Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Announcing General Availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Today we announce the general availability of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0. With this announcement we are now providing production OpenStack support to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM customers. The support for OpenStack is available as part of the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Premier Support at no additional cost.

In December 2013 Oracle joined the OpenStack foundation, In May, during the OpenStack conference in Atlanta, we have released the technology preview version which was based on the Havana release. Since then we have refreshed the tech preview to support Icehouse and continued improving it by making install process simpler and fixing bugs. The GA release, which is available today, is based on the latest Icehouse release.

Our goal is to help make OpenStack an enterprise grade solution, capable of operating an entire datacenter including all types of workloads meeting all the requirements including reliability, security and performance. We would like OpenStack to become first class solution and the cloud operating system of choice for customers of any size. One of the ways Oracle can help make this a reality is to test and enable demanding enterprise workloads to run on OpenStack. Making sure that those workloads can run on OpenStack in a reliable and supported way is an important step in making OpenStack an enterprise grade, general purpose cloud management solution. With experience in deploying and managing enterprise workloads in virtual environment we are in a good position to drive such enabling activity forward, and that is what we plan to do.

Some resources and pointers to learn more about Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux:

  • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux (aka O3L) is available for download from the Oracle Linux public yum repository at http://public-yum.oracle.com
  • The Oracle Technical Network (OTN) page for O3L is located here and includes documentation, links and also a virtualbox VM which has O3L fully installed, configured and ready to use on your own laptop
  • More information can also be found at http://www.oracle.com/goto/openstack including data sheet, an interview with Wim Coekaerts and more

Next week is Oracle OpenWorld, at OpenWorld we will showcase Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 1.0 and also have sessions and hands on lab to discuss OpenStack, you are welcome to join us. Here are links to our sessions about OpenStack:

We discuss the upcoming OpenWorld sessions here.

@RonenKofman

Tuesday Aug 26, 2014

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 3 is now available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 3 (UEKR3U3) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the third quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-44) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Added support for Intel Avoton and Haswell-EX processors.
  • Added support for XFS extended attributes
  • Enhancements to the Huge Translation Lookaside Buffer (HugeTLB) for improved page-fault scalability
  • Improvements for supporting Oracle Linux guests running on Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Intel
    • LSI
    • Qlogic

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository

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

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 Jun 13, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Design Considerations Webcast

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on the on-demand version of our recent Oracle VM Design Considerations for Enterprise Scale Deployments webcast. If you missed it (or thought it didn't have anything to with Linux), have a look, I think you'l be very interested in the content. It describes the massive deployment for Oracle Managed Cloud Services, and while there is a lot of Oracle VM specific info, there are deep ties to Oracle Linux as well.

If you're managing a large deployment or want to see how Oracle approaches problems of this scale, it's well worth watching.

On Demand: Oracle VM - Design Considerations for Enterprise Scale Deployments webcast

Also, check out this cool infographic on the deployment.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Monday May 19, 2014

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 2 is now available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 2 (UEK R3U2) for Oracle Linux 6. This is the second quarterly update release for UEK R3 (Version 3.8.13-35) and includes driver updates as well as a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Support for the Intel XL710 family of Ethernet Controllers
  • Updates to paravirtualization drivers to support Oracle Linux guests running on Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Updates to the DTrace profile provider to include  profile-n probes, which can fire at fixed intervals at high-interrupt level on all active CPUs.  This is similar to the tick-n probe, which fires at fixed intervals at high interrupt level on one CPU per interval
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Broadcom
    • Brocade
    • Cisco
    • Emulex
    • HP
    • Intel
    • Qlogic

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository

Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Announcing the availability of Oracle Linux 7 Beta 1

We are pleased to announce the availability of the first beta build for Oracle Linux 7.  The beta is available to download from the Oracle Linux download page on Oracle Technology Network.  The Oracle Linux 7 beta includes the latest beta build of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 Update 2, as well the Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK).  We are very interested in your feedback and have setup a new mailing list for users to post their questions and comments.  For more information please review the Oracle Linux 7 Beta Release Notes.

Friday Mar 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle and Microsoft Offer Choice and Flexibility

Happy  Pi Day !

Today we would like to shine the spotlight to one of our key Partnerships. 

Since last June, Oracle and Microsoft are working together to help customers embrace cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility in how to deploy Oracle software. The partnership combines the world class mission-critical business software of Oracle with the leading private and public cloud platforms of Microsoft. Here are some of the key highlights of this partnership:

  • Microsoft Hyper-V now supports the latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 1 for Oracle Linux 
  • Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to run Oracle software on Windows Azure.
  • Windows Azure images with popular configurations of Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Linux are available in the Windows Azure image gallery.

Microsoft now offers Oracle software generally available on Windows Azure as of March 12 and has shared publicly for the first time a price list.

FAQ on Oracle and MS Azure


(Photo cred: Oracle PR/OOW13/Sep13/Brad Anderson Microsoft Keynote)

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

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. 

Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Oracle Joins the OpenStack Foundation

Oracle has become a Corporate Sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation! Ronen Kofman has a little more detail and a link to the press release over on the Oracle Virtualization blog.

-Chris

Thursday Dec 05, 2013

Announcing Oracle Linux 6.5 including the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3

We're happy to announce the immediate availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 5, the fifth update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages in our public yum repository now; ISO installation images will be freely available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud soon.

Some highlights in this release include:

  • DTrace support has now been integrated in the default kernel and now supports user-space tracing of DTrace-enabled applications via the USDT provider.
  • Linux Containers (LXC) are now supported in the UEK R3.
  • The Btrfs file system now supports the send and receive subcommands that allow you to record the differences between two subvolumes, which can either be snapshots of the same subvolume or parent and child subvolumes. Btrfs now also supports replacing devices without unmounting or otherwise disrupting access to the file system.
  • The OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 2.0 stack has been added, supporting a wide range of Infiniband protocols.
  • Paravirtualization support has been enabled for Oracle Linux guests on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.

For more details on these and other new features and changes in Oracle Linux 6 Update 5, please consult the Release Notes in the Oracle Linux Product Documentation Library.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 5 is the first Oracle Linux distribution that installs the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (based on mainline Linux 3.8) by default on systems based on the x86_64 architecture. The UEK R3 has already been released and announced for previous Oracle Linux 6 versions via a dedicated yum repository in October. The Red Hat compatible kernel is also included for compatibility.

For a detailed list of notable changes and improvements in UEKR3, please check the Release Notes for Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3.

As usual, Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and updates and errata are freely available. For support, you are free to decide which of your systems you want to obtain a support subscription for, and at what level each system should be supported. This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for your development, testing and production systems - you decide which support coverage is the best for each of your systems individually, while keeping all of them up-to-date and secure.

Read the press release.

Friday Nov 15, 2013

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - November 15, 2013

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a fantastic video that you might not have noticed because it was published just before Oracle OpenWorld 2013, and there was so much information being generated by us that it might have slipped by you. But this video is really worth taking a look at. In it, Oracle's Lenz Grimmer explains all about Linux Containers:

(Click to head over to YouTube and watch the video): 

See you next week!

-Chris 

Monday Nov 11, 2013

Announcing Spacewalk Support for Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Customers

Over the years, customers migrating to Oracle Linux have asked for options to provide a transitional solution for their existing system management tools (such as Red Hat Satellite Server) while evaluating and planning migrations to Oracle's Enterprise Manager, which is offered at no additional charge with Oracle Linux Support Subscriptions.  Based on this request, we are pleased to announce support for the open-source community project, Spacewalk, which is the basis for both Red Hat Satellite Server and SUSE Manager.  Effective today, customers with Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Support subscriptions have access to a fully supported Spacewalk build which can be setup to easily manage Oracle Linux systems.  

Spacewalk support for Oracle Linux requires Oracle Linux 6, x86_64 for the server and provides support for Oracle Linux 5 and Oracle Linux 6 (x86, x86_64) clients.  This solution requires Oracle Database 11g Release 2 as the  supported database repository for Spacewalk with Oracle Linux.  Customers may use an existing Oracle database license or they may begin by downloading a 30-day trial license from eDelivery.  Customers with Oracle Linux Basic and Premier subscriptions will automatically have access to the channel hosting the supported build.  Please review the release notes for further instructions.

Oracle Enterprise Manager is still the recommended enterprise solution for managing Oracle Linux systems and we want to provide the easiest transition path for our customers.  We are excited to offer this solution to our Oracle Linux customers while they plan and implement their migration to Oracle Enterprise Manager. 

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - November 1, 2013

Happy Friday!

I hope you were able to catch our webcast "Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments" earlier this week so you could ask questions of our experts in real-time. But if you didn't, or want to share the content with your colleagues, the on-demand version is our Friday Spotlight this week.

Watch now: Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

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