Friday Jan 16, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Video Showing Incredibly Simple Conversion from RHEL to Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

This week I am very excited to share with you just a fantastic video showing the exact steps to simultaneously convert your Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation to Oracle Linux and also upgrade to a more recent version. In this very short video, Oracle's Wayne Lewis shows how it's done:

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Friday Jan 09, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4

Happy Friday!

The big news this week was the release of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4. If you missed our blog about it on Monday, there are a number of interesting improvements in this release. And a really nice aspect of the Oracle Linux architecture is that you can use the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel on either Oracle Linux 6 or Oracle Linux 7. This gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility by not forcing you to upgrade the entire OS to get these improvements.

Read the blog for more info on this release, and we'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Monday Jan 05, 2015

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4 (UEKR3U4) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the fourth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-55) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Users are now able to specify which modules DTrace shold load automatically during startup by specifying the module in /etc/dtrace-modules.
  • PMC-Sierra PM8001 SAS/SATA controller driver (pm8001) , which supports the new Adaptec Series 7H family of 8-port and 16-port PCIe gen3 SAS/SATA host bus adapters, has been added.
  • Intel XL710 X710 Virtual Function network driver (i40evf) has been added.
  • The P-state driver (intel_pstate) for the Intel Sandy Bridge processor has been added.
  • Various network performance improvement patches to support Oracle Linux virtual machines running on Microsoft Hyper-V have been included.
  • NFS over Remote Data Memory Access (RDMA) Client is available as a technology preview.
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Broadcom
    • Emulex
    • HP
    • Intel
    • LSI
    • Mellanox
    • PMCS
    • QLogic
    • Tigon

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Friday Spotlight: EMC PowerPath for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Server

EMC and Oracle have a deep history of collaboration dating back to 1995. EMC is a Platinum Partner and as part of the OPN program gets pre-release access to Oracle code to test and to ensure that as Oracle and EMC products are brought to market they are proven solutions and hardened for real world use. In addition Oracle Engineering and support hold regular cadence of calls with EMC E-Lab to discuss product testing status, roadmap alignment and any open customer support issues.

EMC E-Lab has active relationships with Oracle development, one great example is PowerPath and its certification with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM. EMC PowerPath is host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.

EMC E-Lab helps customers adopt new technologies by leveraging their validated solutions and processes. The E-Lab Platform team runs qualification cycles against Oracle Linux and Oracle VM when the beta is released to partners for testing. This qualification work is performed against VNXe, VNX, VPLEX, VMAX, and XtremIO. The testing is performed with DM-MPIO and PowerPath. During PowerPath release cycles, Oracle and EMC qualify the new release of PowerPath against these EMC storage platforms. When new releases of EMC storage or their storage operating environment become available, it kicks off qualification cycles with the current releases of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The end result of this exercise is the EMC Support Matrix. Read more details in this EMC article.

EMC has also published a VMAX Engineering White Paper last week, covering Oracle VM 3.3 Storage Connect for VMAX with EMC Storage Integrator V2.0.  

We wish you Happy Holidays and the best for 2015.  We will return with Friday Spotlights on Jan 9. 

Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

PARTNER NEWS: Hitachi Continues Its Support for Oracle Linux

Oracle Linux team and Hitachi have been collaborating for many years. As a result of this partnership, Hitachi continues to support Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel on their storage platform including products like:

  • Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000
  • Virtual Storage Platform
  • Hitachi Unified Storage VM

For more information check the Hitachi support document

Friday Dec 12, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Virtual Technology Summit On Demand

Happy Friday!

In November, Oracle ran several live online events called the "Virtual Technology Summit" which are now available for on-demand viewing. The events had four tracks, Database, Java, Middleware, and Systems. In the Systems track, you'll find a number of sessions interesting for users of Oracle Linux, focused on OpenStack and Oracle VM.

If you'd like to check these sessions out, go register yourself here and have a look.

Virtual Technology Summit On Demand Replay

See you next week!

-Chris 


Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

PARTNER NEWS: Dell offers Oracle Products in its Integrated Solutions

Data center managers are faced with a perpetual dilemma: finding the right infrastructure that supports the performance demands of ALL their Oracle applications, while balancing budgetary constraints and limitations. 

They find that many applications and database instances require a lot of horsepower, but can’t cost-justify deploying on expensive, high-end infrastructure. Dell offers a solution for this “middle-band” of applications, one that balances performance with total cost of ownership. The Dell Integrated System for Oracle Databases (DISOD) is an easy to procure, yet flexible to expand architecture perfectly suited to meet these needs.

Based on Dell’s Acceleration Appliance for Databases (DAAD), the DISOD couples two 4 cpu, 40 core PowerEdge R920 servers with the ultra-fast performance of DAAD, a 12TB flash storage appliance that can deliver over a million IOPs and 5.7 gigabytes per second sustained throughput in a data warehouse or transaction processing environment.

Pre-installed with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, DISOD is delivered ready to be installed with Oracle Database 12c, 11gR2, or 10g, providing the flexibility to fit into any existing infrastructure. And, the Dell hardware configuration in this article is fully supported on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Find out more about this innovative architecture featuring Oracle Linux by clicking here.

Friday Dec 05, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Tips on Managing and Designing Your Deployments

Happy Friday!

Over the last couple of weeks, we've done two fantastic live webcasts giving you tips on how to better manage your Oracle Linux environments. We discussed using Docker, Linux Containers, OpenStack, Spacewalk, and more. If you're looking to get a primer on how these technologies can help you, have a listen to the following on demand versions at your convenience.

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center

Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keeping Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure

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

-Chris 

Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

SPOTLIGHT: Oracle is Sponsoring HP Discover, Barcelona, Dec 2-4

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! 

Since it's Thanksgiving week in the USA we're doing our Friday spotlight early this week.  

HP Discover is a technology event where IT professionals gather to see latest technologies. Oracle will be sponsoring HP Discover 2014 Barcelona at the The Fira Barcelona, Gran Via on December 2-4, 2014.

This year Oracle will be present in the exhibition area with engineers and product directors talking about Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and MySQL. Don't miss the opportunity to get your hands on an Oracle Linux/Oracle DVD and MySQL Dolphin. 

Oracle booth is located at #405 and booth hours are:

  • Tues, 2 Dec: 8:30-19:30
  • Wed 3 Dec:  8:30-18:00
  • Thurs 4 Dec, 8:30 -14:00  

See you in sunny Barcelona!

Oracle teams and HP have been partnering for many years and if you are not attending the show, check out the HP-Oracle Alliance page to get more information about this partnership. 

Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

Oracle Linux Certification Exam Beta Extended

If you want to take advantage of the greatly reduced prices of the Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administrator Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) exam (1Z1-105) during the beta program, you will be happy to know that the beta program has been extended to February 7th. 

As a reminder, during the beta phase you get a completely valid certification at a fraction of the price. So it is time to get back to your study and to look at registering for an exam event.

One step in preparing for this certification could be taking the 5-day Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course. You can take this course as a:

  • 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. Events already on the schedule include 8 December 2014, 12 and 26 January, 9 and 22 February 2015.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class: Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
23 February 2015 English
Vienna, Austria
26 January 2015 German
London, England
5 January 2015 English
Reading, England
13 April 2015 English
Jakarta, Indonesia
2 February 2015 English
Seoul, Korea
1 December 2014 Korean
Bangkok, Thailand
19 January 2015 English
Ankara, Turkey
14 January 2015 Turkish
Belmont, CA, United States
27 April 2015 English
Atlanta, GA, United States 12 January 2015 English
Roseville, MN, United States 19 January 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States 2 February 2015 English

If you have not yet reached the expert level of Oracle Linux system administration necessary to consider the OCP certification, perhaps you should start by acquiring a broad range of basic system administration skills. You can do so by taking the 5-day Oracle Linux System Administration course.

This course is available in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture materials at your own pace through streaming video and booking time on a lab environment to suit your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to different timezones including 1 December 2014, 5, 19, and 26 January, 8 and 16 February 2015.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
9 February 2015 English
Copenhagen, Denmark
18 May 2015 English
Manchester, England
12 January 2015 English
Reading, England
19 January 2015 English
Espoo, Finland
18 May 2015 English
Paris, France
5 January 2015 French
Berlin, Germany
29 June 2015 German
Hamburg, Germany
2 March 2015 German
Milan, Italy
26 January 2015 Italian
Rome, Italy
30 March 2015 Italian
Turin, Italy
2 February 2015 Italian
Nairobi, Kenya
15 December 2014 English
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
8 December 2014 English
Casablanca, Morocco
15 December 2014 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
25 May 2015 English
Kista, Sweden
18 May 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
12 January 2015 English
Istanbul, Turkey
8 December 2014 Turkish
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4 January 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
1 December 2014 English
El Segundo, CA, United States
8 December 2014 English
Atlanta, GA, United States
15 December 2014 English
Chicago, IL, United States
12 Jan 2015 English
Roseville, MN, United States
2 February 2015 English
Columbus, OH, United States
9 February 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States
23 February 2015 English

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

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Get The Story Straight From The Source

Happy Friday!

One of the great things about webcasts is that you get to hear directly from Oracle experts and even ask questions about your own environment. They are a great way to get in-depth information straight from the source, especially if you weren’t able to come out to Oracle OpenWorld this year.

Coming up next Tuesday, we have an excellent webcast hosted by Oracle Linux Product Management Director Avi Miller, “Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keep Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure.” In the webcast, Avi will explain the details on using Spacewalk and Ksplice with Oracle Linux. And you’ll be able to ask Avi questions through the chat interface. And since Avi is based in Australia, we’ve scheduled this webcast at 3PM PST, allowing our friends in that part of the world to be able to tune in at a reasonable hour.

Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keep Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
3:00PM PST

And thank you to those of you that joined our webcast this past Tuesday on Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center! If you missed that one, it’s a great introduction to Linux Containers, Docker, OpenStack, and more. The replay is just over 20 minutes, so you can head on over and check it out for a very concise overview of these technologies:


Have a great week!
-Chris

Monday Nov 17, 2014

Register for Tomorrow's Webcast: Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center

We have a fantastic webcast coming up for you tomorrow: Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center. Featuring Oracle's Ken Crandall, the webcast will give you real world advice for designing and optimizing your data center with Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Ksplice, Linux Containers, Docker, and more.

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
9:00AM PST
Register Here

You'll also be able to ask questions during the webcast, so it's really a great opportunity to get expert opinions on these technologies and how they will fit into your environment. We hope to see you there!

-Chris 

Friday Nov 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Docker, Spacewalk, LISA14, Korea Linux Forum, and More!

Happy Friday!

It’s been a fun and exciting week here, it’s difficult to pick a single item for the Spotlight. So here is a round up of the news:

- We released the official Docker images for Oracle Linux. No longer a tech preview, the Docker Engine and official Oracle Linux images are fully supported as part of Oracle Linux Basic and Premier support subscriptions.

- If you missed it last week, the Spacewalk client for Oracle Linux 7 was released. You can read more here.

- We had a great time at LISA14, with many of you getting to talk to our experts at the booth and attending Ken Crandall’s session on the modern, cloud-enabled data center. Here is a picture of a live Ksplice demo going on at the booth (yes, rebooting is obsolete!):

If you weren’t at the show and want to see Ken’s session (and I highly recommend it), you can catch a webcast version this coming Tuesday:

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux 7
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST

Come and hear Ken's insightful views on how Oracle can help you build a modern infrastructure. 

- We were also at the Linux Foundation’s Korea Linux Forum. Another great opportunity to answer your questions about Oracle Linux, our Oracle staff at the show told me there was a great response at the booth and our speaking session on Btrfs.


- The Oracle Linux November newsletter is out! It’s a great way to catch up on everything that happened this year at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, read about product releases over the last 8 weeks or so, and much more. You can read it online here, or subscribe so it arrives automatically in your inbox.

Whew, it was a busy week! We hope you have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week with more.

-Chris

Thursday Nov 13, 2014

Oracle Linux images for Docker released

The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce an update to Docker on Oracle Linux, along with the release of official Docker images for Oracle Linux 6 and 7. With this update, customers will have access to the tools needed to create, manage and deploy Docker containers on Oracle Linux.

The Docker Engine and Official Oracle Linux images are fully supported as part of Oracle Linux Basic and Premier support subscriptions. The scope of Oracle Linux support for Docker can be found in My Oracle Support, Document ID 1921163.1.

Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. As a result, IT can ship faster and run the same app, unchanged, on laptops, data center VMs, and any cloud.

You can learn more about using Docker on Oracle Linux in the Oracle Linux Administrator's Solutions Guide for Oracle Linux 6 and the Oracle Linux Administrator's Guide for Oracle Linux 7.

You can install Docker for Oracle Linux from the Add-ons Channel for Oracle Linux 6 and 7, either via the Unbreakable Linux Network or the Oracle Public Yum Server

You can browse the available Docker Images on the Oracle Public Yum Server at http://public-yum.oracle.com/docker-images/

Docker and Docker logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Docker, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Docker, Inc. and other parties may also have trademark rights in other terms used herein.

Friday Nov 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle at USENIX LISA14

Happy Friday!

If you're heading to the beautiful city of Seattle for USENIX LISA14 next week, you'll have a great opportunity to get your questions answered about Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

Oracle has three main things going on at the show:

- On Wednesday November 12, Oracle is sponsoring the Expo Happy Hour, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. You'll be able to enjoy some beverages and chat with your peers (and Oracle folks, too!) in a relaxed environment.

- On Thursday November 13 from 11:45am to 12:30pm, join Oracle's Ken Crandall for "Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux", in Redwood AB.

 - And on both Wednesday and Thursday, Oracle experts will be at booth #308 to talk to you about your environment and how Oracle can help.

It should be a great show and we're looking forward to meeting some of you there!

-Chris 

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