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.

Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

Hello Oracle OpenWorld – 18 Days To Go…

Here is a blog post on the virtualization presence at Oracle OpenWorld by Oracle's Doan Nguyen, "A Tribute to Aerosmith.":

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Amazing. We’ve come full circle. Think about it. It’s Oracle OpenWorld again. You gotta move. Get the lead out. Come together. Walk this way.

Focus on Virtualization and OpenStack and check out a very exciting line up of sessions. A few highlights of the line up taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel: 

GEN 8471 General Session: Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap
Join Wim Coekaerts, Oracle Senior VP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, to hear about exciting innovations that will make you rethink virtualization and cloud.

Lots happening with OpenStack:

CON8473 Oracle Distribution of OpenStack: Making OpenStack an Enterprise-Grade Solution
CON8358 Building a Private Cloud with Oracle’s OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
Come by and hear Ronen Kofman in these sessions discuss how the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is helping to ruggedize cloud infrastructure for IT.

CON6746 Integrating Oracle VM into an Enterprise-Grade OpenStack Cloud: CERN Case Study
For a customer’s perspective, join the CERN team: Giacomo Tenaglia, Systems Engineer, CERN and Ignacio Coterillo Coz, DB Engineer, CERN as they share their trail blazing experience and OpenStack implementation best practices.

CON8472 What’s New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive
Join the deeply seasoned product team, well…to hear about the latest.

CON8356 Oracle’s Next-Generation SDN Platform
Curious about what the “Next Gen SDN Platform” will look like? Join our architects as they share what they’ve been up to.

Oh yeah. I’m ready. I don’t want to miss a thing.

While at Oracle OpenWorld, do make it to see the five great bands, including Aerosmith.

More Oracle OpenWorld countdown highlights to come next week.

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Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

Free Lunch and Learn Workshop September 28

Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS

Before you invest in server virtualization, take a test-drive and look under the hood at the Oracle VM engine on the Cisco UCS server. Oracle VM application-driven virtualization, combined with Cisco UCS, designed from the ground up to drive virtualized workloads and deliver a powerful and cost-effective infrastructure for the cloud. Join us in this workshop for a unique opportunity to speak to Cisco and Oracle product experts on how you can quickly build a private cloud using Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c on the UCS platform. Admission is free and space is very limited, so register today!

Date: September 28, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PT (Lunch will be served)
Location: Courtyard Marriott San Francisco Downtown 
299 Second Street, San Francisco

(Two blocks east of the Moscone Center; please note, this is not the San Francisco Marriott)

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

Friday Sep 05, 2014

Updated Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug in for EMC is Here

The new EMC Storage Integrator plug-in supports Oracle VM 3.3. Storage Connect plug-ins allow customers to discover and provision EMC Storage arrays through Oracle VM Manager. One more way to simplify management of your virtual infrastructure. How simplified? In a few steps: Discover, Create, Provision and Go.

Check out the documentation and test drive for yourself.

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 28, 2014

New Training Now Available on Oracle VM

Want to get started on Oracle VM Server for x86, then take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration training course. You can take this 3-day instructor-led training course from your own desk as a live virtual event or by traveling to an education center for an in-class event. To get an event added to the schedule of this newly released course, register your interest on the Oracle University portal or contact an Oracle University representative.

This course explores building the infrastructure for cloud computing. Expert Oracle University instructors will show you how to support enterprise applications by deploying pooled server resources to create virtual machines with Oracle VM Server for x86 3.3.

Learn To:

  • Plan a virtual solution.
  • Install the Oracle VM Server and the Oracle VM Manager 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.

Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

Updated Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug in for NetApp is Here

The new NetApp plug-in version 2.0.2 is updated to support Oracle VM 3.3. Storage Connect plug-ins allow customers to be able to provision NetApp storage through the Oracle VM Manager. One more way to simply management of your virtual infrastructure.

Read more about the plug-in.

Friday Aug 22, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Secure Global Desktop and amitego VISULOX

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is a screencast about a fantastic solution that takes the security model of Oracle Secure Global Desktop and adds even more features.

If you work in environments where you need to have a video record of users' interactions with applications, or need to ensure that two users can remotely work on the same session (a worker entering data in a form from one workstation and a manager typing an authorization code from another, for example), amitego VISULOX can do this and a lot more. It's built on top of Oracle Secure Global Desktop, so you get all of the great features there, plus additional unique security related features provided by VISULOX.

Click the thumbnail below to watch the screencast.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

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!

Tuesday Aug 12, 2014

Oracle VM 3.3.1 Certified by SAP

As of August 11, 2014, Oracle VM for x86_64 versions 3.2.1 (and above) and 3.3.1 are certified and supported for SAP environments. Oracle VM provides SAP customers with a fully supported and certified virtualization environment for the Oracle Database.

For SAP customers, you can access the SAP Note 1808268 [NOTE: SAP login required!] for more details.

Friday Aug 08, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM - Rethink Virtualization

Happy Friday! There is a new, extremely cool video for Oracle VM that we're very excited to share with you! Click below to watch "Oracle VM: Rethink Virtualization"!

See you next week!

-Chris 

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

@RonenKofman 

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