Friday Jul 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:

  • Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point
  • Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud
  • From power-on to production in few hours
  • Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time
  • Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack 

It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers.

There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples:

In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services

Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services.

By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers.

We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples.

Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

Monday Jul 06, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 3 (RC3)

Oracle is pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 3 ( RC3 ).

All details available here .

This release improves stability and fixes regressions from Release Candidate 2.

Please do NOT open bug reports at our public bugtracker but use our VirtualBox Beta Feedback forum here .

Please do _NOT_ use this VirtualBox RC3 release on production machines. A VirtualBox RC should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Jul 03, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Adopting Oracle VM Manager for Oracle VM Server for SPARC guests

Customers using Oracle VM Server for SPARC (formerly called 'logical domains') are increasingly looking at Oracle VM Manager to provide a unified management platform with Oracle VM Server for x86.  While most customers use Oracle VM Server for SPARC's native command line interface or Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center, Oracle VM Manager provides

  • a management solution focused on Oracle VM virtualization supporting server pools, advanced VM life-cycle and policy management, and control over the networks and storage they depend on.
  • a graphical user interface, command line interface, and API common to Oracle VM on the x86 and SPARC platforms. Administrators can use the same interactions to control servers, VMs, networks and storage on both platforms from a single screen.

The natural question is how to move existing Oracle VM Server for SPARC guests domains (virtual machines) and servers to Oracle VM Manager for their existing guests.  There is no direct way to "adopt" existing servers and VMs, but there are ways to move them to Oracle VM Manager control.

The first step is to set up at least one SPARC server in an Oracle VM Manager server pool - more servers can be added later. Guest domains can be individually moved to the server pool. This is a "cold" process (guests must be down while being moved) and applies only to guest domains (domains using physical I/O like SR-IOV cannot be moved).  Optionally, servers can be redeployed under Oracle VM Manager as capacity requirements shift from the original deployment to the new pool.

The main consideration for moving a guest is storage. Virtual disks may be on SAN LUNs (typical for production use), physical disks, ZFS volumes, or files in a file system. Oracle VM Manager supports LUNs defined as "physical disks" presented from storage arrays, so moving those virtual disks is straightforward. If virtual disks are ZFS volumes or files they must be copied to storage under Oracle VM Manager control, typically an NFS-based Oracle VM repository. File-based virtual disk images are easy to import using the Oracle VM user interface. If the virtual disks are based on ZFS volumes or internal disks, use the 'dd' command to create virtual disk images that can be imported. (The virtual disks should not be in use while being copied). 

An optimization can be used for guest ZFS pools. Make the ZFS pool a mirror using a new virtual disk of equal size as ones already in the pool, Wait for the pool to resilver, and then 'zpool split' the new virtual disk from the pool, and upload the image file into Oracle VM Manager. The advantage is that resilvering copies only "in use" disk blocks, not residual erased data, so the resulting disk image may be substantially smaller.

Whichever method is used, customers already using Oracle VM Server for SPARC may further benefit from moving to Oracle VM Manager.


Friday Jun 26, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Online Oracle VM Training Now Available

The Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course is now available as a Training-on-Demand offering. You can:

  • Start training within 24 hours of registration
  • Follow lecture material through streaming video at your own pace
  • Book time on a lab environment to perform lab exercises when suits your schedule

In the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course you learn to:

  • Plan a virtual solution
  • Install the Oracle VM software
  • Configure network resources to provide isolation and redundancy
  • Add SAN and NFS to provision storage for the virtual environment
  • Create server pools and repositories to support application workloads
  • Speed up virtual machine deployment with templates and assemblies
  • Use virtual machine high availability
  • Use server pool policies to maximize the performance of your server workloads

For more information on Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday May 22, 2015

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

The white paper Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices has been updated to reflect enhancements introduced with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2.

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.

The update for Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 describes enhanced multipath disk group performance, and I/O resiliency for SR-IOV devices. For further information, see the Oracle VM Server for SPARC document library page.

Friday May 15, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Secrets of Storage Repositories with Oracle VM

Here is some insider information for those using Oracle VM. 

You use repositories in Oracle VM to store virtual resources such as ISO files, virtual disks and assemblies. Indeed you must have at least one repository to store the configuration files of your virtual machines.

Creating and populating your Oracle VM repositories is straightforward. Relocating repositories is a bit more involved.

You might want to answer the following questions:

  • Can you move an existing repository between server pools in your Oracle VM environment?
  • What happens to your repositories if you reinstall the Oracle VM Manager software?
  • Did your Oracle VM environment retain the UUID of the Oracle VM Manager from your previous environment
  • When building your recovery site as part of disaster-recovery operations do you have a plan to reclaim any repositories that were active in the failed environment
  • Could you get comprehensive answers to all these questions in 30 minutes

To answer these questions, you can view this series of 6 demos. You will learn the steps to reclaim your repositories. The first 4 demos introduce concepts that are important when relocating repositories. Demos 5 and 6 present practice scenarios where reclaiming repositories is a critical step for recovering virtual resources.

If the information in these demos is of use to you, you could consider taking the following courses:

You can take these courses by traveling to an education center as an in-class offering or from your own desk as a live-virtual offering.

For full information about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

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.

Friday May 01, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at EMC World 2015

This year Oracle is Bronze sponsor at EMC World 2015, Las Vegas, May 4-7.

EMC and Oracle have a long-standing relationship committed to providing our joint customers with innovative solutions to meet their evolving real-world requirements. This relationship is highlighted by continuous certification of  PowerPath on Oracle VM releases and numerous EMC storage certifications.

We will have Oracle Linux and Oracle VM experts that can answer your questions at our Booth #1223. Come and visit us to see how we work with EMC. Exhibition hours are:

Monday May 4, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 5, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday May 6, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Hope to see you at EMC World 2015.

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.

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

Nimble-Oracle Event: Modern Integrated Infrastructure for Enterprise-class Oracle Workloads

Attend for a Complimentary Lunch and Receive Technology Updates from Industry Leaders!

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Date:
Wed., April 29, 2015

Location:
Nimble Storage Headquarters
211 River Oaks Pkwy
San Jose, CA 95134
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Session Format:
11:00AM - Registration
11:45AM - Tech Talk with
Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco
2:30PM - Wrap Up and Q&A 


Oracle workloads are one of the most critical workloads running in the datacenter. But how do you ensure that you can cost-effectively meet your Oracle database and application demands today, while providing seamless scalability for tomorrow as your business grows?

Yesterday's technology can't keep up with the performance, availability, scalability, and data protection needs of Oracle workloads in the modern enterprise. Today's best-of-breed integrated infrastructure for Oracle includes advancements in the hypervisor, server, and storage layers of the infrastructure stack, as well as optimizations at the OS level to enable easy-to-implement low cost but high performing Oracle deployments.

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Attend this live joint event held by Oracle, Cisco, and Nimble Storage to learn how you can:

  • Leverage the latest Oracle Linux and Oracle VM advancements and support benefits
  • Simplify your compute environment with Cisco UCS
  • Protect and accelerate your database deployments with Adaptive Flash storage
  • Speed deployments with SmartStack integrated infrastructure

Register now to hear technology updates from industry leaders, see live demo of this breakthrough technology, enjoy lunch, and network with industry experts.


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Friday Apr 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 features

For this week's Friday spotlight, I want to highlight the improvements in live migration and virtual disk multipathin which were delivered as part of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 released in March 2015. 

  • Provide live migration performance enhancements, including parallel memory-mapped I/O and optimized firmware copying routines. These enhancements reduce the overall migration time and the time during which the migrated guest domain is suspended. 
  • Update virtual disk management for mpgroups to show and specify the selected path to the virtual disk backend. You can see the path that is currently used and dynamically request a path switch.

To learn more details about enhanced features please see the blog entries on live migration improvements and on disk multipathing.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Monday Mar 30, 2015

Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation Training Released

If you are using Oracle VM and have experience of installation and configuration, you can now deepen your knowledge of this product by taking the all-new Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation training course

This new 3-day instructor led course will teach you how to enhance cloud effectiveness with rapid deployment of cloud resources and applications. You will learn how to administer, redistribute, troubleshoot and protect Oracle VM resources, ensuring seamless and continuous access of your applications.

After taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course you will be able to:

  • Effectively administer the Oracle VM environment by using the appropriate management tool.
  • Automate the provisioning of virtual machines.
  • Redeploy cloud resources to meet requirements.
  • Track and solve issues at each operational layer.
  • Protect Oracle VM resources.
  • Incorporate key components into your D/R strategy

You can influence the schedule of this brand new course by registering your interest on the OU portal.  

The Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation course builds on the knowledge provided in the 3-day Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course.so there are now 6 days of curriculum available to help you get the best out of Oracle VM Server for x86.

To register your interest in an event, register for an event already on the schedule or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

Friday Mar 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Happy Friday!

A new Oracle press release this week highlights the use of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at Epsilon. From the press release:

"With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before." 

Head on over and read the full press release

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

Friday Feb 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Training for Oracle VM, a Proven Solution for Enterprise Tier-1 Applications

Enterprise applications, such as order entry, financials, human resources, customer management and logistics, are the foundation of a successful business. Such Tier-1 applications provide strategic value, steamlining operations, facilitating revenue generation, and advancing profitability.

Oracle VM is a proven solution for enterprise tier-1 applications. To learn more about using Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC take the relevant training course. 

You can attend a live instructor led event from your own desk via a live-virtual event so avoiding travel expenses. You can choose from a wide variety of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.

Alternatively, you can travel to an education center to attend a class. Below is a selection of the events on the schedule for Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC training.

Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia 30 March 2015 English
Sydney, Australia
29 April 2015
English
Ottawa, Canada
19 May 2015 English
Toronto, Canada
4 March 2015
English
Montreal, Canada
19 May 2015
English
Reading, England
16 March 2015  English
Zagreb, Croatia
25 May 2015 Croatian
Prague, Czech Republic
 16 March 2015
Czech
Cairo, Egypt
24 May 2015
Arabic
Paris, France
14 September 2015
French
Frankfurt, Germany
10 August 2015
German
Hamburg, Germany
13 April 2015
German
Munich, Germany
22 June 2015
German
Stuttgart, Germany
11 May 2015
German
Athens, Greece
25 May 2015 Greek
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
8 April 2015
English
Jakarta, Indonesia
6 April 2015
English
Mexico City, Mexico 15 April 2015  Spanish
Warsaw, Poland 18 March 2015 Polish
Riyadh, Saudia Arabia 19 April 2015 English
Ljubljana, Slovenia 2 March 2015 Slovenian
Istanbul, Turkey 20 May 2015  Turkish
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 19 April 2015  English
Phoenix, AZ, United States 29 June 2015 English
Sacramento, CA, United States 29 June 2015 English
San Francisco, CA, United States 29 June 2015 English
San Jose, CA, United States 29 June 2015 English
Edison, NJ, United States 19 May 2015 English
King of Prussia, NJ, United States
19 May 2015 English

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
4 May 2015 English
Sydney, Australia
13 April 2015 English
Shanghai, China
16 March 2015 Simplified Chinese
Prague, Czech Republic
12 March 2015 Czech
Frankfurt, Germany
16 March 2015 German
Hamburg, Germany
16 April 2015 German
Munich, Germany
1 June 2015 German
Dehli, India
2 March 2015 English
Tokyo, Japan
28 May 2015 Japanese
Mexico City, Mexico
13 April 2015 Spanish
Riyadh, South Africa
26 April 2015 English
Madrid, Spain
7 April 2015 Spanish
Taipei, Taiwan
1 April 2015 Traditional Chinese
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
12 April 2015 English
Atlanta, GA, United States
29 October 2015 English
Columbus, OH, United States
23 April 2015 English

To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization curriculum, go to http://education.oracle.com/virtualization.

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