Friday May 13, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM 3.4 Solutions with Command Line Interface

In today's spotlight, I want to share some useful tools that are built on top of Oracle VM Manager Command Line Interface (CLI). You can take advantage of the tools to automate some common tasks, thus bring more flexibility to help you deploy and manage an Oracle VM environment.

As you already know, main components building the Oracle VM Server for x86 architecture are:

  • Oracle VM Server incorporates an open source Xen hypervisor component, which has been customized and optimized to integrate into the larger, Oracle-developed virtualization server.
  • Oracle VM Manager, the Browser user interface (BUI) to manage Oracle VM environment.

But there are further options to manage an Oracle VM deployment!

Between them we can find Oracle VM API (application programming interface) and Oracle VM CLI (command line interface).

Both options really resides on Oracle VM Manager host and are already part of your Oracle VM ecosystem; this kind of features opens further integration opportunity:

So while the Oracle VM Web-Services API options allows to integrate 3rd parties products to manage Oracle VM ecosystem, Oracle VM CLI allows to automate and schedule different operations that usually are manually executed by the BUI.

Between them we can find different operations that maybe need many clicks or human interaction to be completed or, for example, need to be scheduled at a certain time/date; different examples can be:

  • create a huge list of objects (like networks, virtual-disks, vms...etc)
  • execute, sequentially, more operations of the same type (clone, move, start, stop...etc) 
  • execute the same operation for N times (like execute the same operation on tens/hundreds of vms)
  • schedule the execution of a particular operation at a given date/time without user interaction
  • ....and even much more

All these types of operations can be accomplished and executed in a faster manner using Oracle VM CLI where, thanks to the scripting option available, you can estimate which is the best logic to apply before executing the command requested; so you can really design your flowchart and decide which kind of checks needs to be executed before introduce any change or perform any operation; an example:

A very interesting example, with all the details, of this approach can be found at this link where I created a simple Oracle VM CLI script able to move an entire VM (vm configuration file and all virtual-disks) from one repository to an other one.

Even if the VM moving is an easy operation that can be accomplished also using the Oracle VM Manager BUI interface, it could happen that you are in one of these cases:

  • You need to move a huge list of VMs from one repository to a new one
  • You need to move a list of VMs with many virtual-disks
  • You need to schedule the vm-moving at a specific date/time

and this is only one example of the very cool things that you can automate thanks to Oracle VM Manager Web-Services API or Oracle VM Manager CLI.

If you are interested on further solutions like this one you can evaluate them also here where further articles describe other cases.

Feel free to comment and ask for details on this blog entry!

Friday May 06, 2016

Friday Spotlight: New whitepaper "Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance"

We are very pleased to announce a new whitepaper "Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86  Performance" which describes how to measure and optimize performance in Oracle VM environments. It has detailed information on CPU, memory, and I/O performance, guidance on how to measure and evaluate performance, and news on performance features recently added to Oracle VM.

This material accompanies the May 5 webcast Performance Optimizations for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), which emphasizes cloud and scalable enterprise environments.

Watch this page for new announcements in Oracle VM performance as we continue to enhance performance.



Monday Mar 14, 2016

Deploying and Managing Applications with Oracle VM Training

Oracle VM is built to support different workloads, with an emphasis on ease of deployment and management of Oracle applications.

In the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course, you learn to create server pools to take advantage of your existing storage and networking infrastructure. This will enable you to seamlessly manage storage from a central location using Oracle VM Storage Connect. Using features like anti-affinity groups and Dynamic Resource Scheduling policy, you'll implement and manage the inter-connections between the virtual machines running your multi-tier enterprise applications.

Extensive hands-on practices will guide you through each step for building your virtual environment. With the skills acquired during these exercises, you can scale your virtual environment to support the most demanding workloads.

You can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to perform lab exercises when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones, including 16 March, 20 and 27 April, and 11 and 25 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. In-class events on the schedule include the following:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
17 August 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
27 April 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Ottawa, Canada
24 May 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
13 April 2016 English
Prague, Czech Republic
27 June 2016 Czech
Cairo, Egypt
17 May 2016 English
London, England
4 July 2016 English
Reading, England
21 March 2016 English
Paris, France
23 March 2016 French
Lille, France
2 May 2016 French
Stuttgart, Germany
2 May 2016 German
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
11 May 2016 English
Milan, Italy
13 June 2016 Italian
Rome, Italy
9 May 2016 Italian
Mexico City, Mexico
13 April 2016 Spanish
Utrecht, Netherlands
21 March 2016 English
Singapore
4 May 2016 English
Bratislava, Slovakia  29 March 2016 Slovakian
Ljubjiana, Slovenia
25 May 2016 Slovenian
Johannesburg, South Africa
22 March 2016 English
Madrid, Spain
4 April 2016 Spanish
Malmo, Sweden
18 April 2016 English
Stockholm, Sweden 18 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand 11 April 2016 English
Edison, NJ, United States 24 May 2016 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 24 May 2016 English
If you are using SPARC, you could take the Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration course.
  • Live-Virtual Events on the schedule include 14 and 31 March, 7, 14 and 18 April, and 23 and 26 May 2016
  • In-Class Events on the schedule include the following:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Cairo, Egypt 10 April 2016 Arabic
Cairo, Egypt 25 May 2016 English
Tokyo, Japan 24 March 2016 Japanese
Mexico City, Mexico 23 May 2016 Spanish
Singapore 21 March 2016 English

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

Friday Mar 11, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates and Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning

Oracle VM template is a fully pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine that can be downloaded onto an installed Oracle VM server. An Oracle VM Template may include a single virtual machine, with a single Oracle product such as a single-instance database or WebLogic Server or multiple VMs with multiple Oracle products to facilitate rapid deployment of even the most complex composite applications: this is the foundation of the Application-Driven Virtualization.

Use of Oracle VM Templates eliminates the installation and configuration costs, and reduces the ongoing maintenance costs helping organizations achieve faster time to market and lower cost of operations.

Oracle VM Templates can be downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud: Just download, import and deploy the Template VM(s) and within minutes you will have a fully installed and configured Oracle environment that you know is completely correct, supported and certified by Oracle. In most cases, deployment times for complex applications can be reduced from weeks to hours.

And this is not all…..

On Oracle VM you can create your own templates, based or not on Oracle Products; so, for example, starting from an existing Oracle VM Template you have the opportunity to build your gold image where you can address all your standards and/or desired changes.


At the same time, you can create a totally new Oracle VM template and evaluate which kind of customization is needed on the first boot of the VM.

This option allows to build an entire fully automated Cloud solution, based on Oracle VM, able to deploy VMs and services in minutes, instead of hours or days.

All these activities can be accomplished easily with this white paper, totally dedicated to the Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning for Oracle VM where concepts like:

  • Oracle VM Messaging System
  • Oracle VM Guest Additions (ovmd and ovm-template-config)
  • Oracle VM CLI
  • Local and remote configuration of a VM

are explained and proved with more examples on different Oracle Linux releases (5/6/7).

To learn more:

If you have any question, feel free to post them on this blog entry.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday Feb 24, 2016

Spirent TestCenter™ Virtual Uses Oracle VM for Cloud-Enabled Services

Today's blog features one of our partners Spirent who offer services and solutions for cloud.

Spirent TestCenter Virtual now supports Oracle VM allowing customers with layer 2–7 test and measurement capabilities to accelerate SDN and NFV deployments. Spirent TestCenter Virtual is a software module that resides on virtual machines and servers. It is used by operators and cloud providers to validate virtual switches, routers, and firewalls using the same tests that have been used to validate physical devices for years.

Spirent TestCenter Virtual helps benchmark VNFs, NFV environments and cloud management platforms like OpenStack, VMware vCloud, Cloudstack and AWS. It is capable of high performance using DPDK drivers and is supported on multiple hypervisors including VMware ESXi, KVM/QEMU, Xen Server, and Hyper-V.

Learn more about Spirent TestCenter Virtual on Oracle VM here.

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

Virtualization Training in Oracle Systems Learning Subscription

The Oracle Systems Learning Subscription is now available. In this portfolio of digital training, you learn to administer virtualization technologies such as Oracle VM Server for x86, Oracle VM Server for SPARC and Oracle VirtualBox and Engineered Systems such as Oracle Private Cloud Appliance. This Learning Subscription also brings you learning opportunities on Oracle's operating systems, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris, as well as on Servers and Storage solutions. Preview the training available in this subscription.

In this learning subscription, Oracle experts provide you with learning tracks as well as easily consumed learning nuggets on product offerings, insights into product releases, best practices and more.

Access information on all Oracle's Learning Subscriptions at http://education.oracle.com/subscriptions.

Friday Dec 11, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Server Performance and Tuning Blog

This Friday spotlight announces new blog articles on Oracle VM performance. This series of blogs, started in September, discusses how to evaluate and optimize Oracle VM performance. The articles that have already been published are:

  1. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 1 - introduced the series and gave a perspective on virtual machine performance.
  2. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 2 - discussed performance measurement and evaluation, and reviewed Oracle VM CPU, memory, and I/O architecture for both x86 and SPARC.
  3. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 3 - discussed performance goals, use cases, and policies for virtual machines and cloud environments.
  4. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 4 - provided an in-depth view of CPU and memory optimization for Oracle VM Server for x86, with details on how to optimize NUMA latency, CPU sizing and over-subscription, and hyper-threading.
  5. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 5 - discussed the different Oracle VM Server for x86 domain types and how to choose between them for performance and flexibility, and how to leverage huge pages and Oracle VM's CPU scheduler controls.
  6. Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 6 - (new) discusses tuning network and disk I/O performance, which is critical to most workloads.

Upcoming articles will discuss tuning for other aspects of Oracle VM performance, followed by Oracle VM Server for SPARC performance topics.

In summary, while Oracle VM is designed to provide excellent performance "out of the box" performance can be enhanced by selecting the right implementation choices and using best practices.

Tuesday Nov 17, 2015

Complete Lifecycle Compute Stack Virtualization

Using the Oracle VM application-driven architecture is different from using traditional virtualization. Built with the application stack and manageability in mind, Oracle VM offers a complete lifecycle compute stack virtualization. 

The Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course will help you consolidate the server foot print, while you learn to deploy or consolidate application workloads to a virtualized environment or migrate to a private cloud.

You can take this course through the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training straight away, following lecture delivery at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to do hands-on exercises when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including the 2, 7, and 20 of December 2015, the 7, 20 and 26 of January, the 10, 16, and 22 of February, the 2, 18 and 29 of March, the 20 and 26 of April, and the 10 and 25 of May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend an event. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
30 March 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
27 January 2016 English
Montreal, Canada
19 January 2016 English
Ontario, Canada
19 January 2016 English
Toronto, Canada
19 January 2016 English
Quito, Ecuador
24 November 2015 Spanish
Cairo, Egypt
17 May 2016 English
London, England
11 January 2016 English
Reading, England
21 March 2016 English
Lille, France
3 February 2016 French
Lyon, France
15 March 2016 French
Nantes, France
11 January 2016 French
Toulouse, France
20 March 2016 French
Frankfurt, Germany
30 November 2015 German
Munich, Germany
29 February 2016 German
Stuttgart, Germany
2 May 2016 German
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
2 May 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
4 May 2016 English
Wellington, New Zealand
3 December 2016 English
Ljubljana, Slovenia
25 May 2016 Slovenian
Kista, Sweden
18 April 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
18 January 2016 English
Phoenix, AZ, United States
16 February 2016 English
Sacramento, CA, United States
16 February 2016 English
San Francisco, CA, United States
16 February 2016 English
San Jose, CA, United States
16 February 2016 English
Roseville, MN, United States
28 December 2015 English
Edison, NJ, United States
19 January 2016 English
Columbus, Ohio, United States 28 December 2015 English
King of Prussia, PA, United States 19 January 2016 English

To continue learning about Oracle VM, consider taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Implementation and Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration courses.

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

Monday Oct 26, 2015

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 Released!

We are pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3, which has been delivered as part of Oracle Solaris 11.3. Together, they provide substantial new features for virtualization, performance, security, data and system management, and platform support.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 introduces multiple new capabilities, especially a new method of doing I/O, virtual HBA (vHBA) which expands the ability of guest domains to perform I/O to devices with the full functionality of non-virtualized systems. For the new Solaris 11.3 features, please see the page What's New in Oracle Solaris 11.3.

For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC

To speak with the experts and attend sessions, join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2015:

Friday Oct 23, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: OOW15 Showcase, Demos and Theatre Sessions for Oracle Linux,Virtualization and OpenStack

Yesterday, we published all our Sessions and Hands-on-Labs at Oracle OpenWorld. Today's Friday Spotlight is dedicated to our Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Moscone South, Booth 121 where we will have Oracle demo kiosks, partners and theatre sessions. We have 8 Partners showcasing their solution and 8 Oracle product demos presented by Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle VM for VirtualBox, SGD, Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux teams. Makes sure to stop by and have a conversation.

Here's the showcase layout:

As you see from the layout, we also have a theatre in the showcase. The schedule for our theatre session is as follows, mark the times to hear some exciting, interesting topics from our Partners and Oracle team:

If you are still not so sure, here are more reason to come by. We are giving away some amazing gifts and you can enter in a raffle to win an Intel NUC or a Penguin. Get your passport which we will distribute at the booth 121 and the Oracle Linux and Virtualization sessions, have it stamped by Partners, then stop by our showcase theatre at 3pm that day for the drawing.

We hope to see you at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

Monday Oct 19, 2015

OOW15: QLogic Showcases Solutions at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

QLogic is one of the global leaders and technology innovators in high performance server and storage networking connectivity products. Oracle and other leading OEMs and channel partners worldwide rely on QLogic for their server and storage networking solutions. QLogic technology provides Oracle with I/O from servers and storage to the cloud. 

At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Booth #121, Kiosk: SLX-005, QLogic is demonstrating the use of NPAR (NIC Partitioning) and Oracle VM for QoS Cloud Solutions.  QLogic will also present their solution in the theatre session below:

QLogic Adapters with NPAR and Oracle VM Enable Optimal Data Center Consolidation [THT11247]

Michael Geroche, Sales Engineer, QLogic Corporation

    • Monday, Oct 26, 12:00 p.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
    • Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:00 p.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South 

We look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld.

Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

OOW15: Fortinet Demonstrates Their Solution at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase will feature Fortinet as one of the partners in the Showcase area.

As technology evolves, the complexity of securing our dynamic IT environment has changed, where the threats are no longer just access-based but now content-based. As such, there’s a requirement for intelligent software controlled security coupled with identity-based policy enforcement of all content. That’s where Fortinet comes in, with its network security appliances – appliances that provide an extensive array of functionality an organization needs to detect threat prevention within legitimate content, even from trusted sources and authorized applications. 

Fortigate has been certified to work with Oracle VM.  Drop by Fortinet Kiosk , SLX-019 at the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Oracle OpenWorld to learn more about Security solutions for your network.

Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase is located at Moscone South, booth #121.


Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

OOW15: Intel® Showcasing at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

Intel – Accelerating Technological Innovation and bringing it to customers faster 

We are excited to welcome Intel® Corporation, to the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 - Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

Intel® and Oracle share a multi-decade history of collaboration, from building Linux kernels to validating configurations of Intel-based server solutions to server virtualization.  Oracle Linux and Oracle VM add infrastructure components to effectively complement Intel hardware, and the co-engineering relationship between Intel® and Oracle benefit end-customers with highly optimized results from their Oracle enterprise software on Intel® Xeon® Processors. You can hear about these technologies and collaboration in the Intel theatre sessions:

Theatre Session:

OpenStack and Intel—Comprehensive Support for a Trusted, Private Cloud [THT11336]

Speaker: Glenn Williamson, Sr Staff Software Engineering Manager, Intel Corporation

  • Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
  • Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South

Visit Intel® at the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase to learn more about solutions from Intel® experts located at Moscone South, Booth #121SLX-001 and 003 – from Oct 26-28th.

Monday Oct 12, 2015

OOW15: SGI Showcasing Their Solution at Oracle OpenWorld

As we countdown to Oracle OpenWorld 2015, we will be introducing you to the partners that will demo their products in Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Moscone South, Booth #121 and talk about our Oracle Linux, Oracle VM sessions, Hands-on Labs and Oracle demos.

Until now, enterprises that wish to run Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database In-Memory option on a single Intel-based server have been limited to 8-socket systems. See how SGI, one of the global leaders in high-performance computing solutions and the newly announced SGI UV 300RL supported with Oracle Linux enable large and growing environments to achieve real-time operations and accelerate data analytics at unprecedented scale. 

In this showcase, you can see their solution that enables you to become a Real-Time Enterprise using SGI servers with Oracle Database in-memory feature. 

Don't miss SGI's showcase theatre session: SGI Introduces Breakthrough System for Oracle Database In-Memory [THT11261]

Speaker: Bill Dunmire, Sr. Director Prod Mgmt & Marketing, HPDA, Silicon Graphics International Corp

  • Monday, Oct 26th, 1-1:20pm
  • Wed, Oct 28th, 1-1:20pm 

See SGI at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Booth #121, Kiosk #  SLX-015.

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!


 

 

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