Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Meet the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Experts at Oracle Openworld

Where are these penguins going??

 They are going to:

 "Meet the Experts" session on Wed, 9/25 3pm

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion, Moscone South #2021.

Our Sr.VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Wim Coekaerts will be there to take your tricky questions, we will also have our Product Managers, engineers and developers from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams to chat. 

Are you coming? 

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Lenovo ThinkServer Systems Certified for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux

This morning, Lenovo announced that their ThinkServer rack portfolio has been tested and certified with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. You can read the news release here.

By completing the testing necessary to appear on the Oracle VM and Oracle Linux Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), customers using Lenovo ThinkServer Systems are assured that their Oracle VM and Oracle Linux deployments are supported.

This is an exciting development for Oracle customers because it gives them more choice in how they want to deploy their Oracle software, including Oracle Applications, Oracle Database, and more, with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. The combination is especially interesting in small to medium sized businesses for a number of reasons.

First, there is an extremely low barrier to entry. With zero license cost for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, there are never any upfront fees to take into consideration. This helps small to medium sized businesses do all of their architecting, testing, and even implementation without needing to worry about license fees. Another factor that reduces the barrier to entry is Oracle VM Templates. There are over 100 of these ready to run virtual machines, pre-tested, pre-configured with popular Oracle software requiring near-zero OS, or application knowledge, ready to deploy from point of download. For SMB’s with slim IT resources, Oracle VM Templates help to radically reduce deployment time so companies can focus on growing their business.

The last piece of the puzzle for small and medium sized businesses is affordable support costs. With some of the lowest support costs in the industry, if a customer chooses to purchase support for their deployment, they are assured of a low cost, high value investment. Affordable support costs paired with zero license fees means that overall costs stay incredibly low.

And now, all of this is certified for use on Lenovo’s ThinkServer Systems!

When you look at these factors, the combination of Lenovo ThinkServer Systems and Oracle VM and Oracle Linux is a very compelling option.

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Friday Tips #46, Pre Oracle OpenWorld Edition

Happy Friday, everyone!

Since we're just a couple of days away from the start of Oracle OpenWorld, I thought I'd use the tip this week to give you some picks on virtualization material that you just shouldn't miss at the show. We've done several blogs about the content at this year's show, but here are a few items to take into account as you're planning your week:

General Session

We covered this one yesterday, but it's worth highlighting again. This is the go to session for definitive virtualization information right from Oracle execs. You can even get your virtualization questions answered by the executive team. Hope to see you at this one!

Customer Sessions

We also covered a few of these earlier this week, but here is a more complete list:


Hands On Labs

Product Demonstrations

In the DEMOgrounds in Moscone South you'll find demo pods for Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, Oracle VM Templates, Oracle desktop virtualization, and more!

Now, this list of highlights isn't meant to imply that you shouldn't try to take in all the fantastic content at the show, it's just a list of things you for sure should not miss! You can see a complete list of what's happening in virtualization with our Focus On Virtualizaiton document.

We hope you have an exciting, educational, and fun time at Oracle OpenWorld 2013!

-Chris

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Airbus Selects Oracle Secure Global Desktop to Increase Efficiency and Accelerate Time to Market

In case you didn't see it this morning, I wanted to point you to our news release on Airbus selecting Oracle Secure Global Desktop to get real-time, secure access to their test flight performance data from remote sites. This is really an amazing use care for secure application access and allows them to position teams all around the EU (or the world, if they need to!) to monitor test flights, and to get information back from those engineers immediately.

If you're going to Oracle OpenWorld, you're in for a treat because you can hear all about this story directly from Laurent Peltiers of Airbus in the session Implementing Secure Access to Oracle Applications and Critical Data [CON9547], on Tuesday, September 24 at 3:45PM in the Westin - Concordia. Laurent will be joined by Iain Robertson from NHS Lothian who will discuss how his organization uses Oracle Secure Global Desktop, too. It will be a great session and we hope to see you there!

-Chris

Oracle Virtualization Strategy, What’s New and Roadmap at Oracle OpenWorld!

Just 3 days left until Oracle OpenWorld! If you're working on your final session selections, don't miss these:

GEN9535 - Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap is the virtualization general session featuring Wim Coekaerts and Monica Kumar. This session is always filled with key information on Oracle's virtualization portfolio. If you go to only one virtualization session at Oracle OpenWorld, this is the one to go to.

CON9544 - What’s New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive is where Adam Hawley and Honglin Su will give you an inside view of product roadmaps. 

CON4465 - Oracle SDN: Software-Defined Networking in a Hybrid, Open Data Center will give you a glimpse of Oracle Virtual Networking and SDN.

In addition to the virtualization track sessions, you can learn about our partners exhibitions in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion.

Don’t forget that once you are done with sessions, you can also enroll in Oracle VM training at your own leisure Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Overstock.com, Data Intensity, State University of New York on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Database and Oracle Applications

Just five days left to Oracle OpenWorld! This is a great opportunity to attend sessions in the virtualization track and hear directly from customers on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Databases and Oracle Applications.

Oracle VM Templates are powerful tools that can transform daily IT individuals into IT heroes. Hear from Oracle engineering architects to learn how we built in the power of automation to allow for repeatable auto deployment of Oracle Database and Oracle Applications. In CON9555 hear from Oracle experts on creation of templates for Oracle Database, single instance deployments and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) deployments. In the same session, also hear from the Overstock.com web operations team on how they are able to benefit from application deployment with Oracle VM Templates.

In CON11257, hear from Oracle ACEs on best practices for virtualizing Oracle E-Business Suite. In the same session, hear from the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne team on deployment using Oracle VM Templates. For enterprise applications, high availability is key, join us in CON11258 and hear from Data Intensity on best practices for building a highly available virtualized infrastructure with Oracle VM. For more on the combined power of Oracle VM Templates and Enterprise Manager 12c, checkout CON9584 and hear how State University of New York, one of the largest university systems in the US, uses Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c to enable self-service provisioning and publish applications as cloud services.  

Anxious to put all that you’ve heard to work, you can join us in the Hands On Lab session HOL9982. In this one hour step-by-step instructor led class, you’ll be guided by Oracle’s long time field experts and Oracle VM Templates architects. By the time you are done with the lab, you will have deployed a 4 node RAC cluster. You'll get access to so much knowledge and practical hands on experience that you can put to use immediately, it's more than enough reason to justify your attendance at Oracle OpenWorld!

Monday Sep 16, 2013

Telecom & media customers speak about cloud deployments savings with Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c

Counting down to Oracle OpenWorld 2013, there are just 6 days to go! Join us in the virtualization track this year and hear about exciting IT achievements from our customers in the cloud space.

The real benefits of migration to cloud start with transforming the physical data center to virtual infrastructure. In CON9545, hear from Time Warner Cable how the Oracle stack, from hardware to Oracle Database Appliance including Oracle VM, enables this rapid transformation and provided savings for them. In CON3449, hear from Korea Telecom Senior VP on their deployment of Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c for operations spanning the globe with thousands of virtual servers and the ability to orchestrate a cloud infrastructure and services from a fully enabled control console.

To put into practice what these customers have done, join us in the Hands On Lab sessions to learn firsthand how you can achieve similar results. Oracle field experts with years of deep experience will guide you in the one hour labs. HOL9981 takes you through a migration from VMware vSphere to Oracle VM and subsequently migrate from Red Hat Linux to Oracle Linux. Check out HOL10003 for a step-by-step experience on how Oracle VM and Enterprise Manager 12c enable these customers to build and manage their cloud infrastructure, including chargeback.

We look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld, starting next Sunday!

Friday Sep 13, 2013

Friday Tips #45

Happy Friday!

Our tip this week is on Oracle Secure Global Desktop, which provides secure remote access to Oracle Applications and other enterprise software. One of the really great things about Secure Global Desktop is that once the administrator has setup an application the first time, providing access to that application to any number of users takes literally seconds.

Check out this great step by step tutorial for publishing an application to an entire group of users in the enterprise directory by the Fat Bloke:

Controlled Application Deployment with Secure Global Desktop


Speaking of Secure Global Desktop, if you're coming to Oracle OpenWorld, don't miss a fantastic session we're doing on the topic of secure application access, featuring Airbus and NHS Lothian. Both of these large organizations use Secure Global Desktop as an access layer for a variety of applications from many different types of devices. It will be a fascinating session and if you're at all interested in remote access, security, application virtualization, or anything similar, you won't want to miss it.

Tuesday, September 24
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Westin San Francisco, Concordia

Monday Sep 09, 2013

New this year at Oracle OpenWorld!

This year, we have expanded the Oracle Linux Pavilion at Oracle OpenWorld to include Oracle VM! You will see and hear from partners that will showcase their Oracle VM solutions in addition to their Oracle Linux solutions. There are many reasons to visit our pavilion, but here's some of the most compelling:

  • Get insights and real world implementation examples from participating ISV/IHV partners
  • Attend the "Meet the Experts Reception" on Wednesday  9/23 from 3:00pm to 3:45pm to talk to kernel engineers and executives from Oracle
  • Get your hands on a limited edition T-shirt (limited quantities, will be given during reception)

Here's a list of the partners attending this year's Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion: 

Moscone South, Booth #2021

BeyondTrust is the only security solution vendor providing context-aware security intelligence, giving customers the visibility and controls necessary to reduce their IT security risks while at the same time simplifying their compliance reporting. BeyondTrust offers consistent policy-driven vulnerability and privilege management, role-based access control, monitoring, logging, auditing, and reporting to protect internal assets from the inside out. 
Emulex, a leader in network connectivity, monitoring, and management, provides hardware and software solutions enabling unrivaled end-to-end application visibility, optimization, and acceleration for global networks that support enterprise, cloud, government, and telecommunications. Emulex’s offerings include Ethernet and Fibre Channel-based connectivity products and network visibility and recording products. Visit Emulex.com.
HP is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. We explore how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges and realize their possibilities, aspirations, and dreams. We apply new thinking and ideas to create more simple, valuable, and trusted experiences with technology, continuously improving the way our customers live and work.
Nimble Storage is the leading provider of flash-optimized hybrid storage solutions and the fastest growing storage company in history. Its flash-enabled architecture delivers high-performance storage, instant backups, and integrated disaster recovery—in an easy-to-manage 3U system—and its write-optimized data layout integrates the best characteristics of solid state and disk storage to provide affordable, scalable, high-performance storage for business-critical applications. Learn more at nimblestorage.com.
SAS helps organizations anticipate opportunities, empower action, and drive impact through advanced analytics that turns data about customers, performance, financials, and more into meaningful information. Fact-based decisions bring bottom-line impact, transforming the way our customers do business. At SAS, our customers are part of the creative R&D process, our employees are the creative capital building the technology, and our technology gives our customers solutions providing THE POWER TO KNOW®.
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in security software, strives to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our innovative security solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments protect information on mobile devices, endpoints, gateways, servers, and the cloud. For more information, visit trendmicro.com.

Hope to see you in our pavilion this year, and be sure to watch this blog for more updates about Oracle VM at Oracle OpenWorld!

Friday Sep 06, 2013

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.18 released!

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2.18 has just been released.

This is a maintenance release containing bug fixes. For the full list of fixes see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- FB 

Friday Tips #44

Happy Friday of a short week for our US readers!

This week is about backing up and recovering your Oracle VM systems. Oracle's Greg King just released an extremely thorough guide to give you the background you need to design a backup and recovery plan that fits the needs of your deployments. Have a look:

Oracle VM 3: Backup and Recovery Best Practices Guide

Have a great weekend!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 30, 2013

Friday Tips #43

Happy Friday, folks! If you've been keeping up with this blog, you've been seeing a lot of posts on Oracle VM Templates. With the recent updates to the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database, it's been a pretty exciting time! But I thought I'd take this opportunity to point out that in addition to these, there are many more templates you can choose from. There are templates for Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Oracle Identity Management, Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris, Oracle Secure Global Desktop, and much more. It's the fastest way to get up and running with Oracle software.

This page is an index of the many Oracle VM Templates you can choose from:

Oracle VM Templates on Oracle Technology Network

See you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

New reasons why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Databases

Many thanks to those who stopped by our booth #330 at VMworld! For many of you, we will meet again at Oracle OpenWorld in just a few short weeks. Virtualization related content at Oracle OpenWorld can be found in our Focus On Virtualization document.

We received quite a few inquiries and interest from long time Oracle Database users looking to migrate from physical to virtual environments. Following up on our discussion on why Oracle VM is best for Oracle Database are new releases of the Oracle VM Templates that fully automate the creation of Single Instance, Oracle Restart and RAC configurations. Wim’s detailed blog showcases the elegance and simplicity of the templates.

How does deploying Oracle Database using Oracle VM Templates different from deploying Oracle Database with traditional virtualization technology? The complexity and intricate dependencies of Oracle Database deployment is fully encapsulated in a simple script that you can run. Simply, we’ve done the work so you don’t have to. You can deploy the Oracle Database single instance or in a clustered environment in a matter of minutes…..the right way!

The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database are completely pre-configured, pre-tested and pre-packaged in a VM along with Oracle best practices so you have peace of mind that you can indeed deploy and forget. As for performance, read what independent benchmark findings have to say in the Revera benchmarks in a side-by-side comparison, or the most recently posted benchmark results on Oracle Database performance on Oracle VM from Open Universities Australia.

For more information on the new templates visit the Oracle VM Templates home page on OTN

For a more interactive learning option, there are a couple of opportunities coming up soon that you can take advantage of. First, Saar Maoz will be hosting a webinar this Thursday (8/29) where he will be discussing Oracle VM Templates and Oracle Database. Head on over to the Real Application Clusters Special Interest Group to learn more and register.

And If you'd like to learn how to deploy a 4 node RAC cluster within 1 hour, join Oracle field implementation experienced experts in a 1 hour step-by-step hands on lab at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 for this session: 

Friday Aug 23, 2013

Friday Tips #42

Happy Friday! With this week's release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1, it's a perfect time to offer a tip on how to upgrade your systems to the latest version. Oracle's Jeff Savit had this to say about the upgrade process:

"Updating to Oracle Solaris 11.1 to include Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 takes little effort - it only requires a few commands and a few minutes per server. This can be done with the CLI or with Oracle VM Manager."

For the complete step by step guide, check out Jeff's blog detailing the procedure here: 

Upgrading to Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 using Solaris 11.1

See you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, Part 2

If you're attending Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (and we hope you are!), the Schedule Builder tool is now available for you. Schedule Builder lets you register for the sessions you want to attend during the show. If you're interested in Oracle Virtualization, there are a number of sessions, hands on labs, and product demos that will be interesting to you. I covered several of the sessions in part 1 of this series, and in this one I'm going to cover a few more sessions. In the 3rd part of this series, I'll cover the Hands On Labs and demo stations that you can visit.


What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive (CON9544)
Oracle VM Server virtualization solutions provide users the best combination of price, performance, certification, and advanced features tailored for ease of deployment and management. Spanning both x86 and SPARC architectures, it's designed to support a diverse set of OS workloads such as Linux, Solaris, and Windows to meet the wide ranging demands of modern IT environments. Join us to get the latest technology updates on Oracle VM Server.

High Availability and Infrastructure Best Practices with Oracle VM (CON11258)
This session will provide practical details and best practices on building and scaling an Oracle VM environment for High Availability for Database and infrastructure best practices. From information gathering and planning to analyzing needs of your environment, you will learn to plan for growth in infrastructure components to accommodate failover, DR, HA and migration. This session will also cover the methods to reduce downtime during events like system upgrades and migration and troubleshooting during system outages.

And in the Develop track:

What's New in Oracle VM VirtualBox (CON9550)
Oracle VM VirtualBox is the world's most popular cross-platform virtualization software, with nearly 100 million downloads. Optimized to run on desktop systems, Oracle VM VirtualBox is an ideal choice for development and testing, and can help ease cross-platform headaches by allowing you to run multiple platforms on your laptop or PC. In this session Oracle experts will cover the latest advancements in Oracle VM VirtualBox, including information on features such as VM Groups, guest automation, resource controls, and more.


One of my favorite features for attendees of Oracle OpenWorld is the "Focus On" documents that group together similar content as kind of a quick reference guide. This year, Focus On documents are done with a cool dynamic web page, so any changes that happen in the next few weeks (for example, when the Hands On Labs signups open up in the next week or so, or if a session gets oversubscribed and is moved to a bigger room), the Focus On page will automatically update. So, please go here to have a look at the most up to date Focus on Virtualization, and then bookmark it for future reference:

Focus on Virtualization

This year's show is shaping up to be a big one! Most of the folks that post on this blog will be there along with a large number of folks from the Oracle virtualization team, and we're very excited to meet you in person!

-Chris 

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