Monday May 11, 2015

Around New York on May 14? Register for Oracle VM-Cisco Workshop

Learn from Cisco and Oracle's leading experts! 

This workshop provides you the opportunity to learn why Cisco UCS was designed from the ground up to drive virtualized workloads, and why Oracle VM offers unique advantages for Oracle workloads.

 Event Details: 

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 10am-1pm 
Location: Cisco Systems, One Penn Plaza, 9th Floor Yankee Stadium CR, New York, NY 10119

Solution capabilities demonstrated via demos and case studies! 

Lunch Included.

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2 now available!


We are pleased to announce general availability of Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is a secure remote access solution for any cloud-hosted enterprise applications and desktops running on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris and mainframe servers, from a wide range of popular client devices, including Windows PCs, Macs, Linux PCs, and tablets such as the Apple iPad and Android-based devices.  Oracle Secure Global Desktop gives users the ability to work securely from any device and anywhere, while providing administrators the tools they need to control access to applications and desktop environments resident in the data center.


What's New in SGD Release 5.2

  • Monitoring with Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control - This release delivers plug-ins to enable centralized monitoring of multi-server SGD deployment in Oracle Enterprise Manager.  These plug-ins monitor and analyze the health and performance of SGD servers and gateway servers.  For SGD servers, the plug-in captures various performance and configuration metrics such as array status, users and applications, data store objects, SGD system process, versions and patches.  For gateway servers, various performance and configuration metrics are captured, including connections being serviced, registered SGD servers, versions and patches.  Plug-in metrics data can be processed by reporting tools such as Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher.

The image shows a sample SGD array monitoring page (click to view larger image)


  • Single Sign-On (SSO) integration with Oracle Access Manager - Enables instant access to applications, with a user entering credentials only once.  This release integrates Oracle Secure Global Desktop with Oracle Access Manager, enabling the Single Sign-On (SSO) feature of Oracle Access Manager to authenticate users to an SGD server and to remote applications started from the SGD workspace.  Single Sign-On enables SGD users to access multiple applications with a single login and greatly simplifies password management.

  • Role-based administration and enhancements - Provide flexible control over administration.  New roles for SGD administrators have been introduced that add different levels of administration privileges and access control to the SGD Administration Console.  New commands introduced in this release simplify the process of installing software updates (patches) for an SGD deployment.  The Administration Console can now be used, in addition to the command line, to join an SGD server to an array that uses secure intra-array communication.

  • PulseAudio integration - Prior to this release, the Unix audio solution worked with applications that used OSS on Linux or SADA on Solaris.  This release allows audio redirection from applications that use PulseAudio, increasing the range of audio applications supported by SGD.  Also, added support for audio input functionality on Unix brings the Unix audio feature set in line with that on Windows and allows applications compatible with OSS, SADA or PulseAudio to use audio input.

  • Enhanced security and performance/emulations improvements - In addition to new features and expanded server, client and browser support, this release also delivers enhance security and performance, and provide a richer user experience over a range of network conditions.
    • A Password Manager has been introduced to allow users control over caching of credentials, up to the level permitted by the administrator.
    • Greater control of autocomplete behavior is available in SGD web applications.  'Sensitive fields' always have autocomplete disabled and autocomplete can be disabled for non-sensitive fields on a per-application basis.
    • Improved security with HTTP proxies.  Proxy server support has been extended to negotiate, digest, and NTLM authentication when connecting to SGD through HTTP proxy servers.  This means that clients configured for Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) can now be used.
    • Optimizations improve scrolling and responsiveness in X applications, benefiting high latency environments.
    • Improvements in the handling of RDP have reduced both CPU and bandwidth requirements for transferring data and have improved the user experience by increasing responsiveness and reducing tiling and tearing artefacts.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2 maintains its 'slot-in' simplicity while integrating more closely with Oracle products, technologies and solutions such as Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control, and, Oracle Access Manager.

For more details refer to Oracle Secure Global Desktop release 5.2 documentation.

Download and try it out to see how Oracle Secure Global Desktop helps solve your organization's cloud applications and desktops needs.





Friday Apr 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Capita delivers Private Cloud Services using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux


Capita IT Enterprise Services has launched a new service that enables businesses to migrate mission critical Oracle software deployments into a secure UK cloud. The service delivers Capita Private Cloud; a secure, private cloud platform, using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, allowing businesses to adopt a blend of public and private cloud services without the complexity of managing multiple suppliers and contracts. Will O’Brien, VP Alliances & Channels at Oracle UK & Ireland, said: “Oracle VM has been a key enabler to support Capita’s Private Cloud for Oracle solution.”

Capita Private Cloud for Oracle includes:

• Server virtualisation environment using Oracle products;

• Onshore managed service and licensing up to and including the operating system;

• Provisioning of high performance compute and storage infrastructure;

• Templated secure network environment within ISO27001 certified data centre;

• OPEX pay-as-you-use charging options with no minimum commitment;

• Designed and implemented in collaboration with Oracle to help ensure an optimised environment from an operational and licensing perspective;

• Potential to integrate with other Capita IT enterprise services such as networks and collaboration.

Read more

Capita, a Platinum member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) and a Forbes top 100 global innovator*, collaborated with Oracle’s Virtualisation team to develop the platform.

*Capita plc was recognised as one of the world’s 100 most innovative companies for 2014 by respected American business magazine Forbes.

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.

Friday Mar 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: March 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the March 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter.

This issue includes information on:

  • New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database and Oracle E-Business Suite
  • Oracle VM 3.3.2 and Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers 3.2.3 for Microsoft Windows 
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox updated
  • Oracle VM customer survey
  • Upcoming webcasts, in person events, new white papers and customer stories, and much more

I wanted to highlight the Oracle VM customer survey in particular. This is a fantastic opportunity to let us know how you use Oracle VM in your environment. It's a short survey (about 3 minutes), but your comments will be carefully read and considered by our Oracle VM product management team.

If you'd like the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, be sure to sign up here

 Have a great week!

-Chris

Friday Mar 13, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: EMC VMAX and EMC VNX are Now Certified on Oracle VM

Oracle’s Storage Certification program enables established storage partners to qualify their storage systems for use with Oracle VM using an Oracle supplied storage qualification test kit.  When a storage vendor enables the Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-in, their customers will be able to provision that vendor’s storage through the Oracle VM Manager. This will enable simpler management of virtual infrastructure, as well as faster provisioning of solutions in a cloud environment.

EMC storage, including VMAX and VNX, has been tested using the Oracle ® VM Storage Connect Certification kit to achieve Storage Certification with Oracle VM Release 3.3.  and now listed on the Oracle HCL website for Oracle VM. This storage certification required strong collaboration between Oracle and EMC to ensure that adequate testing had been completed and the results met the highest standards. The rigorous process ensures that customers have full support from both Oracle and EMC.

Read more

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

EVENT CANCELLED: Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS in New York, NY

ATTENTION  : This event is now cancelled, it will be rescheduled at a later date. We will keep you posted in this blog.

If you are in New York area don't miss this great workshop! 

This workshop provides you the opportunity to learn why Cisco UCS was designed from the ground up to drive virtualized workloads, and why Oracle VM offers unique advantages for Oracle workloads.

Cisco UCS server provides the highly reliable and flexible infrastructure with Oracle VM application-driven server virtualization to rapidly deploy business critical application workloads, to ensure a highly available environment. The two product combined ensure that the customer achieve needed availability, minimize risks and peace of mind on a fully certified computing stack by both vendors. 

You will hear from Cisco and Oracle experts who will present the solution capabilities with demos and case studies.  

When: February 25, 2015 (CANCELLED)

Time: 10-1pm (Lunch included) 

Where: Cisco Systems, One Penn Plaza, 9th Floor Yankee Stadium CR, New York, NY 10119

Space is limited, reserve your seat today!



Friday Dec 19, 2014

Friday Spotlight: EMC PowerPath for Oracle VM Server

EMC and Oracle have a deep history of collaboration dating back to 1995. EMC is a Platinum Partner and as part of the OPN program gets pre-release access to Oracle code to test and to ensure that as Oracle and EMC products are brought to market they are proven solutions and hardened for real world use. In addition Oracle Engineering and support hold regular cadence of calls with EMC E-Lab to discuss product testing status, roadmap alignment and any open customer support issues.

EMC E-Lab has active relationships with Oracle development, one great example is PowerPath and its certification with Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM. EMC PowerPath is host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.

EMC E-Lab helps customers adopt new technologies by leveraging their validated solutions and processes. The E-Lab Platform team runs qualification cycles against Oracle Linux and Oracle VM when the beta is released to partners for testing. This qualification work is performed against VNXe, VNX, VPLEX, VMAX, and XtremIO. The testing is performed with DM-MPIO and PowerPath. During PowerPath release cycles, Oracle and EMC qualify the new release of PowerPath against these EMC storage platforms. When new releases of EMC storage or their storage operating environment become available, it kicks off qualification cycles with the current releases of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The end result of this exercise is the EMC Support Matrix. Read more details in this EMC article.

EMC has also published a VMAX Engineering White Paper last week, covering Oracle VM 3.3 Storage Connect for VMAX with EMC Storage Integrator V2.0.  

We wish you Happy Holidays and the best for 2015.  We will return with Friday Spotlights on Jan 9. 

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.20 Released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.20 has just been released. This maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 improves stability and fixes regressions.

For more details see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

Friday Nov 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: The Right Tool for the Job

Enterprise applications drive mission-critical businesses, including our own, both in production and IT. Oracle VM is the foundation that fuels and maintains the enterprise applications in our own IT. With well over 182,400 virtual guests and growing and nearly 20,000 Oracle VMs deployed to power Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Many of our IT enterprise customers also rely on Oracle VM for their operations.

Read the latest Oracle VM white paper for an inside view into the engineering decisions and architecture of how Oracle VM is built for virtualizing enterprise applications.

Register for our upcoming webcast series:

Oracle VM Built for Rapid Enterprise Workload Deployment
Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 9:00 am PST
Register Now

Live Webcast on Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle
Thursday, November 17, 2014 – 9:00 am PST

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Oracle VM Application-Driven Virtualization Built and Proven for the Enterprise

Enterprise workloads and demanding cloud infrastructures require a technology foundation built for massive scaling, availability and ease of management. Oracle VM’s unique application-driven virtualization architecture combined with integrated support for enterprise applications, including Oracle Database, deliver an enterprise proven solution to help simplify and accelerate IT. Join us in this two webcast series to learn how Oracle VM powers Oracle's massive production and IT operations and how you can benefit from the same integrated technology to transform your data center. Please find more details on the two webcasts below:

Oracle VM Built for Rapid Enterprise Workload Deployment
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST
Register here

Oracle VM Built for Enterprise Applications Optimized for Oracle Database   
Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST

Friday Oct 17, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices White Paper

A new white paper has been published: Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices.This paper shows how to configure to meet demanding performance and availability requirements. Topics include:

  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC definitions, concepts and deployment options.
  • Software, hardware, and firmware requirements.
  • Best Practices for optimal performance.
  • Best Practices for resiliency and availability.

The paper includes specific recommendations, describes the reasons behind them, and illustrates them with examples taken from actual systems.

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.18 Released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.18 has just been released. This maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 improves stability and fixes regressions.

For more details see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld Slide Decks

Happy Friday!

Every year after Oracle OpenWorld, many of the slide decks become available for you to download. If you were at these sessions, it's great to have these PDFs for reference, and if you weren't able to go, or had sessions overlapping, you can read the slides and get a sense of the key points.

You can find the slides from the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Content Catalog. You can search for sessions that you'd like to download. Some good keywords are "Oracle Linux", "Oracle VM", "OpenStack", etc.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Saturday Sep 27, 2014

Top 5 Things to Do @OOW14: Oracle Linux, Oracle Virtualization and OpenStack

Only one day left to Oracle OpenWorld 2014! 

We have prepared amazing line up of sessions and demos for you. Our showcase is the biggest one featuring OpenStack this year. Don't miss any of them. Check out the top 5 things to do:

1) Visit Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack @Moscone South, Booth #611

Stop by our Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization demo pods 

  • SLX-001 3762 - Oracle Linux Technical Innovations
  • SLX- 002 3715 - Oracle Linux: Innovate, Collaborate, Create
  • SLX-003 3767 – OpenStack - Enterprise-grade Cloud with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  • SLX-004 3760 – Oracle VM - Integrated Infrastructure choice for the Cloud
  • SLX-005 4664 - Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • SLX-006 3765 - Oracle Desktop Virtualization  

Check out our partners that showcase their respective solutions around Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack. 

  • A10 Networks 
  • amitego AG 
  • Dell
  • eG Innovations 
  • Fortinet
  • Fujitsu
  • Intel
  • Lenovo 
  • Mirantis 
  • Nuage Networks
  • SanDisk
  • Secure-24
  • SEP Software Corp.
  • SolidFire
  • Tegile

2) Don't miss the General Sessions for insight into product roadmaps and future developments

GEN8471– Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap

Monday, Sep 29, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B

Virtualization is interesting but do you know how virtualization is deployed, developed and driven revenue for Oracle? Get the insight on how Oracle has ruggedized virtualization for the enterprise and how you can benefit from the experience. While at it, hear Wim talk about the strategy and roadmap

General Session: Oracle Linux—State of the Penguin [GEN7801]

Monday September 29, 2014 - 4:00 PM-4:45 PM

Get the latest information on Oracle Linux straight from the source! 

3) Attend an Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Technical sessions, mark the sites below to get more information on our sessions:

Focus on Virtualization and OpenStack

Focus on Oracle Linux 

4) Attend the Hand-on-Labs 

Next-Generation Cloud Computing with Linux Containers

Oracle Linux Systems Management Solutions

OpenStack: Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Building a Complete HA Oracle VM Infrastructure from Server to App

5) Network  and Have fun!!

Stay up past your bedtime rocking to Aerosmith and hip-hopping to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Oracle Appreciation Event. These award-winners—plus free-flowing networking, food, and drink—come Wednesday to magical Treasure Island.

See you at sunny San Francisco!

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