Monday Oct 12, 2015

OOW15: SGI Showcasing Their Solution at Oracle OpenWorld

As we countdown to Oracle OpenWorld 2015, we will be introducing you to the partners that will demo their products in Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Moscone South, Booth #121 and talk about our Oracle Linux, Oracle VM sessions, Hands-on Labs and Oracle demos.

Until now, enterprises that wish to run Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database In-Memory option on a single Intel-based server have been limited to 8-socket systems. See how SGI, one of the global leaders in high-performance computing solutions and the newly announced SGI UV 300RL supported with Oracle Linux enable large and growing environments to achieve real-time operations and accelerate data analytics at unprecedented scale. 

In this showcase, you can see their solution that enables you to become a Real-Time Enterprise using SGI servers with Oracle Database in-memory feature. 

Don't miss SGI's showcase theatre session: SGI Introduces Breakthrough System for Oracle Database In-Memory [THT11261]

Speaker: Bill Dunmire, Sr. Director Prod Mgmt & Marketing, HPDA, Silicon Graphics International Corp

  • Monday, Oct 26th, 1-1:20pm
  • Wed, Oct 28th, 1-1:20pm 

See SGI at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Booth #121, Kiosk #  SLX-015.

Friday Oct 02, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux, Virtualization, and OpenStack Showcase at OOW15

Happy Friday everyone!

Today's topic will be about our amazing showcase at Oracle OpenWorld, Oct 25-29. The Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack showcase is located in Moscone South, booth #121, featuring Oracle product demos and Partners.  In past years, our showcase had been a great location to see demos of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as well as solutions from our Partners. This year, it is expanded with Oracle OpenStack product demos and a theatre. Here's a list of the Oracle and Partner kiosks, don't forget to visit and talk to one of the experts that can help you out with your questions:

  • SLX-007 - Access Applications Securely with Oracle Secure Global Desktop
  • SLX-008 - Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • SLX-009 - Enhance Security and Reduce Costs Using Zero-Downtime Updates with Oracle Linux and Ksplice
  • SLX-010 - Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux  -Enterprise Ready
  • SLX-011 - Oracle Linux for the Cloud-Enabled Data Center
  • SLX-012  - Develop and Distribute Containerized Applications with Oracle Linux
  • SLX-013 - Oracle VM Server for x86
  • SLX-014 - Oracle VM Server for SPARC  

The table below lists the featured Partners and their solutions:

The Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase will also include an in-booth theatre for Partners and Oracle experts to share their solutions to customers and partners, alike. For the latest listing of theatre sessions currently confirmed please refer to the Schedule Builder

Don't forget to visit us at Moscone South #121, we will giveaway some great software (keeping it as a surprise- you need to come and see) and be in the drawing for our famous penguins and and Intel Mini PC - NUC appliance where you can use it for set top boxes to video surveillance, and home entertainment systems to digital signage, it is one appliance that can do it all.

Register today.

Tuesday Sep 29, 2015

The September 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Now Available

The September 2015 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

  • Oracle OpenWorld 2015
  • The latest update to Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Oracle VM Windows Paravirtual (PV) Drivers 3.2.3 Signed by Microsoft
  • Oracle VM Templates for Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 now available on Oracle VM Server for SPARC
  • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 now available for Oracle VM Server 3.3
  • Oracle VM Server for x86 3.3.3 Released
  • And more...

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy! 


Friday Sep 25, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Start Reserving Your Spots in Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Sessions

Happy Friday!

With Oracle OpenWorld 2015 a little over a month away, it's time to start figuring out which sessions you're going to attend! You can start putting your schedule together today with My Schedule (if you're an OpenWorld veteran, this was called "Schedule Builder" in previous years). And of course, we hope you join us in several of our sessions and hands on labs about Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

To make it a little easier to find content that is interesting to you, we have two "Focus On" documents that you can have a look at and bookmark. The Focus On docs format really nicely on mobile devices, and are updated in real-time in case rooms change or anything else unforeseen happens, so they are a great resource to have bookmarked on your phone.

Since Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux spans both Oracle Linux and Oracle virtualization, you'll find those sessions in both.

We'll go into more detail in the coming weeks, but I'd like to highlight a couple of sessions to start with. Even if you can't join us in any other sessions, I highly recommend signing up for the General Sessions from Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts. These are always our most popular sessions, and it's a fantastic opportunity to get the very latest information on industry trends and the direction of Oracle's Linux and virtualization teams.

General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479]
Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486]
Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

We hope to see you out in San Francisco this year!


Friday Sep 18, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Why Oracle VM is Best for Oracle Database

Happy Friday!

This week I wanted to bring your attention to a white paper you might have missed. You'll hear us talk about application-driven virtualization a lot, but how does that actually work with a large application? Say, the Oracle Database? The white paper below goes in-depth on that question and describes the cross-stack integration that makes Oracle VM the best platform for Oracle Database. Give it a read and have a great weekend!

Why Oracle VM is the Best Platform for Deploying Oracle Database


Thursday Aug 06, 2015

Oracle is Hiring an OpenStack Curriculum Developer

With Oracle OpenStack, you can simplify your enterprise cloud operations through a centralized web-based portal, and accelerate application deployment with self-service virtual machine creation.

Oracle is looking for a motivated individual to design and develop technical customer training on OpenStack. 

Successful candidates will:

  • Have knowledge of technologies including Linux, networking, virtualization and storage
  • Have the technical competence to create, administer and support complex training environments and passion to learn new technologies
  • Be skilled at applying instructional design principles to training content and be able to write clear and concise directions in fluent professional-level English

If you have the relevant experience, apply for this position on Oracle's career site, searching for requisition number 1500132H or 15001353.

For more information on Oracle's OpenStack, go to

Friday Jul 31, 2015

Friday Spotlight: The July 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Now Available

The July 2015 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0
  • Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.0.5
  • Oracle Solaris 11.3 beta
  • Oracle OpenStack SlideShare site
  • And much more!

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy!


Friday Jul 17, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud

Happy Friday!

We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general.

Click here or the thumbnail below to head over to Oracle Media Network to give it a watch:

 Hope you enjoy it and have a great week!


Thursday Jul 09, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Officially Released!

We are proud to announce the availability of:

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.

This release contains significant improvements, with a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

See the official Oracle announcement here.

New data sheet with all features available on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 is already available here.

I would like to highlight just a few of the many new features:

Paravirtualization support for modern Windows and Linux guests

Oracle VM VirtualBox is able to expose a paravirtualization interface to facilitate accurate and efficient execution of software. Once the virtual machine platform is defined, Oracle VM VirtualBox improves guest OS performances by leveraging built-in virtualization support (KVM on Linux guests and Hyper-V on Windows guests).

xHCI controller to support USB 3.0 devices

Guest operating systems are now able to directly recognize USB 3.0 devices and operate at full 3.0 speeds. Guest can now be configured to use USB 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 devices.

Improved Drag & Drop support

Starting from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 we improved the support of a bi-directional drag&drop between guest and host operating system; drag and drop support is available with latest guest-additions installed.

Disk image encryption

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 allows for encrypted virtual disk images by leveraging AES algorithm in XTS mode (128-bit or 256-bit); since the DEK is stored as part of the virtual machine configuration file, encryption introduces a further security feature that will ask for a password while starting the virtual machine.

Headless and Detachable start options

Oracle VM VirtualBox now supports starting virtual machines in the background with a separate front-end process that can be closed while the virtual machine continues to work.

Further GUI improvements:

  • VM guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration)

  • New User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar and guest-content scaling

  • New Encryption settings tab for customizing encryption options for disk images

  • HiDPI support including application icons and optional unscaled HiDPI output on Mac OS X (including 3D acceleration)

  • Hotplugging support for SATA disks

  • Improved HID LEDs synchronization for Mac and Windows hosts

  • Take the guest screen aspect ratio into account for the preview window

  • Provide direct access to storage media in the VM selector

If you need further details, please refer to Official Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 data sheet, User Manual and website.

The Oracle VM VirtualBox Team

Friday Jun 19, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015

Happy Friday!

On the Oracle Linux blog a couple of weeks ago I highlighted that Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015 was coming up soon. Well, it is nearly here.

Starting Tuesday, June 23rd, you’ll be able to hear from Oracle experts across the entire stack, from severs and storage, operating systems, middleware, apps, and more. Of interest to the folks on this blog, there will be several Linux and virtualization related sessions as well as two demo pods where you can talk directly to our team. If you’re attending the event, please make note of these sessions and consider joining us!

June 23, 15:45

June 24 11:30

June 24, 16:30

June 25, 13:30

If you’re attending Oracle OpenWorld Latin America, our folks would love to see you there!


Friday May 29, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Develop in VirtualBox and Deploy to Oracle VM Server

Oracle has two widely used virtual machine technologies for x86: Oracle VM Server for x86 is oriented towards server applications, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is our popular desktop virtualization product. Each is designed for its target application: Oracle VM Server for x86 provides scale and performance for enterprise applications, while Oracle VM VirtualBox provides convenient and flexible desktop virtualization for end-users and developers.

VirtualBox makes it easy to share files between a host desktop or laptop and its VMs, so a programmer can develop code on the host and then test the software inside the VMs. A convenient use case is to develop a VM on VirtualBox, and then export it to Oracle VM Server for x86 where it can run in production. That leverages VirtualBox's graphic capability and ease of use for developer productivity with the ability to promote applications to the servers where they will run.

Converting a VirtualBox VM to an Oracle VM Server for x86 image has been described before, but it's even easier now than previously. First, remove the VirtualBox Guest Additions from the VM as documented in the VirtualBox User Manual. Then export the VM from VirtualBox (File -> Export Appliance). Copy the resulting .ova file to a web server that can be accessed by Oracle VM Manager, and import it as an assembly (Repositories tab, select the target repository, select the Assemblies directory, and click on the 'Import VM Assembly' icon). After the assembly has been imported, it can be used to create a template just as with other assemblies in Oracle VM.

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a user and developer-friendly desktop virtualization technology ideal for creating and testing applications, and Oracle VM Server is a robust server virtualization technology for running enterprise applications. Together, the two are a highly effective combination.

To learn more about Oracle VM VirtualBox and how to use VirtualBox to help with your test/development use cases, you can watch the recent webcast replay.

Tuesday May 26, 2015

May 2015 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter

We're pleased to announce that the May edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available!

This issue includes information on:

You can read the online edition right now, or if you'd like to have the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox, you can sign up here

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.


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