Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Part 2

If you're attending Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (and we hope you are!), the Schedule Builder tool is now available for you. Schedule Builder lets you register for the sessions you want to attend during the show. If you're interested in Oracle Virtualization, there are a number of sessions, hands on labs, and product demos that will be interesting to you. I covered several of the sessions in part 1 of this series, and in this one I'm going to cover a few more sessions. In the 3rd part of this series, I'll cover the Hands On Labs and demo stations that you can visit.


What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive (CON9544)
Oracle VM Server virtualization solutions provide users the best combination of price, performance, certification, and advanced features tailored for ease of deployment and management. Spanning both x86 and SPARC architectures, it's designed to support a diverse set of OS workloads such as Linux, Solaris, and Windows to meet the wide ranging demands of modern IT environments. Join us to get the latest technology updates on Oracle VM Server.

High Availability and Infrastructure Best Practices with Oracle VM (CON11258)
This session will provide practical details and best practices on building and scaling an Oracle VM environment for High Availability for Database and infrastructure best practices. From information gathering and planning to analyzing needs of your environment, you will learn to plan for growth in infrastructure components to accommodate failover, DR, HA and migration. This session will also cover the methods to reduce downtime during events like system upgrades and migration and troubleshooting during system outages.

And in the Develop track:

What's New in Oracle VM VirtualBox (CON9550)
Oracle VM VirtualBox is the world's most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with nearly 100 million downloads. Optimized to run on desktop systems, Oracle VM VirtualBox is an ideal choice for development and testing, and can help ease cross-platform headaches by allowing you to run multiple platforms on your laptop or PC. In this session Oracle experts will cover the latest advancements in Oracle VM VirtualBox, including information on features such as VM Groups, guest automation, resource controls, and more.


One of my favorite features for attendees of Oracle OpenWorld is the "Focus On" documents that group together similar content as kind of a quick reference guide. This year, Focus On documents are done with a cool dynamic web page, so any changes that happen in the next few weeks (for example, when the Hands On Labs signups open up in the next week or so, or if a session gets oversubscribed and is moved to a bigger room), the Focus On page will automatically update. So, please go here to have a look at the most up to date Focus on Virtualization, and then bookmark it for future reference:

Focus on Virtualization

This year's show is shaping up to be a big one! Most of the folks that post on this blog will be there along with a large number of folks from the Oracle virtualization team, and we're very excited to meet you in person!

-Chris 

Friday Jul 05, 2013

Friday Tips #35

It's a holiday weekend here in the US, so here is a quick Friday Tip entry for you. And it doesn't require any reading! These are two great introductory videos on our virtualization portfolio, and they're both under 4 minutes long, perfect for a quick afternoon break:

Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder

Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Have a great weekend, and we'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Jun 21, 2013

Friday Tips #33

Happy Friday, everyone!

Our tip this week is from an excellent white paper written by our own Greg King titled Oracle VM 3: Building a Demo Environment using Oracle VM VirtualBox. In it, Greg gives you everything you need to know to set up Oracle VM Server inside of Oracle VM VirtualBox for testing and demoing. The section we're highlighting below is on how to configure the network interfaces of your virtual machines:

VirtualBox comes with a few different types of network interfaces that can be used to allow communication between the VM guests and the host operating system, including network interfaces that will allow the VM guests to communicate with local and wide area networks accessed from your laptop or personal computer. However, for the purpose of the demonstration environment we will limit the network communication to include access just between your desktop and the virtual machines being managed by VirtualBox.

The install process for Oracle VM VirtualBox creates a single host-only network device on your laptop or personal computer. Using the host-only network device will allow you to open a browser on your desktop to access the Oracle VM Manager running within the VirtualBox VM guest. The device will only allow network traffic between the VM guests and your host operating system, but nothing outside the confines of your laptop or personal computer.

We will need to add a second host-only network since the Oracle VM Server appliance has both eth0 and eth1 configured. You can choose to use eth1 on the Oracle VM Servers or not use them – the choice is yours. But, at least the host side network device will exist if you decide to use it.

Greg goes on to describe in detail how to setup the network interfaces, so you can head on over to the paper and get even more info.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Friday May 31, 2013

Friday Tips #30

I'm always a fan of round numbers, and today we bring you the 30th edition of our Friday tips series!

This week, it's another video on the Oracle VM Command Line Interface video from Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management. This one covers the object relationships in the Oracle VM command line interface:

Thanks Greg!

See you all next week with another tip.

-Chris 

Thursday Apr 25, 2013

Take Your Applications to the Cloud with Oracle VM Training

Oracle's server virtualization products support x86 and SPARC architectures and training is available to help you get the best from both architectures.

The Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86 course teaches students how to build the infrastructure for cloud computing by deploying pooled server resources to create virtual machines that support enterprise applications.

You can take this 3-day live instructor-led course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Class: Take this class from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Currently scheduled events include delivery in English and Spanish.
  • In-Class: Travel to an education center. Below is a sample of events already on the schedule:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Zagreb, Croatia

 11 November 2013

 Croatian

 Prague, Czech Republic

 21 October 2013

 Czech

Paris, France 

22 May 2013 

French 

Dusseldorf, Germany 

24 June 2013 

German 

Munich, Germany 

28 October 2013 

German 

Budapest, Hungary 

9 September 2013 

Hungarian 

Milan, Italy 

22 May 2013 

Italian 

 Riga, Latvia

30 September 2013 

Latvian 

 Warsaw, Poland

 27 May 2013

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

17 June 2013 

 Romanian

 Ljubljana, Slovenia

8 May 2013 

 Slovenian

 Madrid, Spain

8 May 2013

 Spanish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 17 June 2013 

 Turkish

 Tokyo, Japan

 3 June 2013

 Japanese

 Singapore

 30 April 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 4 November 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 12 June 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 8 July 2013

 English

 Wellington, New Zealand

 1 May 2013

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

1 July 2013 

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 31 July 2013

English 

The Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course teaches you to effectively implement the infrastructure for cloud computing using a SPARC-based virtualization strategy.

This 2-day live instructor-led class is available as a:

  • Live Virtual Class: Choose from the wide selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-Class: Travel to an education center. Some of the events already on the schedule are:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Prague, Czech Republic

 29 April 2013

 Czech

 Hamburg, Germany

 22 May 2013

 German

 Bucharest, Romania

 8 July 2013

 Romanian

 Istanbul, Turkey

 30 September 2013

 Turkish

 Brisbane, Australia

 24 July 2013

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 24 June 2013

 English

To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's Virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Sunday Apr 07, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.63 now available!

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.63. This version includes several bug fixes and also updates to components of the Oracle Secure Global Desktop web server. Specifically, the Oracle Secure Global Desktop web server now supports Apache HTTP Server 2.2.24, OpenSSL 1.0.0.k, mod_jk 1.2.37, Tomcat 6.0.36 and JDK 1.6.0_43.

For information on downloading Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.63, please visit here

Friday Mar 29, 2013

Friday Tips #21

We hope you're having a great Friday! Here is our Friday tip:

Question:
Can I run VDI with just a single server?

Answer by Chris Kawalek, Senior Principal Product Director, Oracle Desktop Virtualization Marketing:
Absolutely! Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure allows you to deploy on a single server for everything you need for a VDI deployment: brokering, running VMs, and storage. Properly outfitted, this single server should be able to support up to 180-190 users. You can read exactly how to do this, what kind of server it requires and more in this new white paper:

Oracle's Single Server Solution for VDI

Another great thing about this solution is that it easily scales. If you add a second server, you can use its own internal storage for HA. And you can add external storage and more servers if you want to scale even higher. And at no point do you have to install a different product or do a massive reconfiguration to grow from a small pilot or departmental deployment to an enterprise one.

We'll see you all next week!

-Chris 

Friday Mar 22, 2013

Take Training to Get the Most from Oracle's Virtualization Solutions

Oracle provides server virtualization products to support x86 and SPARC architectures. Get the most from Oracle VM by taking the related courses. You can take these courses from your own desk as a Live-Virtual Event or travel to an education center for an In-Class Event.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

In this 2 day, hands-on, instructor-led course you learn to:

  • Plan an Oracle VM Server for SPARC installation
  • Install the Oracle VM Server for SPARC software
  • Configure the control and service domain
  • Create a guest domain
  • Reconfigure Oracle VM Server for SPARC resources
  • Use virtual disks
  • Use virtual networks
  • Manage Oracle VM Server for SPARC configurations
  • Prepare for and perform migration operations

In-class events already on the schedule include:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Brisbane, Australia

 20 May 2013

 English

 Prague, Czech Republic

 29 April 2013

 Czech

 Bucharest, Romania

 8 July 2013

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 24 June 2013

 English

Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

In this 3-day, hands-on, instructor-led class you learn to:

  • Install Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager
  • Perform network configuration for the Oracle VM environment using Oracle VM Manager
  • Perform storage configuration, with NFS and iSCSI, using Oracle VM Manager
  • Create a server pool and add Oracle VM Servers to this pool
  • Create repositories, present them to the Oracle VM Servers, and add resources to these repositories
  • Prepare virtual disks and network interfaces for virtual machines
  • Create virtual machines using various methodologies
  • Manage the virtual machines' lifecycle; Start/stop, pause/resume, edit, migrate
  • Use simple and advanced cloning to create new virtual machines
  • Become familiar with the Oracle VM Manager Policies and Events

In-class events already on the schedule include:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

 22 May 2013

 French

 Dusseldorf, Germany

 24 June 2013

 German

 Munich, Germany

 29 October 2013

 German

 Budapest, Hungary

 22 April 2013

 Hungarian

 Milan, Italy

 22 May 2013

 Italian

 Windhof, Luxembourg

 15 April 2013

 English

 Utrecht, Netherlands

 25 March 2013

 English

 Warsaw, Poland

 27 May 2013

 Polish

 Bucharest, Romania

 17 June 2013

 English

 Madrid, Spain

 24 April 2013

 Spanish

 Istanbul, Turkey

 17 June 2013

 Turkish

 Singapore

 8 April 2013

 English

 Canberra, Australia

 4 November 2013

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 12 June 2013

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 8 July 2013

 English

 Wellington, New Zealand

 22 April 2013

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 25 March 2013

 English


For more information on these courses, go to http://oracle.com/education/vm

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

New: Oracle VM Podcast Series

Join the Oracle VM product management experts in the new Oracle VM podcast series. Hear from Oracle's Adam Hawley, Ronen Kofman and Jeff Savit on key aspects of Oracle VM including the benefits of application-driven virtualization for a private cloud, the value of integrated and simplified management, and unified management for both x86 and SPARC based solutions from Oracle.

Here is a list of available podcasts in this series.

Hope you find these insightful.

Friday Dec 14, 2012

Friday Tips #6, Part 2

Here is a question about updating Oracle VM:


Question:
How can I perform Oracle VM 3 server updates from Oracle VM Manager?

Answer by Gregory King, Principal Best Practices Consultant, Oracle VM Product Management:
Server Update Manager is a built-in feature of the Oracle VM Manager. Basically, Server Update Manager automatically configures YUM updates on all the Oracle VM Servers, pointing each to our Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) update channel for Oracle VM. The servers periodically check with our Oracle YUM repository and notify the Oracle VM Manager that an update is available for each server. Actual server updates must be triggered by the Oracle VM administrator – they are not executed automatically.

At this point, you can use the Oracle VM Manager to put a server into maintenance mode which live migrates all the running Oracle VM Guests to other Oracle VM Servers in the server pool. Once all the Oracle VM Guests have been migrated, the Oracle VM administrator can trigger the update on the server. The entire process is documented in the Installation and Upgrade Guide of Oracle VM Documentation so I won’t spend time detailing the steps.

However, configuring the Server Update Manager is exceedingly simple. Simply navigate to the Tools and Resources tab in the Oracle VM Manager, select the link for Server Update Manager and ensure the following values are added to the text boxes as shown in the illustration below:

  • YUM Base URL: http://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleVM/OVM3/latest/x86_64
  • YUM GPG Key: file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle

Every server in the pool will be automatically configured for YUM updates once you choose the Apply button.


Many thanks to Greg and Rick for providing the answers to this week's questions. If you want to ask us something, hit up Twitter and use hashtag #AskOracleVirtualization. See you next week!

-Chris 

Monday Oct 15, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld 2012, Live From The Show Floor Videos

At shows like Oracle OpenWorld, we like to catch up with the session speakers and other experts with short video clips that we post on our YouTube channel. For Oracle OpenWorld 2012, we put together this handy playlist of server and desktop virtualization related videos:

We were also able to catch up with a few Oracle Linux partners at the Oracle Linux Pavillion. You can find those videos here:

And if you'd like to look at the slides for any of our virtualization presentations or any other Oracle OpenWorld session, have a look at the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 content catalog. There's a lot of great information there!

 -Chris

Monday Oct 08, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld Live 2012 Videos

The Oracle virtualization team is back from a very successful Oracle OpenWorld! Hopefully you were able to come to the show and talk with our virtualization experts at the demo booths or in our sessions. But if you didn't, you can get a summary of what we talked about from a number of short videos. In this post, we're going to highlight the Oracle OpenWorld Live videos, and in a future post we'll cover the videos we shot ourselves (once we get them all posted!).

If you missed it, Oracle OpenWorld Live carried keynotes and interviews with all kinds of folks during the show. They also archived these segments so you can watch them at your leisure. I've gone through the videos and selected some that highlight virtualization:

If we missed you this year, we hope to see you at OpenWorld 2013!

-Chris 

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

Thursday Jul 12, 2012

Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Part 3

Mini-Series Entry 3 of 3: Server Virtualization Sessions

This is the third entry of a three part mini-series looking at Oracle server and desktop virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2012.

In our previous entries, we covered the Oracle Virtualization keynote session, hands on labs, and desktop virtualization sessions. Below are four key sever virtualization sessions for you to enjoy at this year's Oracle OpenWorld.

Session ID: CON6814
Ready to get more value from your server virtualization investment? In this practical session, experts from Verizon and Oracle explain how to get the real benefits of IT flexibility, agility, and efficiency by using server virtualization while saving time and money and avoiding hassles. Discover tips and tricks for using Oracle VM 3, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to rapidly deploy enterprise applications in hours or days instead of weeks. Learn about innovations for automating all deployment functions, and hear about best practices for configuring and managing networks and storage. The session will help you save time and money, reduce data center errors, and help you realize the full potential of server virtualization.

Session ID: CON8487
The latest generation of Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) and database technology provides an agile database deployment infrastructure optimized for running on bare metal hardware. The same architecture can be used on Oracle VM to further benefit from template-based deployments or virtualization-based environments in general. Attend this session to understand the key considerations for transitioning to or running Oracle RAC in an Oracle VM-based environment. The session includes a live demo showing how the new deploy cluster tool streamlines deployment of Oracle RAC.

Session ID: CON8727
Many IT organizations need different OS and hardware to address stringent service levels and meet competitive pressures. Oracle VM enterprise-class server virtualization offers a high-performance architecture and the broadest workload support. It provides server virtualization for Oracle's x86 and SPARC architectures plus tight integration support for OSs such as Linux, Oracle Solaris, and Windows. Oracle VM Server virtualization gives users the best combination of price, performance, certification, and advanced features to make the entire software/hardware stack for enterprise applications easier to deploy, manage, and support. This session covers the latest Oracle VM technology updates and transforming your data center to the next level of efficiency while reducing operating costs.

Session ID: CON8734
Virtualization has changed how IT delivers information and business services. As IT organizations migrate from traditional computing data centers to cloud-based infrastructures, traditional virtualization offers only part of what the migration requires. Stacks of enterprise applications driving crucial business services and management orchestrations-hardware to software to cloud-based services-are fundamental ingredients of a successful migration. This session covers Oracle's virtualization and management offering: Oracle VM, its integration with Oracle Linux, and cloud control/lifecycle management with Oracle Enterprise Manager. See how the Oracle VM/Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder 11g integration can help you simplify and standardize enterprise application deployment to the cloud.

Session ID: CON8735
You've consolidated your server farms-mail servers-but what about enterprise application workloads, database, business apps? These are crucial and are running on Oracle Solaris, Linux, and Windows. How hard is it to manage this application sprawl? This session shows the benefit of Oracle VM for virtualizing Oracle and how Oracle VM Templates have foundational tools for speeding enterprise application workload virtualization for rapid deployment of applications such as Oracle Database and Oracle's Siebel Customer Relationship Management. You'll learn about recipes for deploying applications with more than 90 predefined Oracle VM Templates for your Oracle applications, in minutes, not days or hours. You'll also hear how to manage virtualized application sprawl with Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Session ID: CON7393
Cloud computing can be implemented in several ways: public, private, hybrid, or community. To add to the deployment choices, cloud computing services can be offered as infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), or software as a service (SaaS), with or without full self-service capabilities. This session lays down the foundations for business cases for going to the cloud, using key common drivers and common use cases.

  • Outsourcing 
  • Core competency 
  • Portfolio rationalization 
  • Infrastructure consolidation

As we get closer to the event, we'll do another post on the virtualization product demos you'l be able to see at the show. And remember, there are over 1,700 more Oracle OpenWorld sessions in the content catalog.

We look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 on September 30th!

- The Oracle Virtualization marketing team

Wednesday Jul 11, 2012

Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Part 2

Mini-Series Entry 2 of 3: Desktop Virtualization Sessions

This is the second entry of a three part mini-series looking at Oracle server and desktop virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2012.

In our previous entry, we covered the Oracle Virtualization keynote session as well as hands on lab sessions you won't want to miss. Below are four key desktop virtualization sessions you can also add to your calendar.

Session ID: CON8799
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Rome, New York, and partner Northrop Grumman provide the foundation of the Secure Access Baseline for the Enterprise (SABER) accredited desktop solution. At SABER’s core are Oracle desktop virtualization products. In this session, representatives from AFRL and Northrop Grumman join an Oracle speaker to discuss the unique security challenges of deploying desktops with extremely strict security requirements and how all organizations can benefit from following the SABER example when deploying their desktop architectures.

Session ID: CON8801
Over the last several years, use of personal devices in the enterprise has dramatically increased, with IT organizations rapidly learning to adapt to this changing landscape of application and desktop access. This session describes how Oracle desktop virtualization can help IT embrace employees’ use of their own devices for work-related activities while making applications, data, and desktops more secure and manageable.

Session ID: CON8802
Using public and private clouds has taken hold as a common way to deploy services to the enterprise. A burgeoning addition to the cloud model is cloud access to desktop applications. With Oracle’s comprehensive portfolio of hardware and software, engineered to work together, a complete desktop cloud solution can be designed for accessing Oracle Applications and other enterprise applications. In this session, learn how a complete cloud-based desktop application access solution can be deployed with Oracle technologies.  

Session ID: CON8733
Oracle VM VirtualBox provides high performance, support for numerous virtual appliances available in the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), multiplatform application development and testing, 2-D/3-D graphics acceleration, and cutting-edge features—including the ability to teleport a running virtual machine between hosts. Oracle VM VirtualBox is a useful tool for developers who need to port code across different operating environments. Because Oracle VM VirtualBox enables hosting of multiple guest operating systems on a single machine, a developer can easily switch operating systems in no time, simply by changing between different desktop windows. In this session, you will understand why it will be your favorite tool as well.

You can read more about these and about 1,700 more Oracle OpenWorld sessions in the content catalog.

Tomorrow, we'll look at server virtualization. See you then!

- The Oracle Virtualization marketing team 

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