Friday Jan 29, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle VM VirtualBox Takes the Spotlight

This Friday we will focus on Oracle VM VirtualBox because we just heard that G2 Crowd, a platform for users to share business software reviews in real-time, published a report where VirtualBox is the leader among a broad list of the VDI (Virtual Desktop Integration) products, ranked by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact).

"VirtualBox has been named a Leader based on receiving a high customer satisfaction score and having a large market presence. VirtualBox has the largest Market Presence and received the highest Satisfaction score among virtual desktop infrastructure products. 95% of users rated it 4 or 5 stars and 84% of users believe VirtualBox is headed in the right direction." 

Read more about the report here.

Oracle VM VirtualBox, world’s most popular cross-platform virtualization software that enables you to run multiple operating systems on your Mac, PC, Linux, or Oracle Solaris machine. Millions of users are using VirtualBox to test, develop, and demonstrate a variety of software on any of their favorite operating systems, then quickly deploy their applications to Cloud. VirtualBox is an evolving product that Oracle continues and will continue to improve and add new features and enhancements.

Simply visit VirtualBox.org to download the software and enjoy using it. New versions can be found for personal use at the Downloads page and at the Oracle VM VirtualBox page, and available with commercial support. An active community and forum can be seen at community page. 

Monday Nov 30, 2015

Oracle at Gartner DC, Infrastructure and Operations Mgt Conference, Dec 7-10


Oracle is a Premier sponsor of the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conferencethis December 7 – 10, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Oracle experts in a variety of sessions, including demonstrations during the showcase receptions where they can discuss topics on Oracle’s Engineered Systems and many more of Oracle’s product offerings.

Oracle’s Solution Provider Session: New Thinking in Critical IT Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Chuck Hollis 

IT services are moving to the cloud, that's a fact, but you will always have critical services that run in your data center. You need a new type of infrastructure that allows you to move seamlessly between traditional IT, private & public cloud. This session will feature executive thought leaders from Oracle and leading customers to share their experience in transforming IT infrastructure.

Oracle will be at the Conference Exhibition Hall C, Booth #411 during the following date & hours:

Monday, December 7th 

6 - 8 PM: Show floor hours

Tuesday, December 8th

12– 2 PM: Show floor hours

6 – 8 PM: Show floor hours

Wednesday, December 9th

12- 2 PM: Show floor hours

Come and talk to our experts and grab a DVD with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM on it.

    Register today. 

    Monday Nov 16, 2015

    You are Invited: Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS , NY/NY, Nov 19

    Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS 

    Date: November 19, 2015

    Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Where : Cisco Systems

    One Penn Plaza
    9th Floor, Yankee Stadium CR
    New York, NY 10119

    Learn how Oracle Virtualization on UCS saves money, improves operations.Cisco and Oracle's leading experts will show solution capabilities and demonstrate via demos and customer examples.
    This workshop provides customers the opportunity to learn why Cisco UCS was designed from the ground up to drive virtualized workloads, and why Oracle VM offers unique advantages for Oracle workloads. Click on the Register button to reserve your seat.

    Space is limited!
    Lunch is included.

    Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

    Wanted - Technical Writer for Oracle Linux and Virtualization team

    Hi everyone, are you a technical writer knowledgeable on Linux and virtualization?

    We are looking for an experienced technical writer to work on producing documentation for our Linux and Virtualization products. Our documentation team is responsible for documenting Oracle VM, Oracle PCA, Oracle Linux, Oracle Secure Global Desktop. We are hiring around the area of Linux and Server Virtualization. It is possible that assignments will shift around eventually within the set of products listed above. 

    The work environment provides the opportunity for learning and continually acquiring new skills, delivering to revenue generating products and working with the latest network, server and virtualization technologies. Candidates should be prepared to work intensively with our developers and support organization when writing documentation and should be interested not just in writing but also in the technical aspects of publishing documentation.

    Our team members are expected to be motivated and to work independently, requiring discipline and excellent time-management skills as well as the technical facilities to communicate across the Internet/Intranet. A strong sense of autonomy and excellent communication skills are essential to facilitate working across geographies and with information sources from technical and product management job functions since the department is highly geographically distributed.

    Qualifications: 

    • Native English speaker
    • Solid Knowledge of virtualization technologies and storage
    • Ability to learn new technologies
    • 5 or more years previous experience in writing software documentation
    • Experience with writing documentation for virtualization and / or Operating Sytems products
    • Solid knowledge of the Linux operating system, and its commands. 
    • Familiarity with other operating systems: Solaris, Windows
    • Solid Knowledge of XML, DocBook XML, and XSL style sheets
    • Knowledge of Wikis and HTML- Experience with graphical tools
    • Familiarity with distributed working environments and source code versioning systems such as SVN
    • Familiarity with X86_64 and Sparc hardware architectures is a plus
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to administer own workstation and test environment
    • Natural curiosity

    Position #: 150001G2  - Technical Writer 

    Apply here 


    Friday Oct 30, 2015

    FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Re-cap of OpenWorld 2015 for Oracle Linux, Virtualization and OpenStack for Oracle Linux

    Hello everyone, what a week it had been, we have wrapped up another Oracle Openworld!

    Thank you to all our partners, customers, speakers, demo staff and organizers for making this Oracle OpenWorld a special one. For those curious about the statistics this year, I wanted to share those fascinating numbers (see attached infographic). 

    Oracle OpenWorld 2015 turned out to be an amazing one for our teams. We would like to recap and summarize our announcements and activities. 

    Highlights from the Keynotes: 

    Oracle Linux was center stage in this year's keynotes. Friday night, we had Intel CEO talking about how Oracle Linux and displaying it on the stage. One of the biggest announcements at the show is the new userspace patching capability of Ksplice, unveiled in Larry Ellison’s The Secure Cloud keynote . Ksplice is included with Oracle Linux Premier Support and administrators have been using it to patch the running Linux kernel with zero-downtime and without rebooting for years, with over 1 million patches distributed. But patching kernel vulnerabilities is only part of the security story, because vulnerabilities can also occur in system libraries like glibc and OpenSSL. In 2014, The Heartbleed Bug exploited a vulnerability in OpenSSL and cost organizations millions of dollars. With the userspace patching feature of Ksplice, vulnerabilities like this can be corrected immediately when the patch is available without downtime or rebooting, dramatically improving the security of your systems.

    Watch the keynotes on-demand if you have not had a chance to tune in during OpenWorld. 

    From theCube :

    Wim Coekaerts, SVP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering discussed the updates to Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Open source at Oracle with SiliconANGLE Media team at theCube, at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 in San Francisco. My favorite part was about his comments on open-source. He explained Open source at Oracle is a “development strategy, not a philosophical approach.” If it makes business sense to develop the product as open source, that’s how it moves forward. Open source is not just in my department,” Coekaerts explained, "but rather across the company". This was a great video interview with Wim Coekaerts, not to be missed!

    Highlights from the Showcase and Exhibition Hall:

    Our Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase area was a big hit with the Oracle OpenWorld attendees this year. Our partners amitego AG, Intel, Huawei, Fortinet, SGI, Qlogic, Niksun and Linux Foundation showcased their solutions and presented in the theatre. We also had great interaction with attendees at our Oracle demo pods featuring Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle VM VirtualBox, Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux products. Our theatre sessions were so busy that we had to bring extra seating. 

    Highlights from our sessions:

    Our sessions were amazing, everyone that attended came out with positive remarks, one attendee tweeted at Greg Marsden's session : "Nice session 'Maximize Oracle Linux Performance on Servers and in the Cloud'  Tuning OS,Memory, FS. Can't wait to try them. #oow15 ".   There were few "wow!" and "really?" remarks in Wim Coekaerts' general session when audience heard that Oracle VM VirtualBox supports almost all the OS in the market including IBM OS/2 (looks like some of our banking customers still using it for custom applications). 

    Key takeaways:

    • Security is critical in today's ever-present cyber attacks and we have the solution for your Linux environment: new userspace patching and existing kernel patching capability of Ksplice makes it the must have item
    • If you are running on Oracle Engineered Systems, or Oracle Public Cloud, you are already running on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Why not implement it elsewhere in your infrastructure
    • We announced Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux R2- that simplifies deployment and administration by leveraging docker-based containers for deployment and upgrades
    • Oracle Linux and Oracle VM is certified and supported by all the major partners 

    I would like to end with an article that sums it all: Larry Ellison's World View: 7 Observations Straight From The Hip

    See you all at the next Oracle OpenWorld, September 18-22, 2016.

    Zeynep Koch

    Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

    OOW15 - Wednesday, Oct 28: What is Coming Up Today?

    Hello to you on a Wednesday morning at Oracle OpenWorld

    Today's keynote is "Oracle's Converged Strategy: From On-Premises to Cloud…and Back " by Dave Donatelli. , 9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m., at Moscone North, Hall D. 

    It had been a really busy two days for us but today is even more packed for Oracle Linux and Virtualization teams. Just check out those sessions we have lined up for you:

    Sessions and Hands-On-Labs:

    • Build and Deploy Portable Applications Using Docker and Oracle Linux [HOL10328] Wednesday, Oct 28, 8:45 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
    • How to Manage Your Oracle Linux Environment with Spacewalk [HOL10326] Wednesday, Oct 28, 10:15 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Monterey (3rd Floor)
    • Building a Large-Scale Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux [CON9487] Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Business Continuity for Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure [CON9575] Wednesday, Oct 28, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Rapid Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9576] Wednesday, Oct 28, 1:45 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • The Enterprise Cloud Simplified with Oracle VM [CON9488] Wednesday, Oct 28, 3:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Maximize Your Private Cloud Investment with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9574] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud [HOL10469] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)

     As usual, we have some great showcase theatre sessions lined up as well:

    Today is also your last chance to win these great prizes so don't forget to come to Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Moscone South, Booth 121. 

    Hope you have a great Wednesday at and come and see us at our sessions and showcase.

    Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

    OOW15: Tues, Oct 27-What's Coming Up Today?

    Happy Tuesday to all Oracle OpenWorld attendees and those watching online.

    Today is full of important Keynotes and General sessions by Oracle Linux and Virtualization team. Keynotes are at Moscone North, Hall D.,  first one 8:30 10:15 a.m. "Oracle Software Innovations", Thomas Kurian, the second one - not to be missed- "The Secure Cloud", by Larry Ellison, 1:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m. These keynotes will be streamed live from Oracle OpenWorldwebsite.

    For Linux and Virtualization audiences the key event is the general sessions. Oracle's Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering will present the General sessions highlighted in red below, mark them in your schedule and don't miss:

    • General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479]Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Secure Your Data Center with Oracle Linux [CON9483] Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486] Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Oracle VM: Complete and Integrated Virtualization Solution in a Data Center [CON6120] Tuesday, Oct 27, 5:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

    If you missed the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Moscone South, Booth #121 yesterday,  today is the day to visit. We will have the Oracle product managers and engineers to answer your questions. 

    Today's theatre sessions in the showcase area will be: 


    We all look forward to talking to you.

    Zeynep Koch 


    Thursday Oct 22, 2015

    OOW15: All Oracle Linux, Oracle Virtualization Sessions and HOLs

    Hello everyone, what a busy month for us! 

    First, the October edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! Featuring stories about the new OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 2, what’s happening at next week’s Oracle OpenWorld, an economic value analysis of Oracle Linux, and much more. Read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get future editions delivered straight to your inbox.

    We have only 3 days to Oracle OpenWorld and we are excited to present you with an amazing range of sessions and Hands on Labs for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, VirtualBox, Secure Global Desktop and OpenStack for Oracle Linux.  First of all, we wanted to remind you all the locations. Please allow sufficient time to travel:

    • All Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux sessions are at the Park Central Hotel
    • All of our Hands on Labs are at the Hotel Nikko
    • Demos are in Moscone South
    • Keynotes are in Moscone North


    Monday, Oct. 26:

    • Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10471] Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)
    • Performance Optimizations for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service [CON9577] Monday, Oct 26, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Getting Started with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [HOL10473] Monday, Oct 26, 12:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)
    • Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10472] Monday, Oct 26, 2:00 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)
    • Maximize Oracle Linux Performance on Servers and in the Cloud [CON9481] Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Oracle Linux: Build, Test, and Deploy—Tools for the Modern Developer [CON9484] Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Next-Generation Cloud Application Development with Oracle Linux, Docker, and Virtualization [CON9485] Monday, Oct 26, 5:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Don't miss the General sessions highlighted in red below:
    • General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479] Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Secure Your Data Center with Oracle Linux [CON9483] Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486] Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Oracle VM: Complete and Integrated Virtualization Solution in a Data Center [CON6120] Tuesday, Oct 27, 5:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

    Wednesday, Oct 28:

    • Build and Deploy Portable Applications Using Docker and Oracle Linux [HOL10328] Wednesday, Oct 28, 8:45 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
    • How to Manage Your Oracle Linux Environment with Spacewalk [HOL10326] Wednesday, Oct 28, 10:15 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Monterey (3rd Floor)
    • Building a Large-Scale Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux [CON9487] Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Business Continuity for Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure [CON9575] Wednesday, Oct 28, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Rapid Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9576] Wednesday, Oct 28, 1:45 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • The Enterprise Cloud Simplified with Oracle VM [CON9488] Wednesday, Oct 28, 3:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Maximize Your Private Cloud Investment with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9574] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
    • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud [HOL10469] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)

    We wanted to list all the sessions and HOLs by day so you don't miss them but in case you prefer to bookmark the Focus On Documents, here are the links for those which gives you the summary of all the activities for Oracle Linux and Virtualization:

    Focus On Document - Oracle Linux

    Focus On Document - Oracle Virtualization

    We look forward to seeing you in our Sessions and Hands on Labs at OOW15.

    Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

    The September 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Now Available

    The September 2015 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

    • Oracle OpenWorld 2015
    • The latest update to Oracle VM VirtualBox
    • Oracle VM Windows Paravirtual (PV) Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft
    • Oracle VM Templates for Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 now available on Oracle VM Server for SPARC
    • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 now available for Oracle VM Server 3.3
    • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.3.3 Released
    • And more...

    You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy! 

     

    Friday Sep 18, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database

    Happy Friday!

    This week I wanted to bring your attention to a white paper you might have missed. You'll hear us talk about application-driven virtualization a lot, but how does that actually work with a large application? Say, the Oracle Database? The white paper below goes in-depth on that question and describes the cross-stack integration that makes Oracle VM the best platform for Oracle Database. Give it a read and have a great weekend!

    Why Oracle VM is the Best Platform for Deploying Oracle Database

    -Chris

    Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

    Wim Coekaerts is Keynote speaker at LinuxCon North America

    Oracle is one of the biggest contributors to Linux but it’s also at the forefront of exploring what is possible with cloud computing and containers, including integrations with Docker and contributions to the Open Container Initiative. 

    This year Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon North America and Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will be keynote speaker. He will be talking at the event specifically about how the cloud revolution is changing the role of the operating system, a very relevant topic for attendees. Amanda McPherson of Linux Foundation, spoke to Wim at Oracle’s campus in Redwood Shores a few weeks ago, and in this short video preview, Wim tells if the operating system still matters in a world of virtualization and containers and how that impacts application development. 

    Read more.

    Monday Aug 03, 2015

    Oracle is Sponsoring LinuxCon North America


    LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. This event is designed to provide a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community.

    This year Oracle will be one of the key sponsors and we have a keynote session that features Wim Coekaerts as speaker.

    LinuxCon will be showcasing multiple products including Oracle Linux, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL in the following sessions:


    Visit the Oracle booth in the showcase area to connect with our speakers and technical experts.

    Visit LinuxCon NA website to get more information.

    Co-located event: OpenStack Day Seattle 2015: 

    There's also co-located event OpenStack Day Seattle 2015 where Oracle OpenStack expert Wiekus Beukes will present Enterprise Ready OpenStack on Thursday, Aug 19 at 4-4:45. 

    Friday Jul 24, 2015

    FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:

    • Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point
    • Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud
    • From power-on to production in few hours
    • Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time
    • Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack 

    It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

    In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers.

    There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples:

    In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services

    Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services.

    By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers.

    We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples.

    Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

    Friday Jul 17, 2015

    Friday Spotlight: Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud

    Happy Friday!

    We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general.

    Click here or the thumbnail below to head over to Oracle Media Network to give it a watch:

     Hope you enjoy it and have a great week!

    -Chris

    Tuesday May 26, 2015

    May 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

    We're pleased to announce that the May edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available!

    This issue includes information on:

    You can read the online edition right now, or if you'd like to have the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, you can sign up here

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