Monday Oct 05, 2015

Oracle Sponsors LinuxCon Europe - Dublin, Oct 5-7

Oracle is proud to be a silver sponsor in LinuxCon Europe, Dublin, Oct 5-7. You can meet Oracle Linux and virtualization experts. Learn about Oracle Linux, OpenStack, docker and other new technologies. 

There's simply no other event in Europe where developers, sys admins, architects and all levels of technical talent gather together under one roof for education, collaboration and problem-solving to further the Linux platform.

Visit us at Booth #23!



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.

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


Friday Sep 11, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Ensure Uninterrupted Cloud Services With Oracle VM

Oracle VM offers a dynamic architecture which allows you effectively deploy server virtualization to consolidate application workloads and ensure uninterrupted cloud services. Using extensive hands-on practices, the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation training course prepares you to respond quickly to changing business conditions using Oracle VM.

You can take this advanced 3-day instructor-led class through the following delivery formats:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from events on the schedule to suit different time zones including start dates of November 4, 10, and 23 2015, as well as January 20, and February 17 2016.
  • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to attend this class. In-Class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
London, England 7 December 2015 English
Reading, England 28 September 2015 English
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong 23 September 2015 English
Singapore 21 September 2015 English
Johannesburg, South Africa 28 September 2015 English

Those starting out on Oracle VM Server for x86 should consider taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course.

To register for an event or to learn more about Oracle's virtualization training go to

Tuesday Sep 08, 2015

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.4 now available!

Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 4..

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of changes and bug fixes.

See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes; here you can find all the links to download the software.

The Oracle VirtualBox Team

Friday Aug 28, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Announcing Weblogic 12.1.3 templates for Oracle VM Server for SPARC

Oracle has made available the latest in our series of VM templates for Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris. The newest templates let you get an installed and configured Weblogic 12.1.3 instance up and running quickly and with minimal effort. You can download instances for Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle Solaris Zones here.

These templates contain pre-installed Weblogic on Oracle Solaris 11.2, and are available in Open Virtual Appliance (OVA) .ova format for use with Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and in Unified Archive format for creating zones.

VM Templates bring a preconfigured, pre-installed, readly to go, deploy in minutes environment to use as is or as a base you can adapt for your production environments. This Weblogic template is the latest addition to the family, and enhances the ability to quickly and repeatably deploy applications on virtualized Oracle systems.

Monday Aug 03, 2015

Oracle is Sponsoring LinuxCon North America

LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. This event is designed to provide a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community.

This year Oracle will be one of the key sponsors and we have a keynote session that features Wim Coekaerts as speaker.

LinuxCon will be showcasing multiple products including Oracle Linux, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL in the following sessions:

Visit the Oracle booth in the showcase area to connect with our speakers and technical experts.

Visit LinuxCon NA website to get more information.

Co-located event: OpenStack Day Seattle 2015: 

There's also co-located event OpenStack Day Seattle 2015 where Oracle OpenStack expert Wiekus Beukes will present Enterprise Ready OpenStack on Thursday, Aug 19 at 4-4:45. 

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

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

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.


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