virtual disks is straightforward. If virtual disks are ZFS volumes or files they must be copied to storage under Oracle VM Manager control, typically an NFS-based Oracle VM repository. File-based virtual disk images are easy to import using the Oracle VM user interface. If the virtual disks are based on ZFS volumes or internal disks, use the 'dd' command to create virtual disk images that can be imported. (The virtual disks should not be in use while being copied). 

An optimization can be used for guest ZFS pools. Make the ZFS pool a mirror using a new virtual disk of equal size as ones already in the pool, Wait for the pool to resilver, and then 'zpool split' the new virtual disk from the pool, and upload the image file into Oracle VM Manager. The advantage is that resilvering copies only "in use" disk blocks, not residual erased data, so the resulting disk image may be substantially smaller.

Whichever method is used, customers already using Oracle VM Server for SPARC may further benefit from moving to Oracle VM Manager.


Friday Jun 26, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Online Oracle VM Training Now Available

The Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course is now available as a Training-on-Demand offering. You can:

  • Start training within 24 hours of registration
  • Follow lecture material through streaming video at your own pace
  • Book time on a lab environment to perform lab exercises when suits your schedule

In the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course you learn to:

  • Plan a virtual solution
  • Install the Oracle VM software
  • Configure network resources to provide isolation and redundancy
  • Add SAN and NFS to provision storage for the virtual environment
  • Create server pools and repositories to support application workloads
  • Speed up virtual machine deployment with templates and assemblies
  • Use virtual machine high availability
  • Use server pool policies to maximize the performance of your server workloads

For more information on Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Thursday Jun 25, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 2 (RC2)

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 2.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Release Candidate release on production machines. A VirtualBox Release Candidate release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Jun 19, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015


Happy Friday!

On the Oracle Linux blog a couple of weeks ago I highlighted that Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015 was coming up soon. Well, it is nearly here.

Starting Tuesday, June 23rd, you’ll be able to hear from Oracle experts across the entire stack, from severs and storage, operating systems, middleware, apps, and more. Of interest to the folks on this blog, there will be several Linux and virtualization related sessions as well as two demo pods where you can talk directly to our team. If you’re attending the event, please make note of these sessions and consider joining us!

June 23, 15:45

June 24 11:30

June 24, 16:30

June 25, 13:30

If you’re attending Oracle OpenWorld Latin America, our folks would love to see you there!

-Chris

Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1)

Oracle is proud to announce the availability of VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 1.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of enhancements, bug fixes and links to download the software.

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox Release Candidate release on production machines. A VirtualBox Release Candidate release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Tuesday May 26, 2015

May 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

We're pleased to announce that the May edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available!

This issue includes information on:

You can read the online edition right now, or if you'd like to have the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, you can sign up here

Friday May 22, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices White Paper Updated

The white paper Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices has been updated to reflect enhancements introduced with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2.

This paper shows how to configure to meet demanding performance and availability requirements. Topics include:

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC definitions, concepts and deployment options.
  • Software, hardware, and firmware requirements.
  • Best Practices for optimal performance.
  • Best Practices for resiliency and availability.

The paper includes specific recommendations, describes the reasons behind them, and illustrates them with examples taken from actual systems.

The update for Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 describes enhanced multipath disk group performance, and I/O resiliency for SR-IOV devices. For further information, see the Oracle VM Server for SPARC document library page.

Friday May 15, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Secrets of Storage Repositories with Oracle VM

Here is some insider information for those using Oracle VM. 

You use repositories in Oracle VM to store virtual resources such as ISO files, virtual disks and assemblies. Indeed you must have at least one repository to store the configuration files of your virtual machines.

Creating and populating your Oracle VM repositories is straightforward. Relocating repositories is a bit more involved.

You might want to answer the following questions:

  • Can you move an existing repository between server pools in your Oracle VM environment?
  • What happens to your repositories if you reinstall the Oracle VM Manager software?
  • Did your Oracle VM environment retain the UUID of the Oracle VM Manager from your previous environment
  • When building your recovery site as part of disaster-recovery operations do you have a plan to reclaim any repositories that were active in the failed environment
  • Could you get comprehensive answers to all these questions in 30 minutes

To answer these questions, you can view this series of 6 demos. You will learn the steps to reclaim your repositories. The first 4 demos introduce concepts that are important when relocating repositories. Demos 5 and 6 present practice scenarios where reclaiming repositories is a critical step for recovering virtual resources.

If the information in these demos is of use to you, you could consider taking the following courses:

You can take these courses by traveling to an education center as an in-class offering or from your own desk as a live-virtual offering.

For full information about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.28 Released

Oracle has just released Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.28, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 which improves stability and fixes regressions.

See the Changelog for a complete list of changes. Binaries can be downloaded here (at VirtualBox.org) or here (Oracle Technology Network).

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Monday May 11, 2015

Around New York on May 14? Register for Oracle VM-Cisco Workshop

Learn from Cisco and Oracle's leading experts! 

This workshop provides you the opportunity to learn why Cisco UCS was designed from the ground up to drive virtualized workloads, and why Oracle VM offers unique advantages for Oracle workloads.

 Event Details: 

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 10am-1pm 
Location: Cisco Systems, One Penn Plaza, 9th Floor Yankee Stadium CR, New York, NY 10119

Solution capabilities demonstrated via demos and case studies! 

Lunch Included.

Friday May 01, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at EMC World 2015

This year Oracle is Bronze sponsor at EMC World 2015, Las Vegas, May 4-7.

EMC and Oracle have a long-standing relationship committed to providing our joint customers with innovative solutions to meet their evolving real-world requirements. This relationship is highlighted by continuous certification of  PowerPath on Oracle VM releases and numerous EMC storage certifications.

We will have Oracle Linux and Oracle VM experts that can answer your questions at our Booth #1223. Come and visit us to see how we work with EMC. Exhibition hours are:

Monday May 4, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 5, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday May 6, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Hope to see you at EMC World 2015.

Friday Apr 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Capita delivers Private Cloud Services using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux


Capita IT Enterprise Services has launched a new service that enables businesses to migrate mission critical Oracle software deployments into a secure UK cloud. The service delivers Capita Private Cloud; a secure, private cloud platform, using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, allowing businesses to adopt a blend of public and private cloud services without the complexity of managing multiple suppliers and contracts. Will O’Brien, VP Alliances & Channels at Oracle UK & Ireland, said: “Oracle VM has been a key enabler to support Capita’s Private Cloud for Oracle solution.”

Capita Private Cloud for Oracle includes:

• Server virtualisation environment using Oracle products;

• Onshore managed service and licensing up to and including the operating system;

• Provisioning of high performance compute and storage infrastructure;

• Templated secure network environment within ISO27001 certified data centre;

• OPEX pay-as-you-use charging options with no minimum commitment;

• Designed and implemented in collaboration with Oracle to help ensure an optimised environment from an operational and licensing perspective;

• Potential to integrate with other Capita IT enterprise services such as networks and collaboration.

Read more

Capita, a Platinum member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) and a Forbes top 100 global innovator*, collaborated with Oracle’s Virtualisation team to develop the platform.

*Capita plc was recognised as one of the world’s 100 most innovative companies for 2014 by respected American business magazine Forbes.

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

Nimble-Oracle Event: Modern Integrated Infrastructure for Enterprise-class Oracle Workloads

Attend for a Complimentary Lunch and Receive Technology Updates from Industry Leaders!

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Date:
Wed., April 29, 2015

Location:
Nimble Storage Headquarters
211 River Oaks Pkwy
San Jose, CA 95134
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Session Format:
11:00AM - Registration
11:45AM - Tech Talk with
Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco
2:30PM - Wrap Up and Q&A 


Oracle workloads are one of the most critical workloads running in the datacenter. But how do you ensure that you can cost-effectively meet your Oracle database and application demands today, while providing seamless scalability for tomorrow as your business grows?

Yesterday's technology can't keep up with the performance, availability, scalability, and data protection needs of Oracle workloads in the modern enterprise. Today's best-of-breed integrated infrastructure for Oracle includes advancements in the hypervisor, server, and storage layers of the infrastructure stack, as well as optimizations at the OS level to enable easy-to-implement low cost but high performing Oracle deployments.

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Attend this live joint event held by Oracle, Cisco, and Nimble Storage to learn how you can:

  • Leverage the latest Oracle Linux and Oracle VM advancements and support benefits
  • Simplify your compute environment with Cisco UCS
  • Protect and accelerate your database deployments with Adaptive Flash storage
  • Speed deployments with SmartStack integrated infrastructure

Register now to hear technology updates from industry leaders, see live demo of this breakthrough technology, enjoy lunch, and network with industry experts.


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Friday Apr 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 features

For this week's Friday spotlight, I want to highlight the improvements in live migration and virtual disk multipathin which were delivered as part of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 released in March 2015. 

  • Provide live migration performance enhancements, including parallel memory-mapped I/O and optimized firmware copying routines. These enhancements reduce the overall migration time and the time during which the migrated guest domain is suspended. 
  • Update virtual disk management for mpgroups to show and specify the selected path to the virtual disk backend. You can see the path that is currently used and dynamically request a path switch.

To learn more details about enhanced features please see the blog entries on live migration improvements and on disk multipathing.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

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