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

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.  

Friday Jul 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:

  • Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point
  • Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud
  • From power-on to production in few hours
  • Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time
  • Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack 

It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris andOracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers.

There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples:

In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services

Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services.

By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers.

We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples.

Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

Friday Jun 12, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Understanding NVMe Support on Oracle Linux

Non-volatile memory express, also known as NVMe or NVM Express, is an interface specification that aims to enable a solid-state drive (SSD) to make the most effective use of the high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) bus in a computer. 

NVMe has been supported in the mainline upstream release of Linux since kernel 3.3. Check out the commit log message for NVMe, and you can find pages of updates going back to 2011. The first distributions to support NVM Express focused on the add-in card form factor (without support for hot plug). 

Oracle was the first vendor to support NVMe hot-plug in a Linux distribution and today hot-plug is supported in all Oracle Linux releases beginning with Oracle Linux 6.4.

Oracle Linux NVMe Support *

Oracle Linux includes inbox support for NVMe SSDs beginning with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 in October 2013. UEK R3 is supported in Oracle Linux 6.4 (or later) and Oracle Linux 7 (or later), and is enhanced to provide NVMe feature support consistent with mainline kernel 3.19, including hot-plug support (although without the block_mq feature).

Oracle Linux with UEK R3

Release date

Kernel (as of April 2015)

Oracle Linux 6.4

October 2013

3.8 with nvme feature support consistent with 3.19

Oracle Linux 6.5

November 2013

3.8 with nvme feature support consistent with 3.19

Oracle Linux 7 GA

July 2014

3.8 with nvme feature support consistent with 3.19

Oracle Linux 6.6

October 2014

3.8 with nvme feature support consistent with 3.19

Oracle Linux 7 Update 1

March 2015

3.8 with nvme feature support consistent with 3.19

Oracle Linux 6.7



Oracle Linux 7 Update 2



Read this document Linux NVMeByRelease_May2015.pdf  from Intel to understand NVMe better.

*This blog is a partial abstract from Frank Ober’s article about “NVM Express: Linux driver support decoded”

Friday May 29, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Implementing Facebook’s Flashcache Utilizing PCIe-based Flash with Thin Provisioning

This Friday we would like to share with you a great article by Rick Stehno from Seagate who frequently writes articles about Oracle Linux, MySQL and Oracle Database. 

PCIe-based flash can help increase the performance of a database application, such as MySQL on the Oracle Linux platform that delivers the storage performance to contend with the massive data deluge brought on by the mobile Internet, cloud-based services, and enterprise applications. By enabling a thin provisioning feature, low latency and improved performance is achieved, usable flash capacity is expanded and overall TCO is lowered. 

Oracle Linux running the default Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) was chosen for this study because of its upstream support for the latest hardware relevant to modern data center operations. In addition, MySQL database workloads benefit from the platform’s deep integration with the solution stack, optimizations resulting from industry collaborations and enhancements in the UEK. Oracle Linux with UEK was tuned to perform better and faster on leading-edge x86 configurations that feature many CPU cores and large amounts of main memory, and optimized libraries and system calls help to improve performance for MySQL queries. Because of these optimizations and pervasive testing that occurs within Oracle, Oracle Linux is able to address large transaction capacities and scale well as the number of database users or the number of databases increases.

Thin provisioning, such as with the Nytro Dynamic Logical Capacity (DLC) technology, adds significant value to caching environments where the user is deploying flash for their frequently accessed data. Thin provisioning allows users to effectively double the flash capacity available for this “hot” data to be placed, further improving performance, without any additional effort on the database administrator’s (DBA’s) behalf.

Often, PCIe-based flash cards include built in compression engines.  By default, the compression engines are performing lossless compression on the data sent from the host to reduce the physical writes to the NAND.  As a result, there is actually free space available on the NAND even after the drive appears full to the host.  With thin provisioning enabled, the flash technology can expose this free space to the host as additional usable capacity.  As a result, the thin provisioning can expose up to 2x its rated capacity as logical capacity.  As the compressibility ratio of the data changes over time, the exposed space will dynamically adjust, hence the Dynamic Logical Capacity technology name.

For example, a database application sends 800GB of data to a 800GB PCIe-based flash card and the card appears full. However, the data was 2:1 compressible, meaning that only 400GB of NAND was physically consumed to write the 800GB of data.  The card still has 400GB of available space.  With thin provisioning enabled, the application can communicate with the PCIe-based flash card to store more data in the same available capacity.  With 2:1 compressible data, this would result in the application being able to write 1.6TB of data to the 800GB card.  Utilizing such technology requires close coordination between the PCIe-based flash card and the application. 

Deploying PCIe Flash Based Technology with DLC enabled utilizing Flashcache

When implementing PCIe flash into a MySQL and Oracle Linux environment, decisions have to be made on how to utilize the flash storage. Do you:

1. Convert all of the database objects to flash,
2. Convert parts of the database objects to flash, or
3. Implement caching.

The first two options require DBA involvement with corresponding database downtime during the conversion. Option two requires the DBA to constantly look at database objects that are frequently accessed hot data, to update where the database objects reside: traditional hard disk drives (HDD) or on the flash technology.

If the datacenter wants little or no DBA involvement, automatic data tiering with no database changes, then implementing Facebook’s Flashcache caching module for the Oracle Linux is a good fit. What is Flashcache? Here is a quote from Facebook describing Flashcache:

“Flashcache is a simple write back persistent block cache designed to accelerate reads and writes from slower rotational media by caching data in SSD's. We built Flashcache to help us scale InnoDB/MySQL, but it was designed as a generic caching module that can be used with any application built on top of any block device. For InnoDB, when the working set does not fit in the InnoDB buffer pool, read latency is significantly improved due to caching more of the working set in faster media, such as SSD's. We also improve write performance by first caching writes in SSD's and lazily flushing the data back to disk.”*

Benefits of Implementing both Nytro DLC on Oracle Linux and Flashcache:

By implementing Seagate’s version of Flaschcache with imbedded Nytro DLC on Oracle Linux, the Flashcache caching technology can now take full advantage of the expanded benefits of Seagate PCIe flash storage:
  • Expose up to 2x of the PCIe-based cards rated capacity as logical capacity
  • Higher cache hit rates and fewer latency spikes associated without requiring physical reads from HDD to retrieve the data
  • Lower effective cost per GB
  • Improved GB / Watt
  • Flashcache is a proven caching technology for the InnoDB storage engine in MySQL; and it supports Write-through, Write-around and Write-Back caching options.

For more information about this technology please visit Seagate's Nytro and Oracle Linux websites. 


Friday May 15, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle and Intel Engineers Share their Stories in this Podcast

Intel and Oracle have worked together for over 20 years to ensure that hardware and software are optimized to work together for maximum performance and reliability. In this podcast, listen as two engineering experts from Oracle Linux team and Intel discuss how they work closely together to solve problems and create opportunities for their customers with co-developed technologies.

In this podcast, Guru Anbalagane, Director of Linux Kernel Development at Oracle, and Dave Hansen, Kernel Engineer at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, trade stories about how the two companies draw on deep co-engineering relationships to deliver mission-critical-ready engineered solutions.  

The years of close cooperation between Intel and Oracle deliver more than just enhanced performance and reliability. All the changes and updates from this collaboration gets loaded into mainline Linux kernel and which is available to all the open source community. 

Listen to this podcast to hear more about the stories.

Read Intel's blog about this podcast. 

Friday May 08, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT:Oracle Linux and Intel: The Power and Freedom to Innovate

Enterprise infrastructure based on Oracle Linux and the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families delivers state-of-the-art performance and mission critical reliability, on a cost-effective and truly open platform. Building on over 20 years of collaboration between Oracle and Intel, the technology stack brings out the best of hardware and software that are engineered to work together.

IT organizations searching for ways to do more with less are implementing open-standards infrastructure based on Oracle Linux and Intel® Xeon® processors. As a single consolidation target to replace multiple technologies and Linux* variants, these systems offer a flexible, powerful platform for innovation that is based on highly optimized combinations of hardware and software building blocks.

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at EMCWorld 2015

This year Oracle is Bronze sponsor at EMC World 2015, Las Vegas, May 4-7.

EMC and Oracle have a long-standing relationship committed to providing our joint customers with innovative solutions to meet their evolving real-world requirements. This relationship is highlighted by continuous certification of  PowerPath on Oracle VM releases and numerous EMC storage certifications.

We will have Oracle Linux and Oracle VM experts that can answer your questions at our Booth #1223. Come and visit us to see how we work with EMC. Exhibition hours are:

Monday May 4, 2015 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday May 5, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday May 6, 2015 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Hope to see you at EMC World 2015.

Tuesday Apr 07, 2015

End-to-end Data Protection Using Oracle Linux with the ETERNUS DX S3 series and Emulex 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.

This White Paper from Fujitsu, an Oracle Diamond Partner, 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 (UEK), the ETERNUS DX S3 series, and Emulex HBA.

The T10 PI and DIX functions enable data protection for the entire system including data write processes from applications to disk drives. Data protection for the entire system can improve system reliability by protecting the system from damaged or inconsistent data to minimize downtime and reduce end-user maintenance cost.

Read more about End-to-end Data Protection Using Oracle Linux with the ETERNUS DX S3 series and Emulex HBA.

We would like to highlight another whitepaper published by Fujitsu in January about End-to-end Data Protection Using Oracle Linux with the ETERNUS DX S3 series and Qlogic HBA

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


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!

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.

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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