Wednesday Aug 20, 2014

LinuxCon North America 2014

As the first day of LinuxCon North America 2014 draws to a close, we want to thank all the folks that stopped by our booth today! If you're at the show, please stop by our booth #204 and have a chat with our experts. And you won't want to miss these Linux and virtualization related sessions coming up tomorrow and Friday:

Thursday Aug 21 - Static Analysis in the Linux Kernel Using Smatch - Dan Carpenter, Oracle

Friday Aug 22 - The Proper Care of Feeding of MySQL Database for Linux Admins Who Also Have DBA duties - Morgan Tocker, Oracle

Friday Aug 22 - Why Use Xen for Large Scale Enterprise Deployments, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk , Oracle

We look forward to meeting with you and we hope you enjoy the rest of LinuxCon North America 2014! 

Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

The August '14 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Now Available

The August 2014 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter is now available! Chock full of fantastic information, it's your one-stop-shop for catching up on all things Oracle Linux. In this edition:

  • Oracle Linux 7 Now Available
  • Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2014
  • Technology Preview of OpenStack Icehouse with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Now Available
  • Using Ksplice as a Diagnostic Tool with Oracle Support
  • Hands-on Lab: How to Migrate from VMware and Red Hat to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  • Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation Boosts Performance—Is Set to Cut Technology Ownership Costs by US$500,000 in Five Years
  • And much more!
You can read the latest edition online right now or sign up to get it automatically delivered to your inbox. 

Oracle Linux Training Across Five Continents

The Oracle Linux System Administration course, a top selling course, provides you with a broad selection of key competencies you need to be a great Linux system administrator. And you can now take this course from your desk or in classrooms across all five contents.

You can take this 5-day instructor-led course through the follow delivery methods:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering. You following lecture material at your own pace via streaming video and book time on a lab environment to suit your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Follow a live event from your own desk, no travel required. You can choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit a different time zones.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule.

AFRICA

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Nairobi, Kenya

 13 October 2014

 English

 Johannesburg, South Africa

 24 November 2014

 English

AMERICA

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Mississauga, Canada

 27 October 2014

 English

 Chicago, IL, United States

 13 October 2014

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 13 October 2014

 English

ASIA

 Location

 Date

 Delivery

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 20 October 2014

 English

 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

 25 August 2014

 English

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 8 December 2014

 English

 Istanbul, Turkey

 10 November 2014

 Turkish

  Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 4 January 2015

 English

AUSTRALIA

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Canberra, Australia

 20 October 2014

 English

 Melbourne, Australia

 20 October 2014

 English

EUROPE

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Paris, France

 6 October 2014

 French

 Milan, Italy

 20 October 2014

 Italian

 Rome, Italy

 8 September 2014

 Italian

 Bucharest, Romania

 27 October 2014

 Romanian

 Madrid, Spain

 1 September 2014

 Spanish

The Oracle Linux System Administration course is the recommended training course to prepare for you for the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator OCA certification exam.

Those who have acquired the skills provided in the Oracle Linux System Administration course, can advance their learning by taking the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course. You can take this 5-day instructor led course as a live-virtual event or an in-class event. Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 27 October 2014

 English

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 6 October 2014

 English

 Bangkok, Thailand

 20 October 2014

 English

 Belmont, CA, United States

 15 September 2014

 English

For information on the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Aug 15, 2014

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase @ Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase “aka.Pavilion" at Oracle Openworld will be amazing this year. You can find us in a spacious area in Moscone South (Booth #611), featuring many of our key partners. New this year in the Showcase, you will also find Oracle demopods showcasing Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization. In addition, we are also featuring OpenStack. A lot of exciting technologies and solutions in one stop! Oracle Linux and Virtualization partners will be on the floor with their latest integrations and solutions to help you better accelerate your infrastructure investments. Come by the Showcase to network, win some prizes and walk away with:

  • Insights and real world implementation examples from participating ISV, IHV and SI partners
  • Deeper knowledge on the latest developments of Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization and the Oracle OpenStack integrations
  • Broader view of how Oracle and Partners are implementing OpenStack


Whether you are modernizing your IT or planning an OpenStack deployment, join us in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase and our experts will help you visualize your future, simplify your IT life and realize further profitability for your business.

Starting next week here on the Linux and Virtualization blogs, we’ll go into detail about the partners that you can visit in the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase. In the meantime, don't forget to mark Moscone South, Booth: 611 as a place to visit this year.

Hope to see you in our Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase!

Friday Aug 08, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Getting Started with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and OpenStack

Happy Friday!

You might have seen Ronen Kofman’s announcement earlier in the week regarding the technology preview of OpenStack Icehouse with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. There are some great things going on with OpenStack, and if you want to give it a try yourself, this white paper (updated for the Icehouse technology preview) can help you get started:


See you next week!
-Chris

Monday Aug 04, 2014

Technology Preview of OpenStack Icehouse with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM - Now Available

On May we announced the technology preview of the OpenStack Havana release with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, today we are releasing the technology preview of the Icehouse release. This release is a fast and easy way to deploy OpenStack giving customers an excellent starting point to deploy Icehouse and test it in their environment. We made sure that the deployment process remains the same as it was for Havana using few simple steps so anyone ,even with no prior experience with OpenStack, can install and try it out. The Icehouse release is an important step in the process of making OpenStack a first class enterprise solution, it continues the strong maturity curve of OpenStack and introduces more plug-ins , more bug fixes and around 350 new features.

Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Linux will become part of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM premier support subscriptions at no additional cost. Like Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers can use it for free or, shall they choose to, purchase support from Oracle and receive a complete production support for their deployment. As we stated previously, Oracle will support deployment of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM with any distribution of OpenStack the customer chooses and we will continue working with third party vendors to assure that we can integrate with their solution.

Please join us at Oracle OpenWorld on September 28th where we will have a special focus on OpenStack. At Oracle OpenWorld customers will have a chance to hear more about Oracle’s OpenStack strategy and products as well as see live demos and try them in the hands on labs.

Some technical details about the Icehouse tech preview release:

The download instructions are available here and the getting started guide is available here, for convenience we outline the few additional steps needed to complete the deployment
When deploying an Icehouse compute node with Oracle VM users have to perform two additional steps as part of their post-install steps. The two additional steps include setting the following parameters:

openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt cpu_mode none
openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt virt_type xen

When deploying an Icehouse compute node with Oracle Linux the two additional steps include setting the following parameters:

openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt virt_type kvm
openstack-config --set /etc/nova/nova.conf libvirt cpu_mode none

In both cases the operation needs to completed by restarting the nova-compute service:

service openstack-nova-compute restart

@RonenKofman 

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Friday Spotlight: It is All About Partners

Today's Friday spotlight is all about Partners. We have two very interesting topics this week. First one is an interview about Oracle Linux for Partners.

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Oracle Linux Overview for Partners

Mickey Bharat interviews  Rich Mason, Senior Vice President Worldwide for Oracle Linux, Virtualization & MySQL Sales.  You will hear an overview of Oracle Linux and what opportunities are out there for partners. He also covers top reasons for customers to chose Oracle Linux and unique advantages for partners like ISV, IHV, reseller and VADs,

Watch here


OPN Certified Specialist Test Fest @ OpenWorld

Another news is about OPN Certified Specialist Test Fest @ OpenWorld begins Monday September, 29th, and runs until Thursday Oct 2nd, at Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. There you will have a pool of more than 140 exams available to choose from, to register for, to test your knowledge on and to become OPN Specialist Certified!
Register at the link below to secure your spot.

Register Now!

Some of the reasons to participate in Test Fest @ OPN Central:

  • Exams are FREE of charge (up to two per partner)
  • The OPN Certified Specialist accreditation is a great way to have your skills recognized
  • Customers prefer Oracle Specialized Partners
  • Specialized partners close more and larger opportunities and see more revenue growth

  • But most important reason is exams are available for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM for x86 
See the full list here.

That is all for this week, have a great weekend.

Friday Jul 25, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux 7!

Happy SysAdmin Day and happy Friday, everyone! We’ll cover a couple of items in our spotlight this week.

First, and I’m sure this is no surprise, we’d like to spotlight the release of Oracle Linux 7! This release is another milestone in bringing the latest innovations and tools to our customers. You can read the press release, listen to Oracle’s Wim Coekaerts, read the blog post, read the data sheet, and the Frequently Asked Questions, review the documentation, or download it and give it a spin right now.

Second, we wanted to spotlight the release of the new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4-8. This machine packs some serious punch and runs--you guessed it!--Oracle Linux. If you have any question about how well Oracle Linux can scale as an enterprise platform, you don’t have to look any further than this amazing pairing of hardware and software.

We’ll see you next week!
-Chris

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Oracle Linux 7 is now available

Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7. Oracle Linux 7 offers the latest innovations and improvements to support customers and partners in developing and deploying business critical applications across the data center and into the cloud. Features include:

  • Btrfs Oracle Linux 7
  • XFS 
  • Linux Containers (LXC)
  • DTrace
  • Ksplice for zero-downtime kernel security updates and bug fixes
  • Xen enhancements
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3
  • systemd, a new service and system manager
  • Grub2 as the default boot loader with support for additional firmware types, such as UEFI
  • Support for in-place upgrades from Oracle Linux 6.5 to Oracle Linux 7

Listen to Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, discuss the benefits of Oracle Linux 7.

Oracle Linux 7 is available today and can be downloaded from Oracle's Software Delivery Cloud.  Please review the Release Notes and Oracle Linux documentation for details about the latest features and known issues.

For additional information, please read our press release and visit www.oracle.com/linux

Friday Jul 18, 2014

Friday Spotlight: A Great Week and Latin America OTN Tour 2014

Happy Friday!

It's been an exciting week here! If you haven't read Ronen Kofman's (@RonenKofman) excellent write-up about Mirantis, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM, be sure to have a look.

And for our spotlight this week, I wanted to highlight a fantastic series of events coming up during August in Latin America:


Congratulations to the Latin America User Groups on assembling yet another great tour for 2014!!! Agendas are packed full of great topics from Oracle Database to Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, including Java and Cloud Solutions. If you find yourself in the region or live there, please register and reserve a seat. Talk to the experts, get hands on. No spin, just a great learning experience with experienced users!! 

Brazil - August 2
Panamá - August 4
Chile - August 4 and 5
Costa Rica - August 6
Perú - August 7
México - August 8
Guatemala - August 11
Argentina - August 11 and 12
El Salvador - August 13
Uruguay - August 14 and 15
Colombia - August 15 and 16
Ecuador - August 18 and 19


 If you live in the areas where the events are taking place, I highly recommend checking them out.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Mirantis Announces Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

In May we announced the tech preview of the Oracle’s Distribution for OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. As we have been doing for many years with Linux and Xen, we plan to work with the OpenStack community and help make OpenStack an enterprise grade alternative for cloud deployments. 

We are very pleased with the Mirantis announcement today stating that Mirantis will offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their supported operating systems and hypervisors options. Right from the beginning we stated that our approach to OpenStack will be open and collaborative (see Wim Coekaerts’ blog). We said we’ll work with the rest of industry and support our customers with any choices they make with regards to OpenStack distribution and today, with this announcement from Mirantis, we take another step in this direction.

With this announcement our joint customers can choose Oracle Linux as their operating system and Oracle VM Server as their hypervisor of choice and build an OpenStack deployment with end to end support. Customers can now use the most advanced capabilities in Oracle Linux like Ksplice and Dtrace and achieve better scale and performance with Oracle VM Server as well as receive 24/7 support directly from Oracle. Using an enterprise grade hypervisor and Linux distribution such as Oracle Linux and Oracle VM brings OpenStack deployment to a new level of reliability.  a higher level of reliability allows users to transition more workloads onto OpenStack confidently, knowing that each part of the stack is well supported.

On top of that Oracle Linux is fully supported as a guest operating system on the Mirantis distribution of OpenStack. Oracle Linux is free to use and redistribute including patches and updates with the option to purchase support subscription from Oracle. We believe that choosing Oracle Linux as guest operating system is the best and most cost efficient option and we would like every customer to have the option to use it.

Oracle will continue to collaborate with other OpenStack solution providers to allow them to offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their solution. Our goal remains the same: jointly deliver great solutions and support experience for our mutual customers. We also look forward to working with other vendors to certify networking, storage, hypervisor and other plugins into the Oracle OpenStack Distribution.

We believe in keeping OpenStack open and collaborative and we will continue to focusing on:

  1. Working with other cloud solution to make sure they can integrate with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  2. Working with hardware and software vendors to integrate their solution with Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  3. Assuring that Oracle Linux is supported as guest operating system on any virtualization platform
We look forward to continue working with our partners and customers helping to make OpenStack a first class solution for the enterprise.

Friday Jul 11, 2014

Friday Spotlight: How to Get Started Using DTrace on Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

I'm reaching back into the archives this week because I stumbled upon on article that I think is really helpful. Oracle DTrace gives you fantastic diagnostic tracing capabilities, and it's available to you on Oracle Linux right now. Read this great article from OTN Garage on how to get started with it.

How to Get Started Using DTrace on Oracle Linux

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Learn about Btrfs, XFS, OCFS2 and More in Oracle Linux Training

Do you want to get hands on experience in creating and learning the benefits of the following file system?

  • The XFS file system - A high performance journaling file system that supports a maximum file system size of 100 TB and a maximum file size of 16 TB.
  • Btrfs - an open source general purpose file system that began in Oracle and is now contributed to by a number of major players. Btrfs provides extent-based file storage with a maximum size of 16 Exabytes.
  • OCFS2 - a general purpose, POSIX-compliant, shared disk cluster file system developed at Oracle. It allows multiple nodes to access the same disk at the same time. OCFS2 has two allocation units, blocks and clusters. OCFS2 supports block sizes ranging from 512 bytes to 4 KB and cluster sizes ranging from 4 KB and 1 MB. Cluster size is always greater than or equal to block size.

To learn more about these topics and many others, consider taking the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course.

You can take this 5-day, instructor-led training course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Take a class 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 center to take this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events already on the schedule:

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Melbourne, Australia

 25 August 2014

 English

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 4 August 2014

 English

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 6 October 2014

 English

 Bangkok, Thailand

 20 October 2014

 English

 Belmont, CA, United States

 18 August 2014

 English

 Chicago, IL, United States

 8 September 2014

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 21 July 2014

 English

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

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Using Ksplice as a Diagnostic Tool with Oracle Support

Happy Friday! And for those of us in the US, happy Independence Day!

Our spotlight this week is on a new paper written by Oracle's Robert Chase (if you read the Oracle Linux articles over on Oracle Technical Network, you'll be familiar with his work). This paper focuses on the use of Oracle Ksplice -- well known as a kernel patching tool -- as a diagnostic tool to help you when working with Oracle Support. It's really a great use of the technology, have a read below:

Using Ksplice as a Diagnostic Tool with Oracle Support

See you next week!

-Chris

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