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!

      Monday Nov 08, 2010

      Deploy A Highly Available Virtualized Infrastructure with Oracle VM and Oracle RAC

      Join us for a live webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 16th at 9am US PT as we discuss how the combination of Oracle VM server virtualization and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) enables the benefits of a virtualized data center infrastructure for highly available applications.

      In this session we will cover technical details of how to use and deploy Oracle RAC in an Oracle VM environment, and create a production ready multi-node virtual environment in a fully automated way. Attend this session to understand how you can benefit from the most highly-available, grid-ready combination of Oracle VM and Oracle RAC.

      Get more info and register here.

       


      Sunday Sep 12, 2010

      More Oracle VM Templates to Accelerate Application Deployment

      We have a few new Oracle VM Templates that are available for customers to download, as pointed out in Wim's blog.

      Oracle VM template is a fully pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine that can be downloaded onto an installed Oracle VM server. An Oracle VM Template may include a single virtual machine, with a single Oracle product such as a single-instance database or WebLogic Server or multiple VMs with multiple Oracle products to facilitate rapid deployment of even the most complex composite applications such as Siebel CRM, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, or E-Business Suite.

      Customers benefit from the rapid application deployment with Oracle VM Templates; for example, they can deploy new technology to their customers 90% more quickly, eliminating a previously cumbersome manual process. To learn more, you can watch the flash demo.

      Here's a list of new templates that were newly added over the last few months:
      For a complete list of available Oracle VM Templates, please visit:
      http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/templates-101937.html

      Tuesday Mar 16, 2010

      Best Practices around Oracle VM with RAC: RAC SIG webcast - Thursday, March 18th -

      The RAC SIG will be hosting an interesting webcast this Thursday, March 18th at 9am pacific time (5pm GMT) on:

      Best Practices around Oracle VM with RAC

      The adaptation of virtualization technology has risen tremendously and continues to grow due to the rapid change and growth rate of IT infrastructures. With this in mind, this seminar focuses on configuration best practices, examining how Oracle RAC scales & performs in a virtualized environment, and evaluating Oracle VM Server's ease of use.

      Roger Lopez from Dell IT will be presenting.

      This Week's Webcast Connection Info:
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      Webcast URL (use Internet Explorer):

      https://ouweb.webex.com/ouweb/k2/j.php?ED=134103137&UID=1106345812&RT=MiM0

      Voice can either be heard via the webconference or via the following
      dial in:

      Participant Dial-In 877-671-0452
      International Dial-In 706-634-9644
      International Dial-In No Link http://www.intercall.com/national/oracleuniversity/gdnam.html

      Intercall Password 86336

      Tuesday Apr 21, 2009

      Oracle VM High Availability - Hands-on Guide to Implementing Guest VM HA

      We just released a new White Paper: Oracle VM High Availability – Hands-on Guide to Implementing Guest VM HA. Guest VM HA functionality provides a powerful, easy-to-manage solution for maximizing up-time for virtually any guest VM workload, without requiring any tailoring inside the VM, making it simple to set-up, use, and maintain.

      This white paper focuses on best practices of the Oracle VM Guest VM High Availability (HA) design and implementation. It's complementary to the previous White Paper: Oracle VM – Creating & Maintaining a Highly Available Environments for Guest VMs, and serves as a practical guide to help customers design the HA environment and experience the benefits of Oracle VM. It provides a step-by-step guide to plan and set up the Oracle VM environment so you can implement the guest VM HA feature to assure predictable, reliable, and accurate restarting of failed VM and Servers.

      To implement HA, you must create a cluster of Virtual Machine Servers in a server pool and have them managed by Oracle VM Manager or Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control. Some basic steps include:

      1. Installing Oracle VM Server and Manager
      2. Creating Shared Storage for the Server Pool
      3. Enabling HA for the Server Pool
      4. Adding a new Server to the Server Pool
      5. Enabling HA for the Virtual Machines

      The most important part is to create shared storage for the server pool. You can set up shared storage for the server pool in the following configurations:

      * OCFS2 (Oracle Cluster File System) using the iSCSI (Internet SCSI) network protocol
      * OCFS2 using SAN (Storage Area Network)
      * NFS (Network File System)

      The procedures for creating shared storage for HA are essentially the same as what's described in the Oracle VM Server User Guide for creating a shared virtual disk using the above storage configurations for live migration. But you have fewer steps to go through when creating shared storage for HA. For example, you don't need to manually modify /etc/fstab for enabling HA since the configuration files will be handled by Oracle VM server agent automatically when you run /usr/lib/ovs/ovs-makerepo utility. In addition, the startup of related cluster services (o2cb) will also be handled when you run /usr/lib/ovs/ovs-cluster-configure utility.

      One of the common mistakes is that when the network is not configured properly, the cluster configuration files such as /etc/ocfs2/cluster.conf won't be propagated correctly to each server of the server pool. For example, the loopback address (127.0.0.1) may show up in the /etc/ocfs2/cluster.conf for some servers. You should verify your network settings (DNS, routing table, etc.), replace the loopback address with the public IP address for each server and make sure that the ocsf2 cluster configuration file (/etc/ocfs2/cluster.conf) be the same across all the servers within the same pool.

      In summary, Oracle VM Guest VM HA functionality provides the following benefits:

      * Auto-restart unexpectedly failed individual VMs on other servers in the server pool;
      * Auto-restart all the guest VMs on another server in the server pool when an unexpected physical server failure occurs;
      * Powerful cluster-based network- and storage heartbeat algorithms quickly and deterministically identify failed and/or isolated servers in the server pool to ensure rapid, accurate recovery;
      * Sophisticated distributed lock management functionality for SAN, NFS, NAS, and iSCSI storage ensures VMs or entire servers can be rapidly restarted with no risk of data corruption.

      For more information about Oracle VM and how customers are deploying it, please visit
      http://oracle.com/virtualization.

      Friday Apr 17, 2009

      Oracle VM Blog: 64bit RAC is Now Certified!

      I'm sure many of you are interested to know that 64bit Oracle RAC 10.2.0.4 is now certified on Oracle VM in addition to the previously cerrtified 32bit RAC.

      As a result, the RAC-on-Oracle VM whitepaper has been updated to reflect this as well as generally updated to reflect the latest in best practices and configuration guidelines. The updated paper can be found here:
      http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/database/clusterware/pdf/oracle_rac_in_oracle_vm_environments.pdf

      Note that you can also navigate to it from the Oracle VM OTN whitepapers page here...
      http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/vm/index.html

      Some of the new content in the updated whitepaper:

    • Support for 64-bit Oracle RAC on Oracle VM

    • Support for CPU over-committing

    • Oracle RAC versus the OVM HA feature

    • Detailed VCPU allocation rules and examples

    • More info on supported storage for RAC in a OVM environment

    • Setting diagwait and how to prevent clock skewing

    • OCFS2 in the guest domain example
    •  

      RAC on Oracle VM is of high interest amongst our customers as they see it as a way to improve development and testing (create a multi-node RAC on a single physical server for development and functional verification), but also as a way to insulate the RAC nodes from the specifics of the underlying hardware to allow more flexibility for that hardware to change over time without requiring a change to the RAC configuration.

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