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 

Friday Jul 18, 2014

Friday Spotlight: A Great Week and Latin America OTN Tour 2014

Happy Friday!

It's been an exciting week here! If you haven't read Ronen Kofman's (@RonenKofman) excellent write-up about Mirantis, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM, be sure to have a look.

And for our spotlight this week, I wanted to highlight a fantastic series of events coming up during August in Latin America:


Congratulations to the Latin America User Groups on assembling yet another great tour for 2014!!! Agendas are packed full of great topics from Oracle Database to Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, including Java and Cloud Solutions. If you find yourself in the region or live there, please register and reserve a seat. Talk to the experts, get hands on. No spin, just a great learning experience with experienced users!! 

Brazil - August 2
Panamá - August 4
Chile - August 4 and 5
Costa Rica - August 6
Perú - August 7
México - August 8
Guatemala - August 11
Argentina - August 11 and 12
El Salvador - August 13
Uruguay - August 14 and 15
Colombia - August 15 and 16
Ecuador - August 18 and 19


 If you live in the areas where the events are taking place, I highly recommend checking them out.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Mirantis Announces Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

In May we announced the tech preview of the Oracle’s Distribution for OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. As we have been doing for many years with Linux and Xen, we plan to work with the OpenStack community and help make OpenStack an enterprise grade alternative for cloud deployments. 

We are very pleased with the Mirantis announcement today stating that Mirantis will offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their supported operating systems and hypervisors options. Right from the beginning we stated that our approach to OpenStack will be open and collaborative (see Wim Coekaerts’ blog). We said we’ll work with the rest of industry and support our customers with any choices they make with regards to OpenStack distribution and today, with this announcement from Mirantis, we take another step in this direction.

With this announcement our joint customers can choose Oracle Linux as their operating system and Oracle VM Server as their hypervisor of choice and build an OpenStack deployment with end to end support. Customers can now use the most advanced capabilities in Oracle Linux like Ksplice and Dtrace and achieve better scale and performance with Oracle VM Server as well as receive 24/7 support directly from Oracle. Using an enterprise grade hypervisor and Linux distribution such as Oracle Linux and Oracle VM brings OpenStack deployment to a new level of reliability.  a higher level of reliability allows users to transition more workloads onto OpenStack confidently, knowing that each part of the stack is well supported.

On top of that Oracle Linux is fully supported as a guest operating system on the Mirantis distribution of OpenStack. Oracle Linux is free to use and redistribute including patches and updates with the option to purchase support subscription from Oracle. We believe that choosing Oracle Linux as guest operating system is the best and most cost efficient option and we would like every customer to have the option to use it.

Oracle will continue to collaborate with other OpenStack solution providers to allow them to offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their solution. Our goal remains the same: jointly deliver great solutions and support experience for our mutual customers. We also look forward to working with other vendors to certify networking, storage, hypervisor and other plugins into the Oracle OpenStack Distribution.

We believe in keeping OpenStack open and collaborative and we will continue to focusing on:

  1. Working with other cloud solution to make sure they can integrate with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  2. Working with hardware and software vendors to integrate their solution with Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  3. Assuring that Oracle Linux is supported as guest operating system on any virtualization platform
We look forward to continue working with our partners and customers helping to make OpenStack a first class solution for the enterprise.

Thursday Jul 10, 2014

Interested in Showcasing your Solutions around Oracle Technologies at Oracle OpenWorld?

“Linux and Virtualization Showcase (aka.Pavilion) ” is the venue for you !

Join our partners :

  • Fortinet
  • A10 Networks
  • Amitego AG
  • eGinnovations
  • Lenovo
  • SEP Software, Corp.
  • Mirantis
  • Fujitsu
  • Tegile 
  • NuageNetworks, an Alcatel-Lucent Venture
  • Secure-24
  • Intel

and good news is we have room for more… come and be part of this exciting showcase.

Attended by tens of thousands of Oracle customers and partners, Oracle OpenWorld is a venue for an intense five days of knowledge sharing and learning, as well as networking with your peers and decision-makers.

In particular, the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase offers a streamlined, focused and turnkey opportunity for Partners to reach the largest targeted audience in the least amount of time. Just bring your laptop with your solutions supporting Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack – demonstrate the seamless integration of your solution to a targeted Oracle OpenWorld audience, whose interest lies in enterprise-scale infrastructure, and truly “Open” Openstack solutions. 

Located in Moscone South, Booth 611, the turnkey showcase package includes advertising, networking demo station, signage, conference passes, and pavilion-specific branding, along with an option for a speaking session.Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to stand out from the crowd showcasing your Oracle Linux, Oracle VM or solution in the Moscone South Exhibition Hall. 

Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack provide the industry's most cost-effective and open infrastructure solution.

Email us  or call +1.862.209.1338 if you are interested.


For more details check the Oracle OpenWorld website:

Oracle OpenWorld

September 28 to October 2nd

San Francisco, California

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Grow Your Business Using Oracle VM Templates

Happy Friday, and for those of us in the US, happy Independence Day!

It's been an exciting week for Oracle Virtualization with the release of Oracle VM 3.3! If you haven't read Honglin's excellent blog post on what's new, be sure to have a look at it.

We also have a new screencast about Oracle VM Templates for you. It's both for Oracle partners and anyone who needs to distribute applications:

Grow Your Business Using Oracle VM Templates

Looking to boost your revenue and sustain growth for your business? View this screencast to see how you can gain an unfair advantage over your competition using Oracle VM Templates for distribution of Oracle Linux, Oracle applications or your own applications. 

Watch the Screencast

See you next week!

-Chris 

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