Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

Introducing the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance

Today, Oracle introduced the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance. This new engineered system is built, designed, and tested for rapid and repeatable deployment of business-critical application workloads. To enable this, the appliance is comprised of a full-stack virtual environment, including Oracle VM Server for x86 designed for application-driven virtualization. The hardware and virtualization layer are both fully integrated with a fast InfiniBand fabric to provide the needed throughput for enterprise workloads. The entire system arrives pre-wired and configured – customers can go from dock to data center “power on” in an hour and deploy ready-to-run virtual machines in just minutes.

With over 100 Oracle VM Templates pre-defined, pre-configured and certified for Oracle Applications, users can deploy Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) or Oracle E-Business Suite 7x-10x faster than the manual methodology with other virtualization technologies. And to further enable multi-tier application workload deployment for application migration or private cloud deployment, Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder generated assemblies are also supported on the new appliance. Assemblies encapsulate application workloads along with deployment and management directives to simplify and standardize entire life cycle management which can be controlled from Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Whether you are looking to modernize your data center, migrate to private cloud, or looking for faster time to market in deployment of your application services in a pre-wired, virtualized infrastructure for development, QA, or production, you should have a look at the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance.

For more information: 


Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

Brand New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database

You might have seen our post last week on Oracle VM Templates for Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c. And now just a few days later, I'd like to tell you about some brand new templates for Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database 11g.

If you've used these templates before, you understand how great they are. They allow you to get up and running with the Oracle Database quite literally in minutes. But these new versions also have a huge number of great new features:

  • Support for Single Instance & Oracle Restart. This is covered in a great blog post by Wim Coekaerts.
  • The updated deploycluster tool provides fully automated end-to-end Single Instance and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) deployment with Oracle VM. This tool uses the Oracle VM API to make deployment quick and easy.
  • Support for several automation features for Oracle Database 12c, including Flex Cluster and Flex ASM, creation and deletion of Container/Pluggable databases, database creation inside and ACFS filesystem, and more.
  • The templates use a minimal installation of Oracle Linux for either 32-bit or 64-bit systems with nonessential packages removed.
  • And much more.
And remember, these Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database are not just for test environments, they can be used for full production deployments!

You can learn much more about the templates and download them from the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database page, or you can read through the previously mentioned blog entry from Wim, where he gives a step by step breakdown of deploying a Single Instance Oracle Database with the new templates.

And if you are new to Oracle VM Templates and want to spend a full hour with Oracle experts in a step-by-step hands on lab, please join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 for this session:

HOL9982 - Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c: Deploying Four Nodes in Minutes with Oracle VM Templates 

-Chris

Thursday May 23, 2013

Oracle VM Template Now Available for Sun Ray Software 5.4

Oracle VM Templates provide an easy, fast, and cost effective approach to deploying a fully configured software stack by offering pre-installed and pre-configured software images. The Oracle VM Template for the latest release of Sun Ray Software version 5.4 is now available for Oracle Linux 6.3 (64-bit).

The Oracle VM Template for Sun Ray Software is a fully pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine that can be downloaded onto an installed Oracle VM server. It allows you to quickly create and manage a Sun Ray environment.

The requirements are as follows:

  • The Oracle VM template for Sun Ray Software 5.4 is intended to be installed on Oracle VM 3.0 server or later
  • The OS for the Sun Ray Software 5.4 template is Oracle Linux 6.3 (64-bit)
  • 15GB free space on Oracle VM Server storage repository and 2GB free memory size on an Oracle VM server will be required

For more information on Sun Ray Software, please visit OTN.

Purchase support at the Oracle Store

Oracle Software Delivery Cloud Instructions:

  1. Visit http://edelivery.oracle.com/oraclevm.
  2. Complete your registration information (Name, Company Name, Email Address and Country) and click on the download agreement.
  3. Select "Oracle VM Templates" from the "Select a Product Pack" pull-down menu.
  4. Select "x86 64-bit" from the "Platform" pull-down menu.
  5. Click "Go" and then select from the list of Oracle VM Templates.
  6. Download and unzip the files and read the readme for installation instructions.

For large downloads, or for functionality such as download resuming, the use of a download manager is highly recommended.

Thursday Mar 07, 2013

Enabling Private Clouds events in Canada

If you're looking at implementing a private cloud, we have a live seminar series that could be really helpful for you. Over the next couple of weeks in Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto, you can attend a free seminar that will help you learn about Oracle's complete cloud infrastructure solution, including Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

One really unique thing about these seminars is that they are divided into morning and afternoon sessions. In the morning, you'll get a complete overview of the solution with use cases, deployment ideas, architecture discussion and so on. And if you are a hands-on technical type, you can stay for the afternoon session which features a hands-on lab of Oracle Ksplice on Oracle Linux and a live demo of Oracle RAC deployed using an Oracle VM Template.

These should be fantastic events, please attend if you are in the area and available!

-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.

Thursday Jan 24, 2013

New Oracle VM Templates Available for Oracle Exalogic

New Oracle VM Templates for several Oracle Applications are now available for Oracle Exalogic.

These include

Extending the same ease of use and peace of mind of certification with existing Oracle VM Templates, these new templates are pre-configured, pre-tested for rapid application deployment to your Oracle Exalogic environment.

See how you can reduce deployment time from weeks and days to hours and minutes.

Read the press release.

Read more about time savings findings in the Evaluator Group report: “Oracle VM – Quantifying the Value of Application Driven Virtualization

Friday Nov 16, 2012

Oracle VM networking under the hood and 3 new templates

We have a few cool things to tell you about: 

First up: have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in the network when you Live Migrate your Oracle VM server workload? Or how Oracle VM implements the network infrastructure you configure through your point & click action in the GUI? Really….how do they do this? For an in-depth view of the Oracle VM for x86 Networking model, Look ‘Under the Hood’ at Networking in Oracle VM Server for x86 with our best practices engineer in a blog post on OTN Garage.


Next, making things simple in Oracle VM is what we strive every day to deliver to our user community. With that, we are pleased to bring you updates on three new Oracle Application templates:

E-Business Suite 12.1.3 for Oracle Exalogic
Oracle VM templates for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 (x86 64-bit for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud) contain all the required elements to create an Oracle E-Business Suite R12 demonstration system on an Exalogic server. You can use these templates to quickly build an EBS 12.1.3 demonstration environment, bypassing the operating system and the software install (via the EBS Rapid Install). For further details, please review the announcement.  

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1.2.1 for x86 servers and Oracle Exalogic
The Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne provide a method to rapidly install JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1  and Tools 9.1.2.1. The complete stack includes Oracle Database 11g R2 and Oracle WebLogic Server 10.3.5 running on Oracle Linux 5. The templates can be installed to Oracle VM Server for x86 release 3.x and to the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. 

PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.5.2.10 for Oracle Exalogic
This virtual deployment package delivers a "quick start" of PeopleSoft Middle-tier template on Oracle Linux for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

And last, are you wondering why we talk about “fast”, “rapid” when we refer to using Oracle VM templates to virtualize Oracle applications? Read the Evaluator Group Lab Validation report quantifying speeds of deployment up to 10x faster than with VMware vSphere. Or you can also check out our on demand webcast Quantifying the Value of Application-Driven Virtualization.

Monday Jul 30, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle VM 3 Templates Available for Sun Ray Software 5.3

Following up from our announcement of Oracle VM 3 templates for Oracle Secure Global Desktop last month, today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle VM 3 templates for Sun Ray Software version 5.3. 

With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. In this case, the supported operating system (Oracle Linux 5.7), and Sun Ray Software 5.3 product is packaged together into a template that one can easily import and clone from as a virtual machine in Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Sun Ray Software within Oracle VM 3. 

Login into the Oracle VM section at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud  (click on 'Cloud Portal (Main)' at the top-right) and, Under Oracle VM templates - x86 64-bit, look for
  • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Sun Ray Software Media Pack for x86_64 (64 bit) (64 bit)
    • Oracle VM 3 template for Sun Ray Software 5.3 with Oracle Linux 5.7 (64-bit)

Once you download the above template, you must 

  1. First import the assembly (ova) file that you downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
  2. Next, create a virtual machine template from the assembly
  3. And finally create a virtual machine from the template

Once the virtual machine is created and starts up, make sure you enter the networking parameters (hostname, IP address, netmask, gateway etc), and optional user parameters correctly. You must also enter a root password during first boot. And that's it - the Sun Ray Software installation script will automatically pick up the networking parameters, prompt for confirmation and complete a default installation.

Once the installation is complete, you may may then begin to use a supported Sun Ray hardware client or Oracle Virtual Desktop Client software to connect to the Sun Ray server and use the default Oracle Linux desktop. You may also want to refer to the Sun Ray Software Administration Guide to learn more about Sun Ray Software and its capabilities.

Friday Jun 22, 2012

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle VM 3 Templates Available for Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62


Today, we are proud to announce the general availability of Oracle VM 3 templates for Oracle Secure Global Desktop version 4.62. 

With Oracle VM 3 templates, anyone using Oracle VM 3 need not download, install and configure the supported operating system and the Oracle product(s) individually. In this case, the supported operating system (Oracle Linux 5.7), and the Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 product is packaged together into a template that one can easily import and clone from as a virtual machine in Oracle VM 3. This results in a nearly instant deployment and configuration of Oracle Secure Global Desktop within Oracle VM 3. 

This means drastically reducing the evaluation and deployment time for Oracle Secure Global Desktop when leveraging Oracle VM 3. Feel free to give it a try!

Login into the Oracle VM section at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud  (click on 'Cloud Portal (Main)' at the top-right) and:

  1. Under Oracle VM templates - x86 64-bit, look for
    • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop Media Pack for x86_64 (64 bit)
      • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 template for x86_64 (64 bit) with Oracle Linux 5.7
  2. Under Oracle VM templates – x86 32 bit, look for
    • Oracle VM 3 Template (OVF) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop Media Pack for x86 (32 bit)
      • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 4.62 template for x86 (32 bit) with Oracle Linux 5.7

Download any of the above templates. Once you are done, you must

  1. First import the assembly (ova) file that you downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
  2. Next, create a virtual machine template from the assembly
  3. And finally create a virtual machine from the template.

Once the virtual machine is created and starts up, make sure you enter the networking parameters (hostname, IP address, netmask, gateway etc), and optional user parameters correctly. You must also enter a root password during first boot. And that's it - the Oracle Secure Global Desktop install script will automatically pick up the networking parameters, prompt for confirmation and complete a default installation.

Once the installation is complete, you may want to refer to the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Administration Guide to learn more about Oracle Secure Global Desktop and its capabilities.

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

Wednesday Jul 13, 2011

More webcasts on Oracle Virtualization

We have a couple webcasts this week. 

On Wednesday 7/13, learn how the Oracle VM Template for MySQL Enterprise Edition provides the foundation for a more agile and highly available MySQL environment. You can register here

  • An overview of the technologies packaged into the template
  • How to configure and deploy the template
  • How to use, modify and save an adapted template that supports specific application requirements

On Thursday 7/14, learn some of Oracle’s leading technical experts discuss Oracle Solaris virtualization. You can register here.

  • Utilize the built-in, unmatched virtualization capabilities of Oracle Solaris
  • Consolidate your existing environment with levels of efficiency you may not have thought possible
  • Increase business agility with the latest release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Take advantage of Oracle’s latest industry-leading systems to quickly bring modern cost/performance levels to even your oldest legacy applications

For more information about Oracle's virtualization, visit oracle.com/virtualization.

Monday Feb 14, 2011

Two Virtualization Webinars This Week

If you're interested in virtualization, be sure to catch our two free webinars this week. You'll hear directly from Oracle technologists and can ask questions in a live Q&A.

Deploying Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications
Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011
9AM Pacific Time
Register Now
Is your company trying to manage costs; meet or beat service level agreements and get employees up and running quickly on business-critical applications like Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Applications? The fastest way to get the benefits of these applications deployed in your organization is with Oracle VM Templates. Cut application deployment time from weeks to just hours or days. Attend this session for the technical details of how your IT department can deliver rapid software deployment and eliminate installation and configuration costs by providing pre-installed and pre-configured software images.


Increasing Desktop Security for the Public Sector with Oracle Desktop Virtualization
Thursday, Feb 17, 2011
9AM Pacific Time
Register Now
Security of data as it moves across desktop devices is a concern for all industries. But organizations such as law enforcement, local, state, and federal government and others have higher security ne! eds than most. A virtual desktop model, where no data is ever stored on the local device, is an ideal architecture for these organizations to deploy. Oracle's comprehensive portfolio of desktop virtualization solutions, from thin client devices, to sever side management and desktop hosting software, provide a complete solution for this ever-increasing problem.

Thursday Dec 09, 2010

New Reference Configuration: Accelerate Deployment of Virtual Infrastructure

Today, Oracle announced the availability of Oracle VM blade cluster reference configuration based on Sun servers, storage and Oracle VM software. Assembling and integrating software and hardware systems from different vendors can be a huge barrier to deploying virtualized infrastructures as it is often a complicated, time-consuming, risky and expensive process.

Using this tested configuration can help reduce the time to configure and deploy a virtual infrastructure by up to 98% as compared to putting together multi-vendor configurations.

Once ready, the infrastructure can be used to easily deploy enterprise applications in a matter of minutes to hours as opposed to days/weeks, by using Oracle VM Templates.

Find out more:
Press Release
Business whitepaper
Technical whitepaper

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!

Friday Nov 12, 2010

Very Cool! New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle E-Business Suite

Ivo Dujmovic's blog entry yesterday announced the latest Oracle E-Business Suite Template.

You can use pre-built Oracle VM templates to create a fully operational Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 environment now. 32-bit templates are available and and 64-bit versions will be available soon. We used Production (PROD) database files instead of the Vision Demonstration database to make the database template download smaller -- it is now three files instead of eight.

Read details in Ivo's blog post.

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