Tuesday May 21, 2013

Learn to use Oracle VM's Application Driven Architecture

Oracle's server virtualization products are designed to optimize efficiency and performance. You can get the most from your x86 and SPARC systems by taking the relevant training, available as live events run by experienced instructors.

In the 3-day Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course you 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.

Live-Virtual Events: Take this training from your own desk choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.

In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Zagreb, Croatia

 11 November 2013

 Croatian

 Prague, Czech Republic

 21 October 2013

 Czech

 Bordeaux, France

 18 September 2013

 French

 Paris, France

 10 July 2013

 French

 Strasbourg, France

 11 September 2013

 French

 Dusseldorf, Germany

 24 June 2013

 German

 Munchen, Germany

 28 October 2013

 German

 Budapest, Hungary

 9 September 2013

 Hungarian

 Riga, Latvia

 30 September 2013

 Latvian

 Warsaw, Poland

 27 May 2013

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

 17 June 2013

 English

 Madrid, Spain

 12 August 2013

 Spanish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 17 June 2013

 Turkish

 Tokyo, Japan

 3 June 2013

 Japanese

 Singapore

 29 May 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 4 November 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 12 June 2013

 English

 Perth, Australia

 17 July 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 8 July 2013

 English

 Buenos Ares, Argentina

 2 October 2013

 Spanish

 Santiago, Chili

 27 May 2013

 Spanish

 Lima, Peru

 29 May 2013

 Spanish

 Roseville, MN, United States

 28 May 2013

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 31 July 2013

 English

In the 2-day Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course you learn to: 

  • Properly design, install, implement and administer this virtual environment
  • Create and assign resources to domains where business applications are deployed.
  • Use the migration feature, which increases availability and adds flexibility to the data center virtual environment.

Live-Virtual Events: Take this training from your own desk choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.

In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Czech Republic, Prague

 9 September 2013

 Czech

 Paris, France

 7 October 2013

 French

 Hamburg, Germany

 22 May 2013

 German

 Stuttgart, Germany

 28 October 2013

 German

 Budapest, Hungary

 12 September 2013

 Hungarian

 Bucharest, Romania

 8 July 2013

 English

 Madrid, Spain

 20 June 2013

 Spanish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 30 September 2013

 Turkish

 Brisbane, Australia

 24 July 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 3 June 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 30 October 2013

 English

 Perth, Australia

 15 July 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 25 September 2013

 English

 Sacramento, CA, United States

 1 July 2013

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 1 July 2013

 English

Thursday May 02, 2013

Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 Certified with E-Business Suite 12!

We are please to announce that Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 is now certified for use with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 virtual environments acting as desktop clients connecting to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 environments.  32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Server are certified. These combinations may also be used in conjunction with Oracle VM, if required.

Oracle E-Business Suite customers and partners may now use Oracle Secure Global Desktop as an access layer for Oracle Applications, knowing that Oracle certifies this particular scenario.  For more details, please refer to this Oracle E-Business Suite technology blog or My Oracle Support (Note 1491211.1)

Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 Supports iPad Using HTML5!

Today, we are pleased to announce support for what has been one of Oracle Secure Global Desktop's most widely anticipated features - support for iPad via Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 5.0! Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 provides anywhere access to cloud-hosted and on-premise enterprise applications and desktops (workspaces) from Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, without the need for a VPN client. In addition, since we leverage HTML5 to provide browser-based access inside Apple iPad and iPad mini tablets, users need not download, maintain, configure and update specific client applications from the App Store.

This new release delivers significant enhancements which provide simple mobile access, enhanced security, full user productivity, security enhancements, session mobility, improved performance and expanded server, client and browser support.

  • Simple Mobile Access: Users can login to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 sessions and access all of their applications and data using the built-in mobile Safari web browser on iPad and iPad mini, without the need to establish a cumbersome VPN connection. Support for HTML5 enables a rich, browser-based user interface that provides simple, intuitive gestures and navigation, as well as extended keyboard capabilities, without the need for downloading or maintaining separate client applications. 
  • Full user productivity: For maximum productivity, copy and paste to and from applications, printing, and automatic session resizing (of the specific application or desktop running in the cloud), when rotating the iPad is supported. 
  • Security enhancements: Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway uses multi-factor authentication methods to access applications, increasing security when accessing cloud-hosted applications, regardless of location. With the included Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway, users can securely access their workspaces from PCs, laptops, or tablets both inside and outside the corporate firewall. 
  • Extended session mobility: Extends the session pause and resume feature to the iPad, allowing users to pick up their workspace right where they left off, even when moving from one client device to another. 
  • Improved performance: Delivers reliable performance and responsiveness for cloud-based applications and desktop sessions, even at cellular network speeds. 
  • Expanded server, client, and browser support: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 adds support for servers running Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Linux 6.4, and clients running Windows 8 (desktop mode) and Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Browsers supported now include Internet Explorer 10, Chrome, and Firefox ESR.  

Oracle's press announcement regarding this release can be found here.

For more information, you can also view the videos below (click to go to the video page and play):


Thursday Apr 25, 2013

Take Your Applications to the Cloud with Oracle VM Training

Oracle's server virtualization products support x86 and SPARC architectures and training is available to help you get the best from both architectures.

The Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course teaches students how to build the infrastructure for cloud computing by deploying pooled server resources to create virtual machines that support enterprise applications.

You can take this 3-day live instructor-led course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Class: Take this class from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Currently scheduled events include delivery in English and Spanish.
  • In-Class: Travel to an education center. Below is a sample of events already on the schedule:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Zagreb, Croatia

 11 November 2013

 Croatian

 Prague, Czech Republic

 21 October 2013

 Czech

Paris, France 

22 May 2013 

French 

Dusseldorf, Germany 

24 June 2013 

German 

Munich, Germany 

28 October 2013 

German 

Budapest, Hungary 

9 September 2013 

Hungarian 

Milan, Italy 

22 May 2013 

Italian 

 Riga, Latvia

30 September 2013 

Latvian 

 Warsaw, Poland

 27 May 2013

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

17 June 2013 

 Romanian

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

8 May 2013 

 Slovenian

 Madrid, Spain

8 May 2013

 Spanish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 17 June 2013 

 Turkish

 Tokyo, Japan

 3 June 2013

 Japanese

 Singapore

 30 April 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 4 November 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 12 June 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 8 July 2013

 English

 Wellington, New Zealand

 1 May 2013

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

1 July 2013 

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 31 July 2013

English 

The Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course teaches you to effectively implement the infrastructure for cloud computing using a SPARC-based virtualization strategy.

This 2-day live instructor-led class is available as a:

  • Live Virtual Class: Choose from the wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-Class: Travel to an education center. Some of the events already on the schedule are:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Prague, Czech Republic

 29 April 2013

 Czech

 Hamburg, Germany

 22 May 2013

 German

 Bucharest, Romania

 8 July 2013

 Romanian

 Istanbul, Turkey

 30 September 2013

 Turkish

 Brisbane, Australia

 24 July 2013

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 24 June 2013

 English

To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's Virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Oracle VM and Oracle Linux pre-validated, pre-tested with FlexPod

As the Oracle community is gathering at IOUG this week sharing news, checking out the latest innovations, the Oracle VM and Oracle Linux team are also busy working to expand our platform validation support. In a collaborative effort with both Cisco and NetApp, we’d like to give you an early glimpse of the upcoming reference architectures for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM with FlexPod:

  • A FlexPod with Oracle VM is scheduled for the second half of 2013  – this Oracle VM architecture offers virtualization coverage for Oracle as well as non-Oracle workloads
  • A FlexPod featuring NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP with Oracle Linux,  coming Jun 30, 2013 – this is the second Oracle Linux bare-metal design
  • A FlexPod with Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on Oracle Linux, coming April 9, 2013
  • A FlexPod with Oracle Linux, coming June 14, 2013 – this is one of two bare metal designs for running Oracle DB on Oracle Linux
The combined products give customers access to infrastructure designs that are pre-tested and pre-validated building blocks for application consolidation, private cloud migration or data center modernization.
In addition to the benefits of the integrated design and validation, there are specific unique benefits that Oracle VM and Oracle Linux add to FlexPod:
  • Oracle VM – Application-Driven Virtualization difference: Speed Dev/Test/Production application deployment – Using Oracle VM Templates, customers can deploy applications 7-10x faster than traditional virtualization approaches. Entire application stacks including guest OS with Oracle Linux can quickly be deployed or provisioned in hours or minutes. This empowers IT to have a direct impact on the business Quality of Service by enabling more test systems and or respond to end customer requirements more quickly.
  • Enhanced high availability with Oracle Linux: With Ksplice, Oracle Linux kernel updates are installed in seconds, without interrupting running applications or the people using those applications. You can quickly check on the current status of your systems before rolling out updates to your network. Installing updates requires no downtime, so your systems are more available than ever. 
  • Certified by Oracle: All Oracle applications are certified on Oracle VM. This gives customers peace of mind that FlexPod with Oracle VM running Oracle applications are both fully tested and  certified by Oracle
  • Reduce Licensing Cost: with zero licensing cost for both Oracle VM and Oracle Linux and low enterprise support cost, customers can dramatically reduce both capex and opex IT spending. 
We’ll keep you updated as these reference architectures get published. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay informed.

Sunday Apr 07, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.63 now available!

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.63. This version includes several bug fixes and also updates to components of the Oracle Secure Global Desktop web server. Specifically, the Oracle Secure Global Desktop web server now supports Apache HTTP Server 2.2.24, OpenSSL 1.0.0.k, mod_jk 1.2.37, Tomcat 6.0.36 and JDK 1.6.0_43.

For information on downloading Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.63, please visit here

Friday Mar 22, 2013

Take Training to Get the Most from Oracle's Virtualization Solutions

Oracle provides server virtualization products to support x86 and SPARC architectures. Get the most from Oracle VM by taking the related courses. You can take these courses from your own desk as a Live-Virtual Event or travel to an education center for an In-Class Event.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

In this 2 day, hands-on, instructor-led course you learn to:

  • Plan an Oracle VM Server for SPARC installation
  • Install the Oracle VM Server for SPARC software
  • Configure the control and service domain
  • Create a guest domain
  • Reconfigure Oracle VM Server for SPARC resources
  • Use virtual disks
  • Use virtual networks
  • Manage Oracle VM Server for SPARC configurations
  • Prepare for and perform migration operations

In-class events already on the schedule include:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Brisbane, Australia

 20 May 2013

 English

 Prague, Czech Republic

 29 April 2013

 Czech

 Bucharest, Romania

 8 July 2013

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 24 June 2013

 English

Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

In this 3-day, hands-on, instructor-led class you learn to:

  • Install Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager
  • Perform network configuration for the Oracle VM environment using Oracle VM Manager
  • Perform storage configuration, with NFS and iSCSI, using Oracle VM Manager
  • Create a server pool and add Oracle VM Servers to this pool
  • Create repositories, present them to the Oracle VM Servers, and add resources to these repositories
  • Prepare virtual disks and network interfaces for virtual machines
  • Create virtual machines using various methodologies
  • Manage the virtual machines' lifecycle; Start/stop, pause/resume, edit, migrate
  • Use simple and advanced cloning to create new virtual machines
  • Become familiar with the Oracle VM Manager Policies and Events

In-class events already on the schedule include:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

 22 May 2013

 French

 Dusseldorf, Germany

 24 June 2013

 German

 Munich, Germany

 29 October 2013

 German

 Budapest, Hungary

 22 April 2013

 Hungarian

 Milan, Italy

 22 May 2013

 Italian

 Windhof, Luxembourg

 15 April 2013

 English

 Utrecht, Netherlands

 25 March 2013

 English

 Warsaw, Poland

 27 May 2013

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

 17 June 2013

 English

 Madrid, Spain

 24 April 2013

 Spanish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 17 June 2013

 Turkish

 Singapore

 8 April 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 4 November 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 12 June 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 8 July 2013

 English

 Wellington, New Zealand

 22 April 2013

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 25 March 2013

 English


For more information on these courses, go to http://oracle.com/education/vm

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

New: Oracle VM Podcast Series

Join the Oracle VM product management experts in the new Oracle VM podcast series. Hear from Oracle's Adam Hawley, Ronen Kofman and Jeff Savit on key aspects of Oracle VM including the benefits of application-driven virtualization for a private cloud, the value of integrated and simplified management, and unified management for both x86 and SPARC based solutions from Oracle.

Here is a list of available podcasts in this series.

Hope you find these insightful.

Friday Mar 15, 2013

Friday Tips #19

Happy Friday!

In our Friday tip #12, we had a discussion on how to use the Oracle VM command line interface. This week's tip follows up on that with a very nice video from Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Mangement. In this video, Greg shows you how to get started with the command line interface:

Tech Tip - How to Get Started with the Oracle VM Command Line Interface

We'll see you next week for our first (modest) milestone, the 20th Friday tip blog!

-Chris 

Tuesday Feb 19, 2013

Oracle Solaris Remote Lab Uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop!

Oracle Solaris Remote Lab (part of Oracle's Exastack Remote Labs) provides independent software vendors access to Oracle Solaris 11 11/11  environments (SPARC and x86) for validating their applications. The lab provides a simple and straight forward cloud interface for configuring an application test environment. It extensively leverages Oracle technologies, meets Oracle's stringent security requirements and is available to Oracle Partner Network members at the gold level and above. The Oracle Solaris Remote Lab leverages Oracle Secure Global Desktop to address many requirements. 
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop (coupled with Oracle Secure Global Desktop's Secure Gateway) provides access to Solaris desktops and terminal sessions from a variety of client devices and from anywhere in the world, allowing excellent performance even over high-latency WAN links.
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop (using the Client Drive Mapping or CDM feature) provides the ability to transfer files from user's local computers to the secure storage assigned to them within the Oracle Solaris Remote Lab
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop is used to secure each independent software vendor's data and desktop access. The lab implements a separate Oracle Secure Global Desktop server per partner which is isolated on a separate VLAN, allowing for a multi-tenant setup.
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop's web services API allows for seamless integration of functionality within Oracle Solaris Remote Labs' portal, resulting in a coherent user experience for independent software vendors.
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop's Secure Gateway allows independent software vendors access to their resources using only a single point of entry into the network.The role of this gateway is to direct each user's network traffic to the correct VLAN and, thus, to the correct VMs.

Monday Feb 18, 2013

New Oracle VM Server for SPARC Training

Get the most out of the highly efficient, enterprise-class virtualization capabillities of Oracle SPARC servers by taking the all new Oracle VM Server: Installation and Configuration course.

This 2 day instructor-led class teaches you to effectively implement the infrastructure for cloud computing using a SPARC-based virtualization strategy. Learn through classroom instruction and hands-on exercises, which reinforce new concepts.

Learn To:

  • Properly design, install, implement and administer this virtual environment.
  • Create and assign resources to domains where business applications are deployed.
  • Use the migration feature, which increases availability and adds flexibility to the data center virtual environment.

You can take this live instructor-led class as a:

  • Live-Virtual Class: No travel required. Follow this class from your own desk.
  • In-Class: Travel to an education center. Already on the schedule is an event to take place in San Jose, CA, United States, on June 24 2013.

To learn more about this course or other Oracle Virtualization courses, to register for a course or to request the addition of new events on the schedule go to http://oracle.com/education/vm.

Thursday Feb 14, 2013

Oracle VM Certified by SAP

Oracle VM provides SAP customers with a fully supported and certified virtualization environment for the Oracle database. You can read more at the SAP on Oracle page on the SAP Community Network. If you are an SAP customer, you can search for SAP Note 1808268 for more details.

Tuesday Feb 05, 2013

Airbus Deploys Oracle Secure Global Desktop

Airbus, a world leader in the civil air transport market, employs approximately 52,000 people at sixteen sites in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Spain. The company relies on partnerships with major companies around the world and has a network of 1,500 suppliers in 30 countries.

Airbus uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide a dispersed workforce of aircraft designers, structural engineers, and other essential, ground-based staff with secure, real-time access to test results during flight trials. Technical teams no longer need to travel to the company’s center in Toulouse, and experts have the ability to start to evaluate results immediately. Using Oracle Secure Global Desktop has helped Airbus accelerate compliance with global aviation regulations, complete tests required by potential customers more quickly, and reduce time to market for new aircraft.

"Oracle Secure Global Desktop enables us to deliver real-time flight test data direct from the cockpit to any number of designers, engineers, component manufacturers, and other authorized users, regardless of location or client device." – Ghislain Banville, IT Architect, Flight Test Data Equipment, Airbus 

Read more details.

Monday Feb 04, 2013

Get the most from Server Virtualization with Oracle VM Server for x86 Training

The Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course teaches students how to install and configure Oracle VM Server for x86 as well as details of network and storage configuration, pool and repository creation, and virtual machine management.

You can take this live instructor-led training as follows:

  • Live-Virtual Class: Take this class from your own desk - no travel required. You can choose from a wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-class: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

6 March 2013 

French 

Dusseldorf, Germany 

 24 June 2013

 German

 Budapest, Hungary

22 April 2013 

Hungarian 

Milan, Italy

22 May 2013 

Italian 

Utrecht, Netherlands 

 26 February 2013

 English

Warsaw, Poland 

 27 May 2013

 Polish

 Singapore

 29 April 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

22 July 2013 

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 25 March 2013

 English

Roseville, MN, USA

25 March 2013 

 English

This course is also available in Japanese.

To register for this class or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization training, go to http://oracle.com/education/vm

Thursday Jan 24, 2013

New Oracle VM Templates Available for Oracle Exalogic

New Oracle VM Templates for several Oracle Applications are now available for Oracle Exalogic.

These include

Extending the same ease of use and peace of mind of certification with existing Oracle VM Templates, these new templates are pre-configured, pre-tested for rapid application deployment to your Oracle Exalogic environment.

See how you can reduce deployment time from weeks and days to hours and minutes.

Read the press release.

Read more about time savings findings in the Evaluator Group report: “Oracle VM – Quantifying the Value of Application Driven Virtualization

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