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.

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!


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


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

Get the latest scoop on products, strategy, events, news, and more, from Oracle's virtualization experts




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