Friday May 08, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Fast Track to Cloud Deployment

Oracle Platinum Partner Secure-24 is an Oracle Platinum Partner managing Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Hyperion, and SAP applications across all industries for businesses of every size. Secure-24 deploys Virtual Compute Appliance for consistent, secure launch of enterprise Cloud environments. The result: Deployment costs are down 90%; acquisition costs are cut in half.

You can achieve the same results by deploying Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance which is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

For more details, read the full story here.

Contact your Oracle account team to discuss your needs and learn how to build your cloud environment with Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance.

Friday Apr 03, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Virtual Compute Appliance Training

The Virtual Compute Appliance: Overview seminar teaches customers how to manage Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) and the Oracle VM environment.

This converged infrastructure solution combines preconfigured networking, servers and storage in a convenient package that system administrators can easily deploy into an existing data center.

In the Virtual Compute Appliance: Overview, you learn to:

  • Describe components and features of VCA
  • Describe installation steps and the automated orchestration/discovery process
  • Describe the components and features of Oracle VM
  • Monitor the Oracle VM servers
  • Upgrade VCA
  • Prepare your Oracle VM environment to create and deploy virtual machines
  • Add VLAN segments to networks where it is required
  • Create and manage virtual machines
  • Clone virtual machines

Customers can take this seminar from their own desk (no travel required) as a live-virtual event or travel to an education center for an in-class event.

Thursday Apr 02, 2015

Virtual Compute Appliance 2.0.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the latest release 2.0.2 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

The 2.0.2 release is a maintenance update to provide bug fixes and add new hardware support for X5-2 Compute nodes in Virtual Compute Appliance X3-2 and X4-2.

You can review the list of notable bug fixes in the release notes as part of the documentation set.

To download the software update, search patch ID 20463300 from My Oracle Support.

For additional information about how customers benefit from Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance deployment, visit here.

Friday Mar 06, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Partner Jumpstart Webcast

On March 19, 2015, join us for this partner event - Oracle VM Partner Jumpstart Webcast (1hr partnering business discussion followed by a 3hr technical section containing Oracle VM architecture overview, demo, and best practices discussion). You can register here

For Oracle partners such as system integrators and solution providers, Oracle VM offers tremendous value to enable your virtualization or cloud infrastructure service offerings that makes the software or systems easier to deploy, easier to manage and easier to support. Going beyond simple server consolidation, Oracle VM is designed to enable rapid enterprise application deployment and simplify lifecycle management. With Oracle VM, ISVs can quickly deploy and redistribute applications in standardized Templates or Virtual Appliances. For System Integrators, Oracle VM is tightly integrated at all layers of the Oracle stack from Servers to Networking including Oracle Engineered systems such as Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance, providing pre-configured and pre-tested systems to accelerate infrastructure deployments.

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Friday Jan 23, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance: Past Reflection and Future Vision

Today's spotlight is a year in review of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance and a look to the future.

Virtual Compute Appliance is a converged infrastructure solution that combines preconfigured networking, servers, and storage into a convenient package that system administrators can easily deploy into an existing data center. Combined with the virtualization power of Oracle VM, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides the perfect general-purpose solution for a wide range of applications and operating systems. Customers around the world are using Virtual Compute Appliance systems for their virtualized environment of mixed workloads or private cloud.

The most visible benefit of the Virtual Compute Appliance is rapid deployment. The Virtual Compute Appliance automatically configures compute, storage, and network resources when it is powered up, and users can start running virtual machines in a matter of hours. "Time-to-application with Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance was remarkable. In a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, we were operational and in a position to instantly respond to our customers’ needs,” said Raul Chico, head of business development, BT Spain. View the complete story.

The Virtual Compute Appliance can be used with Oracle VM Templates, which provide pre-built virtual machines containing OS images and pre-installed application and database software. Together, they provide ready-to-run physical and virtual infrastructure, so customers can start running workloads in hours, not days or weeks. Secure-24, a managed services provider based in Michigan, United States, was able to deploy Oracle Database 12c within 10 minutes by using template. Watch the video here.

The Virtual Compute Appliance leverages wire-once Software Defined Networking (SDN) using Oracle Virtual Networking over an InfiniBand backplane and the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance for robust, high performance networking and storage.

Since its release in 2013, the Virtual Compute Appliance has been updated with several product enhancements. Among the most notable are:

  • Addition of X4-2 servers, providing investment protection for customers by supporting a mixture of X4-2 servers and X3-2 servers in the same rack.
  • Support for external storage using either InfiniBand or Fibre Channel technology. Customers now have more options to expand storage to the Virtual Compute Appliance. Customers can now connect the Virtual Compute Appliance to their Fibre Channel storage (e.g. EMC, HDS, NetApp storage), in addition to their existing NFS or iSCSI storage. They can also expand storage of the Virtual Compute Appliance by connecting to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance externally, using InfiniBand.
  • Management VLAN support: The VCA management network now supports the use of VLANs.
  • Improved management capabilities, including an Integrated Command Line Interface: Several command line utilities are now consolidated into a single command line interface (CLI), which is accessible from the Oracle Linux shell on the management node. Customers can use the CLI to script actions that may need to be performed on a regular basis, or to write integration scripts for existing monitoring and maintenance software not directly hosted on the appliance.
  • Synchronization Service to eliminate configuration mismatches: Throughout the life cycle of the Virtual Compute Appliance, software updates, capacity extensions and configuration changes will occur at different points in time. To eliminate configuration mismatches, we implemented a synchronization service to allow configurable parameters to be set and maintained across different components within the Virtual Compute Appliance.

At a live event on January 21, 2015, Larry Ellison announced the Virtual Compute Appliance X5, offering highest performance at the lowest price. Watch Larry's video or read the press release.

With this announcement, Oracle continues to provide further product enhancements to deliver more value for customers purchasing the Virtual Compute Appliance.

Wednesday Jan 21, 2015

Oracle VM Powers More Engineered Systems

Earlier today Oracle outlined the strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with a new generation of engineered systems.

Oracle VM is a core component of Oracle Engineered Systems because it makes the entire software stack and the underlying systems easier to deploy, easier to manage and easier to support.

With today's announcement, customers are happy to learn that Oracle VM support is now available on Oracle Exadata Database Machine. By using Oracle VM, customers achieve a high level of workload isolation while taking advantage of ultra-fast InfiniBand networking. In addition, virtual machine-based licensing reduces software costs.

The Oracle VM software runs on Exadata also powers Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance, Oracle Database Appliance, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, and so on.

For those SPARC based engineered systems such as Oracle SuperCluster and the SPARC version of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, it's Oracle VM Server for SPARC that provides the enhanced virtualization capability to deliver the same greater business value for our customers. 

To get started with Oracle VM with Oracle and non-Oracle systems, you can download the software by following the instructions from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/vm/downloads/index.html. Contact your Oracle representative or visit www.oracle.com/virtualization to learn more.

Friday Dec 12, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Customer's success with Virtual Compute Appliance

We are happy to share a customer story that BT in Spain completes application deployment in a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, and reduces capital expenditures by 50%.

BT in Spain serves 29 of the IBEX 35 companies—a list of organizations with the highest trading volume in the Spanish stock market—and 2,000 of the 5,000 largest companies in the country.

To provide customers with Oracle Cloud applications and other infrastructure-as-a-service solutions, BT in Spain deployed Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance in its main data center located in Madrid. BT in Spain’s platform enables the company’s clients to deploy Oracle solutions up to 7x faster than with any other platform, with no configuration errors, and it optimizes operating costs. 

The Virtual Compute Appliance’s various components, such as Oracle VM, are designed for mission-critical uptime and availability. This Oracle converged-infrastructure solution has enabled BT in Spain to reduce capital expenditure by 50% and instantly respond to existing and new customer requests. The ability to design and deploy tailor-made databases faster and more efficiently gives BT in Spain an undeniable edge in the crowded cloud-hosting market.

“Time-to-application with Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance was remarkable. In a matter of minutes, not days or weeks, we were operational and in a position to instantly respond to our customers’ needs,” said Raul Chico, head of business development, BT in Spain.

For more details: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/customers/customersearch/bt-spain-5-vca-sl-2372727.html; or in Spanish:

To learn more about Oracle's virtualization solutions, visit https://oracle.com/virtualization

Monday Nov 24, 2014

Fulfilling your wish list this holiday season: More time for fun

As the holiday season gets near, do you find yourself wishing that you can have more time for fun instead of sitting in the data center cobbling together a new cloud platform?

Why spend hundreds of hours configuring and installing new servers, new storage, networking switches and all the software layers to create your new platform when there is an alternative solution?

What if you could...
- Roll in a pre-configured rack of servers, networking and storage into your data center
- Get the rack up and running from power-on to production in 2 hours
- Deploy your Oracle Database in 10 minutes

Per Sean Donaldson, CTO of Secure-24, that is possible with the
Virtual Compute Appliance from Oracle, "The Virtual Compute Appliance really is a cloud framework with a virtualization engine that allows you to run JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Hyperion, Oracle E-Business," said Mr. Donaldson.

Secure-24, a fast-growing hosting/managed services company based in Michigan, provides services to middle-market companies and Fortune 500 organizations in many industries. Mr. Donaldson and his team wanted faster Time-to-Market to meet their clients’ demand for business critical application hosting and cloud services. After careful evaluation of several vendors, they selected Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance.

Hear the reasons in
this video:



If you're thinking: hmm, that sounds interesting. Let me find out more on CRN, my news source for channels and partners.

You find that CRN just released their 2014 Tech Innovator Awards, a program that recognizes companies for outstanding innovation in products developed for the enterprise.

Clicking through, you see that the Virtual Compute Appliance received
'Honorable Mention' in the Cloud Solutions category, out of more than 250 products that were nominated this year to CRN.

Why not look into this solution to save you hundreds of hours in the data center? Check this item off your wishlist.  Have more time for fun and your family, and enjoy the holiday season.

Thanks to Haiduong Vo, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director at Oracle, who contributed this blog entry.

Friday Oct 24, 2014

Friday Spotlight: New assets for Winning Combo: Virtual Compute Appliance and ZFS Storage Appliance

Happy Friday. In today's spotlight, we want to share some great assets about Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.

Virtual Compute Appliance is a converged infrastructure solution that combines preconfigured networking, servers, and storage into a convenient package that system administrators can easily deploy into an existing data center. Combined with the virtualization power of Oracle VM, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides the perfect general-purpose solution for rapidly and easily bringing online a new rack into a cloud environment. Customers can expand storage of the Virtual Compute Appliance by connecting to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance externally. We published a new white paper that describes how to increase the storage capacity of the Virtual Compute Appliance by adding a new rack containing a larger Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance cluster.

To learn how the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance is optimized to work efficiently with Virtual Compute Appliance and understand how the Virtual Compute Appliance together with the ZFS Storage Appliance benefits customers by providing storage expansion and backup capabilities, watch this 12-minute Youtube video for a condensed presentation by Premal Savla and Michael Wojnar.

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

Announcing Virtual Compute Appliance Software Release 2.0.1

We are pleased to announce the latest software release 2.0.1 of Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) is an engineered system with integrated and software-defined converged infrastructure designed to radically simplify the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for any Linux, Oracle Solaris, or Microsoft Windows applications on Oracle VM.

The VCA software release 2.0.1 delivers the following enhancements:

  • External Storage Support: Oracle VCA storage can be extended by connecting and configuring external storage hardware. This allows customers to provision virtual machines with virtual disks beyond the capacity of the internal storage, and to provide ample disk space for large repositories and for backup and recovery purposes. The storage hardware is connected to the Fabric Interconnects using either InfiniBand or Fibre Channel technology.
  • Integrated Command Line Interface: VCA command line utilities are now consolidated into a single command line interface (CLI), which is accessible from the Oracle Linux shell on the management node.
  • Management VLAN Support: The VCA management network now supports the use of VLANs.
  • Synchronization Service: A synchronization service has been implemented to allow configurable parameters to be set and maintained across heterogeneous sets of components within an Oracle VCA environment. Throughout the life cycle of the appliance, software updates, capacity extensions and configuration changes will occur at different points in time. The synchronization service is an extensible foundation for any mechanism implemented to eliminate configuration mismatches.
  • Provisioning Lock: The Oracle VCA Dashboard allows administrators to temporarily disable compute node provisioning with the click of a button. When provisioning is suspended, maintenance tasks or management node upgrades can be carried out safely.

Please refer to the product page for a complete list features and benefits. For additional resources about VCA:

  • Download Virtual Compute Appliance Software Release 2.0.1 from My Oracle Support, search patch ID 19555021.
  • Read the documentation for details about the new features and requirements of installation and upgrade.
  • Review data sheet (PDF).
  • Watch Larry Ellison's keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 when he talked about Oracle Cloud, VCA and Oracle Engineered Systems.


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

Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Virtual Compute Appliance Certified by SAP

Oracle VM continues growing its ecosystem. Oracle VM 3.3 and 3.2 are certified by SAP. Now all SAP products based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x available on Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 5 can now be used on Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance. Three-Tier and Two-Tier installations (Oracle Database and SAP Application) are supported on Virtual Compute Appliance release 1.1.3 or newer.

For Oracle VM specific instructions, read  SAP Note 1808268. The following Operating systems in VMs are certified and supported for the use in SAP environments. Follow the SAP installation Notes to prepare the OS to run SAP products:

  • Oracle Linux Release 6 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK)
  • Oracle Linux Release 5 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK)
Please check the SAP Product Availability Matrix (www.service.sap.com/pam) for details regarding supported SAP product and Oracle Database releases for these guest OSs.  For more information, see SAP Note 2052912 and Oracle.com/SAP.

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

Launch Webcast: Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance

Please join Oracle Executives Mark Hurd, Wim Coekaerts, and Scott Genereux as they announce the latest Virtual Compute Appliance. Discover how the Virtual Compute Appliance delivers virtualized application infrastructure and how it differentiates from other converged infrastructure solutions.

June 24, 2014
10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET

Register here

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