Friday Jun 27, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM-Foundation for Private Cloud

Happy Friday!

I wanted to draw your attention this week to a new resource kit entitled OracleVM-Foundation for Private Cloud. It's an easy to access one stop shop for everything related to Oracle VM and private cloud. In it, you'll find white papers, an eBook, an analyst report, cost calculator, and more. I hope you enjoy looking through it and we'll see you next week!

Oracle VM-Foundation for Private Cloud resource kit 

-Chris 

Thursday Jun 26, 2014

The June '14 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Here!

The June 2014 edition of the Oracle Virtualization newsletter is now available! Learn about Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and OpenStack, new Oracle VM Templates, a fantastic webcast on enterprise-scale deployments, content from Oracle partners, and much more.

Read the latest edition online or sign up to receive it automatically in your inbox every other month. 

 -Chris

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

Launch Webcast: Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance

Please join Oracle Executives Mark Hurd, Wim Coekaerts, and Scott Genereux as they announce the latest Virtual Compute Appliance. Discover how the Virtual Compute Appliance delivers virtualized application infrastructure and how it differentiates from other converged infrastructure solutions.

June 24, 2014
10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET

Register here

Friday Jun 13, 2014

Friday Spotlight: New Oracle Template for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

Happy Friday!

The new Oracle VM Template for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for the x86 platform is now available. There’s updated new content in two new templates, and a new utility that simplifies configuration.

Get it here:

Oracle VM Template for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

We'll see you next week! 

Friday May 30, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Ronen Kofman on OpenStack Network Architecture

Happy Friday!

Oracle's Ronen Kofman kicked off a fantastic series this week on OpenStack network architecture. Our Spotlight today is the first article in that series, "Diving into OpenStack Network Architecture - Part 1."

For more OpenStack info, be sure to bookmark Ronen's blog, and follow him on Twitter.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.12 Released

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Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.12 has just been released. This maintenance release improves stability and includes some new experimental features.

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

- The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Oracle at Cisco Live Conference in San Francisco on May 18-22

Cisco Live is Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. Oracle will be part of the largest gathering of Cisco customers, experts, and partners anywhere in the world, on May 18-22 in San Francisco.

Cisco is one of our closest partners with more than 20 years of partnership, which covers engineering, joint solutions, sales engagement, support for mutual customers and more. As part of our engineering engagement, Cisco is constantly qualifying and supporting Cisco UCS hardware on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM.  

Oracle had been collaborating with Cisco and Netapp to validate the FlexPod solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The combined products give customers access to infrastructure designs that are pre-tested and pre-validated building blocks for application consolidation, private cloud migration or data center modernization. In addition to the benefits of the integrated design and validation, there are specific unique benefits that Oracle VM and Oracle Linux add to Cisco products. You can get more information about these solutions as well as other key advantages of using Oracle Linux and Oracle VM if you visit our booth.

Come and see us at Booth 2229 – Cisco Application Partners Pavilion. 

Register today

Monday Apr 28, 2014

Announcement: Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop releases

Oracle has released some important Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop.  Oracle Secure Global Desktop team releases regular updates to make the overall user experience smoother and up-to-date.  Patch Set Updates (PSUs) are clusters of recommended stability, security, and/or performance patches that have been certified for an existing maintenance releases.

Following links points to these PSUs for Oracle Secure Global Desktop releases, PSUs are available for download on My Oracle Support (MOS)

Oracle is Coming to EMC World on May 5-8

EMC World 2014 returns to Las Vegas May 5-8 at The Venetian! As data growth explodes, EMC creates the infrastructure that enables you to manage your business and your career. Come to EMC World 2014 to find out how we collaborate with EMC on Oracle VM and Oracle Linux products. Here’s just a summary of the sessions and activities that will involve our products:

Oracle VM and Oracle Linux related session:

Wed     4:00- 5:00 PM EMC & Oracle Simplifies Cloud Infrastructure Deployment       

Room: Lido 3005      

Speaker : Ken Crandall

Oracle customer meeting room: everyday

Theater presentation:  5 minute overview presentation given twice a day (Mon-Wed)

Oracle Linux and Virtualization presenter: Ken Crandall

This will be in a presentation area located in one of EMC’s booth

Register today and meet us at EMC World to understand how you can benefit from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM collaboration.

Oracle also has Oracle Enterprise Manager and Solaris sessions and kiosk. Visit this Everything Oracle @EMC page for more information on all of Oracle presence in EMC World.

Thursday Apr 24, 2014

The April '14 Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is Out!

The April 2014 edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available! Learn why Oracle VM is the best platform for Oracle Database, read about what it takes to deploy and manage private clouds, learn about Oracle joining the OpenStack Foundation, have a look at customer stories and much more.

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to have future issues delivered straight to your inbox! 

-Chris

Friday Apr 04, 2014

Dynamic Launch in Oracle Secure Global Desktop

In an earlier entry, Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VDI, we mentioned the dynamic launch feature in Secure Global Desktop and described how we used that feature to connect the two products.  Here's a summary of that integration:

SGD and VDI

Now is a good time to dig a bit deeper into dynamic launch.

Dynamic Launch

There are three parts to it:

  • Dynamic Applications
  • Dynamic Application Servers
  • Brokers

Dynamic Applications

A dynamic application is a type of object in Secure Global Desktop that maps to one or more other applications and offers a user a choice between those applications.  Normally, you would map related applications, like a workflow, or alternatives, where you would expect a user to run only one of the applications at any one time.  'My Desktop' is an example of the latter: it is a dynamic application that maps to a Unix desktop and a Windows desktop, the thinking being that most users would run one or the other, but not both simultaneously.

Dynamic Application Servers

A dynamic application server is an object that tells Secure Global Desktop to execute some code to determine where an application should run.  It can be assigned to an application object just like other application servers and the code is executed when the application is launched.  The code is delivered as a broker.

Brokers

A broker is a Java class that implements a simple interface and is a property of a dynamic application server.  Currently, Secure Global Desktop ships with three brokers:

  • SGD Broker: when this is assigned to an application object, it grabs all the other (real) application servers assigned to the application and presents the user with a choice
  • User-defined SGD Broker: an extension of the SGD Broker that adds the option for a user to enter a host name
  • VDI Broker: this is used to provision hosts through VDI

Together, they provide a structured, flexible and extensible system: a single dynamic application in a user's workspace can open up a wealth of choices.  Let's consider a scenario where a user needs to run a range of web applications that require different browser types and versions.  One solution in Secure Global Desktop would be to create separate items for each type of browser and publish them to the workspace.  Alternatively, you could create a dynamic application that maps to the different types of browser and logically group them together.  And this can be taken a step further: by assigning a dynamic application server to an application, that browser could be run on a server dynamically provisioned through VDI or whatever hypervisor the broker has been written to handle.

Dynamic Launch

So, three key components make up dynamic launch.  Two of them, dynamic applications and dynamic application servers, are part of the Secure Global Desktop infrastructure and plumb the feature into the datastore, workspace and launch process.  They belong in the administrator's realm.  The third component, the broker, provides extensibility.  Secure Global Desktop ships with a broker to deliver VMs provisioned through Oracle VDI, but the open interfaces mean it does not have to stop there. To go further, we must enter the developer's world and write a little code.  Next time...


Saturday Mar 29, 2014

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10 New Features

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10 is primarily a maintenance release fixing bugs but also adds some new (experimental) features. Mac OS X users can now experience native full screen support for Mountain Lion and Mavericks. Simply press the "Host key" + "F" to toggle this on or off, or go the View menu to "Switch to Fullscreen".

Mac OS X native fullscreen support

An additional (experimental) new feature is the keyboard indicators (HID LEDs) synchronization for Mac OS X hosts. This feature makes the host keyboard lights match those of the virtual machine's virtual keyboard when the machine window is selected. This is a per-VM setting and it is disabled by default. To enable this for a VM use the following “VBoxManage" command:

./VBoxManage setextradata "GUI/HidLedsSync" "1"

Note: This is an experimental feature and works best when using the internal keyboard of eg your MacBook Pro.

- The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: New Features in Oracle VM Server for SPARC

The latest release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 was announced recently. It has extended Single Root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) benefits beyond Ethernet and Infiniband devices by adding support for Fibre Channel devices. In addition, it provides the ability to control the amount of physical network bandwidth consumed by virtual network devices, thus prevents guest domains from consuming excess bandwidth. To take advantage of the latest features to benefit your virtualization deployment, read Jeff Savit's blog here.

Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle VDI

What is the relationship between these two products?  One view is that Secure Global Desktop (despite its name!) provides access to remote applications and VDI does the same for remote, virtual desktops (VMs).  A clean distinction, but slightly artificial: to Secure Global Desktop, a remote desktop, virtual or not, is really just a remote application.  There is little to differentiate the products when it comes to connectivity to remote desktops -  Secure Global Desktop has its native and HTML 5 clients, VDI has Sun Ray and OVDC, but both products connect to remote servers in the same way, typically using RDP.

Where the products differ is in their scope.  Oracle VDI is a comprehensive solution that enables an administrator to create, store, manage and destroy VMs, as well as allowing users to connect to them.  Secure Global Desktop is simpler and restricts itself to connectivity to the VMs.

So, do the products work together?  A most definite 'yes': use Secure Global Desktop for user connectivity and VDI for management of VMs.  In fact, Secure Global Desktop ships with a component specifically for communicating with VDI.  You can find full details at http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E41492_01/E41495/html/dynamic-launch.html#broker-vdi-3-3 but we can do a short overview here.

Firstly, a slight digression.  There are two main entry points to Secure Global Desktop.  The common approach is for users to log in through their browser and go to their Workspace (formerly known as their 'Webtop').  The Workspace presents all the applications that an administrator has published to the user as links and an application can be launched by clicking its link.  The second entry point is 'My Desktop'.  Here, a user logs in through the browser but, rather than going to the Workspace, a desktop is launched automatically.  Quite a good fit for delivering virtual desktops and the approach we will use in our example.

Let us assume it is a clean installation of Secure Global Desktop.  The first task is for the Secure Global Desktop administrator to configure 'My Desktop' to talk to VDI.  The steps are:

1. 'My Desktop' is a dynamic application object, meaning that it can map to one or more real application objects.  Since all the VM providers accessed through VDI emit RDP, we are interested in 'Windows Desktop' and not 'Unix Desktop'.  We delete the mapping to 'Unix Desktop', leaving a single mapping to 'Windows Desktop'.

Next, we configure the 'Windows Desktop' application.  Traditionally, this would be done by assigning it an application server object that points to a real Windows server.  Here, we are going to use a dynamic application server.  It is 'dynamic' because it uses code (in this case, the VDI Broker) to define the server or servers, rather than a static setting for DNS name or IP-address.  So, next:

2. We create the dynamic application server, set its 'Broker Class' to 'VDI Broker' and configure it with the particulars of our installation.  Configuration involves providing the URL for the VDI web services and, if they are secured with a certificate from an untrusted certificate authority, installing the certificate (or chain) into Secure Global Desktop.
3. We assign this dynamic application server to 'Windows Desktop'

That is the administrator's job done.  The user scenario is:

- User clicks the 'My Desktop' link in the browser and authenticates.
- The VDI broker code runs and gets a list of VMs available to the user.  If there is only one candidate VM, Secure Global Desktop connects the user directly to the virtual desktop.  If there are several, the user is given the option to select one before a connection is made.

By using the VDI broker included in Secure Global Desktop, you can deliver virtual desktops to users through Secure Global Desktop and manage the desktops with VDI.  For users familiar with Secure Global Desktop, the desktop is just another application and they face no learning curve.  And administrators can continue to manage desktops through VDI, or even add desktops from other providers without changing the user experience.

There are references to 'dynamic application server objects' and 'dynamic application objects' in this discussion.  These types of objects, along with some open interfaces, form the 'dynamic launch' feature in Secure Global Desktop. This feature is used to extend the product and the VDI Broker is an example of this extensibility - by simply implementing a public interface (see http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E41492_01/E41499/html/com/tarantella/tta/webservices/vsbim/IVirtualServerBroker.html), the VDI Broker plugs into the Secure Global Desktop infrastructure and provides additional functionality. 

Dynamic launch will be the topic of a later entry.

Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10 Released

VirtualBox.png

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.10 has just been released. This maintenance release improves stability and includes some new experimental features.

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

- The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

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