Thursday Oct 22, 2015

Latest Newsletter and Countdown to OOW15 Exciting Sessions and Hands On Labs

Hello everyone, what a busy month for us! 

First, the October edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! Featuring stories about the new OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 2, what’s happening at next week’s Oracle OpenWorld, an economic value analysis of Oracle Linux, and much more. Read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get future editions delivered straight to your inbox.

We have only 3 days to Oracle OpenWorld and we are excited to present you with an amazing range of sessions and Hands on Labs for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, VirtualBox, Secure Global Desktop and OpenStack for Oracle Linux.  First of all, we wanted to remind you all the locations. Please allow sufficient time to travel:

  • All Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux sessions are at the Park Central Hotel
  • All of our Hands on Labs are at the Hotel Nikko
  • Demos are in Moscone South
  • Keynotes are in Moscone North


Monday, Oct. 26:

  • Deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10471] Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)
  • Performance Optimizations for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service [CON9577] Monday, Oct 26, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Getting Started with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [HOL10473] Monday, Oct 26, 12:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)
  • Deploy an Oracle E-Business Suite System in Minutes Using Oracle VM Templates [HOL10472] Monday, Oct 26, 2:00 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)
  • Maximize Oracle Linux Performance on Servers and in the Cloud [CON9481] Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Oracle Linux: Build, Test, and Deploy—Tools for the Modern Developer [CON9484] Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Next-Generation Cloud Application Development with Oracle Linux, Docker, and Virtualization [CON9485] Monday, Oct 26, 5:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Don't miss the General sessions highlighted in red below:
  • General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479] Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Secure Your Data Center with Oracle Linux [CON9483] Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486] Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Oracle VM: Complete and Integrated Virtualization Solution in a Data Center [CON6120] Tuesday, Oct 27, 5:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

 Wednesday, Oct 28:

  • Build and Deploy Portable Applications Using Docker and Oracle Linux [HOL10328] Wednesday, Oct 28, 8:45 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • How to Manage Your Oracle Linux Environment with Spacewalk [HOL10326] Wednesday, Oct 28, 10:15 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Monterey (3rd Floor)
  • Building a Large-Scale Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux [CON9487] Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Business Continuity for Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure [CON9575] Wednesday, Oct 28, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Rapid Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9576] Wednesday, Oct 28, 1:45 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • The Enterprise Cloud Simplified with Oracle VM [CON9488] Wednesday, Oct 28, 3:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Maximize Your Private Cloud Investment with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9574] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud [HOL10469] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)

We wanted to list all the sessions and HOLs by day so you don't miss them but in case you prefer to bookmark the Focus On Documents, here are the links for those which gives you the summary of all the activities for Oracle Linux and Virtualization:

Focus On Document - Oracle Linux

Focus On Document - Oracle Virtualization

We look forward to seeing you in our Sessions and Hands on Labs at OOW15.

Wednesday Oct 21, 2015

OOW15: Linux Foundation at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

This year, at Oracle OpenWorld, we are very excited to have The Linux Foundation as part of the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase.

The Linux Foundation is an organization protects and promotes the ideals of freedom and generous collaboration established through the development of Linux, and shares these ideals to power any endeavor aiming to make the future a better place in which to live. By supporting the kernel development community and fostering collaboration on a truly massive scale, the Linux Foundation unites thousands of curious minds in the free and open exchange of ideas. 

Visit The Linux Foundation kiosk at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Moscone South, Booth #121, Kiosk #SLX-002

And attend the theatre session to listen to the pre-recorded video of Jim Zemlin interviewing Linus Torvalds - Q& with Linus Torvalds Theatre Session [THT11343] 

  • Monday, Oct 26, 10:30 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
  • Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South 

See you at Oracle OpenWorld. 

Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

ANNOUNCING: Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 2

Today we are announcing Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 2. It is the first commercially available OpenStack deployment based on Docker containers without the need to install components individually with RPMs.

Based on the upstream Kilo release,  Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux R2 includes support for new modules such as Heat and Murano. The new release also uses MySQL Cluster to provide mission-critical Active/Active High Availability (HA), high performance and scalability for all OpenStack services.

Highlights of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 2:

  • Deployment and operation  are simplified compared to other vendors’ releases, by leveraging Docker-based containers for deployment and upgrades.
  • Based on upstream Kilo release
  • With integrated high availability features customers can now deploy MySQL in an Active/Active configuration, bringing enterprise database functionality to OpenStack cloud deployments.
  • Cinder drivers for Oracle All Flash FS Storage System and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance are supported. Ceph Storage solutions are offered as a technology preview with Oracle Linux, utilizing the Ceph Object Gateway.
  • Integrated enterprise OpenStack cloud solution with a single line of support.
  • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is free to download and use. 

Read more:

If you are attending OOW15:

  • Visit Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Demopod located at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Moscone South, Booth #121, Kiosk: SLX-010 to talk to product manager and engineers
  • Attend sessions: 
    • General Session: Oracle Linux-the State of the Penguin [GEN9479], Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central-Metropolitan II
    • Maximize Your Private Cloud Investment with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9574], Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Park Central-Metropolitan II
    • Rapid Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9576], Wednesday, Oct 28, 1:45 p.m. | Park Central-Metropolitan II
    • HOL: Getting Started with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [HOL10473], Monday, Oct 26, 12:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)

Connect with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux via FacebookBlogYouTubeSlideShare


Monday Oct 19, 2015

OOW15: Huawei Showcasing Products at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

Huawei is a global leader of ICT solutions. Huawei helps customers achieve their business goals. With Huawei servers qualified and supported on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and the best practice provided by Oracle Validated configuration Program, customers benefit from fast and low-cost server deployments in various industry segments.

Please visit Huawei’s kiosk at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Booth 121, SLX-017 in Moscone South and attend to their theatre session where Huawei will talk about their solutions:

Huawei Fusion Server for Oracle Database [THT11291]

Francis Lam, Huawei Technology

  • Monday, Oct 26, 2:00 p.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:30 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South

See you at Oracle OpenWorld

Friday Oct 16, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux Release 1.0 Technology Preview

The Oracle Linux team is excited to announce the Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux Release 1.0 technology preview.  Based on the the Ceph community Firefly release (v0.80), Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux provides a high performing, scalable storage solution using commodity x86-based hardware, providing critical options for managing the growing storage requirements customers face today.  This release includes the components needed to build Ceph storage clusters, using XFS or BTRFS as supported file systems, as well as the popular Ceph Object Gateway which provides RESTful API access to Ceph Storage clusters with compatibility to OpenStack Swift services.  This technology preview is supported with Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (Release 3 Quarterly Update 6).  To download, please follow the instructions found here and review the release notes for more information.

Thursday Oct 15, 2015

OOW15: amitego AG Demonstrates VISULOX at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

We are happy to welcome amitego AG to our Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase this year. They will be showcasing their product VISULOX in the showcase area but also provide insight into the product during theatre session listed below.


amitego AG
is not new to Oracle Infrastructure products, nor to Oracle OpenWorld. Its mission is tomake IT a safer place, by addressing secure access by privileged users, and this through its Remote Access Control and Management Solution Suite, VISULOX.

VISULOX is based on the Oracle Secure Global Desktop Software, offering customers a flexible and powerful way to control and document all activities of the privileged users in the IT environment.  If you want to know more about the VISULOX and amitego, come to their theatre session:

Title: VISULOX—Controlled Privileged Access to Cloud Services [THT11226]

Speaker: Tillmann A. Basien, CEO, amitego Engineering GmbH

  • Monday, Oct 26, 1:30 p.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
  • Tuesday, Oct 27, 1:00 p.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
amitego AG will also demonstrate their VISULOX product and show how easy it is to integrate without any modification to server or client, delivering a complete audit trail about who did what and when in the system. Including demos showing the user activities. Visit amitego AG at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack ShowcaseBooth 121, SLMoscone South, Kiosk: SLX-006.

Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

OOW15: Intel® Showcasing at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

Intel – Accelerating Technological Innovation and bringing it to customers faster

We are excited to welcome Intel Corporation, to the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 - Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

Intel® and Oracle share a multi-decade history of collaboration, from building Linux kernels to validating configurations of Intel-based server solutions to server virtualization.  Oracle Linux and Oracle VM add infrastructure components to effectively complement Intel hardware, and the co-engineering relationship between Intel and Oracle benefit end-customers with highly optimized results from their Oracle enterprise software on Intel® Xeon® Processors. You can hear about these technologies and collaboration in the Intel theatre sessions:

Theatre Session:

OpenStack and Intel—Comprehensive Support for a Trusted, Private Cloud [THT11336]

Speaker: Glenn Williamson, Sr Staff Software Engineering Manager, Intel Corporation

      • Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
      • Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South

Visit Intel® at the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase to learn more about solutions from Intel® experts located at Moscone South, Booth #121SLX-001 and 003 – from Oct 26-28th.

Monday Oct 12, 2015

OOW15: SGI Showcasing Their Solution at Oracle OpenWorld

As we countdown to Oracle OpenWorld 2015, we will be introducing you to the partners that will demo their products in Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Moscone South, Booth #121 and talk about our Oracle Linux, Oracle VM sessions, Hands-on Labs and Oracle demos.

Until now, enterprises that wish to run Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database In-Memory option on a single Intel-based server have been limited to 8-socket systems. See how SGI, one of the global leaders in high-performance computing solutions and the newly announced SGI UV 300RL supported with Oracle Linux enable large and growing environments to achieve real-time operations and accelerate data analytics at unprecedented scale. 

In this showcase, you can see their solution that enables you to become a Real-Time Enterprise using SGI servers with Oracle Database in-memory feature. 

Don't miss SGI's showcase theatre session: SGI Introduces Breakthrough System for Oracle Database In-Memory [THT11261]

Speaker: Bill Dunmire, Sr. Director Prod Mgmt & Marketing, HPDA, Silicon Graphics International Corp.

  • Monday, Oct 26th, 1-1:20pm
  • Wed, Oct 28th, 1-1:20pm 

See SGI at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Booth #121, Kiosk #  SLX-015.

Friday Oct 09, 2015

Friday Spotlight: NIKSUN Showcasing Their Solution at Oracle OpenWorld Showcase

Monitoring Security and Performance in Virtual Environments 

This year at OOW, NIKSUN will be showcasing their solution at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase. Everyone has “priority one” applications and others of mixed importance. However, every application, including Voice over IP and Electronic Product Code, relies on the network—its security and performance. You will see a demonstration of an innovative tool that can monitor your network while mitigating vulnerabilities at traffic production rates of 100 Gb/sec and beyond. Discover how you can alert based on deep packet inspection, safely integrate with a sandbox to derive actionable alerts, and generate historical traffic of any past exploits before they surface to the public eye.

NIKSUN will also present in the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase Theatre at Moscone South, Booth #121 where you will hear more about these solutions and  leave the session equipped to know the unknown in both your virtual and physical environments.

The theatre sessions are scheduled for:

Monday, Oct 26th  11:30-11:50 am

Tuesday, Oct 27th, 11:30-11:50 am 

Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase is located at Moscone South, booth #121 – NIKSUN is at kiosk SLX-004, exhibition is open from October 26-28, during exhibition hall hours.

Stop by our showcase to see exciting solutions Oracle and our partners like NIKSUN.  

Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

Just Released Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration Training

Want to extend your knowledge of Oracle Linux 7. Take the all-new Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course.

This course is ideal for experienced administrators who want to learn to:

  • Configure networking services and authentication services
  • Implement virtualization technologies to more effectively manage system resources
  • Perform advanced storage administration tasks
  • Implement shared storage technologies
  • Develop advanced troubleshooting skills

Register your interest in the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course to add an event to the schedule. To learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Tuesday Oct 06, 2015

Docker Engine 1.8 released

Oracle is pleased to announce the release of Docker Engine 1.8 for Oracle Linux 6 and 7 to the addons channel on both the Unbreakable Linux Network and the Oracle Yum Repository. This release aligns with the upstream Docker project. Oracle has worked closely with the upstream project to ensure that Docker builds and runs on Oracle Linux.

Note that Docker 1.8 is only supported with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 on Oracle Linux 6. The Red Hat Compatible Kernel is not supported. 

There is no automatic upgrade from the previous Docker 1.6.1 release, as the package name has changed in this release. Containers created with the previous version will continue to work with Docker 1.8.

Please review the Oracle Linux documentation for upgrade instructions:

There are significant changes, new features and fixes in Docker from the previous 1.6 release.  

Monday Oct 05, 2015

Oracle Sponsors LinuxCon Europe - Dublin, Oct 5-7


Oracle is proud to be a silver sponsor in LinuxCon Europe, Dublin, Oct 5-7. You can meet Oracle Linux and virtualization experts. Learn about Oracle Linux, OpenStack, docker and other new technologies. 

There's simply no other event in Europe where developers, sys admins, architects and all levels of technical talent gather together under one roof for education, collaboration and problem-solving to further the Linux platform.

Visit us at Booth #23!

Friday Oct 02, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux, Virtualization, and OpenStack Showcase at OOW15

Happy Friday everyone!

Today's topic will be about our amazing showcase at Oracle OpenWorld, Oct 25-29. The Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack showcase is located in Moscone South, booth #121, featuring Oracle product demos and Partners.  In past years, our showcase had been a great location to see demos of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as well as solutions from our Partners. This year, it is expanded with Oracle OpenStack product demos and a theatre. Here's a list of the Oracle and Partner kiosks, don't forget to visit and talk to one of the experts that can help you out with your questions:

  • SLX-007 - Access Applications Securely with Oracle Secure Global Desktop
  • SLX-008 - Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • SLX-009 - Enhance Security and Reduce Costs Using Zero-Downtime Updates with Oracle Linux and Ksplice
  • SLX-010 - Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux  -Enterprise Ready
  • SLX-011 - Oracle Linux for the Cloud-Enabled Data Center
  • SLX-012  - Develop and Distribute Containerized Applications with Oracle Linux
  • SLX-013 - Oracle VM Server for x86
  • SLX-014 - Oracle VM Server for SPARC  

The table below lists the featured Partners and their solutions:


The Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase will also include an in-booth theatre for Partners and Oracle experts to share their solutions to customers and partners, alike. For the latest listing of theatre sessions currently confirmed please refer to the Schedule Builder

Don't forget to visit us at Moscone South #121, we will giveaway some great software (keeping it as a surprise- you need to come and see) and be in the drawing for our famous penguins and and Intel Mini PC - NUC appliance where you can use it for set top boxes to video surveillance, and home entertainment systems to digital signage, it is one appliance that can do it all.

Register today.

Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

Managing the Lifecycle of Oracle Linux Systems Using Spacewalk

by Avi Miller and Ginny Henningsen

This article describes how administrators can use Spacewalk to manage the lifecycle of Oracle Linux systems. It explains core concepts and common best practices for a Spacewalk deployment. The article also highlights how Spacewalk can perform initial Oracle Linux provisioning with Kickstart and then automate subsequent software maintenance operations through system lifecycles such as Development, Test, Acceptance, and Production (DTAP).

IT administrators face a tough challenge in provisioning systems and keeping them up to date with the latest patchesandoperating system updates. If errata are deemed critical from a security perspective, it's especially urgent to conduct testing and apply patches to reduce the risk of systems compromise or data exposure. As data centers expand and administrators are tasked to manage greater numbers of physical servers and virtual machines, it's clear that automation is a necessity for efficient and cost-effective systems management. Spacewalk is open source software that helps to automate Linux systems management, allowing administrators to control the system software lifecycle—from initial Linux installation through maintenance, software configuration, and upgrades.

Read more in this technical article

Friday Sep 25, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Start Reserving Your Spots in Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Sessions

Happy Friday!

With Oracle OpenWorld 2015 a little over a month away, it's time to start figuring out which sessions you're going to attend! You can start putting your schedule together today with My Schedule (if you're an OpenWorld veteran, this was called "Schedule Builder" in previous years). And of course, we hope you join us in several of our sessions and hands on labs about Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

To make it a little easier to find content that is interesting to you, we have two "Focus On" documents that you can have a look at and bookmark. The Focus On docs format really nicely on mobile devices, and are updated in real-time in case rooms change or anything else unforeseen happens, so they are a great resource to have bookmarked on your phone.


Since Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux spans both Oracle Linux and Oracle virtualization, you'll find those sessions in both.

We'll go into more detail in the coming weeks, but I'd like to highlight a couple of sessions to start with. Even if you can't join us in any other sessions, I highly recommend signing up for the General Sessions from Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts. These are always our most popular sessions, and it's a fantastic opportunity to get the very latest information on industry trends and the direction of Oracle's Linux and virtualization teams.

General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479]
Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486]
Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

We hope to see you out in San Francisco this year!

-Chris
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