Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

Nimble-Oracle Event: Modern Integrated Infrastructure for Enterprise-class Oracle Workloads

Attend for a Complimentary Lunch and Receive Technology Updates from Industry Leaders!

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Date:
Wed., April 29, 2015

Location:
Nimble Storage Headquarters
211 River Oaks Pkwy
San Jose, CA 95134
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Session Format:
11:00AM - Registration
11:45AM - Tech Talk with
Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco
2:30PM - Wrap Up and Q&A 


Oracle workloads are one of the most critical workloads running in the datacenter. But how do you ensure that you can cost-effectively meet your Oracle database and application demands today, while providing seamless scalability for tomorrow as your business grows?

Yesterday's technology can't keep up with the performance, availability, scalability, and data protection needs of Oracle workloads in the modern enterprise. Today's best-of-breed integrated infrastructure for Oracle includes advancements in the hypervisor, server, and storage layers of the infrastructure stack, as well as optimizations at the OS level to enable easy-to-implement low cost but high performing Oracle deployments.

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Attend this live joint event held by Oracle, Cisco, and Nimble Storage to learn how you can:

  • Leverage the latest Oracle Linux and Oracle VM advancements and support benefits
  • Simplify your compute environment with Cisco UCS
  • Protect and accelerate your database deployments with Adaptive Flash storage
  • Speed deployments with SmartStack integrated infrastructure

Register now to hear technology updates from industry leaders, see live demo of this breakthrough technology, enjoy lunch, and network with industry experts.


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Friday Mar 13, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: EMC VMAX and EMC VNX are Now Certified on Oracle VM

Oracle’s Storage Certification program enables established storage partners to qualify their storage systems for use with Oracle VM using an Oracle supplied storage qualification test kit.  When a storage vendor enables the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in, their customers will be able to provision that vendor’s storage through the Oracle VM Manager. This will enable simpler management of virtual infrastructure, as well as faster provisioning of solutions in a cloud environment.

EMC storage, including VMAX and VNX, has been tested using the Oracle ® VM Storage Connect Certification kit to achieve Storage Certification with Oracle VM Release 3.3.  and now listed on the Oracle HCL website for Oracle VM. This storage certification required strong collaboration between Oracle and EMC to ensure that adequate testing had been completed and the results met the highest standards. The rigorous process ensures that customers have full support from both Oracle and EMC.

Read more

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Designing a Robust Oracle VM Deployment Architecture for Storage Repositories

Storage is such a fundamental component within an Oracle VM deployment, and there are many factors that go into designing a robust, scalable and low maintenance deployment architecture for your storage repositories. In today's blog, Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, shares his thought into the way you design and deploy Oracle VM storage repositories to gain maximum flexibility, scalability and recoverability. You can read more here.

Friday Sep 05, 2014

Updated Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug in for EMC is Here

The new EMC Storage Integrator plug-in supports Oracle VM 3.3. Storage Connect plug-ins allow customers to discover and provision EMC Storage arrays through Oracle VM Manager. One more way to simplify management of your virtual infrastructure. How simplified? In a few steps: Discover, Create, Provision and Go.

Check out the documentation and test drive for yourself.

Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

Updated Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug in for NetApp is Here

The new NetApp plug-in version 2.0.2 is updated to support Oracle VM 3.3. Storage Connect plug-ins allow customers to be able to provision NetApp storage through the Oracle VM Manager. One more way to simply management of your virtual infrastructure.

Read more about the plug-in.

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.

      Monday Sep 23, 2013

      Nimble Storage Introduces SmartStack Solution leveraging Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

      Nimble Storage today announced a new SmartStack™ converged infrastructure solution leveraging Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle Database, running on Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS). This solution provides organizations with the ability to meet Oracle Database performance demands and scale without disruption or increased capital expenses.

      Highlights of the SmartStack Validated Reference Architecture with Oracle

      - The new solution is fully tested and validated using both Oracle Validated Configuration test kit and Nimble Storage’s test environments.

      - The solution components include a Nimble Storage CS-series array, two Cisco UCS B200 M3 blade servers, Oracle VM 3.2, Oracle Linux 6 Update 4 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Database 12c.

      Nimble Storage’s intelligent flash-based architecture allows customers with Oracle workloads running on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to take advantage of:

      - Adaptive performance to easily grow performance and/or capacity to scale to the needs of OLTP and OLAP applications as they grow - Ease of deployment with pre-configured optimizations and performance profiles to minimize the guesswork of tuning the infrastructure for performance

      - Integrated data protection and enhanced availability enabling organizations to take more frequent backups without disrupting applications, and facilitate quick recovery with Nimble Storage snapshots

      Nimble Storage will exhibit its flash-optimized hybrid storage arrays and new converged infrastructure solutions at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 taking place September 22 – 26 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. You can check Nimble Storage solutions in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion - booth #2021.

      Read the press release for more information.

      Friday Jun 28, 2013

      Friday Tips #34

      Happy Friday! I wanted to take the opportunity this week to not give out a tip per se, but to point you to a really fantastic white paper that you might have missed. It's called What It Takes to Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud with Oracle VM. The paper is filled with useful information and it's written in a really entertaining style, tackling the IT challenges of a friendly systems administrator named Dave. It gives a great overview of application-driven virtualization and covers Oracle VM, Oracle VM Templates, Oracle VM Storage Connect, and Oracle Enterprise Manager.

      Read the white paper What It Takes to Deploy and Manage a Private Cloud with Oracle VM.

      See you next week!

      -Chris 

      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 

      Thursday Feb 21, 2013

      Oracle VM step-by-step hands-on labs now available on Oracle Technology Network

      If you missed the Oracle VM labs in the Virtual Sysadmin Days recently, you can still run through the labs at your own pace. All three labs give you a good immersion of Oracle VM to prepare you for the next step of virtualizing Oracle Applications.

      • Lab 1 walks you through deployment of  Oracle VM, Oracle VM Manager and plan for an IaaS environment deployment.
      • Lab 2 introduces you to the power of Oracle VM Templates. By the time you are done, you will have deployed a 2-node RAC cluster.
      • Lab 3 empowers you with the basics to start a cloud infrastructure deployment, including storage.

      Friday Jan 18, 2013

      Friday Tips #11

      Earlier this week, Oracle hosted a really cool event, the Virtual SysAdmin Day. If you missed it and happen to be in EMEA (or willing to stay up late in other parts of the world!), you can join the next one we're having on January 29th. You can learn all about Oracle Solaris, Oracle VM, and Oracle Linux straight from the experts here at Oracle.

      During the event, one of the audience members tweeted a question about Oracle storage. We asked if we could use the question for our Friday tips series and he graciously agreed. Storage has a huge impact on the performance and cost of virtualization (both server and desktop) deployments, so we thought a short definition of Oracle optimized storage and the Oracle's Sun ZFS Storage Appliance would be in order.

      Question:
      What exactly is this ZFS Storage Appliance? Is it just a simulator or actual usable production appliance? 

      Answer by Christopher J. Martin,  Principal Product Manager, Oracle Optimized Solutions:
      The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance is Oracle’s preferred NAS storage system with unified storage capability for enterprise tier 1 environments that also simultaneously provides superior Block SAN features and performance. It offers a rich set of enterprise-class data services such as snapshots, clones and replication(local and remote) as well as industry-leading performance, and Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression- a feature for Oracle Databases.  These systems also feature a comprehensive and intuitive user interface and storage analytics environment that is unmatched in the industry in terms of its ease of use and simplicity.  This dramatically reduces management time and complexity, reducing operating expenses.  The Sun ZFS Storage Appliance offers compelling economics along with extreme performance and efficiency for enterprise storage. 

      Thanks Chris!

      We also covered storage briefly back in our second entry in this series where we had a question on linked clones.

      Thanks for reading today. We'll be covering more storage topics in future tips as well as anything else you want to ask regarding Oracle virtualization. Just use #AskOracleVirtualization on Twitter and we'll try to get your question answered.

      -Chris 

      Friday Nov 09, 2012

      Welcome to our Friday tips series!

      Today we're starting a brand new blog series. For your Friday afternoon reading, we'll be posting a technical tip or question and answer on a technical topic. We'll start by introducing ideas on our own, but we'd really like it if you were involved and asked us questions via Twitter! Tag your tweet with #AskOracleVirtualization and we'll consider your question for the blog.

      Today's tip is on Storage and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure:

      Question: I run Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure 3.4.1 on Solaris and use a local ZFS storage pool.  How should I configure my ZFS ARC cache? 

      Answer by John Renko, Consulting Developer, Oracle:

      Oracle recommends about 5G of ARC cache per template in use to achieve up to a 90% disk read offload. Set your ARC min=max to reserve the maximum amount of your remaining memory for your running VMs. In /etc/system:

      set zfs:zfs_arc_min = 5368709120
      set zfs:zfs_arc_max = 5368709120

      The amount you need to reserve will depend on your template but this has proven to be a great start for a typical windows 7 VM running productivity applications.

      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


      Thursday Jul 26, 2012

      BriForum 2012 - Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Aligns with the Experts.

      BriForum 2012 in Chicago includes great sessions from industry experts and consultants focused on VDI and Server Based Computing.   One session delivered by Ron Oglesby of Unidesk presented "How you can solve common problems with VDI".  As VDI deployments have increased in size a major challenge as been optimizing storage to deliver the IOPS required for desktop workloads.  This requirement often is in conflict with the goals of reducing the CAPEX investment of implementing VDI.

      Ron Oglesby recommends the use of "Hybrid Storage Arrays" that provide a combination of large controller memory,  Solid State Disk (SSD) for high IOPS,  combined with lower cost array disks.   He then asks if anyone has heard of ZFS

      When you consider this general recommendation from Ron, it aligns with the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure solution that for years has taken advantage of the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance.  Otherwise considered a "Hybrid Storage Array" that as Ron generically suggests works very well for desktop workloads.

      Ron goes on to mention the option of using local storage for lowering the CAPEX cost for VDI that can provide high IOPS with the lower cost of internal disks within the hypervisor server.   Local storage is not for all deployments but can certainly be used for deployments such as flexible desktops without high availability requirements. 

      The latest release of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure aligns well with this recommendation by supporting fast local storage installed on servers running the Oracle VM VirtualBox hypervisor.   The Oracle VM VirtualBox hypervisor when installed on Oracle Solaris can provide the local storage with ZFS combined with the large server memory footprint available with Oracle Servers.  Additionally, the Oracle VM VirtualBox hypervisor can be deployed onto Oracle Linux and leverage the Oracle Cluster Files System V2 (OCFS2) combined with the large memory available with Oracle Servers.

      The Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure strategy that leverages hardware and software optimized for delivering virtual desktop workloads clearly is lining up with recommendations from virtual desktop experts.  

      Tuesday May 08, 2012

      Oracle Desktop Virtualization Security Solution at DISA Mission Partner Conference 2012

      Oracle desktop virtualization is showcased with the Oracle Cross Domain Security Solution and Oracle Systems at the DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) Mission Partner Conference 2012.  This annual DISA conference brings together decision-makers and subject-matter experts from the military services, combatant commands, industry, and academia to share information and ideas that are of mutual interest and are critical to helping the U.S. Department of Defense achieve mission success.  The conference also features a list of stellar speakers including Oracle President Mark Hurd as the featured speaker on Wednesday May 8, 2012.

      Oracle Sun Ray Clients and Oracle Solaris with Trusted Extensions are key elements of the accredited Cross Domain Security Solution used by the U.S. Federal Government.  The Oracle Solution for Single Level Security adds the Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure software for the secure access and provisioning of Windows 7 Virtual Desktops.

      This years DISA Conference theme is “The Joint Enterprise: Delivered Through Partnership.”  As described by Lt. General Ronnie Hawkins: "DISA realizes that delivering an enterprise that improves security, enhances effectiveness, achieves efficiency, enables innovation, and reduces the warfighter’s burden can be achieved by working with our mission partners".

      Oracle Sun Ray Clients are featured at the Oracle Booth for the DISA 2012 Mission Assurance Conference. Solaris Trusted Extensions provide the cross domain multi-level security solution shown to the left with green and red window labeling indicating the security level.

      Integrated labeling enforce secure access across security domains and applications including access to Windows desktops hosted on Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.  The Oracle Cross Domain Security Solution supports the Federal Government Common Access Card and SIPR Token Cards.

      Lt. General Ronnie Hawkins stops by the Oracle Booth to discuss the Oracle Cross Domain Security Solution with Oracle sales consultants at the DISA Mission Partner Conference 2012.

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