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 

Friday Jun 27, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM-Foundation for Private Cloud

Happy Friday!

I wanted to draw your attention this week to a new resource kit entitled OracleVM-Foundation for Private Cloud. It's an easy to access one stop shop for everything related to Oracle VM and private cloud. In it, you'll find white papers, an eBook, an analyst report, cost calculator, and more. I hope you enjoy looking through it and we'll see you next week!

Oracle VM-Foundation for Private Cloud resource kit 

-Chris 

Thursday Jun 26, 2014

The June '14 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Here!

The June 2014 edition of the Oracle Virtualization newsletter is now available! Learn about Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and OpenStack, new Oracle VM Templates, a fantastic webcast on enterprise-scale deployments, content from Oracle partners, and much more.

Read the latest edition online or sign up to receive it automatically in your inbox every other month. 

 -Chris

Monday Jun 23, 2014

Oracle VM, Designed with the Application in Mind

Oracle VM is designed with the application in mind. In addition to the hypervisor and abstraction of the hardware, server virtualization has to enable rapid deployment of applications and integrated management for the entire stack from hypervisor to OS including applications.

Learn about Oracle VM, Oracle VM Manager, Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC by taking the Oracle VM training course suited to your platform. These courses are available as live-virtual events where you can attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. You can choose a live-virtual event from the events on the schedule to suit different timezones.

You can also attend training by travelling to an education center. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule for Oracle VM training.

Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

This 3-day instructor led course is currently scheduled for in-class events including the following:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Ottawa, Canada

 5 August 2014

 English

 Montreal, Canada

 5 August 2014

 English

 Toronto, Canada

 7 July 2014

 English

 Bogota, Colombia

 10 November 2014

 Spanish

 Prague, Czech Republic

 19 November 2014

 English

 Cairo, Egypt

 7 December 2014

 Arabic

 London, England

 7 July 2014

English 

 Paris, France

 3 November 2014

 French

 Hamburg, Germany

 24 June 2014

 German

 Milan, Italy

15 September 2014 

Italian 

 Rome, Italy

 21 July 2014

 Italian

 Tokyo, Japan

 16 July 2014

 Japanese

Warsaw, Poland 

19 November 2014 

Polish 

 Singapore

 29 July 2014

 English

Ljubjana, Slovenia  

 27 October 2014

Slovenian 

 Istanbul, Turkey

 29 September 2014

 Turkish

 Phoenix, AZ, United States

2 September 2014 

 English

 Sacramento, CA, United States

2 September 2014 

 English

 San Francisco, CA, United States

2 September 2014 

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 2 September 2014

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

28 July 2014  

English 

 Edison, NJ, United States

5 August 2014  

 English

 Columbus, OH, United States

27 October 2014  

English 

 King of Prussia, PA, United States

5 August 2014  

English 

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

This 2-day instructor led course is currently scheduled for in-class events including the following:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Canberra, Australia

 1 September 2014

English 

 Melbourne, Australia

 21 July 2014

English 

 Sydney, Australia

 18 August 2014

English 

 Sao Paulo, Brazil

 21 July 2014

 European Portuguese

 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 18 August 2014

English 

 Tokyo, Japan

 25 September 2014

Japanese 

Moscow, Russia 

 14 August 2014

 Russian

Madrid, Spain 

 14 July 2014

 Spanish

 Taipei, Taiwan

 28 August 2014

Traditional Chinese 

 Bangkok, Thailand

 26 July 2014

English 

 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 28 September 2014

 English

Phoenix, AZ, United States 

6 August 2014 

 English

 Sacramento, CA, United States

6 August 2014  

English 

 San Francisco, CA, United States

6 August 2014  

English 

 San Jose, CA, United States

6 August 2014  

English 

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

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Friday Spotlight: More on OpenStack Networking by Ronen Kofman

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the latest entry in a series by Ronen Kofman (for more, bookmark his blog and follow him on Twitter) about OpenStack networking:

Diving into OpenStack Network Architecture - Part 3 - Routing

The previous entries in that series are really great reads, too:

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

Launch Webcast: Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance

Please join Oracle Executives Mark Hurd, Wim Coekaerts, and Scott Genereux as they announce the latest Virtual Compute Appliance. Discover how the Virtual Compute Appliance delivers virtualized application infrastructure and how it differentiates from other converged infrastructure solutions.

June 24, 2014
10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET

Register here

Monday Jun 16, 2014

Oracle VM and Oracle Linux at OCCCIO Conference 2014

The Ontario College Council of Chief Information Officers is hosting their yearly conference at Mohawk College in Hamilton, starting this Wednesday, and Oracle VM and Oracle Linux will be there! Oracle is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event, and if you're going to the conference, please stop by the Oracle booth and say hi. Also, please attend our joint session with Mohawk titled "Mohawk VDI & OVM/Banner Virtualization" on Friday at 10:30AM in room i224.

Our team in Canada hopes to see you there!

-Chris 

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