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!

Friday Aug 30, 2013

Friday Tips #43

Happy Friday, folks! If you've been keeping up with this blog, you've been seeing a lot of posts on Oracle VM Templates. With the recent updates to the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database, it's been a pretty exciting time! But I thought I'd take this opportunity to point out that in addition to these, there are many more templates you can choose from. There are templates for Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Secure Global Desktop, and much more. It's the fastest way to get up and running with Oracle software.

This page is an index of the many Oracle VM Templates you can choose from:

Oracle VM Templates on Oracle Technology Network

See you next week!

-Chris 

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: 

Friday Aug 16, 2013

Friday Tips #41

Happy Friday, everyone!

As you might have heard, we introduced Oracle's latest engineered system, the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance this week. If you've been reading the blog over the last few days, you've seen quite a bit of information about it. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend Adam Hawley's post where he discusses it from the product management viewpoint.

Even with all this information, there is still a lot more to know. That's why I wanted to point you to the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance Frequently Asked Questions document, which contains even more info. For instance:

  • What is Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance?
  • What are the components of the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (hint: it includes Oracle VM!)?
  • Can Oracle VM templates be used with Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (short answer: Yes!)?
  • Which guest operating systems are supported?
  • What are the hardware specifications of the nodes?
  • And much more

Head on over to the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance FAQ document to learn the answers to these and many more questions.

See you next week!

-Chris 

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.

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