Adding to the Oracle Virtual Machine Templates already available for dozens of Oracle products, Oracle has introduced new Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Oracle Virtual Machine Templates for Oracle Applications — the first Oracle Virtual Machine Templates specifically built for Oracle Exalogic.
Oracle VM Templates are virtual machine images based on Oracle’s expertise and best practices that contain prebuilt, preinstalled, preconfigured, and ready-to-run software applications. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Oracle VM Templates are now available for Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s JD Edwards Enterprise One, Oracle’s PeopleSoft, and Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management. Continue reading Virtual Machine Templates for Oracle Applications
In movies and television shows, information technology is often scaled down to fit the story. That magically computed result, that missing electronic file, and that unknown password that will stop something bad or start something good can go from nonexistent to resolved in one brief scene. And for historical reasons the significant computing power in most screen fiction seems to come from a vintage main-frame—rather than a modern supercomputer or engineered system and all the benefits of virtualization.
There aren’t too many references to cloud computing in movies or on television, but those that exist seem limited to the idea that a treasured file or information the hero or villain may be looking for is safe from local mayhem because it is safely stored “in the cloud.” Fortunately, the fact that a movie or television show delivers a very narrow definition of cloud computing as internet-located storage isn’t likely to break the on-screen story or reduce the entertainment value of a production.
Fabric virtualization is a technology that significantly re-architects datacenter I/O by using a centralized device, often called an I/O director/gateway or a fabric interconnect. The fabric interconnect contains the physical I/O adapters, such as Ethernet or Fibre Channel, for multiple servers. The physical servers themselves connect to the fabric interconnect through an intermediate high-speed network and present virtual adapters to the attached VMs or bare metal operating system. Management software is used to provision, monitor, and adjust the I/O dynamically.
The Oracle Virtual Networking product line, which is based on technology that Oracle acquired in its purchase of Xsigo Systems circa 2014, consists of a hardware fabric interconnect as well as several supporting software components.
Oracle Fabric Interconnect (PDF datasheet) is the physical hardware device that virtualizes the I/O and fabric. It connects servers to Ethernet networks and storage (FC, iSCSI, NAS) through high-speed, low-latency InfiniBand that runs at 40Gbps per line, with 80Gbps for dual redundant lines. Dynamic virtual NICs and HBAs allow the connected servers to dynamically add or move connectivity, such as with a newly provisioned VM or a live migrated VM. Oracle Fabric Interconnect also includes QoS controls to manage SLAs.
It supports a wide variety of hypervisors and operating systems, including Oracle Linux, Red Hat Linux, Oracle Solaris, VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server, Oracle VM, and Red Hat KVM. A configuration with eight Oracle Fabric Interconnects can support up to 1,000 connected physical servers
Oracle has delivered Sun Ray Software 5.1, the latest release of its software for reducing the maintenance, upgrade, and operational costs and complexity associated with traditional desktop environments and providing users access to their virtual desktops from nearly any location.
Sun Ray Software 5.1 includes enhancements to media, Adobe Flash, audio, USB support, and multidisplay capabilities, providing organizations with a highly secure and rich virtual desktop experience through Oracle’s Sun Ray Clients, PCs, and laptops. Sun Ray Software also provides enhanced support for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.
The new release takes full advantage of the new Sun Ray 3 Series Clients to reduce server workloads and provide a highly secure virtual desktop solution, while continuing to support a variety of other client devices. “Oracle continues to enhance its desktop virtualization portfolio and deliver new and improved capabilities that provide customers a highly secure, low-cost, and easy-to-use remote desktop experience, ” says the senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “The Sun Ray Software 5.1 release delivers on Oracle’s commitment to rapidly advancing our desktop virtualization products. ”
Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0, a server virtualization solution, is now preinstalled on Oracle’s SPARC T-Series servers. Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2. 0 (previously called Logical Domains) allows as many as 128 virtual servers on one system by taking advantage of the massive thread scale offered by SPARC T-Series servers, including the new SPARC T3 servers, enabling organizations to benefit from increased flexibility and improved server utilization.
Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 includes performance, resource management, flexibility, power management, and availability enhancements. It can support highly sophisticated enterprise workloads, including Oracle Real Application Clusters environments. With Oracle VM Server for SPARC, organizations can run multiple separate operating system environments, including both Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Solaris 11 Express, on SPARC T-Series servers. This allows rapid consolidation of separate kernel environments with sharing and dynamic reallocation of CPU, network, storage, and other resources.
“With advanced performance, management, and availability features, Oracle VM Server for SPARC 2.0 delivers unrivaled enterprise-class virtualization capabilities,” says Wim C., senior vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle. “What’s more, it clearly demonstrates that Oracle is committed to continuing its investment in Oracle Solaris and SPARC and offering fully optimized and integrated solutions to our customers.”
Oracle Solaris 11 Express delivers advanced Oracle Solaris features that have been in development over the past five years. Oracle Solaris 11 Express provides availability features that greatly reduce planned downtime by eliminating traditional patching- and maintenance- related reboots and vastly improving system boot time. It also adds network virtualization and resource management to the complete, built-in virtualization capabilities of Oracle Solaris, providing high-performance virtualization with low overhead.
Oracle Solaris 11 Express also powers Oracle’s Exadata Database Machine X2-2 and Exadata Database Machine X2-8 and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.
“We are excited to announce the release of Oracle Solaris 11 Express to enable our customers to deploy the new advanced features of Oracle Solaris 11 across a broad set of platforms and our engineered systems: Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud,” says John F., executive vice president, Oracle Hardware. “Through the same engineering disciplines that achieved a legendary mission-critical reputation for Oracle Solaris, we are expecting Oracle Solaris 11 to further reduce any downtime by being quicker and easier to deploy, maintain, and update and to deliver a highly efficient virtualized operating system to meet the scale and performance requirements of immediate and future virtualization and cloud-based deployments.”
Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance, based on an innovative storage architecture, delivers leading performance, management simplicity, and unparalleled efficiency to reduce storage sprawl, complexity, and cost. As only Oracle can co-engineer hardware and software together, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance offers unique Oracle Database integration within a robust storage platform that complements the extreme performance of Oracle engineered systems, Oracle’s SPARC and Sun x86 servers, and Oracle Solaris.