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. 

Friday Aug 24, 2012

Oracle VM Templates Enable Oracle Real Application Clusters Deployment Up to 10 Times Faster than VMware vSphere

Oracle VM - Quantifying the Value of Application-Driven Deployment

Oracle VM - Quantifying the Value of Application-Driven Deployment

The recently published report by the Evaluator Group, “Oracle VM – Quantifying The Value of Application-Driven Virtualization,“ validates Oracle’s ease of use and time savings over VMware vSphere 5. The report found that users can deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters up to 10 times faster with Oracle VM templates than VMware vSphere. Using Oracle VM templates users can deploy E-Business Suites nearly 7 times faster than VMware vSphere.

"Oracle VM’s application-driven architecture was built to enable rapid deployment of enterprise applications, with simplified integrated lifecycle management, to fully support Oracle applications. Our testing has demonstrated 90 percent improvement deploying Oracle Real Application Clusters 11g R2 using Oracle VM Templates and a similar improvement of 85 percent for the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.1. This clearly shows that Templates can provide real value to customers and should become an essential component for enabling rapid enterprise application deployment and management," said Leah Schoeb, Senior Partner, Evaluator Group.

Read the Press Release

Get a copy of the Evaluator Group Report: Oracle VM – Quantifying The Value of Application-Driven Virtualization

Friday Nov 04, 2011

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.1.6 released!

VirtualBox.pngOracle made a maintenance release of Oracle VM VirtualBox version 4.1.6 today.

This release fixes lots of stuff including display and networking issues.

Ubuntu and Windows 8 on Mac

You can Download it now, or read about the full list of changes in the ChangeLog.


Tuesday Nov 02, 2010

Pella Standardizes on Oracle VM and Oracle Linux

Here's another Oracle VM (and Oracle Linux) success story! Pella needed a solution to virtualize its key business applications.

Upon a competitive review of server virtualization solutions, including Red Hat and VMware, Pella chose to implement Oracle VM which aligned with its strategic vision of greater efficiency and performance at lower cost along with enterprise class support that Pella needed for its critical business systems.

To improve IT performance and efficiency, and lower operational costs, Pella Corporation, a leader in designing, testing, manufacturing and installing quality windows and doors, has standardized on Oracle VM, server virtualization software and Oracle Linux.

Among many other benefits, Oracle VM has significantly increased the processing capacity available to Pella by reducing its average CPU utilization from 30-40 percent down to eight-nine percent, even at peak utilization.

Read the entire press release.

Friday Jul 16, 2010


We're pretty excited about the Sun Ray Server Software and Thin Client hardware, as we are about the desktop in general: Windows desktops, Linux workstations, Solaris...all of it. We can deliver it all (not just Windows like those other guys...) through our Sun Ray and/or VDI infrastructure products. (And for those of you that are more comfortable around a terminal/remote services model, we've got our Secure Global Desktop software from Sun's acquisition of Tarantella so you can access just about any kind of server-resident application or desktop even if they are not browser based. Or even if they are...stop worrying about client hardware browser dependencies and just use a single version of the Secure Global Desktop web client to access a broad range of browser versions when your desktop browser standard doesn't match with what your app requires.)

Anyway. I digress from the main point of my entry here which is to show you yet another proof point for Oracle's love of the desktop. At great risk to my career, I slid into my bosses office (Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President for Linux and Virtualization Development and Support) and snapped a picture of his office, and published it here for the first time anywhere...



Now anyone that knows Wim knows he's pretty solidly into the category of the neo-maxi-zoom-techno-geek. He LOVES to play around with the products in his group. And by play around, I don't just mean "use". I mean install, configure, hack-on, etc. He's loving this stuff and thinks and talks about it with great passion as you might guess by looking at his office.

We have a lot of plans for this space and you've already started to see- and hear about some of them.

We recently released the new Sun Ray 3+ Client (shown) with its higher security, more eco-friendliness, and higher powered support for displays. In fact, you can see in the spy shot, that Wim is taking advantage of the fact that the Sun Ray natively supports up to two 30" displays without any additional graphics adapter required so you can have a 60 inch wide desktop if you want! (I think his is only 41 or 42 inch here though...). Aside: Cool Sun Ray trick: you can actually then combine up to 16 Sun Rays, with 2 displays each into one massive, 32 display wall of Sun Ray desktop greatness! Now that's a big desktop!

We also just announced a new release of the Sun Ray Server Software ("shown") to support VMware View 4 as the VDI back-end, as well as an update to the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client (to access your Sun Ray and VDI desktops from your desktop/laptop) with the update now providing support from Mac clients.

And, certainly, last but not least, we've done a number of Oracle VM VirtualBox enhancements to support even more feature rich usage on desktops and as a part of our Oracle VDI solution where it hosts the VMs and that uniquely allows us to support not only Windows desktops, but also Linux and Solaris Workstations...all with RDP! That's handy if you got a lot of "normal" desktops to virtualize but also, say, want to virtualize all the workstations your developers use that run Linux or Solaris.

Now...hold on a second here...aside from the Linux Penguin Lamp and the Iron Man movie poster (staring Larry Ellison!!!!)...what else interesting can we see in this picture? Well, I did have to blur out the [TOP SECRET] in this picture, otherwise this truly would be a career-limiting blog entry. So, for now, let's just say we're not standing still my friends...

Tuesday Apr 28, 2009

Oracle VM Blog: Converting Linux and Windows Physical and Virtual Machines to Oracle VM Virtual Machines

Oracle VM provides functionality to allow customers to easily convert and move Linux and Windows servers to run as guest virtual machines (VM) in Oracle VM Server Pools. We have the technical white paper: Converting Linux and Windows Physical and Virtual Machines to Oracle VM Virtual Machines, which describes the virtual machine conversion functions built into Oracle VM in Release 2.1.2, and how you can plan and execute the virtual machine conversions using Oracle VM.

Here I'd like to give a brief introduction about how P2V and V2V work and the basic requirements to get started. You can refer to the white paper for detailed instructions.


The P2V conversion utility allows administrators to perform an off-line conversion of any physical machine running supported versions of Windows or Linux to an Oracle VM hardware virtualized guest virtual machine. The P2V utility is integrated into the install program on the Oracle VM Server CD. It can be run in interactive mode prompting for necessary parameters, or in an automated fashion using a configuration file with syntax very similar to kickstart install files. This conversion will create a VM configuration file (vm.cfg) and allow you to make some modifications in terms of sizing the virtual hardware, and then replicate the physical image and transfer it over the network to the resource pool using Oracle VM Manager. The image on your physical server is not changed in any way. You use Oracle VM Manager to import the converted image as an Oracle VM virtual machine template or virtual machine image. The converted image is a hardware virtualized guest image.

In order to have a successful P2V conversion, please make sure that
* Operating system is among the supported guest operating systems;
* Physical server to be converted supports PAE;
* The target server running Oracle VM is HVM capable.

If you know the specific CPU model, you can find out if it supports HVM from Intel or AMD web site. You'll need modify the system BIOS setting to enable the HVM feature. By default, HVM is not enabled.

If your server runs Linux, you can check the /proc/cpuinfo file and look at the flags section for one of two values, vmx or svm.

* vmx - (Intel)
* svm - (AMD)

You use grep to quickly see if either value exists in the file by running the following command:

# egrep '(vmx|svm)' /proc/cpuinfo

For the V2V conversion function, Oracle VM Manager allows you to import virtual machines in the VMDK format. When you import VMware virtual machines, Oracle VM Manager converts them to Oracle VM virtual machines automatically. This is known as a virtual to virtual machine conversion or, "V2V". You can watch the flash demo: Converting VMware virtual machine images (vmdk) to Oracle VM virtual machines, which provides you step-by-step guide to perform V2V conversion for a Windows image as an example.

When importing a VMware virtual machine, make sure you have enough free disk space to convert the VMware virtual machine to an Oracle VM virtual machine. Oracle VM requires at least twice the disk space of the VMware virtual machine under /OVS/running_pool directory because it will copy the original VMDK image as well as create a new Oracle VM image. Once you converted .vmdk files to Oracle VM image (.img), you no longer need the original .vmdk files from Oracle VM perspective.

In addition, the Oracle VM servers that perform V2V conversion must be HVM capable, since the converted the VM image is hardware virtualized VM, so it requires the server to be HVM capable (Intel VT or AMD-V).

To import VMware VMDK images using Oracle VM Manager, follow the same process you would to import any other virtual machine image resource, generally from an external source (HTTP or FTP location), using the Import wizard. Or you can copy the VMDK image files manually into /OVS/running_pool directory. Oracle VM will automatically detect that the image is in the VMDK format and convert the image file to an Oracle VM format and deploy it to the specified Server Pool.

As a best practice, you should make sure that Oracle VM software is up to date. If you have subscribed to ULN, you can follow the instructions prepared by Roddy Rodstein to update your Oracle VM to the latest software release:

* Oracle VM: How to update an Oracle VM Manager
* Oracle VM: How to update an Oracle VM Server

Oracle VM server agent plays a central role in performing V2V conversion. The latest agent software has integrated a number of bug fixes. You can verify the agent software version from the Dom0 of the VM server.

# rpm -qa ovs-agent

As of April 2009, the revision -70 is the latest build that we released to the ULN. You can get the latest agent software from Once you upgrade the agent software, remember to restart the agent.
# service ovs-agent restart

Some customers may come across the blue screen issue when starting a converted Windows image. It may be related to HCL dealing with ACPI/APIC scenarios or device drivers (SCSI or IDE virtual disk in VMware). You can look at Ian Blenke's blog and see if the workaround is applicable for your situation.

In summary, Oracle VM provides you the integrated P2V and V2V capabilities so that you can quickly convert existing Linux or Windows physical servers or VMware virtual machines to Oracle VM virtual machines. You not only reduce license expenses, but also enjoy all the benefits such as lower TCO, higher efficiency, full software stack certification and world class support that Oracle VM brings to you. For additional resources about Oracle VM, please visit


Sometimes you may come across the blue screen issue (Stop 0x0000007B error) when starting a converted Windows image the very first time. The main reason is that Windows memorizes which IDE/ATA controller it was installed on and fails to boot in case the controller changes. The solution here is to perform several modifications to the Windows registry. This should be done on the original system and all it does is to relax the IDE checks. Therefore the installation will continue to work on the original system after the modification. The easiest way is to use the MergeIDE utility, or refer to Microsoft support kb314082.

See Simon Thorpe's blog (7/16/2009): Migrating a VMWare Server 2 Windows 2003 guest to Oracle VM

Friday Apr 10, 2009

Oracle VM Blog: Executing on the Promise of “Virtual Appliances”: Meet Oracle VM Templates.

The industry has talked of the power of “virtual appliances” for some time but despite the promise of being able to just download, start-up and use software, virtual appliances have not been widely deployed in the enterprise, so why is that? First and foremost has been the lack of availability of anything other than toy appliances to use. If you look at VMware’s Virtual Appliance Marketplace, you will see about 1,100 appliances. Spend some time clicking through there…go ahead …I’ll wait. What do you think? See anything you want to use in your production enterprise as-is? No? Me either.

How can this be? Why can you find a lot of things like this…

Mepis 8.0
The virtualized Mepis desktop is the ideal supplement for Windows adepts. This cosmic location chose Mepis as the first distro to be VMware-packaged, because its pyramids have the right inclination and are pointing perfectly to Point Omega in the outer orbit. On top of that, you will find more info at the home of other coming virtual machines running under VMware.

…and very little enterprise-class production software like this?..

Oracle WebLogic Server 10g Release 3 Oracle VM Template (x86 32 bit and 64 bit):
Oracle WebLogic Server is a standards-based lightweight application infrastructure designed to scale to the largest mission-critical deployments requiring the highest performance, manageability, reliability, security, and availability. This template contains the following components:

-Oracle Enterprise Linux JeOS Operating System (Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 Update 2 JeOS 1.0.1)

-Oracle JRockit JRE (Oracle JRockit JDK 6.0 R27.6)

-Oracle WebLogic Server (Oracle WebLogic Server

-Read the Reference Instructions

-Download Oracle WebLogic Server 10gR3 Template

(By the way, I’m sure Mepis 8.0 is awesome and that they’ve done an excellent job at pyramid pointing so no offense intended: it just happened to be the first one on page 1 of VMware’s Virtual Appliance Marketplace as I’m writing this...)

The failure (so far) of Virtual Appliances to generate big volumes has not been in the concept but rather in the ability to execute: there simply have been few companies or communities that have all the components, the expertise, and the legal right to package and distribute everything you need to use it in real-world production (and if you can’t use it in production without redoing it, what’s the point?).

For the production enterprise, you need an enterprise server operating system (not a workstation OS), that is supported by a real company (not just forums), and you need real enterprise applications (not “crippleware”) that are officially supported and licensed for production. Go ahead, go back and look at the Operating System Appliances category on VMware’s Marketplace: how many of these appliances contain server- (not workstation-) operating systems backed by a commercial company? What about the “Certified Production Ready*” appliances…surely that’s better, right? Er…well…some good software for sure, but again the included OS is almost always a workstation version and/or forum supported: not production-ready. (*Author’s Note: Couldn't link to that: Since I originally drafted this blog entry offline a few days ago, but before I got around to posting it, it looks like VMware got rid of the “Certified Production Ready” category and now just has the “VMware Ready Virtual Appliance Program” in its place as they describe here. I guess they didn’t like that “Production” word…)

None of this is about the quality of the individual pieces of software in the Marketplace – not at all – but it is about ability to execute on the total solution. At Oracle, we’re the first to effectively deliver on the promise of enterprise-class virtual appliances today with Oracle VM Templates and Enterprise Linux from Oracle. The reality is that it is the OS, rather than the virtualization layer per se that is the key to creating and delivering successful enterprise appliances. Oracle has the whole stack: enterprise virtualization, enterprise OS, and enterprise applications: All configured and licensed for production server use. And, by the way, its not just for Oracle’s software. Oracle VM server virtualization and Enterprise Linux are free and can be freely redistributed (even without a distribution contract) so that anyone, not just Oracle can build and distribute Oracle VM Templates with their own software included, enabling the community even if the Template doesn’t include Oracle software.

This is a core reason that Oracle is in the virtualization business: to deliver on products that make the total application solution easier to deploy, manage, and support.


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