Wednesday Feb 15, 2012

Oracle VM 3 customer survey - your feedback is important to us

Dear Customers,

In a constant effort to improve Oracle VM we would like to collect feedback from our customer about their experience with Oracle VM and their opinion about how to improve the product. This survey is targeting users who have gained some hands on experience with Oracle VM 3 and can be specific about the features they find important and useful and what feature they would like to see more of or improve.

This survey is specific to Oracle VM for x86.

Here is the link to the survey:

Kind Regards,

Oracle VM Product Management Team

Implementing Secure Live Migration with Oracle VM Server for SPARC

One of the notable benefits that customers are using Oracle VM Server for SPARC is the ability to migrate an active domain to another host machine while maintaining application services to users. In addition, on-chip cryptographic accelerators deliver secure, wire speed encryption capabilities for live migration – without any additional hardware investments.

We published a white paper to illustrate the complete process of implementing secure live migration with Oracle VM Server for SPARC, including the creation and configuration of guest domains as well as the storage configuration and layout plus software requirements that were used to demonstrate the secure live migration between two SPARC T4 systems running Oracle Database workloads on Oracle Solaris

To learn more about Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle's virtualization solutions, please visit

Thursday Feb 02, 2012

Using Oracle VM Server 3.0.3 SDK

We released the Oracle VM Server 3.0.3 SDK which is delivered as Oracle VM Templates. The Oracle VM Server SDK Template provides an environment for third party drivers to be built for the Oracle VM Server for x86. This environment is being provided because the Oracle VM dom0 (management domain) only contains a minimum set of packages, and it does not provide the additional development packages needed for building modules. 

With the Oracle VM Server SDK, you can easily build a device driver for Oracle VM Server 3.0.3:

1) Set up a running Oracle VM environment including Oracle VM Manager 3.0 and Oracle VM Server 3.0. Refer to Oracle VM Documentation for additional details.

2) Download Oracle VM Server 3.0 SDK from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Select "Oracle VM Templates" from the "Select a Product Pack" pull-down menu, and choose "x86 64bit". Then locate the Oracle VM Server 3.0.3 SDK. Be sure to read the README. 

3) Import the Oracle VM Template for Oracle VM Server 3.0.3 SDK from Oracle VM Manager, and clone the VM from the imported template. Refer to the documentation: Managing Virtual Machines for specific instructions of importing the template and cloning a VM from the template.

4) Start the VM  - connecting to VM console and provide the network setting (DHCP or static IP, hostname, etc).

5) Log into the VM, download the driver and uncompress the driver source files. Then you are ready to build the driver for Oracle VM Server.

Note that Oracle provides support for third party drivers which have been developed by partners in the Oracle Partner Network. For drivers compiled by customers or partners using the SDK but that are not a part of the Oracle Partner Network, Oracle will provide a "reasonable effort" level of support as described by Oracle's "un-certified configuration" support policy. However, Oracle does not provide updates for any drivers built for Oracle VM Servers that have not been distributed by the Unbreakable Linux Network. To become an Oracle Partner, please refer to the page of Oracle VM Knowledge Zone for Partners.

Friday Jan 06, 2012

Virtualization Review 2012 Reader's Choice Awards

We're very excited to share with you that Oracle virtualization has been recognized in Virtualization Review's 2012 Reader's Choice Awards! Have a read through the article here.

Products from our portfolio were awarded the "Preferred Products" designation in three different categories:
  • Server Virtualization
  • Desktop Virtualization/Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 
  • Thin/Zero Client Computing

It's an exciting start to 2012! Many thanks to our customers and everyone who voted for us, we couldn't do it without you!


Wednesday Nov 30, 2011

Live Webcast, Dec. 6: Enterprise Clouds with Oracle VM

Mark your calendar! On Tuesday, Dec. 6th at 9am PT, we are hosting a live webcast with Oracle VM experts.

Enterprise Clouds with Oracle VM

Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9 AM US PT

The ability to create a cloud leveraging public or private infrastructure has been hampered by the lack of availability of practical, cost-effective choices for server virtualization. In this session, you will learn how Oracle provides a single virtualization solution for your entire infrastructure, and how Oracle Enterprise Manager and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder help you manage Oracle Applications across the cloud. Also find out how virtualization was leveraged to transform IT for Oracle University and support more than 350,00 students in more than 40,000 classes each year. Those lessons have paved the path to private cloud computing inside Oracle.

Adam Hawley, Senior Director of Product Management, Oracle
Dan Herrup, Principal Systems Engineer, Oracle Corporate Citizenship

Register Now.

Monday Nov 07, 2011

Managing the Virtual World: New Oracle Magazine Article

The latest (Nov./Dec. 2011) issue of Oracle Magazine features a cover story titled, "Managing the Virtual World". This article is focused on how virtualization with Oracle VM consolidates servers and makes applications more available, reliable, and manageable.  Lawrence Livermore National Lab and Pella Corporation's use of virtualization is featured in addition to a discussion  about the evolution of virtualization beyond consolidation, and specifically Oracle VM 3.0's focus on "Application-Driven Virtualization."

Read the full article.


Thursday Nov 03, 2011

Easier to Remember URLs for TCO

If you haven't seen them before, you should have a look at our calculators for both server and desktop virtualization. These online calculators let you experiment with different scenarios and see the total cost of ownership in real world dollars for various solutions:
These tools have been available for a little while, but remembering the URLs to them may have been difficult. To make this easier, we now have direct access URLs for both TCO calculators. They are:

Just login with your Oracle online account (or sign up for one, it's free!) and experiment with different inputs to the see the effects on TCO.

Monday Oct 10, 2011

Virtualization Session Slides for Oracle OpenWorld 2011

Thanks to everyone who made Oracle OpenWorld 2011 a great success! If you missed the show or want to review content you saw during the sessions, you can now download many of the presentations from the OpenWorld site here:

Most of the virtualization sessions can be found by simply selecting Oracle Virtualization (under "Server and Storage Systems") in the Track field. Or if you'd prefer, keyword searching and other mechanisms are available as well.

This site is open to the public, not just OpenWorld attendees. So even if you weren't able to join us in San Francisco, you can go download PDFs of the content that was presented. 

Friday Oct 07, 2011

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 Wrap-up Video

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 is now in the books and we appreciate all the folks that attended our virtualization sessions and kept track of us through our social media channels!

We have posted a few videos and have several more in the pipeline for you, but for now, have a look at this video from Adam Hawley (Senior Director, Virtualization Product Management), mentioning some of the highlights of the show.

Tuesday Sep 27, 2011

Oracle VM at Oracle OpenWorld 2011

If you're interested in server virtualization, please go have a look at our post over on the OpenWorld 2011 blog where we describe some essential Oracle VM Sessions. Hope to see you in San Francisco next week!

Wednesday Sep 07, 2011

Changing the ovs-agent password on Oracle VM Server 3.0

The Oracle VM Server password is used by Oracle VM Manager when you discover an Oracle VM Server. You set this password during the Oracle VM Server installation. I've had a few users ask me how to change the ovs-agent password on an Oracle VM Server after installation. This post will detail how to change the password on an existing Oracle VM Server, as well as generate an Oracle VM Server password for use in a kickstart file for automated installs of Oracle VM Server.

Changing an existing agent password

To change an existing Oracle VM Server's password, use the ovs-agent-passwd command:

# ovs-agent-passwd <username> <password>

The username used by Oracle VM Manager to communicate with the agent is oracle, so the command would look like this:

# ovs-agent-passwd oracle MyNewPasswordIsVerySecure

To enable batch discovery of Oracle VM Servers in the Manager, ensure that the agent password is the same on all the servers you want to discover in a single job.

Creating an encrypted password for kickstart

The ovs-agent-passwd utility can also be used to generate an encrypted password hash that can be used in kickstart files for automated builds of Oracle VM Server:

# ovs-agent-passwd --encrypt <password>

This will output the encrypted password hash that can be used by adding the following line in the kickstart file:

ovsagent --iscrypted <password hash>

Tuesday Aug 23, 2011

Great Things Come in 3s: Announcing Oracle VM 3.0

Let me hit you with some quick highlights for Oracle VM 3.0, announced today:

  • All the management you really need to support your entire data center:  Network management, storage management, dynamic resource scheduling (triggered on network not just CPU!)
  • An even more scalable server: Support for 128 vCPUs per guest VM vs. 32 vCPUs for VMware.
  • A more scalable budget (your's)Save about $2.5million dollars over 3yrs vs. VMware (license + support.  See configuration details below but their pricing is here).  Would you like to have that in your pocket right now? Or maybe just have it for one of these?

And that's just the beginning.   The definition of what represents "value" in a virtualization solution just changed.  Oracle has been focused on delivering an increased feature set at the same price ($0 license, pay only for support) while others have been focused on delivering increased pricing (though perhaps "focus" is not the right word here).

Since the day we created Oracle VM, we've focused on exceptional price:performance and scalability.  That focus continues, hence the support for 128 vCPUs and up to 160 physical CPUs, but with Oracle VM 3.0, we're introducing a massive set of enhancements to manageability and ease-of-use that will transform the way you can think about your options for deploying Oracle VM:  Now you get not-only exceptional price:performance but also all the management features you really need to deploy Oracle VM across your entire data center and not just for your Oracle software.  In the past, Oracle VM required some configuration from the manager and some configuration at each individual server, which meant a little more work to get going and to maintain things in very large environments.  For some customers, this meant they mainly focused on doing that only for their Oracle applications and directly related things, but not much beyond that.

But no longer.

With Oracle VM 3.0, everything is done centrally from the management server:  discovery, server-, storage-, and network set-up all from a browser (no client software required, no logging in to each individual servers).  And then, once you've got it set-up, it has a rich feature set for managing and maintaining your environment:

  • Dynamic resource scheduling to load balance across server pools based on network (and CPU):  trigger live migration (migration of running VMs) based on CPU and/or network load.  Note that I think triggering DRS on network load is a first amongst the major vendors anyway.  This capability combined with one of our network management features that allows the separation of different traffic types onto different, independent networks (e.g. separate guest IP traffic from storage traffic and others) means that you can trigger live migration to occur over a dedicated live migration network based on hitting a load threshold on the guest IP network.  This separation is important because if you start a live migration over a shared network that is already overloaded, you risk making things worse.  But we make it better instead.  Very important for enterprise loads that are very I/O intensive
  • Dynamic Server Power Management:  automatically power-off underutilized servers without disrupting your applications; power them back-on when needed.
  • Comprehensive Event Logging: Event logging sometimes sounds like something pretty boring, but its not.  It's really not.  Just ask any admin trying to track down a change in the environment in the middle of the night whether he or she thinks they'd like to have access to event logs that can tell you basically anything that triggered, who did it, and whether it succeeded or failed and why and I'm very sure they'd say "yes please".  And we put this all nicely available centrally in the UI in calendar form:  click a date on the calendar to see what happened in the environment instead of having to dig through a bunch of obscure logs that you need to "tail" to try to understand what happened.

There is so, SO much in 3.0 I could write a massive entry here going on-and-on but, instead, the best thing to do is to watch the replay of the live event (once is being processed today for replay but should be on the site here any minute), including the tech webcasts featuring myself and my team that focus on different aspects of the product.

Oh yeah...the config that will cost you an extra $2.5 million from VMware is for 250 2-socket servers, with 96GB of "vRAM" per server on Oracle VM 3.0 vs. VMware vSphere5 (VMware's revised pricing).  You can compare any configuration you want by trying out our cost-calculator here.

In the coming days and weeks, keep an eye on this blog.  We'll be focusing on entries that go into the details in the various feature sets of Oracle VM 3.0.  But the proof of the pudding is in the tasting as they say so the best test of all is to get the software and try it out for yourself.  The software is available today for existing customers through My Oracle Support.  For users without a My Oracle Support account, the software is expected to be available on Oracle's eDelivery website in the next 24hrs.

Monday Aug 15, 2011

Oracle Virtualization Launch Event: Application-Driven Virtualization

On August 23, 2011 at 10AM Pacific Time, we'll be hosting a virtualization launch event on application-driven virtualization. The event will be held live from Oracle Headquarters in Redwood Shores and you can join us online or, if you're in the area, in person! The lineup for the event is extremely impressive:

Hector Garcia-Molina
Professor, Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Stanford University and Member Oracle Board of Directors

Edward Screven
Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle

Wim Coekaerts
Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle

Hasan Rizvi
Senior Vice President, Fusion Middleware and Java, Oracle


Hope to see you there!

Monday Jun 20, 2011

Announcing the latest update to Oracle VM Server for x86 2.2 Release

More and more customers have discovered that Oracle delivers more value with Oracle VM compared with other server virtualization solutions, and we've seen the momentum that customers succeed with Oracle VM and leading partners support Oracle VM.

Recently, Oracle VM server for x86 with Windows PV Drivers passed Microsoft SVVP requirements for Windows servers, which provides customers more confidence to deploy Microsoft Windows guest OS onto Oracle VM server for x86.

Today I'm pleased to announce the Oracle VM server for x86 2.2.2 release. See the new features introduced in the 2.2.2 release.

  • Expand the guest OS support to include Oracle Linux 6.x and Oracle Solaris 11 Express OS. For a complete list of guest OS support, please refer to the Oracle VM server x86 release note.
  • The VMPInfo system information and cluster troubleshooting utility is provided with this release. Additional information on VMPInfo is also available in the following My Oracle Support Notes:
    • 1263293.1 Post-installation check list for new Oracle VM Server

    • 1290587.1 Performing Site Reviews and Cluster Troubleshooting with VMPInfo

The Oracle VM Server for x86 ISO image is available for download at Oracle's E-Delivery site. If you've subscribed to Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), you can simply run up2date command to update the server. Please refer to Oracle VM Upgrade Guide: Upgrading Oracle VM Server. There's no change to Oracle VM Manager, which remains at 2.2.0 with the patch 2.2-16.

If you have any questions about Oracle VM Server for x86, you may post your questions at OTN discussion forum; or purchase support for Oracle Unbreakable Linux and Oracle VM. For Oracle's x86 systems, Oracle VM support as well Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris support are included in the Oracle Premier Support for Systems.

For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit

Wednesday Apr 20, 2011

Webcast: Ultra-Fast Application Deployment with Oracle VM

Join us for a webcast on Tuesday, April 26th at 9am US PT and find out how Oracle VM can help you accelerate application deployment and provisioning.

Enterprise applications are increasingly being deployed in virtualized environments to gain the benefits of consolidation, flexibility and cloud computing. However, administrators still follow the same time-consuming, manual steps for installing, configuring, and deploying all software such as operating system, database, middleware, and applications, in virtual machines. You don't need to do this anymore!

Join Oracle's virtualization experts and learn how the combination of Oracle VM server virtualization and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder helps enterprises significantly reduce this time-consuming and error-prone work and automate deployment of multi-tier software assemblies!

Day and Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Time: 9am US PT

Register Now!


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