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 Jul 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: More on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

Happy Friday!

It’s been an exciting week here with the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0! I’ve used it daily for years and it’s indispensable. Here are the some of things I use it for:

  • Running different operating systems: my most common configuration is running Oracle Linux in a VM on a Mac.
  • Testing out multi-tier architectures on a single machine: I do this sometimes with Oracle Secure Global Desktop, using a combination of Linux, Solaris, and Windows Server guests.
  • And I think my favorite is having my work environment (again, an Oracle Linux VM) encapsulated so whenever I change machines, I only have to install VirtualBox and am back up and running immediately.

It’s just a great tool.

There was a nice article published yesterday by ITworld, where they discussed some of the new features of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 and got some additional comments from Oracle senior vice president Linux and virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. Have a a read.

If you’d like information on commercial support for Oracle VM VirtualBox, you can have a look here.

And if you haven’t downloaded 5.0 yet, go get it.

Have a great week!
-Chris

Thursday Sep 18, 2014

Hello Oracle OpenWorld – 10 days to go

Here is a blog post on the virtualization presence at Oracle OpenWorld by Oracle's Doan Nguyen:

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After you have planned your evenings to see the Five Great Bands, join us in the day for a great line up of informative and thought provoking sessions. Learn useful hands-on practical concepts to take away and apply when you get back. 

GEN8471– Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap
Virtualization is interesting but do you know how virtualization is deployed, developed and driven revenue for Oracle? Get the insight on how Oracle has ruggedized virtualization for the enterprise and how you can benefit from the experience. While at it, hear Wim talk about the strategy and roadmap.

CON8472 – What's New with Oracle VM Server for x86 and SPARC: A Technical Deep Dive
Look under the hood and see what’s new with Oracle VM for both x86 and SPARC. Join long time product experts John Falkenthal and Honglin Su and you’ll be surprised at what you might have missed.

CON8356 – Oracle's Next Generation Software Defined Networking (SDN) Platform for Public and Private Clouds
Andrew Thomas, Julie Wong and Sam Bendinelli have been very busy. Join this terrifically brilliant trio as they give you an exclusive peek into Oracle’s next generation SDN work they have been brewing.

Do plan to checkout Ronen Kofman’s sessions on OpenStack. A must see. The Hands-on lab is at capacity but you can still join Ronen in his sessions.

Now to get hands-on, there’s no better way than to just do it. Think Database-as-a-service is for the savvy? May be not. Join us in this Hands-On lab, lead by seasoned field experts with deep experience in deploying large enterprise systems and databases.
HOL9122: Build a Private DBaaS Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
Too complicated you say? Too much work? Not really. Using Oracle VM VirtualBox, we’ve pre-built the environment. Join us for the test drive and build your own Database-as-a-service:

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

Launch Webcast: Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance

Please join Oracle Executives Mark Hurd, Wim Coekaerts, and Scott Genereux as they announce the latest Virtual Compute Appliance. Discover how the Virtual Compute Appliance delivers virtualized application infrastructure and how it differentiates from other converged infrastructure solutions.

June 24, 2014
10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET

Register here

Thursday May 26, 2011

Oracle VP Makes Shocking Revelation!: Xen Bits Actually *are* in Linux!

For those of you that relish a bit of technology deep-dive now and again, I've got a great entry for you from the Senior Vice President of Virtualization and Linux Development and Support at Oracle Wim Coekaerts (...and Linux Foundation board member.  And my boss.  Yes- that's his picture and, no, he doesn't have that beard anymore.  Well, not most days.)  It's about how, despite what you may have heard in the past, the bits that optimize Linux for running in Xen environments actually *are* now in mainline Linux.  Xen is alive and well, thank you and there are darn good reasons for that.

Perhaps one of the things we in the Xen community have not talked about loud enough and consistently enough is how Xen absolutely dominates public cloud infrastructures, including the biggest of them all Amazon, who use not only open source Xen but also Oracle VM (based on Xen) to underpin their Amazon Web Services EC2 offering.   For those of you contemplating implementing your own internal cloud fashioned on the model that has been so successful for the leaders in cloud computing, i.e. the public cloud guys, think long and hard about that:  why have nearly all the big and emerging cloud players chosen Xen?   Xen is here, it is a vibrant community, and it is a proven, robust technology that is more than ready for the enterprise as well.  And adoption of the various Xen optimizing kernel bits into the Linux mainline shows that it will continue to be maintained and enhanced for a long time to come, so don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

For the full story in glorious, geeky details, take a look at Wim's blog entry.

Saturday Sep 18, 2010

Join us at Oracle OpenWorld!

Things have been very busy around Oracle lately...we are getting ready for one of the biggest IT industry conferences, Oracle OpenWorld (Sept. 19-23, San Francisco) which also includes three co-located events -- JavaOne, Oracle Develop and MySQL Sunday.

If you are planning to be at OpenWorld, please be sure to take advantage of a huge amount of Virtualization content being delivered in executive keynotes, Oracle and partner sessions and demopods, as well as many customer events.

Don't Miss Session:
Title: Oracle's Virtualization Strategy with Wim Coekaerts, Senior VP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering
Day and Date: Monday, Sept. 20th at 12:30pm
Location: Moscone South Room 102

Check out the Oracle Virtualization activities at a glance.

Hope to see you at Oracle OpenWorld!

Monica

 

Friday Jul 16, 2010

SCOOP!! SECRET PICTURES OF VP's OFFICE & [TOP SECRET] VIRTUAL DESKTOP SET-UP!!!

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...

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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...

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