Monday Mar 04, 2013

HIMSS 2013, Day 1

We just wrapped up day one of HIMSS13 in New Orleans. HIMSS is always a really important event for us because so many healthcare organizations leverage Oracle technologies. And desktop virtualization lends itself perfectly to healthcare, especially with "caregiver mobility." This simply means that doctors and nurses can move from place to place and retain secure access to patient data. In our case, it also means desktop mobility between PCs, iPad and Android tablets, and in-room mounted thin clients.

We're here with some really amazing folks from the Oracle Healthcare team and the Oracle desktop virtualization team, and we're going to get some videos up for you over the next few days shot live on the show floor.

And if you're here, please stop by and say "hi" to us! As usual, the entire Oracle booth is being hosted with Oracle desktop virtualization, and we'll go into more detail on that in our next post.

-Chris

Monday Dec 03, 2012

December events for Oracle VM

Where in the world is Oracle VM in December? Whether you are in the US, Asia or the UK, you can find us in December at any of the events below:

Birmingham, United Kingdom
December 1st – 5th, 2013
Check out the Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap Session on December 5

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
December 3rd – 6th, 2013
Visit the Oracle Booth to learn about Oracle VM and Optimized Data Center Solutions.

Sheraton Macau, Macau, China
December 11-13, 2013
Oracle VM & NetApp Storage Connect integrated solutions to simplify virtualized infrastructure management

Tuesday Nov 13, 2012

DOAG 2012 and Educause 2012

Oracle understands the value of desktop virtualization and how customers have really embraced it as a top tier method to deliver access to applications and data. Just as supporting operating systems other than Windows in the enterprise desktop space started to become necessary perhaps 5-7 years ago, supporting desktop virtualization with VDI, application virtualization, thin clients, and tablet access is becoming necessary today in 2012. Any application strategy needs to have a secure mobile component, and a solution that gives you a holistic strategy across both mobile and fixed-asset (i.e., desktop PCs) devices is crucial to success.

This means it's probably useful to learn about desktop virtualization, even if it's not in your typical area of responsibility. A good way to do that is at one of the many trade shows where we exhibit. Here are two examples: 

DOAG 2012 Conference + Exhibition

The DOAG Conference is fast approaching, starting November 20th in Nuernberg, Germany. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you might remember that we attended last year as well.

This conference is fantastic for us because we get to speak directly to users of Oracle products. In many cases, those DBAs, IT managers, and other infrastructure folks are looking for ways to deal with the burgeoning BYOD model, as well as ways of streamlining their standard desktop and access technologies. We have a couple of sessions where you can learn a great deal about how Oracle can help with these points.

Session Schedule (look under "Infrastruktur & Hardware")

The two sessions focused on desktop virtualization are:
  • Oracle VDI Best Practice unter Linux (Oracle VDI Best Practice Under Linux)
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Implementierungen und Praxiserfahrungen (Virtual Desktop Infrastructures Implementations and Best Practices)
We will also have experts on hand at the booth to answer your questions on using desktop virtualization. If you're at the show, please stop by and say hello to our team there!

Educause 2012 

Another good example is Educause. We've gone the last few years to show off a slough of education oriented applications and capabilities in the Oracle product portfolio. And every year, we display those applications through Oracle desktop virtualization. This means the demonstration can easily be setup ahead of time and replicated out to however many "demo pods" that we have available. There's no need for our product teams to setup individual laptops for demos -- we can display a standardized Windows desktop virtual machine with their apps all ready to go on a whole bunch of devices like your standard trade show laptop, our Sun Ray Clients, and iPad.

Educause 2012 just wrapped, so we're sorry we missed you this year. But there is always next year! Until then, here are a few pictures from this year's show:

You can also watch this video to see how Catholic Education Australia uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop to help cope with the ever changing ways that people access their applications. 

-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 

Wednesday Aug 01, 2012

Videos from BriForum Chicago 2012

We had a really wonderful show at BriForum Chicago last week! Thanks to everyone for stopping by our booth and coming to our session. It was great to meet all of you, answer questions, and get to hear about how you're using desktop virtualization.

We recorded some videos at the show, and got into a couple of areas we haven't yet touched on. One, is a video in Spanish by Jorge Angel. Another really interesting one is with Brad Lackey where explains the architectural security differences with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. We also have a video from our featured speaker Phillip Fiedler from Open Technologies, giving a quick summary of his session. Really interesting stuff! Here are the videos we did on the show floor:

This is the official video made by the brianmadden.com folks of our demo. The video is hosted there, so you'll need to click the thumbnail here and hop over to their page to see it, but it's worth it!

-Chris

Wednesday Jul 25, 2012

Live from the show floor at BriForum Chicago 2012

The Oracle desktop virtualization team is on the show floor here at day 2 of BriForum in Chicago. As you might have read on this blog before, BriForum is just a fantastic event. The sessions here cover current industries trends and best practices, but my favorite sessions are the "thought leaders" style talks. There are a lot of really smart people at this show and they share their latest thinking on desktop virtualization with the attendees. Think TED talks, but focused on desktop virtualization. Really great stuff.

Oracle is very proud to be a platinum sponsor of this event. We're sponsoring giveaways, lunch tomorrow, and we have a nice booth showing off our desktop virtualization portfolio. We also had a speaking session yesterday that featured Brad Lackey from Oracle and Phillip Fiedler from our partner Open Technologies. Brad and Phillip gave the crowd some real world tips for deploying VDI, with a focus on the healthcare use case.

To get a sense of what we're doing here, you can head over to the Oracle virtualization YouTube channel. We've posted a couple of videos there already, with more to come. 

If you missed us at BriForum, keep an eye on this blog, Twitter, and Facebook for your next opportunity to see Oracle desktop virtualization in person. And if you're going to Oracle OpenWorld, there are a number of sessions you can attend focused on desktop virtualization.

-Chris

Thursday Jul 19, 2012

BriForum 2012 Chicago is almost here!


We had a fantastic experience last May at BriForum 2012 in London. This year's BriForum show in the US is coming up next week in Chicago, and once again, we'll be there as platinum sponsors.

If you're coming to the show, here is how you can connect with us:

  • We'll be demoing our desktop virtualization portfolio at booth 19
  • We have a session Tuesday, July 24 at 10:05am with our partner Open Technologies called "Desktop Virtualization: Lessons from the Real World".
  • We'll have several Oracle desktop virtualization experts on-hand for informal discussions.

 If you're not coming to Chicago, you can still follow what we're up to at the show in these ways:

  • We'll be posting here on the virtualization blog.
  • Follow us on Twitter where we'll be doing live updates.
  • We'll also be updating on Facebook.
  • We'll be recording and uploading videos from the floor on our YouTube channel.

We're excited to be part of BriForum and look forward to seeing some of you there!

-Chris

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 

Tuesday Jul 10, 2012

Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2012

Mini-Series Entry 1 of 3: Hands-On Virtualization

This is the first entry of a three part mini-series aimed at highlighting server and desktop virtualization at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld. 

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 is fast approaching! If you are as excited as we are about the fascinating new Oracle virtualization content featured at Oracle OpenWorld 2012, you won’t want to miss this blog mini-series. We will be highlighting sessions that cover advances and innovations in our products, our product strategy and roadmap, and hands on labs for step-by-step instructions from our field and product experts.

In the blog mini-series you will learn about:

  • The Oracle Virtualization general keynote session
  • Hands-on labs 
  • Key Oracle server and desktop virtualization sessions

In this entry, we will cover the Oracle Virtualization keynote session and the hands-on labs you won't want to miss.

Session ID: GEN8725

Oracle offers the industry’s most complete and integrated virtualization portfolio enabling organizations to realize benefits beyond simple consolidation as they transform their data centers into flexible cloud-based infrastructures. Join Oracle executives and experts to learn about Oracle’s desktop-to-data-center virtualization solutions, such as the OS, with built-in management integration at all layers that can help you virtualize and manage the complete computing environment, from physical servers to virtual servers and applications. This “don’t-miss” session offers details of the latest product updates and strategy; product roadmaps; integration with enterprise applications; and real-world examples of how Oracle server, desktop, and storage virtualization is benefiting customers.

Here are our top picks for Hands-On Labs for Oracle OpenWorld 2012:

Session ID: HOL9907
This hands-on lab demonstrates the performance (using an industry-standard load tester) and roaming capabilities of Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure with Oracle’s Sun Ray Clients, Apple iPad and other clients.

Session ID: HOL9558
This hands-on lab takes you through the planning and deployment of an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environment with Oracle VM as the foundation. It covers a range of topics, from planning storage capacity, LUN creation, network bandwidth planning, and best practices to designing and streamlining the environment for ease of management. Learn from deeply experienced field engineers and product experts.

Session ID: HOL9559
This hands-on lab is for application architects or system administrators who will need to deploy and manage Oracle Applications. You’ll learn how Oracle VM Templates can turn you into a power user who can virtualize and deploy complex Oracle Applications in minutes. Longtime field-experienced engineers and product experts will show you, step by step, how to download and import templates and deploy the applications.

Session ID: HOL9870
The purpose of this hands-on lab is to demonstrate the functionality and usage of Oracle’s enterprise cloud infrastructure for x86 with Oracle VM 3.x. It covers: 

  • Creation of VMs
  • Migration of VMs 
  • Quick and easy deployment of Oracle applications with Oracle VM Templates 
  • Usage of the Storage Connect plug-in for the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
You can find these and other great sessions on the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Content Catalog. Start checking now to better plan and organize your week at the conference. Then you’ll be ready to sign up for all of your sessions in mid-July when the scheduling tool goes live.

While the hands-on labs allow you to directly interact with Oracle virtualization products, the conference sessions allow you to hear from a wide variety of industry experts on how they're using they technology in real world deployments, solving specific challenges, and more. In tomorrow's entry, we'll start talking about the many conference sessions related to Oracle server and desktop virtualization you can attend during the show. See you then!

- The Oracle Virtualization marketing team

Monday Jun 25, 2012

DIA2012

If you've read this blog before, you probably know that Oracle desktop virtualization is used to demonstrate Oracle Applications at many different trade shows. This week, the Oracle desktop team is at DIA2012 in Philadelphia, PA.

The DIA conference is a large event, hosting about 7,000 professionals in the pharmaceutical, bio technology, and medical device fields. Healthcare and associated fields are leveraging desktop virtualization because the model is a natural fit due to their high security requirements. Keeping all the data on the server and not distributing it on laptops or PCs that could be stolen makes a lot of sense when you're talking about patient records and other sensitive information.

We're proud to be supporting the Oracle Health Sciences team at DIA2012 by hosting all of the Oracle healthcare related demos on a central server, and providing simple, smart card based access using our Sun Ray Clients. And remember that you're not limited to using just Sun Ray Clients--you can also use the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client and freely move your session from your iPad, your Windows or Linux PC, your Mac, or Sun Ray Clients. It's a truly mobile solution for an industry that requires mobile, secure access in order to remain compliant.

Here are some pics from the show:

We also have an informative PDF on Oracle desktop virtualization and Oracle healthcare that you can have a look at.

 (Many thanks to Adam Workman for the pics!)

-Chris 

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Tuesday May 29, 2012

BriForum London Videos

We're back from BriForum London and it was a fantastic show. Just amazing firsthand information on real world desktop virtualization deployments, future trends, best practices, and more. If desktop virtualization is part of your job, I highly recommend checking out the event. The next one is in July in Chicago, and Oracle will be there!

Here are a few videos from the show:

The video below was done by the brianmadden.com folks, so click on it to go over to their site to see it. Many thanks to the team there!

-Chris

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Wednesday May 23, 2012

BriForum London 2012 Demos

We're currently at BriForum London 2012, and we're demoing the Oracle desktop virtualization portfolio. Oftentimes at trade shows, all of the Oracle Applications you're seeing are hosted by Oracle desktop virtualization. This lets us do things like show how you can instantly switch a Siebel session from a desktop PC to an iPad for working on the go, or using applications from literally "any old PC" just by logging in with a web browser.

This show is exclusively focused on desktop virtualization, so we were able to create a demo that highlights some of the cooler features of the portfolio. Here are some things we're showing:

- Impeccable full screen, high definition video from a virtual desktop on a large plasma display. Standing directly in front of the display, it's difficult to tell the video is originating on a virtualized operating system on a server, and the view of that entire desktop is flowing over the wire to a very inexpensive thin client that has no local operating system and requires no management. It's pretty much indistinguishable from video you'd see by hooking a high powered PC to a plasma display.

- A new feature in our latest releases is location awareness. This allows applications on the virtualized desktop to (optionally) access information about which particular client or device a user is logging in from. This is essential in industries like healthcare, where whenever something is logged about a patient, not only is the identity of the person doing the logging crucial, but where the person physically was when they did the logging is also required. Developers can use this information in other really cool ways, for example, making it so when a user prints from a particular place, the print job is sent to the printer physically closest to the user. In the demo here, we're showing location awareness by changing the desktop image to indicate the user's location with a dot on a map on the desktop wallpaper. So, login to one Sun Ray Client and you get a red desktop with the dot in room x, login to a different one and you get a blue desktop with the dot in room y. Very cool stuff.

- Multiple desktop environments across two monitors. This is something that people are getting used to with client side hypervisors (such as Oracle VM VirtualBox), but it's very innovative with server based desktop virtualization. The idea here is that, from a single client device, you can login to two different server side environments and access both simultaneously. This is ideal for developers and other users who might need to balance their time in multiple operating systems.

- Speaking of multiple operating systems, since Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure uses Oracle VM VirtualBox as the virtualization engine, users can run not only Windows desktops like other solutions, but can also run Ubuntu, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Solaris virtual desktops. Those are the operating systems that are tested, but in actuality, lots and lots of operating systems can work, too (at your own risk, of course). So, as an experimental demo, we're showing virtual desktops on operating systems going all the way back to Windows 3.1. Yes, Windows 3.1 from 1992 in a modern virtual desktop infrastructure. Not for the feint of heart, but fun to show, just the same.

- Accessory devices that use USB have historically been difficult for desktop virtualization, thin clients, etc. But today, our solution provides excellent support for USB devices. At the booth here, we're showing a couple of devices connected through the USB ports on a Sun Ray 3 Client, and communicating with a server side Windows XP environment. The first is a digital camera with a remote capture application on the Windows virtual desktop...press a button in the Windows virtual desktop and it sends a commands over the wire to the Sun Ray Client, Sun Ray Client sends to the camera via USB, camera takes the picture, and then uploads the picture by reversing the path back to the server. And, even more interesting is a remote sensor device used in education. This device samples information from the environment (sound levels, temperature, etc.), and sends it as a stream over USB to a Windows application, again, installed on the virtual desktop at the server.

If you happen to be at BriForum in London, please take a moment to stop by the booth and let us show you around the portfolio. You might be surprised what we can do!

-Chris


Tuesday May 15, 2012

Oracle Virtualization: Live in a City Near You!

It's been a very busy time for virtualization here at Oracle! One of the things we really like doing is getting out at trade shows to meet and talk to customers and show them our solutions first hand. 

We've been at a number of shows recently. Here is a short list of shows we've done just in the last few weeks:

Collaborate 12 (Oracle user community)
ICMI ACCE 2012 (contact centers) 

A recurring theme at these shows is how we can help customers deploy applications faster. One of the key benefits of Oracle Virtualization (both server and desktop) is that your Oracle Applications and virtualization (and servers and storage!) are all from the same vendor. This helps everything work together smoothly, which can cut down your test/deploy/fix time considerably.

Here are some pictures from ICMI ACCE 12:



And here are some pictures from Collaborate 12:

We hope you can get out to one of these trade shows and see our products in action! Speaking of which, we're getting close to our presence at BriForum London, May 23-24. We'll have live blogs from the show floor, Twitter and Facebook updates, nearly live videos on our Oracle Virtualization YouTube channel, and more. If you're going, we hope to see you there!

-Chris

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