Friday Feb 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and Database Smart Flash Cache

Happy Friday!

One of the coolest, yet perhaps not best known, features of running Oracle Database and Oracle Linux together is Database Smart Flash Cache. Wim Coekaerts put it this way on his blog earlier this week:

"Basically, if you have flash devices attached to your server, you can use this flash memory to increase the size of the buffer cache. So instead of aging blocks out of the buffer cache and having to go back to reading them from disk, they move to the much, much faster flash storage as a secondary fast buffer cache (for reads, not writes)."

So, this gives you a way to significantly increase performance on your systems running the Oracle Database and Oracle Linux. How cool is that? Wim then goes on to describe the few easy steps it takes to get it up and running.

I highly recommend checking out Wim's blog entry on this fantastic feature, and there is also an in-depth white paper you can have a read through for even more info.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Technology Preview available for the Oracle Linux software collection library

Today we are announcing a technology preview for the Oracle Linux software collection library.  The software collection library provides useful features to both developers and administrators, by providing access to later versions of packages and libraries commonly used in development, such as Perl, PHP and Python. 

Under the software collection library, these packages can be installed on existing systems, without overwriting the base packages delivered by the platform release.  The software collection library delivers the latest features and enhancements to many popular packages, which developers and administrators can easily integrate into their projects and solutions.  The Oracle Linux software collection library can be downloaded today from public-yum.  Please review the release notes for more information and send us your feedback and questions on the Oracle Linux forum.   

Introduction to Using Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network

Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) is a comprehensive resource for Oracle Unbreakable Linux support subscribers. ULN offers Linux software patches, updates and fixes, along with information on the yum program and support policies. Support subscribers can also download useful extra packages not included in the original distribution.

Watch this series of 3 videos Introduction to Using Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network to learn how to:

  • Register an Oracle Linux system with the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)
  • Use Oracle's ULN web interface
  • Use the yum utility to install updates from ULN

This is one of the many topics you can learn more about in the Oracle Linux System Administration curriculum.

Monday Feb 23, 2015

ORACLE-DELL Webinar: What would you do if your database latency dropped 96%?

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

Event Date: March 04, 2015

Time: 9 AM PST / 12 PM EST

Register 

Are you struggling with finding the right infrastructure that supports the performance demands of ALL your Oracle workloads, while balancing budgetary constraints and limitations? Does your applications and database instances require a lot of horsepower but you can’t cost-justify deploying them 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 Database (DISOD), pre-installed with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, is delivered ready to be installed with Oracle Database 12c, 11gR2, or 10g, providing the flexibility to fit into any existing infrastructure. Oracle Linux brings the latest Linux innovations to market, delivering performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise applications, enterprise-class, low-cost support.

Attend our upcoming webinar March 4, 2015, at 9:00 am PST (11am CST) to find out :

  • Why DISOD delivers easy to procure, yet flexible to expand architecture perfectly suited to meet your needs
  • How your database can perform better without investing in high-end systems
  • Why Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is the best choice for Oracle Database and Dell systems

Register today!


Friday Feb 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: The Oracle Learning Library

Happy Friday!

You might have seen Antoinette O'Sullivan's post earlier this week about a new video for Ksplice. This video is part of the Oracle Learning Library, which is a tremendous resource for Oracle product information. There is a lot of content there on Oracle Linux, and if you're using other Oracle technologies, too, there is information on Oracle VM, Oracle Database, Oracle Cloud, Engineered Systems, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Fusion Middleware, the list goes on and on. If you have not checked it out, I highly recommend heading over there for some Friday afternoon learning.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Feb 18, 2015

Update Your Oracle Linux Kernel with Ksplice

With Ksplice you can update the kernel on a running system applying the latest kernel security errata. Patches are effective immediately without any need to reboot. Ksplice applies updates in the background without halting the system or restarting applications.

Watch this 12 minute video and learn to:

  • Subscribe an Oracle Linux system to the Ksplice channel on Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)
  • Install the Ksplice uptrack software package using the yum utility
  • Use the Ksplice uptrack utility to install Ksplice kernel updates without any need to reboot
  • Use the Ksplice web interface 

This is one topic you can learn about in the Oracle Linux System Administration curriculum. To learn more about the available training, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux

Monday Feb 16, 2015

Book An Oracle Linux OCP Exam Event Now

If you have developed your Linux system administration skills to expert level, now is the time to prove your knowledge to current and future employers.

The beta program for the Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) exam (1Z1-105) will continue until March 7th 2015. Until that date you can take advantage of a much reduced exam price so register for an exam event now.

Quick Links:

Recommended Training:

The recommended training for this OCP certification exam is 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. Event start dates already on the 2015 schedule include February 22nd and 24th, March 2nd, April 12th and 13th, and May 14th, 17th, and 18th.
  • 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

 London, England

 16 February 2015

 English

 Reading, England

 13 April 2015

 English

 Berlin, Germany

 30 November 2015

 German

 Hamburg, Germany

 31 August 2015

 German

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 14 May 2015

 English

 Seoul, Korea

 16 March 2015

 Korean

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 13 April 2015

 English

 Auckland, New Zealand

 23 February 2015

 English

 Bangkok, Thailand

 20 April 2015

 English

 Belmont, CA, United States

 27 April 2015

 English

 Denver, CO, United States

 6 April 2015

 English

 Jacksonville, Fl, United States

 21 April 2015

 English

 Atlanta, GA, United States

 20 July 2015

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 27 April 2015

 English

 Edison, NJ, United States

 19 October 2015

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 29 June 2015

 English

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

Friday Feb 13, 2015

Friday Spotlight: New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database

Happy Friday!

In last week's Oracle Virtualization Spotlight, Honglin Su discussed new Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database. Here's an excerpt:

The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of any number of nodes.

Of course, this is the Oracle Linux blog, so why am I referencing new Oracle VM Templates? Because these templates of course run Oracle Linux! Here are the highlights of the new templates:

NEW in 2015 Templates:

  • Yum@Deploy support(11gR2 & 12c) - Allows running yum install/update during first boot/deployment and subsequent re-builds.
  • Multi-Diskgroup support for Oracle ASM
  • Support for multiplexed Controlfile & REDO logfiles
  • Default kernel boot is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK3) 3.8.13-55, seamless transition to HVM mode
  • Oracle Linux 7, BTRFS & Ksplice Ready!

You can read Honglin's full post over at the Oracle Virtualization Blog, or you can go directly to the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database page.

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

Tuesday Feb 10, 2015

February 2015 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Now Available

The February 2015 edition of the Oracle Linux newsletter is now available! In this issue, learn about:

  • The Next Generation of Oracle's Engineered Systems launch
  • Oracle Linux on the Docker Hub Registry
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R3 Quarterly Update 4
  • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux architecture overview
  • Several new customer stories
  • And much more!

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

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Docker!

Happy Friday!

If you missed it yesterday, we did a press release describing the posting of Oracle Linux images on the Docker Hub Registry. If you're already working with Docker or interested in getting started with it, Oracle Linux gives you an extremely solid foundation to build on.

For a bit more on Docker, we did a webcast in November called Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center, where Docker and other trending topics were discussed. Have a view of the replay.

Also, did you know that you can bookmark tag searches on Oracle blogs? For example, to find posts on our blog about Docker, you'd use this:

https://blogs.oracle.com/linux/tags/docker

Click that link and bookmark it, and you'll always have the complete list of Oracle Linux Blog posts that mention Docker.

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

-Chris 

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

Press Release: Oracle Linux Now Hosted on the Docker Hub Registry

Oracle Linux images are now available on the Docker Hub Registry, a repository for Docker-based components, including applications and operating systems (OSs). Oracle Linux joins MySQL, which is already extremely popular on Docker Hub and has been downloaded millions of times.

This is exciting news for Oracle Linux and for the Docker community. Please read the press release to get all the details.

-Chris 

Friday Jan 30, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Spacewalk 2.2 on public yum and Oracle Instant Client on ULN

Happy Friday!

I wanted to quickly draw your attention today to a couple of updates. First, Spacewalk 2.2 for Oracle Linux is available on our public yum server. We have also published the Release Notes, including upgrade instructions from Spacewalk 2.0.

If you're interested in Spacewalk, you might enjoy a webcast we did in November that goes into a lot of detail on using Oracle Linux and Spacewalk together. You can watch that webcast on-demand.

And second, RPMs for the Oracle Instant Client are now available on Unbreakable Linux Network.

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

-Chris 

Wednesday Jan 28, 2015

Partners Announce Support for Oracle Linux

Scores of leading technology partners -independent software vendors, hardware vendors, and system integrators- support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

Several independent software vendors and SIs recently announced their support for Oracle Linux:

  • SAS for SAS 9.4 TS1M2 (9.4 M2) application platform
  • Symantec for its Endpoint Protection 12.1.5 client for Linux
  • Symantec Storage Foundation and High Availability 6.2 product suite 
  • Capgemini has certified its OCommerce solution on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
To see full list of Partners supporting Oracle Linux, visit our Oracle Linux Partners page.

Friday Jan 23, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and The Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems

Happy Friday! This has been exciting week for the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams here at Oracle, with our products prominently featured in The Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems event on Wednesday. If you missed the live event, take some time to watch the videos in the archive.

In addition to the Larry Ellison announcement video--which is highly recommended!--there is in-depth Oracle Linux content in two of the other videos. First, the panel discussion video (video #3 in the list on the archive page) features several Oracle executives, including Oracle Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. And last, in the Go Deep section Wim goes into detail on Oracle Linux and how it can benefit your data center.

We'll covered Engineered Systems many times on the blog, but we'll get into some detail on these new systems and Oracle Linux in future entries. In the meantime, clicking any of the pictures in this post will take you to the replay, it's exciting stuff! 

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Whitepaper: End to End Data Integrity Using Oracle Linux, Fujitsu ETERNUS and QLogic 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. Each system component has data protection functions such as memory parity detection, error detection with communication protocols, CRC error detection of the disk storage system, and redundancy. (Figure 1.1, I. Conventional data integrity functions) T10 PI defines the mechanism for data integrity protection that is standardized through communication paths and devices. End-to-end data integrity from applications to disk drives is implemented with the combination of T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) and Data Integrity Extensions (DIX).

This White Paper 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, the Fujitsu ETERNUS DX S3 series, and QLogic HBA.

Read more 

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