Friday Aug 28, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Cloud Days Around the World

Happy Friday!

I wanted to bring some attention to a great series of events that kicked off this week in the US in Chicago, Oracle Cloud Day: Transforming Your Tomorrow.

This is a worldwide set of events that will help you understand how cloud is being used today, and how Oracle can help you leverage cloud technology to meet your business goals. These in person events talk about the entire Oracle portfolio, and many locations feature a dedicated session on Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. If you're in the areas where these events are being held, I highly recommend them!

Head on over to the event home page and the schedule page to see if there is one happening near you.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 21, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center

Happy Friday!

Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by our booth and went to our sessions at LinuxCon North America 2015! We had a great time and it was fantastic getting the opportunity to meet and speak with many of you in person.

Some of the things that are top of mind for Linux users are (obviously!) the cloud impact on data center design, container technologies, OpenStack, security, and so on. So I looked through our archive to find a webcast that I think does a great job outlining how Oracle Linux approaches these things. If you're looking for a brief overview this Friday afternoon, head on over to this webcast archive and have a watch:

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux 7

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 14, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog and LinuxCon

Happy Friday! 

If you've been seeing our recent posts on this blog, you can probably tell we're pretty excited about LinuxCon next week! Our colleagues and friends over at the Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog did a great post earlier this week outlining a number of fantastic sessions for those of you interested in what Oracle is doing in the community. A few examples:

Head on over to the post at the Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog for even more sessions you should attend if you're heading to Seattle.

Speaking of that Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog, if you weren't previously aware of it, it's a great resource to hear from the developers on Oracle's mainline Linux kernel team. The posts on the blog give you extremely in-depth info, with lots of real world tips for performance and great background on technical topics. Peruse through the back entries to find some really great technical information from our experts.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 07, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Software updates, LinuxCon, and more!

Happy Friday!

It's been a busy period here in the Oracle Linux team, so I thought I'd do a highlight post with links to some of the big things that are happening:

- LinuxCon North America starts in just 10 days, and Oracle is a sponsor. The conference features a keynote by Oracle Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts. If you're there, you don't want to miss it.

- Speaking of Wim and LinuxCon, there is a short video to give you a peek into what Wim will be talking about.

- We released Oracle Linux 6.7.

- We released Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6.

There's a lot of other great stuff going on, too, from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance training, to Oracle looking for people interested in working to design and develop technical training, and a new linux.com article on sysadmin job interview questions, featuring thoughts from Oracle Linux product management.

Have a great week and we'll see you next Friday!

-Chris 

Thursday Aug 06, 2015

Oracle is Investing in OpenStack Training

With Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux, customers benefit from an enterprise solution for OpenStack which provides more choice for extended deployment options to best fit customer needs.

Oracle is looking for a motivated individual to design and develop technical customer training on OpenStack. 

Successful candidates will:

  • Have knowledge of technologies including Linux, networking, virtualization and storage
  • Have the technical competence to create, administer and support complex training environments and passion to learn new technologies
  • Be skilled at applying instructional design principles to training content and be able to write clear and concise directions in fluent professional-level English

If you have the relevant experience, apply for this position on Oracle's career site, searching for requisition number 1500132H or 15001353.

For more information on Oracle's OpenStack, go to http://oracle.com/openstack.

Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Wim Coekaerts is Keynote speaker at LinuxCon North America

Oracle is one of the biggest contributors to Linux but it’s also at the forefront of exploring what is possible with cloud computing and containers, including integrations with Docker and contributions to the Open Container Initiative. 

This year Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon North America and Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will be keynote speaker. He will be talking at the event specifically about how the cloud revolution is changing the role of the operating system, a very relevant topic for attendees. Amanda McPherson of Linux Foundation, spoke to Wim at Oracle’s campus in Redwood Shores a few weeks ago, and in this short video preview, Wim tells if the operating system still matters in a world of virtualization and containers and how that impacts application development. 

Read more.

Monday Aug 03, 2015

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training Now Available

The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance simplifies the way you install, deploy and manage converged infrastructure applications on Linux and other operating systems and delivers on the promise of simplified cloud management.

The All-New Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview introduces essential concepts for administration and operation of the virtualization environment hosted by the Private Cloud Appliance, helping you manage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

This seminar prepares you for creating, deploying and managing virtualized servers in an installed Private Cloud Appliance by providing an overview of the preconfigured hardware and software features.

Now is the time to influence the schedule for this seminar by registering your interest in the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview.

Friday Jul 31, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Is Sponsoring LinuxCon North America


LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. This event is designed to provide a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community.

This year Oracle will be one of the key sponsors and we have a keynote session that features Wim Coekaerts as speaker.

LinuxCon will be showcasing multiple products including Oracle Linux, Oracle Openstack for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL in the following sessions:


Visit the Oracle booth in the showcase area to connect with our speakers and technical experts.

Visit LinuxCon NA website to get more information.

Co-located event: OpenStack Day Seattle 2015: 

There's also co-located event OpenStack Day Seattle 2015 where Oracle OpenStack expert Wiekus Beukes will present Enterprise Ready OpenStack on Thursday, Aug 19 at 4-4:45. 

Thursday Jul 30, 2015

Announcing the general availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 (UEKR3U6) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the sixth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-98) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Driver for Intel Sandy Bridge memory controllers (sb_edac) version 1.0.0 included
  • New hardware support for SGI UltraViolet 3 platform
  • LXC Improvements in kernel and userspace including a new --privilege option when creating containers
  • Xen improvements such as preventing soft lockups due to long-running hypercalls and preventing memory leaks in the Xen block driver
  • DTrace improvements for using User-Level Statically Defined (USDT) probes in 32-bit applications on 64-bit hosts
  • Support for more than eight PTP hardware clocks (PHC)
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Adaptec
    • Broadcom
    • Cisco
    • Emulex
    • Intel
    • QLogic
    • VMware

For more information about this release, please refer to the release notes

The source code is available on our public git repository

The July 2015 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Now Available

The July 2015 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! In this issue, read about:

  • Getting Started with Docker on Oracle Linux
  • LinuxCon North America
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0
  • Oracle Private Cloud Appliance 2.0.5
  • Oracle OpenStack SlideShare site
  • And much more!

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy!

-Chris 

Wednesday Jul 29, 2015

Announcing the general availability of Oracle Linux 6.7

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 7, the seventh update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and our public yum repository and ISO installation images are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 ships with the following kernel packages:

  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 (kernel-uek-3.8.13-68.3.4.el6uek) for x86-64
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 2 (kernel-uek-2.6.39-400.250.7.el6uek) for i386 
  • Red Hat Compatible Kernel (kernel-2.6.32-573.el6) for i386 and x86-64
By default, both the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and the Red Hat Compatible Kernel for the specific architecture (i386 or x86-64) are installed and the system boots the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Notable features in this release include:

  • Open Security Content Automation Protocol (OpenSCAP), including the oscap utility for enhanced security auditing and compliance
  • Load Balancing and High Availability with Keepalived and HAProxy, supported under Oracle Linux Premier Support subscriptions
  • Enhanced SSSD support for Active Directory, including:
    • Dynamic updates to DNS
    • Group and user lookups of NetBIOS names
    • site discovery of domain controllers
    • User and group resolution, including user authentication for trusted domains within a single AD forest
  • Updates to the hyper-daemons package , which contains hypervfcopydhypervkvpd, and hypervvssd

For more details on these and other new features and changes in Oracle Linux 6 Update 7, please consult the release notes in the Oracle Linux Product Documentation Library.

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. For support, you decide which of your systems require a support subscription.  This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for your development, testing and production systems.  You decide which support coverage is the best for each of your systems individually, while keeping all of your systems up-to-date and secure.  For customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support, you also receive access to zero-downtime kernel updates using Oracle Ksplice and support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

 For more information about Oracle Linux, please visit www.oracle.com/linux

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 andOracle 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. 

Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

systemd, The New System and Service Manager in Oracle Linux 7

Oracle Linux 7 includes systemd, the new system and service manager that replaces the Upstart init daemon. While providing backward compatibility for legacy Oracle Linux 6 service scripts. systemd offers the following benefits over init:

  • Services are started in parallel wherever possible using socket-based activation and D-Bus.
  • Daemons can be started on demand.
  • Processes are tracked using control groups (cgroups).
  • Snapshotting of the system state and restoration of the system state from a snapshot is supported.
  • Mount points can be configured as systemd targets.

You can learn about systemd and much more by taking the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course. You can take this instructor-led, 5-day course, through the following formats:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Start dates on the calendar include 21 September 2015 in French and 3 and 24 August, 12 October and 9 November 2015 in English.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
London, England
23 November 2015 English
Reading, England
14 September 2015 English
Paris, France
3 August 2015 French
Berlin, Germany
2 November 2015 German
Hamburg, Germany
24 August 2015 German
Rome, Italy
5 October 2015 Italian
Singapore
12 October 2015 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
31 August 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand 23 November 2015 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 6 September 2015 English
If you are using an earlier version of Linux, take the Oracle Linux System Administration course to learn about Upstart and much more. Choose from the following training formats:
  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to do hands-on exercises when suits your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Start dates of 24 August, 7th and 21 September, 12th, 18th and 26th October and 2 November 2015 in English.
  • In-Class Event: Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule:
 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Canberra, Australia
12 October 2015 English
Melbourne, Australia
7 September 2015 English
Sydney, Australia
19 October 2015 English
Sao Paulo, Brazil
24 August 2015 Brazilian Portuguese
Jakarta, Indonesia
31 August 2015 English
Nairobi, Kenya
24 August 2015 English
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17 August 2015 English
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
5 October 2015 English
Mexico City, Mexico
27 July 2015 Spanish
Wellington, New Zealand
10 August 2015 English
Makati City, Philippines 
7 September 2015 English
Singapore
24 August 2015 English
Randburg, South Africa
14 September 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
12 October 2015 English
Ankara, Turkey
31 August 2015 Turkish
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4 October 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
30 November 2015 English
Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
27 July 2015 English
Chicago, IL, United States
14 September 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States
26 October 2015 English

To register for an event or to learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Jul 17, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud

Happy Friday!

We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general.

Click here or the thumbnail below to head over to Oracle Media Network to give it a watch:

 Hope you enjoy it and have a great week!

-Chris

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Oracle Linux Users Participate in Salary Survey

Linux is one of the hottest buzzwords in IT hiring. If you can prove that you know your stuff when it comes to Linux, then you can command a fat salary. And what better way to prove that your skills are up to snuff than with a certification?

How much can you add to your income with a Linux certification? Contribute to getting an accurate answer to this question by taking a minute to fill in this survey: http://certmag.com/salary-survey-plus-linux/. The results will be available in the August edition of the Certification Magazine.

Being one of the top Linux curriculum in the industry, the Oracle Linux certifications will feature in this survey.

To learn more about the Oracle Linux training and certification, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

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