Monday Jan 21, 2013

Webcast - Oracle VM Disaster Recovery Best Practices Implementation with State University of New York

Please tune into the live webcast at 10 am US Pacific on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to learn the best practices about the disaster recovery planning and implementation with Oracle VM. You can register the webcast here.

Join Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle, author of the technical white paper Integrating Oracle VM into a Disaster Recovery Solution using SAN and Joe Hoot, Supervising Programmer Analyst for the State University of New York (SUNY) to learn about how he and his IT team implemented Disaster Recovery with Oracle VM to deliver IT services for 450,000 students, library systems for 64 campuses and deliver online courses available to 256,000 students for distance learning.

  • Best practices on Disaster Recovery with Oracle best practice engineer
  • Why SUNY selected Oracle VM and how they rolled out virtualization to their datacenter to host over 300 Oracle Database instances and application workloads
  • How SUNY designed and implemented Disaster and Recovery with Oracle VM and the Oracle application stack
  • Key successes from SUNY for highly available IT services

Oracle offers a complete product portfolio that includes applications, middleware, database, operating systems, servers, storage, and even thin clients — along with across the stack virtualization and clustering technologies that are optimized to work together. Oracle VM 3 is simply one piece of a very complex puzzle that must be integrated along with other disaster recovery software and applications into an overall business continuity solution for your enterprise. Through the webcast and the white paper, hope you'll learn how to incorporate Oracle VM  into an existing or planned disaster recovery solution in your data center.

To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

Thursday Jan 03, 2013

Free Oracle VM Training for Sys Admins - Jan 15, 2013


Join us for the Virtual Sys Admin Days and get hands-on experience with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Solaris. These free events will be hosted by Oracle experts who can guide you through your hands on labs and answer any questions via live chat.

See the complete Agenda.

Choose the date that is most convenient for you!

Americas - Tuesday January 15th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. BRT

EMEA -  Tuesday January 29th, 2013

9:00 a.m – 13:00 p.m GMT / 10:00 a.m – 14:00 p,m CET / 12:00 p.m – 16:00 p.m AST / 13:00 p.m – 17:00 p,m MSK / 14:30 p.m – 18:30 p.m IST

Register Now.

To make the experience most productive some homework is required. Load the virtual machine images on your laptop, find the instructions, and make sure everything is working properly. The wiki https://wikis.oracle.com/display/virtualsysadminday/Home explains what you need to do.

Register for the Sys Admin Day.

Wednesday Dec 19, 2012

Oracle Secure Global Desktop - Business Continuity During Snowstorm!

Capgemini, one of the world's largest management consulting, outsourcing and professional services companies, is an Oracle Secure Global Desktop customer and uses it to provide secure, remote access to 1) corporate applications centralized in the datacenter and 2) desktops hosted on Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.

Earlier this month, one of Capgemini's government customers in Holland were advised to avoid traveling to work, due to a heavy snowstorm. This resulted in a lot of employees working from home. Thankfully due to their deployment of the Oracle Secure Global Desktop gateway, employees were able to easily access their corporate applications and desktops from home and anywhere outside of their office. Capgemini reports that during the days of the snowstorm, a record number of users leveraged Oracle Secure Global Desktop (servers and gateway). Despite this record usage, Oracle Secure Global Desktop remained perfectly stable and allowed users to seamlessly access their applications and desktops.

This is a great example of how Oracle Secure Global Desktop allows employee productivity and business continuity even during severe weather conditions such as snowstorms. We are delighted to have enabled business continuity for Capgemini's customers, and look forward to our continued relationship with Capgemini.

This blog has been approved for posting by Capgemini.

Friday Nov 16, 2012

Oracle VM networking under the hood and 3 new templates

We have a few cool things to tell you about: 

First up: have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in the network when you Live Migrate your Oracle VM server workload? Or how Oracle VM implements the network infrastructure you configure through your point & click action in the GUI? Really….how do they do this? For an in-depth view of the Oracle VM for x86 Networking model, Look ‘Under the Hood’ at Networking in Oracle VM Server for x86 with our best practices engineer in a blog post on OTN Garage.


Next, making things simple in Oracle VM is what we strive every day to deliver to our user community. With that, we are pleased to bring you updates on three new Oracle Application templates:

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 for Oracle Exalogic
Oracle VM templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 (x86 64-bit for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud) contain all the required elements to create an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 demonstration system on an Exalogic server. You can use these templates to quickly build an EBS 12.1.3 demonstration environment, bypassing the operating system and the software install (via the EBS Rapid Install). For further details, please review the announcement.  

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1.2.1 for x86 servers and Oracle Exalogic
The Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne provide a method to rapidly install JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1  and Tools 9.1.2.1. The complete stack includes Oracle Database 11g R2 and Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.5 running on Oracle Linux 5. The templates can be installed to Oracle VM Server for x86 release 3.x and to the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. 

PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.5.2.10 for Oracle Exalogic
This virtual deployment package delivers a "quick start" of PeopleSoft Middle-tier template on Oracle Linux for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

And last, are you wondering why we talk about “fast”, “rapid” when we refer to using Oracle VM templates to virtualize Oracle applications? Read the Evaluator Group Lab Validation report quantifying speeds of deployment up to 10x faster than with VMware vSphere. Or you can also check out our on demand webcast Quantifying the Value of Application-Driven Virtualization.

Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

Oracle VM at the IOUG Virtualization SIG – Online Symposium

Join the Oracle VM product managers and product experts for a day full of best practices and information on the latest product updates. A sampling of what you can expect:

  • Best practices from a customer’s perspective on deployment of Oracle VM and Oracle RAC.
  • How to simplify and accelerate the onboarding of your applications to the cloud with Oracle Virtual Assemblies and Enterprise Manager 12c.
  • The latest how-to and demo of DeployCluster Tool on Oracle VM 3.

Date: Tomorrow, November 7th, 10am CDT – 2:50pm CDT

Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

First Step Towards Rapid Enterprise Application Deployment

Take Oracle VM Server for x86 training as a first step towards deploying enterprise applications rapidly.

You have a choice between the following instructor-led training:

  • Oracle VM with Oracle VM Server for x86 1-day Seminar. Take this course from your own desk on one of the many events on the schedule. This seminar tells you how to build a virtualization platform using the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86 and to sustain the deployment of highly configurable, inter-connected virtual machines.
  • Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 3-day hands on course. This course teaches you how to build a virtualization platform using the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86. You learn how deploy and manage highly configurable, inter-connected virtual machines. The course teaches you 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.Take this course from your own desk on one of the 450 events on the schedule. You can also take this course in an Oracle classroom on one of the following events:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Istanbul, Turkey

 12 November 2012

 Turkish

 Wellington, New Zealand

 10 Dec 2012

 English

 Roseveille, United States

 19 November 2012

 English

 Warsaw, Poland

 17 October 2012

 Polish

 Paris, France

 17 October 2012

 French

 Paris, France

 21 November 2012

 French

 Dusseldorfm Germany

 5 November 2012

 German

For more information on Oracle's Virtualization courses see http://oracle.com/education/vm

Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Windows Server Certified As Oracle Secure Global Desktop Clients With Oracle E-Business Suite 12

We are proud to announce the certification of Oracle Secure Global Desktop for use with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 virtualized 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 fully certifies this particular scenario. For more details, please refer to this Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog or My Oracle Support (Note 1491211.1)

Friday Aug 31, 2012

Impressions from VMworld - Clearing up Misconceptions

Gorgeous sunny weather…none of the usual summer fog…the Oracle Virtualization team has been busy at VMworld in San Francisco this week. From the time exhibits opened on Sunday, our booth staff was fully engaged with visitors. It was great to meet with customers and prospects, and there were many…most with promises to meet again in October at Oracle OpenWorld 2012.

Interests and questions ran the gamut - from implementation details to consolidating applications to how does Oracle VM enable rapid application deployment to Oracle support and licensing. All good stuff! Some inquiries are poignant and really help us get at the customer pain points. Some are just based on misconceptions. We’d like to address a couple of common misconceptions that we heard:

1) Rapid deployment of enterprise applications is great but I don’t do this all the time. So why bother?
While production applications don’t get updated or upgraded as often, development and QA staging environments are much more dynamic. Also, in today’s Cloud based computing environments, end users expect an entire solution, along with the virtual machine, to be provisioned instantly, on-demand, as and when they need to scale. Whether it’s adding a new feature to meet customer demands or updating applications to meet business/service compliance, these environments undergo change frequently. The ability to rapidly stand up an entire application stack with all the components such as database tier, mid-tier, OS, and applications tightly integrated, can offer significant value. Hand patching, installation of the OS, application and configurations to ensure the entire stack works well together can take days and weeks. Oracle VM Templates provide a much faster path to standing up a development, QA or production stack in a matter of hours or minutes. I see lots of eyes light up as we get to this point of the conversation.

2) Oracle Software licensing on VMware vSphere
In the world of multi-vendor IT stacks, understanding license boundaries and terms and conditions for each product in the stack can be challenging.  Oracle’s licensing, though, is straightforward.  Oracle software is licensed per physical processor in the server or cluster where the Oracle software is installed and/or running.  The use of third party virtualization technologies such as VMware is not allowed as a means to change the way Oracle software is licensed.  Exceptions are spelled out in the licensing document labeled “Hard Partitioning".

Here are some fun pictures!

Visitors to our booth told us they loved the Oracle SUV courtesy shuttles that are helping attendees get to/from hotels.

Also spotted were several taxicabs sporting an Oracle banner!

Stay tuned for more highlights across desktop and server virtualization as we wrap up our participation at VMworld.

Thursday Aug 16, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 Released!

Today we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, the latest release of Oracle's enterprise-class software to simplify access to server-hosted applications. Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 has gone through tens of thousands of hours of engineering and quality assurance hours, to make the product rock-solid. This new release delivers significant enhancements which provide rich user experiences, enhanced security, faster deployment, exceptional application responsiveness and expanded list of supported server operating systems and internet browsers.
  • Rich User Experiences: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, users can run multiple applications on different physical monitors attached to their client device. This increases productivity for users in organizations such as call centers, financial institutions etc. Also with this release, improved performance for 3-D applications utilizing OpenGL 1.3 graphics extensions is supported. The above capabilities are achieved due to incorporating a new protocol engine, based on the X.org foundation X Server release X11R7.6. In addition, Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 now supports audio-input capability for server-hosted Windows applications. This allows use of conferencing, training etc applications with Oracle Secure Global Desktop. 
  • Enhanced Security: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, connections to the server are made secure by default, during installation. This ensures optimal out-of-the-box security, eliminating the need for additional post installation tasks by the administrator and ensuring consistency for large enterprise deployments. Secure mode installation also enables connections between the Oracle Secure Global Desktop servers in an array to be encrypted.  For more information, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Security Guide for Release 4.7.
  • Faster Deployment: With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. A new Oracle VM 3 template that includes Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 and Oracle Linux 5.8 can easily be imported and cloned from as a virtual machine within Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7.
  • Supported for Latest Platforms: With Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, support for the latest internet browsers including Internet Explorer 9, Chrome and the latest Firefox ESR has been added. In addition, Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 servers can now be installed and are supported on Oracle Linux 6 and Solaris 11 operating systems.
  • Exceptional application responsiveness: Exalogic is hardware and software engineered together to provide extreme performance for Java applications, Oracle Applications, and all other enterprise applications. Oracle Secure Global Desktop can run on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to provide secure remote access directly to Oracle Applications co-resident in Exalogic for an exceptionally responsive user experience. The following video from Oracle product management provides more details.

For more details regarding Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.7 documentation

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

Thursday Aug 09, 2012

Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway Enables 'Anywhere Access'

A few weeks back, I wrote a blog post on how Catholic Education South Australia leverages Oracle Secure Global Desktop to provide services anytime, anywhere. One of the questions I get asked is what enables Oracle Secure Global Desktop to allow access to applications or services 'anywhere'. The answer lies in one of Oracle Secure Global Desktop's most popular features - the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway (SGD Gateway).

The SGD Gateway comes included (at no additional cost) with purchase of Oracle Secure Global Desktop. The SGD Gateway is a proxy server designed to be deployed in a demilitarized zone (DMZ), which in turn connects to an array of Oracle Secure Global Desktop servers located on the internal network of an organization. Additionally, all connections can be authenticated in the DMZ before any connections are made to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop servers in the array. Connections between client devices and SGD Gateway use port 443. Hence, this does not require administrators to obtain additional approvals for use of non-standard ports in the DMZ. 

The SGD Gateway consists of the following components:

  • Routing proxy: A Java technology-based application that routes Adaptive Internet Protocol (AIP) data connections to an Oracle Secure Global Desktop server. Keystores in the routing proxy contain the certificates and private keys used to secure connections for the SGD Gateway. The routing proxy uses routing tokens to manage AIP connections. A routing token is a signed, encrypted message that identifies the origin and destination Oracle Secure Global Desktop server for a route.
  • Reverse proxy: An Apache web server, configured to operate in reverse proxy mode. The reverse proxy also performs load balancing of HTTP connections.


To learn more about the SGD Gateway, please refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Gateway Administration Guide.

Tuesday Aug 07, 2012

Join Us August 23 at the OTN Sys Admin Day in Broomfield, CO

OTN Sys Admin Days are live classroom events with two, parallel hands-on Oracle Solaris and Oracle Linux tracks designed for the System Administrator. In addition to the Oracle Solaris track and the Oracle Linux track, there will also be a session on Best Practices for Deploying Oracle VM. In this session our best practices engineer will go over specific steps to prepare an environment so you can quickly and easily deploy Oracle VM and virtualize your servers. Register now for this FREE event.

Here is what you can expect to learn:

Oracle Linux Track

  • Overview of Ksplice, zero downtime kernel updates that enable customers to apply security updates, patches and critical bug fixes without rebooting.

  • Installing and configuring Oracle VM VirtualBox, importing the Oracle Linux virtual appliance

  • Package management on Oracle Linux using RPM and yum.

  • Linux services and run levels, how to start and stop them, checking the status of a particular service.

  • Preparing block devices, creating physical and logical volumes.

  • Introduction to the Btrfs file system.

Best Practices for Deploying Oracle VM:

  • How to prepare your storage, network and planning of your guests for the deployment

  • How you can use Oracle VM to rapidly virtualize and deploy to production enterprise applications in minutes

  • Specific steps on how to validate and manage the server pools

Note: You'll need to bring your own laptop to follow the practical exercises that we will go through in an Oracle VM VirtualBox environment.

Event Details:

Thursday August 23, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Oracle
500 Eldorado Blvd
Building 1, 1st Floor, Room 1125
Broomfield, CO 80021

Why Use Oracle Secure Global Desktop with Oracle Primavera Applications

Oracle Primavera is the leading Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) solution for project-intensive industries. It offers best-in-class capabilities focused on mission critical PPM requirements of industries like engineering & construction, discrete and process manufacturing, public administration, financial services and others. Oracle Primavera enables enterprise agility, team productivity, portfolio predictability and overall project management efficiency. The result is the ability to drive down costs, minimize risk and deliver results to key stakeholders.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop provides the ability to use Primavera P6 applications on a variety of client devices even when users only have access to high-latency WAN or asynchronous dial-up connections. High performance is achieved by using Oracle Secure Global Desktop’s Adaptive Internet Protocol (AIP), which employs heuristics to determine the type of device and network connection in use, and dynamically adapts to optimize performance

Publish Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management applications using Oracle Secure Global Desktop to solve problems like:

  • Remote users experiencing slow performance issues due to high latency
  • Administrators needing to restrict Primavera P6 access to SSL connections only
  • Administrators needing to publish controlled application environments

To learn more about how to publish Oracle Primavera applications when using Oracle Secure Global Desktop, please refer to this document.

Monday Jul 30, 2012

Versace Accelerates Application Deployment & Reduces Server Virtualization Costs by 50% with Oracle VM

Today Oracle announced international fashion icon, Versace, is using Oracle VM Server for x86 to address the demands of its rapidly growing data center. 

To ensure their IT infrastructure could meet the growing demands of the business, Versace began an upgrade process that would replace aging IT components with lower cost, higher performance solutions. By choosing Oracle VM, Versace was able to reduce virtualization-related costs by 50 percent, while doubling the number of cores in production. With its new Oracle VM-based architecture, which also leverages Oracle Linux, Versace has been able to reduce its physical number of servers by 40 percent, rack space by 25 percent and power consumption by 45 percent.

Read more about how Versace improved application deployment time, increased performance, and saved on virtualization-related costs in the press release.

To learn more about Oracle VM visit us at: oracle.com/oraclevm

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle VM 3 Templates Available for Sun Ray Software 5.3

Following up from our announcement of Oracle VM 3 templates for Oracle Secure Global Desktop last month, today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle VM 3 templates for Sun Ray Software version 5.3. 

With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. In this case, the supported operating system (Oracle Linux 5.7), and Sun Ray Software 5.3 product is packaged together into a template that one can easily import and clone from as a virtual machine in Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Sun Ray Software within Oracle VM 3. 

Login into the Oracle VM section at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud  (click on 'Cloud Portal (Main)' at the top-right) and, Under Oracle VM templates - x86 64-bit, look for
  • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Sun Ray Software Media Pack for x86_64 (64 bit) (64 bit)
    • Oracle VM 3 template for Sun Ray Software 5.3 with Oracle Linux 5.7 (64-bit)

Once you download the above template, you must 

  1. First import the assembly (ova) file that you downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
  2. Next, create a virtual machine template from the assembly
  3. And finally create a virtual machine from the template

Once the virtual machine is created and starts up, make sure you enter the networking parameters (hostname, IP address, netmask, gateway etc), and optional user parameters correctly. You must also enter a root password during first boot. And that's it - the Sun Ray Software installation script will automatically pick up the networking parameters, prompt for confirmation and complete a default installation.

Once the installation is complete, you may may then begin to use a supported Sun Ray hardware client or Oracle Virtual Desktop Client software to connect to the Sun Ray server and use the default Oracle Linux desktop. You may also want to refer to the Sun Ray Software Administration Guide to learn more about Sun Ray Software and its capabilities.

Wednesday Jul 04, 2012

Oracle VM Server for x86 Training Schedule

Learn about Oracle VM Server for x86 to see how you can accelerate enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management with fully integrated support from physical to virtual servers including applications.

Oracle offers a 3 day course Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86. This course  teaches you how to:

  • Build a virtualization platform using the Oracle VM Manager and Oracle VM Server for x86.
  • Deploy and manage highly configurable, inter-connected virtual machines.
  • 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 course as follows:

  • Live Virtual Class - taking the course from your own desktop accessing a live teach by top Oracle instructors and accessing extensive hands-on exercises. No travel necessary. Over 300 events are current scheduled in many timezones across the world. See the full schedule by going to the Oracle University Portal and clicking on Virtualization.
  • In Classroom - Events scheduled include those shown below:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Warsaw, Poland

 6 August 2012

 Polish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 10 September 2012

 Turkish

 Dusseldorf, Germany

 6 August 2012

 German

 Munich, Germany

 10 September 2012

 German

 Paris, France

 17 October 2012

 French

 Denver, Colorado, US

 30 July 2012

 English

 Roseville, Minnesota, US

 23 July 2012

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 3 September

 English

For more information on this course and these events or to search for additional events or register your interest in an additional event/location, please visit the Oracle University Portal and click on Virtualization.

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