Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Wim Coekaerts is Keynote speaker at LinuxCon North America

Oracle is one of the biggest contributors to Linux but it’s also at the forefront of exploring what is possible with cloud computing and containers, including integrations with Docker and contributions to the Open Container Initiative. 

This year Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon North America and Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will be keynote speaker. He will be talking at the event specifically about how the cloud revolution is changing the role of the operating system, a very relevant topic for attendees. Amanda McPherson of Linux Foundation, spoke to Wim at Oracle’s campus in Redwood Shores a few weeks ago, and in this short video preview, Wim tells if the operating system still matters in a world of virtualization and containers and how that impacts application development. 

Read more.

Monday Aug 03, 2015

Oracle is Sponsoring LinuxCon North America


LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. This event is designed to provide a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community.

This year Oracle will be one of the key sponsors and we have a keynote session that features Wim Coekaerts as speaker.

LinuxCon will be showcasing multiple products including Oracle Linux, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL in the following sessions:


Visit the Oracle booth in the showcase area to connect with our speakers and technical experts.

Visit LinuxCon NA website to get more information.

Co-located event: OpenStack Day Seattle 2015: 

There's also co-located event OpenStack Day Seattle 2015 where Oracle OpenStack expert Wiekus Beukes will present Enterprise Ready OpenStack on Thursday, Aug 19 at 4-4:45. 

Friday Jul 31, 2015

Friday Spotlight: The July 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Now Available

The July 2015 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0
  • Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.0.5
  • Oracle Solaris 11.3 beta
  • Oracle OpenStack SlideShare site
  • And much more!

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy!

-Chris 

Friday Jul 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:

  • Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point
  • Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud
  • From power-on to production in few hours
  • Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time
  • Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack 

It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers.

There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples:

In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services

Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services.

By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers.

We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples.

Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

Friday Jul 17, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud

Happy Friday!

We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general.

Click here or the thumbnail below to head over to Oracle Media Network to give it a watch:

 Hope you enjoy it and have a great week!

-Chris

Thursday Jul 09, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Officially Released!

We are proud to announce the availability of:

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.

This release contains significant improvements, with a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

See the official Oracle announcement here.

New data sheet with all features available on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 is already available here.

I would like to highlight just a few of the many new features:

Paravirtualization support for modern Windows and Linux guests

Oracle VM VirtualBox is able to expose a paravirtualization interface to facilitate accurate and efficient execution of software. Once the virtual machine platform is defined, Oracle VM VirtualBox improves guest OS performances by leveraging built-in virtualization support (KVM on Linux guests and Hyper-V on Windows guests).

xHCI controller to support USB 3.0 devices

Guest operating systems are now able to directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. Guest can now be configured to use USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 devices.

Improved Drag & Drop support

Starting from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 we improved the support of a bi-directional drag&drop between guest and host operating system; drag and drop support is available with latest guest-additions installed.

Disk image encryption

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 allows for encrypted virtual disk images by leveraging AES algorithm in XTS mode (128-bit or 256-bit); since the DEK is stored as part of the virtual machine configuration file, encryption introduces a further security feature that will ask for a password while starting the virtual machine.

Headless and Detachable start options

Oracle VM VirtualBox now supports starting virtual machines in the background with a separate front-end process that can be closed while the virtual machine continues to work.

Further GUI improvements:

  • VM guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration)

  • New User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar and guest-content scaling

  • New Encryption settings tab for customizing encryption options for disk images

  • HiDPI support including application icons and optional unscaled HiDPI output on Mac OS X (including 3D acceleration)

  • Hotplugging support for SATA disks

  • Improved HID LEDs synchronization for Mac and Windows hosts

  • Take the guest screen aspect ratio into account for the preview window

  • Provide direct access to storage media in the VM selector

If you need further details, please refer to Official Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 data sheet, User Manual and virtualbox.org website.

The Oracle VM VirtualBox Team

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.

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