Friday Sep 07, 2012

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.22 released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.22 is hot-off-the-press!

It fixes a couple of nasty bugs described in the  ChangeLog.
Download it at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- FB 

Tuesday Aug 21, 2012

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.20 released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.20 was just released at the community or Oracle download sites.  

This release is a maintenance release containing bug fixes and stability improvements, read all about it in the ChangeLog.

- FB 

Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

Mountain Lion and Oracle VM VirtualBox

The Fat Bloke has a great blog entry up explaining how to install Oracle VM VirtualBox on Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Head on over there and have a read!

VirtualBox and Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8)

-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

Wednesday Jun 20, 2012

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.18 released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.18 was just released at the community or Oracle download sites.  

This release is a maintenance release containing bug fixes and stability improvements, read all about it in the ChangeLog.

- FB 

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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Tuesday May 22, 2012

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.16 released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.16 was just released at the community or Oracle download sites.  

This release is a maintenance release containing bug fixes and stability improvements, read all about it in the ChangeLog.

It's particularly good news if you're running preview builds of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. We hope it irons out a few of those annoying wrinkles ;-)

- FB

Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.10 released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.10 was just released at the community or Oracle download sites.  

This release is a maintenance release containing bug fixes and stability improvements, read all about it in the ChangeLog.

- FB

Thursday Mar 08, 2012

New Commercial License for Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox is the world's most popular open source cross-platform virtualization software, with over 63 million downloads. There is a vibrant user community at virtualbox.org, where users of all types congregate and provide support for each other, with participation from Oracle development.

For customers who are interested in using a fully supported version that can be rolled out across their enterprises, we have introduced commercial licenses and support for Oracle VM VirtualBox. Here's how it works:

Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise - Named User Plus
  • Oracle's standard Named User Plus licensing, $50 per named user
  • Minimum license purchase quantity:  1 Named User Plus
  • Support is available at standard Oracle support pricing rates
  • Minimum license quantity required to obtain support:  at least 100 named users

Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise - Per Socket

  • Oracle's standard processor licensing, $1,000 per processor socket
  • Minimum purchase quantity: 1 socket
  • Support is available at Oracle's standard support pricing
  • Minimum license quantity for support: 1 socket
Oracle VM VirtualBox also remains free for personal use  (Terms, conditions and restrictions apply). This new enterprise offering simply allows enterprise customers needing commercial licensing and support a way to get it. Before purchasing licenses or support, please carefully review the information regarding supported operating systems and applications found in these documents:
To purchase Oracle VM VirtualBox Enterprise:

Monday Dec 19, 2011

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.8 released!

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Oracle just released Oracle VM VirtualBox version 4.1.8!

Not only does this release fix the issues listed in the ChangeLog, but it also solves those last-minute Christmas present problems, and will help you stay sane while visiting relatives this vacation. ;-)

Download it right away. 

-FB




Tuesday Dec 13, 2011

Webcast: Enterprise Desktop Virtualization with Oracle VM VirtualBox

One of our most popular sessions at Oracle OpenWorld this year focused on using Oracle VM VirtualBox in enterprise environments. Oracle VM VirtualBox is used as the default virtualization engine in our Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure product, which can be used to host thousands of user desktops across a large organization. Oracle VM VirtualBox also allows you run multiple operating systems on your desktop or laptop PC, so it's ideal for accessing applications that aren't available on your preferred platform, creating testing and development environment, and a host of other purposes.

Our speakers are Dirk Grobler, Software Development Director and Andy Hall, Product Management Director. Here is a video clip of Andy talking about using Oracle VM VirtualBox for VDI, recorded at OpenWorld this year:

To learn more about Oracle VM VirtualBox and how you can use it in the enterprise, join our live webcast this Thursday, December 15 at 9AM PT:


Thursday Dec 08, 2011

Chock-full of Content: Latest Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

 

Check out the latest issue of Oracle Virtualization Newsletter. It is chock-full of relevant content, including:

  • Oracle Magazine Article: Managing the Virtual World
  • Accessing Virtualization related content from Oracle OpenWorld 2011
  • Oracle Desktop Virtualization customers win Oracle Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards
  • Oracle VM 3.0.2 Released
  • Technical documents such as "Oracle VM 3.0 Quick Start Guide" 
  • Webcasts: Upcoming and On-demand
  • Upcoming Live Events
  • Much more...

Read the entire newsletter.

This is a bi-monthly newsletter. Subscribe to it now and get future issues sent directly to you.

Thursday Nov 10, 2011

OpenWorld 2011 Video Index

We did quite a few virtualization videos this year at Oracle OpenWorld 2011. You can find all these and more on our YouTube channel.

Virtualization Wrapup
Adam Hawley discusses the Oracle virtualization presence at Oracle OpenWorld 2011.

Oracle Applications on iPad
Brad Lackey shows how you can access Oracle Applications on iPad.

Thinkquest.org and Oracle VM
Dan Herrup describes how Thinkquest.org is using Oracle VM to help kids learn how to solve real world problems with computer technology.

Avaya and Oracle Virtualization
See Oracle desktop virtualization in action at Avaya's booth.

Eco-Features of Sun Ray Clients
Michael Dann shows off the Sun Ray 3 Plus and talks about the eco benefits of Oracle's extremely low power consumption client device for desktop virtualization.

Application and Desktop Access with Oracle Secure Global Desktop
Watch Jeff Harvey do a quick demo of Oracle Secure Global Desktop accessing Oracle Applications.

Oracle VM VirtualBox for VDI
Andy Hall describes how enterprises leverage Oracle VM VirtualBox as part of their VDI deployments.

TechCast Live: The Coolest Virtualization Products
Interview with Andy Hall about the desktop virtualization portfolio.

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