Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

Webinar:How to Save Time and Cost with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco UCS (Feb 25)


When: February 25, 11am PST/2pm EST

Panelists:

Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle, John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco and Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage 

For CIOs and IT managers, continuously tuning IT infrastructure to support evolving environments, rapidly provisioning more resources to support growing database environments, maintaining services levels and staying within budgets, especially in rapid growth environments is hard. To address these challenges, Nimble Storage, along with Oracle, and Cisco offers a converged infrastructure to deliver adaptive performance with high availability, capacity savings, efficient data protection, and improved staff productivity while handling rapid growth.

In this webinar you will learn how you can benefit from Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco. The solution provides pre-tested, validated architectures and documented best practices for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM.

SmartStack, built on best-of-breed components, delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes. 

Register today


Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

Proving and Extending Your Oracle Linux Expertise

If you feel you have a good level of hands-on experience and Linux system administration knowledge, prove this by taking the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator Oracle Certified Associate exam. In this exam, you will get 150 minutes to attempt 111 multiple choice questions. To reinforce your exam preparation you can take the Oracle Linux System Administration training course.

To go to the next level of system administration expertise, learn about advanced Oracle Linux featues by taking the Oracle Linux Advanced System Administration course. In this 3 day, instructor-led course you will discover how to take advantage of Btrfs to improve system performance and to use Linux containers to increase your resource utilization by creating secure isolated environments on a single host.

You can take this course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Take this course from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education to take this course. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Melbourne, Australia

 13 March 2014

 English

 Sydney, Australia

 13 August 2014

 English

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 12 May 2014

 English

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 9 June 2014

 English

Lagos, Nigeria 

 26 May 2014

 English 

 Istanbul, Turkey

 17 March 2014

 Turkish

 Edison, NJ, United States

 28 May 2014

 English

 Irving, TX, United States

 16 April 2014

 English

 Caracas, Venezuela

 24 February 2014

 Spanish

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

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Upcoming In Person Events In EMEA

Happy Friday!

The team in EMEA has put together some wonderful in person events for potential or existing Oracle VM and Oracle Linux customers. In these events, there are expert presentations, and then time to mingle and chat with the Oracle folks. It's really a great opportunity to get your questions answered firsthand. If you live near any of these cities, consider registering for the events!

Feb 18, Munchen, Germany
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Feb 19, Dreieich, Germany
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Feb 24, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Feb 25, Istanbul, Turkey
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Feb 26, Berlin, Germany
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Mar 6, Paris, France
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If you're anywhere near these cities, you won't want to miss these fantastic events.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 1 is now available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 1 (UEK R3U1) for Oracle Linux 6. This is the first quarterly update release for UEK R3 (Version 3.8.13-26) and includes driver updates as well as a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Xen improvements to the block and network frontend and backend architecture
  • Support for the crashkernel=auto kernel parameter to simplify Kdump configuration
  • New feature for enabling static probes in kernel modules with DTrace 
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Broadcom
    • Cisco
    • Emulex
    • HP
    • Intel
    • LSI
    • Mellanox
    • Qlogic

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository

Friday Feb 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: OCFS2 Best Practices Guide

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a brand new white paper, "OCFS2 Best Practices Guide". In this paper, Oracle's Robert Chase describes in detail how to get the most from OCFS2 in Oracle Linux.

Read OCFS2 Best Practices Guide.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Jan 31, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Ksplice SNMP Plugin

Happy Friday!

Over at our Ksplice Blog (which has one of my favorite taglines, "Rebooting is Obsolete"), Oracle's Tim Hill writes about the new SNMP plug-in for Ksplice, which allows the use of Oracle Enterprise Manager or other SNMP-compatible monitoring solution to monitor Ksplice instances. It's very cool stuff, we hope you check it out.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Jan 24, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Maximizing Oracle Linux Performance

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a fantastic screencast video by Oracle's Greg Marsden. In the video, Greg covers a number of specific tips to help maximize performance of your Oracle Linux deployment. Give it a watch by clicking below:

See you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

Get Trained on the Most Modern and Reliable Linux - Oracle Linux

Oracle Linux brings you the latest innovations and is the best performing, most modern Linux operating system. So why not develop your system administration skills with Oracle Linux training.You can take the training from your own desk through live-virtual events or during in-class events for which some scheduled classes are listed below.

Oracle Linux System Administration

In this 5-day live instructor-led course you will learn how to:

  • Configure systems to use UEK and enable kernel features
  • Keep systems up-to-date using the Unbreakable Linux Network 
  • Apply kernel updates on a running system with Ksplice 
  • Prepare Oracle Linux systems to run the Oracle Database
  • And much more ... 

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Melbourne, Australia
 19 May 2014
 English
 Perth, Australia
 10 February 2014
 English
 Sydney, Australia
 12 May 2014
 English
 Mississauga, Canada  24 February 2014
 English
 Ottawa, Canada
 28 April 2014
 English
 London, England
 24 February 2014
 English
 Manchester, England
 27 January 2014
 English
 Reading, England
 12 May 2014
 English
 Bordeaux, France
 10 February 2014
 French
 Athens, Greece
 10 February 2014
 English
 Jakarta, Indonesia  10 March 2014
 English
 Milan, Italy
 31 March 2014
 Italian
 Rome, Italy
 10 February 2014
 Italian
 Seoul, Korea
 3 March 2014
 Koren
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  21 April 2014
 English
 Petaling Maya, Malaysia  21 April 2014
 English
 Makati, Philipinnes  24 February 2014
 English
 Warsaw, Poland
 9 June 2014
 Polish
 Lagos, Nigeria
 2 June 2014
 English
 Bucharest, Romania  14 April 2014
 Romanian
 Ljubljana, Slovenia  2 June 2014
 Slovenian
 Johannesburg, South Africa  17 February 2014
 English
 Bangkok, Thailand
 24 February 2014
 English
 Tunis, Tunisia  31 March 2014
 French
 Istanbul, Turkey  17 February 2014
 Turkish
 Belmont, CA, United States  10 February 2014
 English
 Irvine, CA, United States  12 May 2014
 English
 Chicago, IL, United States  14 April 2014  English
 Roseville, MN, United States  10 Feb 2014  English
 Edison, NJ, United States  10 March 2014  English
 Columbus, OH, United States  14 April 2014  English
 Caracas, Venezuela  10 March 2014  Spanish
When you have taken this course and acquired hands on experience with Oracle Linux, consider proving your skills by taking the new Oracle Linux 5 and 6 System Administrator certification exam.

Oracle Linux Advanced System Administration

In this 3-day live instructor-led course you will learn to use:

  • Btrfs to improve file system performance
  • DTrace, which provides a comprehensive look into the software stack and enables you to identify performance bottlenecks
  • The Oracle Cluster File System which provides a high performance and high availability file system when you need a redundant environment
  • New technologies such as Linux Containers
  • And much more ...

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Melbourne, Australia
 12 March 2014
 English
 Sydney, Australia
 13 August 2014
 English
 Jakarta, Indonesia  13 May 2014
 English
 Seoul, Korea
 17 February 2014
 Korean
 Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia  9 June 2014
 English
 Lagos, Nigeria  26 May 2014
 English
 Taipei, Taiwan  22 January 2014
 Traditional Chinese
 Istanbul, Turkey
 17 March 2014
 Turkish
 Roseville, MN, United States
 17 February 2014
 English
 Edison, NJ, United States  28 May 2014
 English
 Irving, TX, United States  16 April 2014  English
 Reston, VA, United States  17 Feb 2014  English
 Caracas, VE, United States  24 February 2014  English

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

Friday Jan 17, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Virtual Sysadmin Day Winter 2014

Happy Friday! Our Friday Spotlight today is a bit unique in that we're putting the same information on both the Oracle Virtualization blog and the Oracle Linux blog. The reason is that we want to tell you about a fantastic opportunity for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux administrators.

On January 28, Oracle is hosting an event called Virtual Sysadmin Day. If you haven't attended one of these before, you're in for a treat. These events let you attend a virtual version of the hands on lab sessions that we run each year at Oracle OpenWorld. So, if you've ever wanted to go to one of those sessions but couldn't get to San Francisco or the other Oracle OpenWorld locations around the world, now is your chance to attend from the comfort of you desk!

The format is really cool. The materials for the lab are provided for you, you just need to have Oracle VM VirtualBox (it's a free download), and download the pre-configured virtual machines for the labs. You should do this ahead of the event, but all the information to help you do it is available to you when you register.

On the day of the event, you login and watch some intro content that sets up the labs, and then you follow the steps for the labs on you own system. Oracle experts will be in the chat area to help with issues you might run into.

Virtual Sysadmin Day Winter 2014
January 28, 2014
9AM - 1PM Pacific Standard Time

Register Now

Virtual Sysadmin Day is one of my favorite events, I hope you have time to check it out! 

-Chris 

Friday Jan 10, 2014

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - January 10, 2014

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a great technical article over at Oracle Technology Network written by Oracle's Christopher Jones titled "How to Set Up DTrace to Detect PHP Scripting Problems on Oracle Linux."

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel release 3 (UEK) provides built-in support for DTrace. This can help you track down performance problems with your applications or scripts. In this article, Christopher walks through how to enable DTrace for the popular scripting language PHP on Oracle Linux and goes into some detail to how it works, including a simple D script to get information out of a sample PHP script.

This is a really fantastic article, so if you're interested in using DTrace to tune your PHP scrips, give it a read through.

We'll see you next week! 

-Chris 

Wednesday Jan 08, 2014

Oracle Linux: Free as in Speech AND Free as in Beer

One of the biggest benefits of Oracle Linux is that binaries, patches, errata, and source are always free. Even if you don’t have a support subscription, you can download and run exactly the same enterprise-grade distribution that is deployed in production by thousands of customers around the world. You can receive binaries and errata reliably and on schedule, and take advantage of the thousands of hours Oracle spends testing Oracle Linux every day. And, of course, Oracle Linux is completely compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, so switching to Oracle Linux is easy.

CentOS is another Linux distribution that offers free binaries with Red Hat compatibility. Traditionally, CentOS has been used for Linux systems which do not require support in order to reduce or avoid expensive Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription costs. Recently, Red Hat announced it was “joining forces” with the CentOS project, hiring many the key CentOS developers, and “building a new CentOS.” This is a curious development given that the primary factors that have made CentOS popular are that it is free and Red Hat compatible.

It would be natural for existing CentOS users to wonder what Red Hat actually has in mind for the “new CentOS” when the FAQ accompanying the announcement states that Red Hat does not recommend CentOS for production deployment, is not recommending mixed CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments, will not support JBoss and other products on CentOS, and is not including CentOS in Red Hat’s developer offerings designed to create “applications for deployment into production environments.”

If Red Hat truly wished to satisfy the key requirements of most CentOS users, they would take a much simpler step: they would make Red Hat Enterprise Linux binaries, patches, and errata available for free download – just like Oracle already does.

Fortunately, no matter what future CentOS faces in Red Hat’s hands, Oracle Linux offers all users a single distribution for development, testing, and deployment, for free or with a paid support subscription. Oracle does not require customers to buy a subscription for every server running Oracle Linux (or any server running Oracle Linux). If a customer wants to pay for support for production systems only, that’s the customer's choice. The Oracle model is simple, economical, and well suited to environments with rapidly changing needs.

Oracle is focused on providing what we have since day one – a fast, reliable Linux distribution that is completely compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, coupled with enterprise class support, indemnity, and flexible support policies. If you are CentOS user, or a Red Hat user, why not download and try Oracle Linux today? You have nothing to lose – after all, it’s free!

Friday Jan 03, 2014

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - January 3, 2014

Happy Friday and happy new year! Our spotlight this week is on an excellent webcast from our archives titled "Oracle Linux Management Demystified." It describes the integration between Oracle Linux and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, allowing you to do provisioning, patching, monitoring, and administration all from a unified console. This is an on-demand webcast, so it will play as soon as you enter your details. Enjoy and we'll see you next week!

View the webcast

-Chris 

Friday Dec 20, 2013

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - December 20, 2013

Happy Friday, everyone! Just a quick note, this will be the last Friday Spotlight of 2013, we'll pick up again in the new year.

Our spotlight this week is on our excellent new screencast series, covering a variety of topics on Oracle Linux.

(click to jump to Oracle Media Network to play) 

Managing Your Oracle Linux Environment 


Oracle Linux: Maximize Performance, Minimize Downtime 


Oracle Linux – Reliability, Availability, and Scalability


We'll see you in the new year!

-Chris 

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

The December Edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is Here!

The latest Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! Like always, this issue is full of fantastic content. Here are some highlights:

  • Oracle Linux 6.5 Now Available
  • What Makes Oracle Linux the Best Platform for Oracle Database 12c white paper
  • New Oracle Linux screen cast series
  • Virtual SysAdmin Day on January 28
  • Customer and partner spotlights
  • And much more! 

You can read the latest edition online right now or sign up to get it automatically delivered to your inbox. 

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