Oracle VM 2.1.2

*OracleVM 2.1.2 released !*

I am very excited to announce the new 2.1.2 release of Oracle VM. This is now available from the usual location : http://edelivery.oracle.com/oraclevm

A bunch of new features are included in this release :

* Guest VM HA : auto-restart a failed VM or, if a server fails, auto-restart all failed VMs that were running on that server (and that had the HA option enabled). A quick and easy way to increase application up-time without having to change anything inside your guest VM. Earlier this week(Monday), this was demoed during a keynote at Oracle World by Chuck Rozwat.

* P2V : the server CD allows you to boot in p2v mode which copies over the disk images from a physical server to an Oracle VM server in a server pool and creates a virtual machine for you.

* VMWare V2V: we now automatically convert VMware images into Oracle VM format instead of the manual steps that were previously required.

* Secure Live Migration:  Notice I said "secure".  That's because we are now the first major virtualization solution to SSL encrypt migration traffic natively and by default so you are not exposing sensitive information like account numbers and passwords in the clear.

* Other features such as rate limiting of virtual network interfaces, Disk IO priorities for guest virtual disks etc.

* And, RAC has now been certified with Oracle VM, adding to the list of Oracle products we've cerftified with.

And just like with the previous release, its free to download (both Manager and Server), free to use, no license keys, no alpha/be-our-tester version, all features included, no cpu limitations. Just pay for support, if you need it. You don't get that from anyone else.

Comments:

Wim, * And, RAC has now been certified with Oracle VM, adding to the list of Oracle products we've cerftified with? I can't find anything like that on Metalink. Where is the right doc? Thank you

Posted by Gregory on September 25, 2008 at 06:41 PM PDT #

Great 464754.1! It looks like it's just the beginning...

Posted by Gregory on September 25, 2008 at 06:53 PM PDT #

What version of linux does OVM 2.1.2 use? I am currently using 2.1.1 and see that it uses 2..618 kernel. I am interested in seeing OVM running with the new KVM approach, which as I understand is in kernel 2.6.20 and greater. What are the plans for OVM and KVM?

Posted by Chris Appleman on September 26, 2008 at 08:54 AM PDT #

Oracle VM 2.x.y is 2.6.18-based. and unlikely to change any time soon. at least in the 2.1.x series kvm is unrelated to oraclevm. we ship xen as part of oracle vm and that's that. even if we upgrade to newer kernels for the management domain that's unrelated to kvm. we continue to improve Oracle VM, add features, make it easier and we make sure that what's under the covers is enterprise quality, stable and production capable.

Posted by Wim Coekaerts on September 29, 2008 at 10:58 AM PDT #

I'm installing the new 2.1.2 release of Oracle VM and it doesn't recognize my SATA drives? Are there drivers that can be downloaded somewhere?

Posted by Nick Donatone on December 12, 2008 at 12:19 AM PST #

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Wim Coekaerts is the Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering for Oracle. He is responsible for Oracle's complete desktop to data center virtualization product line and the Oracle Linux support program.

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