Friday Aug 21, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Resource to Plan Business Continuity with Oracle VM

Many customers rely on Oracle VM to virtualize enterprise applications and realize greater flexibility and lower infrastructure costs. It's important to have a robust business continuity and disaster recovery strategy in place for your enterprise infrastructure. There are multiple areas that must be taken into consideration when planning an overall business continuity solution for your enterprise.

Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, has prepared a comprehensive set of documents to serve as the one-stop guide to help you plan business continuity with Oracle VM. For more details, read the note at My Oracle Support (Doc ID 1959182.1).

Friday Aug 14, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft

Microsoft Windows OS and the application are important part of the growing ecosystem for Oracle VM virtualization solution.

Oracle has developed the Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows that provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Windows guests running on Oracle VM. The latest Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3 is a maintenance update that includes all the cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.2.2 release. The patch update can be downloaded from My Oracle Support by patch ID 16863114.

The Oracle VM Windows PV drivers release 3.2.3 has been signed by Microsoft for the Windows Logo Program for Windows Server 2012 R2 x64. Support for additional Windows operating systems is listed in the Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers Release 3.2.3 Installation Guide for Microsoft Windows.

  • Download Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3, search patch ID 16863114
  • You may also download the software from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  After accepting the license, you filter products with "Linux/OVM/VMs". Select "Oracle VM Server" product and "x86 64-bit" platform. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Now you continue to the available release page where you download the latest Oracle VM 3.3.3 and Windows PV Drivers 3.2.3. 

    Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

    Friday Aug 07, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 for Oracle VM 3.3

    Oracle recently announced the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 (UEKR3U6) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the sixth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-98) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

    The latest kernel update not only benefits regular Oracle Linux customers, but also brings performance and stability improvements for Oracle VM customers.

    Oracle VM Server 3.3 Dom0 leverages the same Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 as used in Oracle Linux 6, for complete binary compatibility with drivers supported in Oracle Linux 6. 

    You can download the latest UEK kernel from Oracle Public Yum and Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ovm3x_x86_64_latest channel) for Oracle VM Server 3.3. For information on setting up an Oracle VM Server Yum repository and using Oracle VM Manager to perform the upgrade of Oracle VM Servers, see Oracle VM Documentation for further instructions. 

    Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

    Oracle VM 3.3.3 Released

    We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to provide bug fixes.  You can review the Oracle VM Release Note for 3.3.3 to see a summary of the new content and a list of notable bug fixes.
      Oracle VM 3.3.3 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support.  Oracle VM Server packages are also available from Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (Oracle VM 3 Latest Channel - since 3.3 release - ovm3x_x86_64_latest). The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes that have been integrated since the 3.3.1 release.

    Download Instructions

    See the download instructions at: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html

    Additional Information

    Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):  http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.

    For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

    Monday Jun 22, 2015

    Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.4 Released

    We are pleased to announce the latest release 2.0.4 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

    The 2.0.4 release is a maintenance update to provide bug fixes and add new hardware support for X5-2.

    You can review the list of notable bug fixes in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

    To download the software update, search patch ID 20828799 from My Oracle Support.

    For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance deployment, visit here.

    Friday Jun 12, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Tier1 Delivers Private Cloud with Virtual Compute Appliance

    Happy Friday! We are happy to share another customer success story. Tier1 Inc. used Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance as a foundation for expanding the firm’s offerings to include full lifecycle of services, not just managed services and application hosting — creating an important new revenue stream.

    “Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system that includes everything we need to host our customers’ applications in a virtual environment—fully integrated compute, storage, software, and networking. Our customers know their systems are secure running on a pre-configured, pre-wired converged infrastructure platform built by Oracle. And, it is versatile enough to meet our diverse clients’ needs.”

    “We chose Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance for a number of reasons. After evaluating various build versus buy options for our private cloud solution, we decided on Virtual Compute Appliance because it was prebuilt, easy to install, and we could get it up and running very quickly. Additionally, this turnkey solution provides everything from a single vendor that allows for superior product integration, simplified purchasing and management, and a single point of contact for support,” said David Busch, CEO, Tier1 Inc.

    To learn more details how Tier1 Inc. moves rapidly into hosted application segment, expands business offerings, and ensures secure private cloud, read the full story here.

    You may also watch the video where Tier1 Inc. talks about the benefits of using Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance to build a private cloud virtualization platform to host its customers' Oracle Enterprise applications and Windows applications.

    Friday Jun 05, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Keep Your Virtualization Infrastructure Up to Date

    It's important to keep all software versions and patches up-to-date, as one of the principles of good security practice. Oracle responds quickly to any potential security threat by incorporating the security fixes into errata updates. See recent security alert to address CVE-2015-3456 ("VENOM") here

    The Oracle VM security architecture, by design, eliminates many security threats. The guidelines for secure deployment of virtualized solutions based on Oracle VM are largely based on network security. As these guidelines are generally applicable, they should always be reviewed for applicability in the context of each implementation and the security requirements and policies of the broader environment in which Oracle VM is deployed. Please review Oracle VM Security Guide to apply to your environment.

    • Oracle VM Server for x86 Security Guide for Release 3.3 HTML
    • Oracle VM Server for x86 Security Guide for Release 3.2 HTML
    • Oracle VM Server for SPARC Security Guide for Release 3.2 HTML

    To be informed about any errata update, including security fixes, you can sign up here to receive notification on software update delivered to ULN for Oracle VM Server for x86, or you can browse the email archive.

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

    Friday May 08, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Fast Track to Cloud Deployment

    Oracle Platinum Partner Secure-24 is an Oracle Platinum Partner managing Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Hyperion, and SAP applications across all industries for businesses of every size. Secure-24 deploys Virtual Compute Appliance for consistent, secure launch of enterprise Cloud environments. The result: Deployment costs are down 90%; acquisition costs are cut in half.

    You can achieve the same results by deploying Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance which is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

    For more details, read the full story here.

    Contact your Oracle account team to discuss your needs and learn how to build your cloud environment with Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance.

    Thursday Apr 02, 2015

    Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.2 Released

    We are pleased to announce the latest release 2.0.2 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

    The 2.0.2 release is a maintenance update to provide bug fixes and add new hardware support for X5-2 Compute nodes in Virtual Compute Appliance X3-2 and X4-2.

    You can review the list of notable bug fixes in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

    To download the software update, search patch ID 20463300 from My Oracle Support.

    For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance deployment, visit here.

    Friday Mar 06, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Partner Jumpstart Webcast

    On March 19, 2015, join us for this partner event - Oracle VM Partner Jumpstart Webcast (1hr partnering business discussion followed by a 3hr technical section containing Oracle VM architecture overview, demo, and best practices discussion). You can register here

    For Oracle partners such as system integrators and solution providers, Oracle VM offers tremendous value to enable your virtualization or cloud infrastructure service offerings that makes the software or systems easier to deploy, easier to manage and easier to support. Going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management. With Oracle VM, ISVs can quickly deploy and redistribute applications in standardized Templates or Virtual Appliances. For System Integrators, Oracle VM is tightly integrated at all layers of the Oracle stack from Servers to Networking including Oracle Engineered systems such as Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance, providing pre-configured and pre-tested systems to accelerate infrastructure deployments.

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    Tuesday Feb 10, 2015

    Oracle VM 3.3.2 Released

    We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to provide bug fixes. You can review the What's New wiki for the list of notable bug fixes.

    Download Instructions

    • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.3.2 server ISO, search patch ID 20492240; and also available from ULN - https://linux.oracle.com
    • Oracle VM Manager 3.3.2 upgrade, search patch ID 20492250
    • Oracle VM Agent 3.3.2 for SPARC, search patch ID 20492222

    Additional Information

    Oracle VM documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN):http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/documentation/index.html.

    For the latest information, best practices white papers and webinars, please visit http://oracle.com/virtualization.

    Wednesday Feb 04, 2015

    New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database

    Oracle VM application driven architecture is designed to enable rapid application deployment. With the use of Oracle VM Templates, sophisticated applications such as Oracle Database or Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) can be deployed in minutes—10x faster than with other solutions. Today, we are pleased to announce the latest Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database.

  •  [Feb 2015] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure (12.1.0.2.2) & Oracle Linux 6 Update 6 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 18888811 for 64-Bit Linux
  • [Feb 2015] Oracle RAC 11g Release 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure Patch Set three (11.2.0.4.5) & Oracle Linux 5 Update 11 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 14000033 for 64-Bit Linux

    NEW in 2015 Templates:

    • Yum@Deploy support(11gR2 & 12c) - Allows running yum install/update during first boot/deployment and subsequent re-builds.
    • Multi-Diskgroup support for Oracle ASM
    • Support for multiplexed Controlfile & REDO logfiles
    • Default kernel boot is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel  Release 3 (3.8.13-55), seamless transition to HVM mode
    • Oracle Linux 7, BTRFS & KSplice Ready!

    The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of any number of nodes.

    To learn more about use cases for Oracle VM Templates and get in-depth knowledge to easily deploy Oracle Database 12c and Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates, please watch the webcast on-demand:

    • Oracle VM Templates Best Practices for Rapid Oracle Database Deployment, register here.
  • Friday Jan 30, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Powering a Demanding Enterprise Operation with Oracle VM

    Much like Oracle’s customer base (some 400,000 companies in 145 countries), Oracle deploys Oracle database, middleware, and application products to support its day-to-day business operations. By virtualizing enterprise applications using Oracle VM, Oracle’s IT organizations realize greater flexibility and lower infrastructure costs. Instead of implementing physical machines for each required operating system version and application release, virtualization using Oracle VM consolidates servers and provides efficiencies that help to decrease capital (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX). At the same time Oracle VM helps IT deploy services more rapidly, allowing administrators to provision new applications quickly to meet emerging requirements and shifts in application demand.

    To learn how Oracle product development uses more than 310,000 virtual machines and how Oracle Managed Cloud Services uses Oracle VM to support some 5.5 million end users, you can achieve the same advantages — reliability, scalability, performance, and easy deployment and manageability that are enjoyed today by Oracle‘s internal IT organizations. Read the white paper in details:

    For more news and events, check out the latest Oracle Virtualization Newletter: http://www.oracle.com/us/dm/oraclevirtualization-100387361-ev-2411267.html

    Friday Jan 23, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance: Past Reflection and Future Vision

    Today's spotlight is a year in review of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance and a look to the future.

    Virtual Compute Appliance is a converged infrastructure solution that combines preconfigured networking, servers, and storage into a convenient package that system administrators can easily deploy into an existing data center. Combined with the virtualization power of Oracle VM, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides the perfect general-purpose solution for a wide range of applications and operating systems. Customers around the world are using Virtual Compute Appliance systems for their virtualized environment of mixed workloads or private cloud.

    The most visible benefit of the Virtual Compute Appliance is rapid deployment. The Virtual Compute Appliance automatically configures compute, storage, and network resources when it is powered up, and users can start running virtual machines in a matter of hours. "Time-to-application with Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance was remarkable. In a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, we were operational and in a position to instantly respond to our customers’ needs,” said Raul Chico, head of business development, BT Spain. View the complete story.

    The Virtual Compute Appliance can be used with Oracle VM Templates, which provide pre-built virtual machines containing OS images and pre-installed application and database software. Together, they provide ready-to-run physical and virtual infrastructure, so customers can start running workloads in hours, not days or weeks. Secure-24, a managed services provider based in Michigan, United States, was able to deploy Oracle Database 12c within 10 minutes by using template. Watch the video here.

    The Virtual Compute Appliance leverages wire-once Software Defined Networking (SDN) using Oracle Virtual Networking over an InfiniBand backplane and the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance for robust, high performance networking and storage.

    Since its release in 2013, the Virtual Compute Appliance has been updated with several product enhancements. Among the most notable are:

    • Addition of X4-2 servers, providing investment protection for customers by supporting a mixture of X4-2 servers and X3-2 servers in the same rack.
    • Support for external storage using either InfiniBand or Fibre Channel technology. Customers now have more options to expand storage to the Virtual Compute Appliance. Customers can now connect the Virtual Compute Appliance to their Fibre Channel storage (e.g. EMC, HDS, NetApp storage), in addition to their existing NFS or iSCSI storage. They can also expand storage of the Virtual Compute Appliance by connecting to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance externally, using InfiniBand.
    • Management VLAN support: The VCA management network now supports the use of VLANs.
    • Improved management capabilities, including an Integrated Command Line Interface: Several command line utilities are now consolidated into a single command line interface (CLI), which is accessible from the Oracle Linux shell on the management node. Customers can use the CLI to script actions that may need to be performed on a regular basis, or to write integration scripts for existing monitoring and maintenance software not directly hosted on the appliance.
    • Synchronization Service to eliminate configuration mismatches: Throughout the life cycle of the Virtual Compute Appliance, software updates, capacity extensions and configuration changes will occur at different points in time. To eliminate configuration mismatches, we implemented a synchronization service to allow configurable parameters to be set and maintained across different components within the Virtual Compute Appliance.

    At a live event on January 21, 2015, Larry Ellison announced the Virtual Compute Appliance X5, offering highest performance at the lowest price. Watch Larry's video or read the press release.

    With this announcement, Oracle continues to provide further product enhancements to deliver more value for customers purchasing the Virtual Compute Appliance.

    Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

    Oracle VM Powers More Engineered Systems

    Earlier today Oracle outlined the strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with a new generation of engineered systems.

    Oracle VM is a core component of Oracle Engineered Systems because it makes the entire software stack and the underlying systems easier to deploy, easier to manage and easier to support.

    With today's announcement, customers are happy to learn that Oracle VM support is now available on Oracle Exadata Database Machine. By using Oracle VM, customers achieve a high level of workload isolation while taking advantage of ultra-fast InfiniBand networking. In addition, virtual machine-based licensing reduces software costs.

    The Oracle VM software runs on Exadata also powers Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, and so on.

    For those SPARC based engineered systems such as Oracle SuperCluster and the SPARC version of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, it's Oracle VM Server for SPARC that provides the enhanced virtualization capability to deliver the same greater business value for our customers. 

    To get started with Oracle VM with Oracle and non-Oracle systems, you can download the software by following the instructions from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html. Contact your Oracle representative or visit www.oracle.com/virtualization to learn more.

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