Friday May 15, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle and Intel Engineers Share their Stories in this Podcast

Intel and Oracle have worked together for over 20 years to ensure that hardware and software are optimized to work together for maximum performance and reliability. In this podcast, listen as two engineering experts from Oracle Linux team and Intel discuss how they work closely together to solve problems and create opportunities for their customers with co-developed technologies.

In this podcast, Guru Anbalagane, Director of Linux Kernel Development at Oracle, and Dave Hansen, Kernel Engineer at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, trade stories about how the two companies draw on deep co-engineering relationships to deliver mission-critical-ready engineered solutions.  

The years of close cooperation between Intel and Oracle deliver more than just enhanced performance and reliability. All the changes and updates from this collaboration gets loaded into mainline Linux kernel and which is available to all the open source community. 

Listen to this podcast to hear more about the stories.

Read Intel's blog about this podcast. 



Friday May 08, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT:Oracle Linux and Intel: The Power and Freedom to Innovate

Enterprise infrastructure based on Oracle Linux and the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families delivers state-of-the-art performance and mission critical reliability, on a cost-effective and truly open platform. Building on over 20 years of collaboration between Oracle and Intel, the technology stack brings out the best of hardware and software that are engineered to work together.

IT organizations searching for ways to do more with less are implementing open-standards infrastructure based on Oracle Linux and Intel® Xeon® processors. As a single consolidation target to replace multiple technologies and Linux* variants, these systems offer a flexible, powerful platform for innovation that is based on highly optimized combinations of hardware and software building blocks.

Friday May 01, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Optimizing Oracle Database Performance on Oracle Linux with Flash

Happy Friday!

This week, I'm dipping into the archives for a really interesting white paper, "Optimizing Oracle Database Performance on Oracle Linux with Flash." It talks about one of my favorite benefits of running Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris with Oracle database called Database Smart Flash Cache. From the summary of the paper:

"This document explains how to increase Oracle database performance and improve user response time by deploying Oracle’s Flash Accelerator hardware with Oracle’s Database Smart Flash Cache feature. Oracle’s Database Smart Flash Cache feature is supported only on Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris operating systems beginning with Oracle 11gR2.

The benefits outlined here apply to all Oracle Flash products on Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris. For this particular study Oracle’s PCIe based in-server Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card and Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel were used. The findings apply to both the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 and F80 PCIe Cards."

You can read the full paper here.

I also wanted to give a reminder for our webcast next week on Docker. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn not only how to get your feet wet with Docker and Oracle Linux, but you'll also learn the sorts of use cases where Docker really shines from one of our top experts, Avi Miller.

Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Docker webcast
May 7, 2015
2PM-3PM Pacific Time

Register Now

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at EMCWorld 2015

This year Oracle is Bronze sponsor at EMC World 2015, Las Vegas, May 4-7.

EMC and Oracle have a long-standing relationship committed to providing our joint customers with innovative solutions to meet their evolving real-world requirements. This relationship is highlighted by continuous certification of  PowerPath on Oracle VM releases and numerous EMC storage certifications.

We will have Oracle Linux and Oracle VM experts that can answer your questions at our Booth #1223. Come and visit us to see how we work with EMC. Exhibition hours are:

Monday May 4, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 5, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday May 6, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Hope to see you at EMC World 2015.

Wednesday Apr 29, 2015

Learn about Docker and Oracle Linux!

Docker has been an extremely interesting technology for Linux users, but how do you get started with it? We have a very cool webcast coming up that you won't want to miss titled "Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Docker."

Featuring Oracle Director of Product Management Avi Miller, the webcast will describe how Docker can be used with Oracle Linux to simplify your application deployment. Avi has a wealth of experience with Linux, Docker, and many other technologies and will take you through the nuts and bolts of using Docker with Oracle Linux.

Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Docker webcast
May 7, 2015
2PM-3PM Pacific Time

Register Now

If you have any interest in Docker, you won't want to miss this!

-Chris 

Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

The April 2015 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Now Available

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

  • Oracle Linux 7.1 
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R3 Quarterly Update 5
  • How Epsilon uses Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  • A new economic impact report on Oracle VM and Oracle Linux
  • Upcoming in-person events like Oracle OpenWorld and OpenStack Summit, and upcoming webcasts
  • And much more!

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

-Chris 

Sunday Apr 26, 2015

Oracle Linux Advanced Administration Training Online

You can now take the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration training course online as a Training-on-Demand offering.

With Training-on-Demand you can start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture delivery by an expert instructor at your own pace and booking time to perform hand-on exercises when suits your schedule.

The Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course is ideal for experienced administrators who need to learn more about advanced features of Oracle Linux. You'll learn to configure network and authentication services, implement virtualization technologies to more effectively manage system resources, and deploy new types of file systems to improve performance and increase data integrity while developing troubleshooting and advanced storage administration skills.

Those taking the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course should already have mastered the skills taught in the Oracle Linux System Administration course which is also available as a Training-on-Demand offering.

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

Friday Apr 24, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux 7 - Optimizing Deployment Flexibility and Increasing ROI

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is a fantastic new white paper called "Oracle Linux 7 - Optimizing Deployment Flexibility and Increasing ROI". From the summary:

"This paper describes Oracle Linux 7 features that help IT organizations deploy strategic applications effectively and efficiently. It discusses the advantages of choosing Oracle Linux and how the operating system brings value to enterprise application delivery. It also explores versatile technologies that are supported with Oracle Linux (such as Linux Containers, Docker, Oracle VM, and OpenStack) that allow IT architects to choose how best to deploy and meet requirements for agile cloud and virtualized application environments."

Have a look for some Friday afternoon reading.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Apr 17, 2015

Friday Spotlight: The Power of The Ksplice Feature of Oracle Linux Video

Happy Friday!

I'm really excited to share this week's Friday Spotlight with you. Oracle Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts sat down with Director of Product Management Michele Casey and Senior Development Manager Jamie Iles to talk about Ksplice.

In the video, they go into a lot of detail about why Ksplice is a production-ready tool for keeping systems up to date. A highlight for me is the discussion featuring a real world example of an Oracle Linux 6.2 system from 2011, and how a system like that can be patched over time with all the important CVEs and security updates without a single reboot -- no rebooting literally for years. For production systems, you can just keep the system up and running, and still be up to date. Click this screenshot to head on over to Oracle Media Network to watch the video:

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Monday Apr 13, 2015

Training for Oracle Linux 7 and Earlier Versions

Linux system administration skills are key to many job roles and an advantage for those looking for new job opportunities. Whether you are interested in Linux 5, 6 or 7, the Oracle Linux curriculum has training for you. 

The subjects you should be familiar with before taking Oracle Linux training are: 

  • Types of user accounts
  • Working with files and directories in Unix
  • Text editing using vi
  • Unix process control
  • Unix shell command line features
  • Basic shell scripting
  • Archiving and compressing files in Unix
  • Performing remove connections and file transfers

If you already have this prerequisite knowledge, it is time for you to start on Oracle Linux training.

Oracle's 5-day Linux system administration courses provide you key skills including how to:

  • Enable kernel features.
  • Set up users and groups.
  • Configure system logging, the boot process, the network and storage.
  • Install additional software packages.
  • Keep the kernel up to date by using Ksplice.
  • Understand how implementing Ksplice gives you zero down time kernel updates.

Linux 7

For Linux 7, get started on the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course.

You can take this course as a

  • Live-Virtual Event: Take training from your own desk, no travel required, choosing from events already on the schedule to suit your time zone (such as 21 September 2015 in French or 18 May, 8 June, 6 July, or 3 August 2015 in English).
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Events already on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Hvidovre, Denmark
18 May 2015 English
London, England
13 July 2015 English
Manchester, England
27 July 2015 English
Reading, England
18 May 2015 English
Espoo, Finland
18 May 2015 English
Paris, France
3 August 2015 French
Berlin, Germany
29 June 2015 German
Hamburg, Germany
24 August 2015 German
Rome, Italy
25 May 2015 Italian
Turin, Italy
29 June 2015 Italian
Nairobi, Kenya
18 May 2015 English
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
3 May 2015 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
25 May 2015 English
Kista, Sweden
18 May 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
20 July 2015 English
Istanbul, Turkey
1 June 2015 Turkish
Reston, VA, United States 
20 July 2015 English

Linux 5 & 6

For Linux 5 or 6, get started on the Oracle Linux System Administration course.

You can take this training through the following 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 get hands-on experience.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events on the schedule include 3 May, 4 May, 10 May, and 11 May 2015.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Events already on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Canberra, Australia
12 October 2015 English
Melbourne, Australia  11 May 2015 English
Sydney, Australia
6 July 2015 English
Delhi, India
20 April 2015 English
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
20 July 2015 English
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
30 April 2015 English
Mexico City, Mexico
4 May 2015 Spanish
Makati City, Philippines
11 May 2015 English
Randburg, South Africa
29 June 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
18 May 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
20 July 2015 English
Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
27 July 2015 English
Atlanta, GA, United States
15 June 2015 English
Chicago, IL, United States
14 September 2015 English
Roseville, MN, United States
4 May 2015 English
Edison, NJ, United States
3 August 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States
26 October 2015 English

This is the recommended training for the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator Oracle Certified Associate certification exam

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

Friday Apr 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: ApacheCon 2015

Happy Friday!

We're proud to be sponsoring the Linux Foundation's ApacheCon North America event in Austin, TX. The show starts on Monday and we will have a booth where you can talk to Oracle Linux experts, as well as a session on Tuesday where we'll discuss features of Oracle Linux that make it an ideal platform for deploying websites and mission-critical workloads.

Power Your Apache Workloads with Oracle Linux
Tuesday, April 14, 2:00 PM
Room: Texas V

If you're at the show, stop by and have a chat with us.

Also, don't forget that Collaborate 15 is next week in Las Vegas. We did a post earlier this week that gave all the details, so if you're in Las Vegas for the show, be sure to look us up.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Thursday Apr 09, 2015

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at OpenStack Summit

Oracle is a Premier Sponsor at OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, May 18-22. This year we will have experts from Oracle's OpenStack technologies, including informative sessions and Oracle Linux and Oracle VM engineers on hand to answer your questions.

We encourage you to visit the Oracle Booth #P9 for discussion with our OpenStack experts on your requirements and how best to adress your issue for smooth deloyment. Hope to meet you at OpenStack Summit!

Wednesday Apr 08, 2015

Collaborate 2015: Many Ways to See and Hear about Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

We have just few days left for Collaborate 2015.  Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams will be present in multiple areas so we would like to highlight them all here in this blog.

  • Visit our pod in Oracle’s demo area - Booth #955
  • Attend  "Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Strategy, Update, and Roadmap” session at 4:30PM on Monday, April 13 in South Seas A.  Topics include OpenStack, Docker, and other exciting things relating to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

We will also present at Cisco's booth #1003. Oracle has many years of partnership with Cisco and we will talk about how you can benefit from this collaboration:

  • Attend "Oracle Linux and Oracle VM on Cisco UCS" session at Cisco booth
    • Tuesday April 14th, 11am 
    • Wed April 15th, 11am

See you at Collaborate! 

Tuesday Apr 07, 2015

End-to-end Data Protection Using Oracle Linux with the ETERNUS DX S3 series and Emulex HBA

As demand for data protection has grown in recent years, ensuring the integrity of the customer's data is a very important task. To carry out this task, data protection is not only required for the storage system but the entire system.

This White Paper from Fujitsu, an Oracle Diamond Partner, explains how data protection can be implemented for the entire system using T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) that comes with the Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK), the ETERNUS DX S3 series, and Emulex HBA.

The T10 PI and DIX functions enable data protection for the entire system including data write processes from applications to disk drives. Data protection for the entire system can improve system reliability by protecting the system from damaged or inconsistent data to minimize downtime and reduce end-user maintenance cost.

Read more about End-to-end Data Protection Using Oracle Linux with the ETERNUS DX S3 series and Emulex HBA.

We would like to highlight another whitepaper published by Fujitsu in January about End-to-end Data Protection Using Oracle Linux with the ETERNUS DX S3 series and Qlogic HBA

Friday Apr 03, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates Economic Impact Assessment

Happy Friday!

I wanted to bring your attention this week to a brand new paper called "Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates—An Economic Impact Assessment." In the paper, Evaluator Group took a look at Oracle VM Templates with Oracle RAC versus user-created VMware templates. From the paper:

"Evaluator Group studied the creation and use of virtualized server templates as an administrative process for server deployments in an Oracle RAC environment—a process that can be surprisingly complex if done manually within any database environment.

This study was done in two ways:

• Evaluator Group conducted an independent lab comparison of template creation methods in an Oracle database application environment. We first built templates 'from scratch' and deployed virtualized servers for Oracle RAC under VMware while tracking the time consumed for each step in the process. We then repeated the same process of deploying virtualized Oracle RAC servers, but in this second iteration we used Oracle Virtual Machine (Oracle VM) and the templates that are included with Oracle VM to create clones of virtual machines. Again, we tracked the time consumed for each step in this process.

• We also interviewed an Oracle systems administrator as a basis for additional comparison of building templates in a production environment. For this customer, templates were a “game changer” because of an ability to deploy database and business intelligence services up to twenty times faster for their customers.

Evaluator Group conducted this study of both methods to compare the two on the basis of management complexity, risk resulting from administrative error, and overall time consumed."

One of the really cool things in this paper is some real world data from a customer using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux and the total cost of ownership reductions they were able to achieve. Have a read of the full paper.

Have a great week!

-Chris 


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