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

TBA

TBA

Oracle Linux 7 Update 2

TBA

TBA

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. 


* https://www.facebook.com/notes/mysql-at-facebook/releasing-flashcache/388112370932


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

Register 

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 

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Friday Spotlight: EMC PowerPath for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Server

EMC and Oracle have a deep history of collaboration dating back to 1995. EMC is a Platinum Partner and as part of the OPN program gets pre-release access to Oracle code to test and to ensure that as Oracle and EMC products are brought to market they are proven solutions and hardened for real world use. In addition Oracle Engineering and support hold regular cadence of calls with EMC E-Lab to discuss product testing status, roadmap alignment and any open customer support issues.

EMC E-Lab has active relationships with Oracle development, one great example is PowerPath and its certification with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM. EMC PowerPath is host-based software for automated data path management, failover and recovery, and optimized load balancing. PowerPath automates, standardizes, and optimizes data paths in physical and virtual environments as well as cloud deployments to deliver high availability and performance.

EMC E-Lab helps customers adopt new technologies by leveraging their validated solutions and processes. The E-Lab Platform team runs qualification cycles against Oracle Linux and Oracle VM when the beta is released to partners for testing. This qualification work is performed against VNXe, VNX, VPLEX, VMAX, and XtremIO. The testing is performed with DM-MPIO and PowerPath. During PowerPath release cycles, Oracle and EMC qualify the new release of PowerPath against these EMC storage platforms. When new releases of EMC storage or their storage operating environment become available, it kicks off qualification cycles with the current releases of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The end result of this exercise is the EMC Support Matrix. Read more details in this EMC article.

EMC has also published a VMAX Engineering White Paper last week, covering Oracle VM 3.3 Storage Connect for VMAX with EMC Storage Integrator V2.0.  

We wish you Happy Holidays and the best for 2015.  We will return with Friday Spotlights on Jan 9. 

Wednesday Dec 17, 2014

PARTNER NEWS: Hitachi Continues Its Support for Oracle Linux

Oracle Linux team and Hitachi have been collaborating for many years. As a result of this partnership, Hitachi continues to support Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel on their storage platform including products like:

  • Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000
  • Virtual Storage Platform
  • Hitachi Unified Storage VM

For more information check the Hitachi support document

Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

PARTNER NEWS: Dell offers Oracle Products in its Integrated Solutions

Data center managers are faced with a perpetual dilemma: finding the right infrastructure that supports the performance demands of ALL their Oracle applications, while balancing budgetary constraints and limitations. 

They find that many applications and database instances require a lot of horsepower, but can’t cost-justify deploying 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 Databases (DISOD) is an easy to procure, yet flexible to expand architecture perfectly suited to meet these needs.

Based on Dell’s Acceleration Appliance for Databases (DAAD), the DISOD couples two 4 cpu, 40 core PowerEdge R920 servers with the ultra-fast performance of DAAD, a 12TB flash storage appliance that can deliver over a million IOPs and 5.7 gigabytes per second sustained throughput in a data warehouse or transaction processing environment.

Pre-installed with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, DISOD is delivered ready to be installed with Oracle Database 12c, 11gR2, or 10g, providing the flexibility to fit into any existing infrastructure. And, the Dell hardware configuration in this article is fully supported on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Find out more about this innovative architecture featuring Oracle Linux by clicking here.

Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

SPOTLIGHT: Oracle is Sponsoring HP Discover, Barcelona, Dec 2-4

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! 

Since it's Thanksgiving week in the USA we're doing our Friday spotlight early this week.  

HP Discover is a technology event where IT professionals gather to see latest technologies. Oracle will be sponsoring HP Discover 2014 Barcelona at the The Fira Barcelona, Gran Via on December 2-4, 2014.

This year Oracle will be present in the exhibition area with engineers and product directors talking about Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and MySQL. Don't miss the opportunity to get your hands on an Oracle Linux/Oracle DVD and MySQL Dolphin. 

Oracle booth is located at #405 and booth hours are:

  • Tues, 2 Dec: 8:30-19:30
  • Wed 3 Dec:  8:30-18:00
  • Thurs 4 Dec, 8:30 -14:00  

See you in sunny Barcelona!

Oracle teams and HP have been partnering for many years and if you are not attending the show, check out the HP-Oracle Alliance page to get more information about this partnership. 

Friday Oct 24, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Boost Your IT Security for the Holiday Season - BeyondTrust and Oracle Webinar

Oracle and BeyondTrust presents Live Webinar:

Boost Your IT Security for the Holiday Season

When: Nov 6, 9am PT, 12pm EST

Register

The holidays are generally a time for family, friends and cheer, but with all of this cheer comes something lurking in the dark; security breaches. As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season, it is imperative for organizations to understand the importance of implementing a security and compliance strategy. The most important components to address are least privilege, auditing, password management, and compliance.

Join this engaging webinar, hosted by Oracle and BeyondTrust, to learn how you can best protect your organization during the upcoming holiday season. By attending this webcast, you'll learn:

  • Why it's important to implement a least privilege strategy this holiday season
  • Understanding your organization’s data security compliance efforts
  • Managing and implementing least privilege with BeyondTrust PowerBroker & Oracle Linux
  • What you can do NOW to beef up your organization’s security & compliance program

Speakers:

Paul Harper Product Manager for Server & Vulnerability Products BeyondTrust

Michele Casey Director of Product Management, Oracle Linux Oracle

Register today

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