Friday Mar 25, 2016

Friday Spotlight: OTN Virtual Technology Summit, April 5th

OTN Virtual Technology Summit is coming and we are going to attend this important virtual-class meeting.

Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts as they share their insight and experience (through technical demo's/presentations and hands on labs) in meeting today's IT challenges in the upcoming Oracle Technology Network Virtual Technology Summit. These interactive, online events offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips. Between them you can find:

Operating Systems and Virtualization Track covers best practices for implementing, optimising and securing your operating system, management tools and hardware. In addition we will also discuss best practices related to Oracle VM and Oracle VM Templates.

Between the others, under the "Operating Systems and Virtualization Track" you'll find a session dedicated to Oracle VM Templates.

On this session we are going to present one of the most requested Hands-on Labs related to Oracle VM Templates:

Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

Deploying Oracle RAC on other virtualization solutions, or on a bare-metal system, could request days of work and more steps involved, like:

  • Operating System Software Installation (Oracle Linux)
  • Operating System Patching (Update kernel and user-space packages)
  • Operating System Configuration and Requirements (Apply kernel configuration and packages needed for Oracle RAC)
  • Oracle Cluster & Database Software Installation (Oracle Grid Infrastructure & Database software)
  • Oracle Cluster & Database Software Patching (CPU, PSU and Interim Patches on both Cluster and Database software)
  • Oracle Database creation and configuration

    As you can see on the picture above, deployment time is drastically reduced thanks to Oracle VM Templates; all activities related to installation, configuration, patching and maintenance are already executed by Oracle Experts that grant to have all best-practices in place and, at the same time, a fully supported and certified system available. 

    If you are interested to see how Oracle VM Templates can drastically reduce deployment time of your applications, following links will help you to schedule and register yourself on this interesting session:

    At the end of the session, all participants will have the opportunity to make questions or clarify any kind of doubt with the help of Oracle product experts.

    Hope to virtually meet you over there.

    Saturday Oct 24, 2015

    Accelerate Application Deployment with Oracle VM Templates

    Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is around the corner, and we are pleased to announce the release of the latest and greatest Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database as well as an updated version of deploycluster tool that supports Oracle VM 3.3.

    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 — up to 10x faster than with other solutions.

    The release delivers all security fixes from database and OS in a fully automated deployment framework. The deploycluster tool provides fully automated end-to-end Single Instance and Oracle Real Application Clusters deployments on Oracle VM 3. The new deploycluster tool now supports the latest Oracle VM 3.3. The new templates include Standard Edition 2, which is totally new, first time the templates ever did for standard edition. For download instructions of deploycluster tool and Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database, visit here.

    •  [Oct 2015] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition , including Oracle Grid Infrastructure (12.1.0.2.5) & Oracle Linux 7 Update 1 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 18888877 for 64-Bit Linux
    • [Oct 2015] Single Instance & Oracle RAC 12c Release 1 Standard Edition 2, including Oracle Grid Infrastructure (12.1.0.2.5) & Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 - Available from My Oracle Support under Patch number 18888883 for 64-Bit Linux

    Rapid Application Deployment

    Here is a sample deploycluster session, notice this is invoked using a single command, which does everything, powers on VMs, setup network then hands over to the OneCommand engine inside the VMs, which builds a single instance or RAC environment complete with a database.

     --- DEPLOYCLUSTER SAMPLE RUN OF A 10-NODE FLEX CLUSTER, elapse time ~4min ---

    Oracle DB/RAC OneCommand (v2.1.2) for Oracle VM - deploy cluster - (c) 2011-2015 Oracle Corporation
     (com: 29100:v2.0.4, lib: 182513:v2.0.6, var: 1600:v2.0.6) - v2.4.3 - server09.domain.com (x86_64)
    Invoked as root at Fri Oct 23 02:45:56 2015  (size: 47000, mtime: Thu Sep 17 15:03:35 2015)
    Using: ./deploycluster.py -u admin -p **** -H server02 -M *1023-rc2* -N netconfig-empire-1-12c-10n.ini

    INFO: Attempting to connect to Oracle VM Manager...

    INFO: Oracle VM Client  (3.2.9.746) protocol (1.9) CONNECTED (tcps) to
          Oracle VM Manager (3.2.9.746) protocol (1.9) IP (192.128.1.100) UUID (0004fb0000010000542f0dc676ea61df)

    INFO: Inspecting /root/ovm_shell2/test44/deploycluster2/netconfig-empire-1-12c-10n.ini for number of nodes defined....
    INFO: Detected 10 nodes in: /root/ovm_shell2/test44/deploycluster2/netconfig-empire-1-12c-10n.ini

    INFO: Located a total of (10) VMs;
          10 VMs with a simple name of: ['empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.0', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.1', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.2', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.3', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.4', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.5', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.6', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.7', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.8', 'empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.9']

    INFO: Detected (4) Hub nodes and (6) Leaf nodes in the Flex Cluster

    INFO: Detected a RAC deployment...

    INFO: Starting all (10) VMs...

    INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.0" (Leaf node) is in Running state...
    INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.1" (Hub node) is in Running state...
    INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.2" (Leaf node) is in Running state...
    INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.3" (Hub node) is in Running state...
    INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.4" (Hub node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it......OK.
    INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.5" (Leaf node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it......OK.
    INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.6" (Leaf node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it......OK.
    INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.7" (Leaf node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it.......OK.
    INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.8" (Leaf node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it........OK.
    INFO: VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.9" (Hub node) is in a Stopped state, attempting to start it........OK.
    INFO: Verifying that all (10) VMs are in Running state and pass prerequisite checks.............

    INFO: Detected that all (4) Hub node VMs specified on command line have (5) common shared disks between them (ASM_MIN_DISKS=5)

    INFO: The (10) VMs passed basic sanity checks and in Running state, sending cluster details as follows:
          netconfig.ini (Network setup): /root/ovm_shell2/test44/deploycluster2/netconfig-empire-1-12c-10n.ini
          buildcluster: yes

    INFO: Starting to send configuration details to all (10) VM(s).............
    INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.0" (Leaf node).....
    INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.1" (Hub node)....
    INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.2" (Leaf node).....
    INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.3" (Hub node).....
    INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.4" (Hub node).....
    INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.5" (Leaf node).....
    INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.6" (Leaf node).....
    INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.7" (Leaf node).....
    INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.8" (Leaf node).....
    INFO: Sending to VM with a simple name of "empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.9" (Hub node)......

    INFO: Configuration details sent to (10) VMs...
          Check log (default location /u01/racovm/buildcluster.log) on build VM (empire-1023-rc2-rac12c.1)...

    INFO: deploycluster.py completed successfully at 02:49:35 in 219.6 seconds (0h:03m:39s)

    To learn more, we are happy to meet with you at Oracle OpenWorld!

    Friday Oct 16, 2015

    Friday OOW15 Spotlight - Oracle VM Hands on Labs: HOL10469, HOL10471 and HOL10472

    Oracle OpenWorld 2015 will start in on October 25th. As every year, among the 2000+ sessions presented there will be many Hands on labs.

    The idea of these Oracle VM HOL is to enable 40 to 50 customers and partners to meet in a room and install/configure/use Oracle products on laptops during 1 or 2 hours, following detailed documentation and being helped by several Oracle experts. Each student will have a laptop where, thanks to Oracle VM VirtualBox, we will be able to create Oracle VM Demo environments:

    The labs that we are going to host this year are the following:

      Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM [HOL10469]

      In this session, highly experienced Oracle experts walk you through the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c and Oracle VM as the foundation. See how to deploy new Oracle databases or schemas from a catalog in different ways in minutes.

      Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)


      Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates
      [HOL10471]

      Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that overcomes the limitations of traditional shared-nothing and shared-disk approaches to provide highly scalable and available database solutions for all your business applications. In this hands-on lab, learn from Oracle experts about how to deploy Oracle RAC in just minutes by leveraging the power of Oracle VM Templates.

      Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 AM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)


      Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10472]

      Oracle E-Business Suite is the most comprehensive suite of integrated, global business applications that enable organizations to make better decisions, reduce costs, and increase performance. And going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment. In this hands-on lab, learn how powerful Oracle VM Templates can make rolling out Oracle E-Business Suite quick and easy.

      Monday, Oct 26, 02:00 PM - Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom II (3rd floor)

      If you will attend Oracle OpenWorld 2015 and are interested by Infrastructure Cloud, OpenStack or Virtualization, add those labs to your calendar using the Schedule Builder tool

      To learn more about other sessions, read the previous blog post - Start Reserving Your Spots in Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Sessions.

      See you soon @ OOW15!

      Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

      Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates - An Economic Impact Assessment

      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.

      We are pleased to share the report performed by Evaluator Group:

      They studied the creation and use of virtualized server templates as an administrative process for server deployments in an Oracle RAC environment — a process that can be surprisingly complex if done manually within any database environment.

      This study was done in two ways:

      • Evaluator Group conducted an independent lab comparison of template creation methods in an Oracle database application environment. We first built templates 'from scratch' and deployed virtualized servers for Oracle RAC under VMware while tracking the time consumed for each step in the process. We then repeated the same process of deploying virtualized Oracle RAC servers, but in this second iteration they used Oracle VM and the templates that are included with Oracle VM to create clones of virtual machines. Again, they tracked the time consumed for each step in this process.
      • They also interviewed an Oracle systems administrator as a basis for additional comparison of building templates in a production environment. For this customer, templates were a “game changer” because of an ability to deploy database and business intelligence services up to twenty times faster for their customers.

      Evaluator Group conducted this study of both methods to compare the two on the basis of management complexity, risk resulting from administrative error, and overall time consumed.

      To learn more about Evaluator Group's findings, read the paper Evaluate Group Technology Insight Paper - Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates – An Economic Impact Assessment. You can gain the same benefits in your overall production environment with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, like the customer example shown in the paper.  

      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.

    1.  [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
    2. [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.
    3. Friday Nov 08, 2013

      DON'T MISS: Live Webcast - Nimble SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco UCS (Nov 12)

      You are invited to the live webcast with Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco where we will talk about the new SmartStack solution from Nimble Storage that features Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Cisco UCS products. In this webinar, you will learn how Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco provides a converged infrastructure for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. SmartStack, built on best-of-breed components, delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes. 

      When : Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:00 AM Pacific Time

      Panelists:
      Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle
      John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco
      Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage

      SmartStack™solutions provide pre-validated reference architectures that speed deployments and minimize risk. 

        •     The pre-validated converged infrastructure is based on an Oracle Validated Configuration that includes Oracle Database and Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.
        •     The solution components include a Nimble Storage CS-Series array, two Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade servers, Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 or Oracle Database 12c Release 1.
        •     The Nimble Storage CS-Series is certified with Oracle VM 3.2 providing an even more flexible solution leveraging virtualization for functions such as test and development by delivering excellent random I/O performance in Oracle VM environments.

          Friday Oct 18, 2013

          Oracle Virtualization Friday Spotlight - October 18, 2013

          Opening The Oracle VM Templates Blackbox

          Oracle VM Templates give you the efficiency of speed and the assurance of no guess work. For those in the know, Oracle VM Guest Additions is a great way to empower you to do more interesting things with the Templates. Today’s blog article is to share the secrets with those who are not content with just treating Oracle VM Templates as a black box.

          Oracle VM Guest Additions is a set of packages that can be installed on the guest operating system of a virtual machine running in the Oracle VM environment. These packages provide the tools to allow bi-directional communication directly between the Oracle VM Manager and the operating system running within the virtual machine. OK here’s where the ‘power-user’ part comes in…. This gives your fine-grained control over the configuration and behavior of components running within the virtual machine directly from Oracle VM Manager. You now have the ability to see and direct what goes on inside your VM from Oracle VM Manager.

          • Get a reporting on IP addressing
          • Use the template configuration facility to automatically configure virtual machines as they are first started
          • Send messages directly to a virtual machine to trigger programmed events
          • Query a virtual machine to obtain information pertaining to previous messages

          Enough of the theory!

          To get hands-on how-to’s and talk directly with the product expert on Oracle VM Guest Additions, Robbie de Meyer, or Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database and RAC Template expert Saar Maoz, join us for the Oct 24th live webcast. You can also read more about the Oracle VM Guest Additions in the whitepaper.

          Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

          Overstock.com, Data Intensity, State University of New York on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Database and Oracle Applications

          Just five days left to Oracle OpenWorld! This is a great opportunity to attend sessions in the virtualization track and hear directly from customers on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Databases and Oracle Applications.

          Oracle VM Templates are powerful tools that can transform daily IT individuals into IT heroes. Hear from Oracle engineering architects to learn how we built in the power of automation to allow for repeatable auto deployment of Oracle Database and Oracle Applications. In CON9555 hear from Oracle experts on creation of templates for Oracle Database, single instance deployments and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) deployments. In the same session, also hear from the Overstock.com web operations team on how they are able to benefit from application deployment with Oracle VM Templates.

          In CON11257, hear from Oracle ACEs on best practices for virtualizing Oracle E-Business Suite. In the same session, hear from the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne team on deployment using Oracle VM Templates. For enterprise applications, high availability is key, join us in CON11258 and hear from Data Intensity on best practices for building a highly available virtualized infrastructure with Oracle VM. For more on the combined power of Oracle VM Templates and Enterprise Manager 12c, checkout CON9584 and hear how State University of New York, one of the largest university systems in the US, uses Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c to enable self-service provisioning and publish applications as cloud services.  

          Anxious to put all that you’ve heard to work, you can join us in the Hands On Lab session HOL9982. In this one hour step-by-step instructor led class, you’ll be guided by Oracle’s long time field experts and Oracle VM Templates architects. By the time you are done with the lab, you will have deployed a 4 node RAC cluster. You'll get access to so much knowledge and practical hands on experience that you can put to use immediately, it's more than enough reason to justify your attendance at Oracle OpenWorld!

          Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

          New reasons why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Databases

          Many thanks to those who stopped by our booth #330 at VMworld! For many of you, we will meet again at Oracle OpenWorld in just a few short weeks. Virtualization related content at Oracle OpenWorld can be found in our Focus On Virtualization document.

          We received quite a few inquiries and interest from long time Oracle Database users looking to migrate from physical to virtual environments. Following up on our discussion on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Database are new releases of the Oracle VM Templates that fully automate the creation of Single Instance, Oracle Restart and RAC configurations. Wim’s detailed blog showcases the elegance and simplicity of the templates.

          How does deploying Oracle Database using Oracle VM Templates different from deploying Oracle Database with traditional virtualization technology? The complexity and intricate dependencies of Oracle Database deployment is fully encapsulated in a simple script that you can run. Simply, we’ve done the work so you don’t have to. You can deploy the Oracle Database single instance or in a clustered environment in a matter of minutes…..the right way!

          The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database are completely pre-configured, pre-tested and pre-packaged in a VM along with Oracle best practices so you have peace of mind that you can indeed deploy and forget. As for performance, read what independent benchmark findings have to say in the Revera benchmarks in a side-by-side comparison, or the most recently posted benchmark results on Oracle Database performance on Oracle VM from Open Universities Australia.

          For more information on the new templates visit the Oracle VM Templates home page on OTN

          For a more interactive learning option, there are a couple of opportunities coming up soon that you can take advantage of. First, Saar Maoz will be hosting a webinar this Thursday (8/29) where he will be discussing Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Database. Head on over to the Real Application Clusters Special Interest Group to learn more and register.

          And If you'd like to learn how to deploy a 4 node RAC cluster within 1 hour, join Oracle field implementation experienced experts in a 1 hour step-by-step hands on lab at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 for this session: 

          Monday Aug 19, 2013

          Open Universities Australia uses Oracle VM to Virtualize Oracle Database and PeopleSoft

          Open Universities Australia Realizes Valuable Savings and Simplifies IT with Oracle VM

          Deploys Virtualized Oracle Database and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Applications to Production, Development and Disaster Recovery Environments in Campus-Wide Infrastructure Upgrade

          Read the entire press release.

          Open Universities Australia (OUA) director of ICT, Anthony Russo, was faced with a 3 year cycle of systems upgrade. With tightening budgets to meet growth targets, needing to deliver on cost efficiencies while staying within constraints of existing license footprints and implementing a zero outage operations model, Anthony had to re-evaluate his traditional IT approach with bare metal computing.

          Virtualizing Oracle Database and Oracle PeopleSoft Campus applications were a remote option for Anthony due to fear of loss in performance and managing the complexity of the environment with a small IT staff. The environments that would be affected were the hosted development, and cloud based environments for both Production and Disaster Recovery.

          However, the looming hardware refresh and software upgrade costs of over $300,000 convinced Anthony to evaluate Virtualization.

          Oracle VM claims as the best virtualization technology for Oracle Database and enterprise applications workload were not sufficient data to decide on this important refresh. Anthony embarked on a performance testing validation exercise. To his surprise, his own performance results debunked the performance myths about virtualizing database workloads -- in fact in some cases virtualized workloads on Oracle VM performed better than even on bare metal!

          As for the fear of complexity introduced to his IT process by virtualization, this was also debunked with Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Enterprise Manger 12c. His IT team provisioned a multi-node Oracle RAC environment all within a few hours using the Oracle VM Templates with pre-configured Oracle Database, RAC and Oracle Linux. With Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, the team is able to manage and monitor Oracle VM servers and virtual machines across multiple locations from a single console.

          Anthony shares his report findings in a whitepaper “ Oracle VM on Oracle Real Application Clusters, Physical vs. Virtual Database” hosted by the Independent Oracle User Group. Here is a sample of some of the key findings in the report:

          To access the complete report, visit the IOUG Website sign up for a Free Associate Membership and join the Cloud Computing SIG.

          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

          Thursday Oct 18, 2012

          Two Upcoming Server Virtualization Webcasts

          We have a couple of interesting server virtualization webcasts coming up that you might be interested in. Have a look: 

          Webcast 1: October 23rd, 9 am PST

          Virtualized Infrastructure Simplified with Oracle VM and NetApp Storage and Data Management Solutions
          Point-and-Click Interface Deploys Virtualized Data Infrastructure in Minutes 

          Provisioning and deploying a virtual data infrastructure can be costly, time-consuming, and prone to error. Oracle VM and NetApp joint solutions, however, give you a single point-and-click interface to deploy your virtualized data infrastructure seamlessly in minutes. Join us in this live webcast to learn more from product experts and view a product demo.
          Webcast 2: November 14th, 9 am PST

          Report Shows Oracle VM Up to 10x Faster than VMware vSphere 5 in Time to Deployment

          Time is your IT department’s greatest commodity. So when a new report reveals that your IT staff can deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) up to 10 times faster than a traditional install performed with VMware vSphere 5, it’s newsworthy. Join us in this live webcast to learn how you can realize your time savings.

          Register (for free!) here


          Friday Aug 24, 2012

          Oracle VM Templates Enable Oracle Real Application Clusters Deployment Up to 10 Times Faster than VMware vSphere

          Oracle VM - Quantifying the Value of Application-Driven Deployment

          Oracle VM - Quantifying the Value of Application-Driven Deployment

          The recently published report by the Evaluator Group, “Oracle VM – Quantifying The Value of Application-Driven Virtualization,“ validates Oracle’s ease of use and time savings over VMware vSphere 5. The report found that users can deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters up to 10 times faster with Oracle VM templates than VMware vSphere. Using Oracle VM templates users can deploy E-Business Suites nearly 7 times faster than VMware vSphere.

          "Oracle VM’s application-driven architecture was built to enable rapid deployment of enterprise applications, with simplified integrated lifecycle management, to fully support Oracle applications. Our testing has demonstrated 90 percent improvement deploying Oracle Real Application Clusters 11g R2 using Oracle VM Templates and a similar improvement of 85 percent for the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1. This clearly shows that Templates can provide real value to customers and should become an essential component for enabling rapid enterprise application deployment and management," said Leah Schoeb, Senior Partner, Evaluator Group.

          Read the Press Release

          Get a copy of the Evaluator Group Report: Oracle VM – Quantifying The Value of Application-Driven Virtualization

          Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

          Webcast: Deploy Oracle RAC in Minutes with Oracle VM Templates

          Join us for the webcast titled, "Simplify Oracle RAC Deployment with Oracle VM", being held on March 20th at 9am PT.

          While Server virtualization is becoming more common practice, the deployment of enterprise application workloads continues to remain a complex and time consuming endeavor for IT. Oracle VM is specifically designed to help IT accelerate and simplify enterprise application deployment and management. Using Oracle VM pre-built templates, complex application deployments, updates and upgrades can be reduced from days/weeks to minutes and hours; including the deployment of Oracle (Real Application Clusters (RAC)) Database environments. Learn how you can:

          • Deploy an Oracle (RAC) Database environment in minutes with Oracle VM templates
          • Create, deploy or convert existing systems into highly available cluster environments
          • Instantly respond to changing demand by relocating resources between servers

          Speakers:

          • Ronen Kofman – Product Management Director, Oracle 
          • Markus Michalewicz – Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle

          Day and Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

          Time: 9am PT

          Tuesday Nov 16, 2010

          Oracle VM Template for Oracle RAC 11g Webinar Slides & SIG Info

          Thanks to the hundreds and hundreds of you that joined us today for the Webinar on how to use Oracle VM Templates to create a fully configured 2 node RAC 11g cluster in about 30mins.

          For those of you that missed it....

          • A PDF of the slides are already available here
          • An on-demand playback of the webinar should be posted in the next day or so, so check back here (www.oracle.com/virtualization) by going to the "Events" section on the right hand side for this and other past webinars.
          • Plan to attend a 2hr extended version of this, including hands-on demo time sponsored by the RAC SIG (Special Interest Group).  See here for details.
          Enjoy!
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