Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows 3.2.2 released!

The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Window guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM. 

Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.2 is signed by Microsoft. New features in this release are:

Additional support for the following new guest operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 8

Windows XP is now dropped from the supported guest OS list.

For details how to install the software as well as the known limitations and workarounds, see the Oracle VM Documentation.

To download the new Windows PV drivers, search patch ID 16863114 on My Oracle Support.


Thursday May 26, 2011

Oracle VP Makes Shocking Revelation!: Xen Bits Actually *are* in Linux!

For those of you that relish a bit of technology deep-dive now and again, I've got a great entry for you from the Senior Vice President of Virtualization and Linux Development and Support at Oracle Wim Coekaerts (...and Linux Foundation board member.  And my boss.  Yes- that's his picture and, no, he doesn't have that beard anymore.  Well, not most days.)  It's about how, despite what you may have heard in the past, the bits that optimize Linux for running in Xen environments actually *are* now in mainline Linux.  Xen is alive and well, thank you and there are darn good reasons for that.

Perhaps one of the things we in the Xen community have not talked about loud enough and consistently enough is how Xen absolutely dominates public cloud infrastructures, including the biggest of them all Amazon, who use not only open source Xen but also Oracle VM (based on Xen) to underpin their Amazon Web Services EC2 offering.   For those of you contemplating implementing your own internal cloud fashioned on the model that has been so successful for the leaders in cloud computing, i.e. the public cloud guys, think long and hard about that:  why have nearly all the big and emerging cloud players chosen Xen?   Xen is here, it is a vibrant community, and it is a proven, robust technology that is more than ready for the enterprise as well.  And adoption of the various Xen optimizing kernel bits into the Linux mainline shows that it will continue to be maintained and enhanced for a long time to come, so don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

For the full story in glorious, geeky details, take a look at Wim's blog entry.

Monday Jul 13, 2009

Announcing Windows PV Drivers for Oracle VM

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Windows PV Drivers for Oracle VM to bring customer boosted network throughput and higher disk I/O while running Microsoft Windows guests in a virtual environment on Oracle VM.

You can download the software today for free from Oracle E-Delivery. You choose Oracle VM and select 2.1.5. The Windows PV drivers are included in the Oracle VM 2.1.5 media pack.

You will require Oracle VM 2.1.5 to use the Windows PV drivers. The following Windows operating systems (32-bit and 64-bit) are the currently supported guests with the Windows PV drivers.

* Windows Server 2008
* Windows Server 2003
* Windows Vista
* Windows XP

For details how to install the software as well as the known limitations and workarounds, please see the Oracle VM Windows Paravirtual Drivers Installation Guide. To learn how to upgrade the existing Oracle VM 2.1.x to the latest Oracle VM 2.1.5, please refer to the Oracle VM Documentation.


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