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 


Friday Mar 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux at Collaborate 15

Happy Friday!

If you’re headed to the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Collaborate 15 in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to learn a lot about Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. We will have a demo pod in Oracle’s demo area (booth #955) where you can talk to our experts and get your questions answered. The demo area is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the show.

Also, be sure to attend our "Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Strategy, Update, and Roadmap” session at 4:30PM on Monday, April 13 in South Seas A. The conversation will include information on OpenStack, Docker, and other exciting things relating to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

April 12-16
Las Vegas, NV

We hope to see you there!
-Chris

Monday Mar 23, 2015

Press release: Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

A new Oracle press release this morning highlights the use of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at Epsilon. From the press release:

"With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before." 

Head on over and read the full press release

Friday Mar 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Take the Oracle VM Customer Survey

Happy Friday!

I know we're here on the Oracle Linux blog, but we know a lot of our users are also using Oracle VM. The Oracle VM product management team has put together a very short (just a few minutes) survey that would really help them get some feedback on how people are using it in their environments.

Oracle VM Customer Survey

If you're an Oracle VM user, we'd love to get your feedback!

-Chris

Thursday Mar 19, 2015

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 5 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 5 (UEKR3U5) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the fifth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-68) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • The turbostat tool is now included with the kernel and can be used to provide information on processor topology and statistics, such as temperature and frequency.
  • Updates to the bonding driver to enable the ethtool command, which shows useful data like link aggregate speed and duplex mode.
  • The SHA-512 hash algorithm is now available for signing kernel modules during installation.
  • The ability to use swap files that reside on NFS shares is available as a technology preview.
  • Xen EFI support has been added.
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Broadcom
    • Cisco
    • Emulex
    • HP
    • Intel
    • Mellanox
    • Microsoft

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository

Friday Mar 13, 2015

Friday Spotlight: More on Oracle Linux 7.1!

Happy Friday everyone, we hope you had a great week!

It was an exciting week for us with the release of Oracle Linux 7.1. You can read about the update, learn how to get it, read the documentation, and more.

We also have two fantastic blogs from Oracle Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Wim Coekaerts. Wim talked about Oracle Linux and MySQL 5.6, and secure boot in Oracle Linux 7.1. There's a lot of great information there, so have a look through it for your Friday afternoon reading.

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

-Chris

Thursday Mar 12, 2015

Announcing General Availability of Oracle Linux 7.1

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 1, the first update release for Oracle Linux 7. All packages are currently available on ULN and public yum; ISO installation images will be freely available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud soon.

Oracle Linux 7 Update 1 ships with the following kernel packages:

  •     Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 (kernel-uek-3.8.13-55.1.6.el7uek) for x86-64
  •     Red Hat Compatible Kernel (kernel-3.10.0-229.el7) for x86-64

Oracle Linux 7 update 1 provides the latest features and innovations, such as:

  • Linux container support using either Docker or LXC with UEK Release 3
  • Comprehensive dynamic tracing with DTrace and UEK Release 3
  • Production support for Btrfs with UEK Release 3
  • The latest 3rd party hardware support

For more details on these and other new features and changes in Oracle Linux 7 Update 1, 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.  

For customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support, you also receive support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and access to zero-downtime kernel updates with Oracle Ksplice, at no additional charge. Oracle Ksplice is fully supported and has been providing live kernel updates to production systems since 2009, delivering more than 1 million patches to mission critical systems without a single reboot.  For more information, please visit ksplice.oracle.com.

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

Friday Mar 06, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Archive of Oracle-Dell Webinar Now Available

Happy Friday!

We had a fantastic webinar this week with our friends from Dell. The webcast covered the Dell Integrated System for Oracle Database (DISOD), and how it works with Oracle Linux to help you get fantastic performance.

If you missed the live event, you can now view the archive version on-demand, at your convenience.

Dell-Oracle Joint Webinar Archive: What would you do if your database latency dropped 96%?

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

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