Friday Jul 25, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox and PeopleSoft

Happy SysAdmin day and happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is a very cool use case for Oracle VM VirtualBox. You’re probably familiar with Oracle VM VirtualBox, it lets you run multiple, different operating systems on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris. It’s really a fantastic tool for running, say, Windows on your Mac, or an Oracle Linux test environment on your Windows machine. But this is a unique use case for it, it’s used to host the PeopleSoft Update Manager.

Our friends over at the PeopleSoft Apps Strategy blog have a blog post about PeopleSoft Update Manager, and links to several documentation videos. If you use PeopleSoft, this will be some great information for you. And if not, it might give you some ideas on how to leverage virtual appliances running in Oracle VM VirtualBox for your own projects!

See you next week!
-Chris

Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Mirantis Announces Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

In May we announced the tech preview of the Oracle’s Distribution for OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. As we have been doing for many years with Linux and Xen, we plan to work with the OpenStack community and help make OpenStack an enterprise grade alternative for cloud deployments. 

We are very pleased with the Mirantis announcement today stating that Mirantis will offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their supported operating systems and hypervisors options. Right from the beginning we stated that our approach to OpenStack will be open and collaborative (see Wim Coekaerts’ blog). We said we’ll work with the rest of industry and support our customers with any choices they make with regards to OpenStack distribution and today, with this announcement from Mirantis, we take another step in this direction.

With this announcement our joint customers can choose Oracle Linux as their operating system and Oracle VM Server as their hypervisor of choice and build an OpenStack deployment with end to end support. Customers can now use the most advanced capabilities in Oracle Linux like Ksplice and Dtrace and achieve better scale and performance with Oracle VM Server as well as receive 24/7 support directly from Oracle. Using an enterprise grade hypervisor and Linux distribution such as Oracle Linux and Oracle VM brings OpenStack deployment to a new level of reliability.  a higher level of reliability allows users to transition more workloads onto OpenStack confidently, knowing that each part of the stack is well supported.

On top of that Oracle Linux is fully supported as a guest operating system on the Mirantis distribution of OpenStack. Oracle Linux is free to use and redistribute including patches and updates with the option to purchase support subscription from Oracle. We believe that choosing Oracle Linux as guest operating system is the best and most cost efficient option and we would like every customer to have the option to use it.

Oracle will continue to collaborate with other OpenStack solution providers to allow them to offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their solution. Our goal remains the same: jointly deliver great solutions and support experience for our mutual customers. We also look forward to working with other vendors to certify networking, storage, hypervisor and other plugins into the Oracle OpenStack Distribution.

We believe in keeping OpenStack open and collaborative and we will continue to focusing on:

  1. Working with other cloud solution to make sure they can integrate with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  2. Working with hardware and software vendors to integrate their solution with Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  3. Assuring that Oracle Linux is supported as guest operating system on any virtualization platform
We look forward to continue working with our partners and customers helping to make OpenStack a first class solution for the enterprise.

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Grow Your Business Using Oracle VM Templates

Happy Friday, and for those of us in the US, happy Independence Day!

It's been an exciting week for Oracle Virtualization with the release of Oracle VM 3.3! If you haven't read Honglin's excellent blog post on what's new, be sure to have a look at it.

We also have a new screencast about Oracle VM Templates for you. It's both for Oracle partners and anyone who needs to distribute applications:

Grow Your Business Using Oracle VM Templates

Looking to boost your revenue and sustain growth for your business? View this screencast to see how you can gain an unfair advantage over your competition using Oracle VM Templates for distribution of Oracle Linux, Oracle applications or your own applications. 

Watch the Screencast

See you next week!

-Chris 

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

Monday Jun 23, 2014

Oracle VM, Designed with the Application in Mind

Oracle VM is designed with the application in mind. In addition to the hypervisor and abstraction of the hardware, server virtualization has to enable rapid deployment of applications and integrated management for the entire stack from hypervisor to OS including applications.

Learn about Oracle VM, Oracle VM Manager, Oracle VM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Server for SPARC by taking the Oracle VM training course suited to your platform. These courses are available as live-virtual events where you can attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. You can choose a live-virtual event from the events on the schedule to suit different timezones.

You can also attend training by travelling to an education center. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule for Oracle VM training.

Oracle VM Administration: Oracle VM Server for x86

This 3-day instructor led course is currently scheduled for in-class events including the following:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Ottawa, Canada

 5 August 2014

 English

 Montreal, Canada

 5 August 2014

 English

 Toronto, Canada

 7 July 2014

 English

 Bogota, Colombia

 10 November 2014

 Spanish

 Prague, Czech Republic

 19 November 2014

 English

 Cairo, Egypt

 7 December 2014

 Arabic

 London, England

 7 July 2014

English 

 Paris, France

 3 November 2014

 French

 Hamburg, Germany

 24 June 2014

 German

 Milan, Italy

15 September 2014 

Italian 

 Rome, Italy

 21 July 2014

 Italian

 Tokyo, Japan

 16 July 2014

 Japanese

Warsaw, Poland 

19 November 2014 

Polish 

 Singapore

 29 July 2014

 English

Ljubjana, Slovenia  

 27 October 2014

Slovenian 

 Istanbul, Turkey

 29 September 2014

 Turkish

 Phoenix, AZ, United States

2 September 2014 

 English

 Sacramento, CA, United States

2 September 2014 

 English

 San Francisco, CA, United States

2 September 2014 

 English

 San Jose, CA, United States

 2 September 2014

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

28 July 2014  

English 

 Edison, NJ, United States

5 August 2014  

 English

 Columbus, OH, United States

27 October 2014  

English 

 King of Prussia, PA, United States

5 August 2014  

English 

Oracle VM Server for SPARC: Installation and Configuration

This 2-day instructor led course is currently scheduled for in-class events including the following:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Canberra, Australia

 1 September 2014

English 

 Melbourne, Australia

 21 July 2014

English 

 Sydney, Australia

 18 August 2014

English 

 Sao Paulo, Brazil

 21 July 2014

 European Portuguese

 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

 18 August 2014

English 

 Tokyo, Japan

 25 September 2014

Japanese 

Moscow, Russia 

 14 August 2014

 Russian

Madrid, Spain 

 14 July 2014

 Spanish

 Taipei, Taiwan

 28 August 2014

Traditional Chinese 

 Bangkok, Thailand

 26 July 2014

English 

 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 28 September 2014

 English

Phoenix, AZ, United States 

6 August 2014 

 English

 Sacramento, CA, United States

6 August 2014  

English 

 San Francisco, CA, United States

6 August 2014  

English 

 San Jose, CA, United States

6 August 2014  

English 

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

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Friday Spotlight: More on OpenStack Networking by Ronen Kofman

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the latest entry in a series by Ronen Kofman (for more, bookmark his blog and follow him on Twitter) about OpenStack networking:

Diving into OpenStack Network Architecture - Part 3 - Routing

The previous entries in that series are really great reads, too:

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Monday Jun 16, 2014

Oracle VM and Oracle Linux at OCCCIO Conference 2014

The Ontario College Council of Chief Information Officers is hosting their yearly conference at Mohawk College in Hamilton, starting this Wednesday, and Oracle VM and Oracle Linux will be there! Oracle is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event, and if you're going to the conference, please stop by the Oracle booth and say hi. Also, please attend our joint session with Mohawk titled "Mohawk VDI & OVM/Banner Virtualization" on Friday at 10:30AM in room i224.

Our team in Canada hopes to see you there!

-Chris 

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 

Wednesday May 28, 2014

PARTNER WEBCAST (June 4): Enhance Customer experience with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco

Live Webcast: Enhance Customer experience with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco

A webcast for resellers who sell Oracle workloads to customers 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 8:00 AM PDT /11 AM EDT 

Register today

Nimble Storage SmartStack™ for Oracle provides pre-validated reference architecture that speed deployments and minimize risk.  IT and Oracle administrators and architects realize the importance of underlying Operating System, Virtualization software, and Storage in maintaining services levels and staying in budget.  In this webinar, you will learn how Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle provides a converged infrastructure for Oracle database online transaction processing (OLTP) and online analytical processing (OLAP) environments with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.


SmartStack delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or if you are running Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes.

Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco can help you provide:
  • Improved Oracle performance
  • Stress-free data protection and DR of your Oracle database
  • Higher availability and uptime
  • Accelerate Oracle development and improve testing
  • All for dramatically less than what you’re paying now

Presenters:

Doan Nguyen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle

Vanessa Scott , Business Development Manager, Cisco

Ibrahim “Ibby” Rahmani, Product and Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage


Join this event to learn from our Nimble Storage and Oracle experts on how to optimize your customers' Oracle environments.

Register today to learn more!


Tuesday May 20, 2014

Live Webcast: Oracle VM - Design Considerations for Enterprise Scale Deployment

The Oracle Managed Cloud Services team serves up thousands of Oracle applications to thousands of end customers on a daily basis. With nearly 20,000 of Oracle VM instances powering this operation, maintaining a highly available environment continuously. Curious how this is done? Join the Oracle Managed Cloud Services expert in this live webcast to gain valuable insights into architectural design and management best practices to build and run this highly successful hosted cloud operation. 

Oracle VM: Design Considerations for Enterprise-Scale Deployment 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT

 


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

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
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