Friday Jan 30, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Spacewalk 2.2 on public yum and Oracle Instant Client on ULN

Happy Friday!

I wanted to quickly draw your attention today to a couple of updates. First, Spacewalk 2.2 for Oracle Linux is available on our public yum server. We have also published the Release Notes, including upgrade instructions from Spacewalk 2.0.

If you're interested in Spacewalk, you might enjoy a webcast we did in November that goes into a lot of detail on using Oracle Linux and Spacewalk together. You can watch that webcast on-demand.

And second, RPMs for the Oracle Instant Client are now available on Unbreakable Linux Network.

Have a great week and we'll see you next Friday!

-Chris 

Friday Jan 23, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and The Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems

Happy Friday! This has been exciting week for the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams here at Oracle, with our products prominently featured in The Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems event on Wednesday. If you missed the live event, take some time to watch the videos in the archive.

In addition to the Larry Ellison announcement video--which is highly recommended!--there is in-depth Oracle Linux content in two of the other videos. First, the panel discussion video (video #3 in the list on the archive page) features several Oracle executives, including Oracle Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. And last, in the Go Deep section Wim goes into detail on Oracle Linux and how it can benefit your data center.

We'll covered Engineered Systems many times on the blog, but we'll get into some detail on these new systems and Oracle Linux in future entries. In the meantime, clicking any of the pictures in this post will take you to the replay, it's exciting stuff! 

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Jan 09, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4

Happy Friday!

The big news this week was the release of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4. If you missed our blog about it on Monday, there are a number of interesting improvements in this release. And a really nice aspect of the Oracle Linux architecture is that you can use the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel on either Oracle Linux 6 or Oracle Linux 7. This gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility by not forcing you to upgrade the entire OS to get these improvements.

Read the blog for more info on this release, and we'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Dec 12, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Virtual Technology Summit On Demand

Happy Friday!

In November, Oracle ran several live online events called the "Virtual Technology Summit" which are now available for on-demand viewing. The events had four tracks, Database, Java, Middleware, and Systems. In the Systems track, you'll find a number of sessions interesting for users of Oracle Linux, focused on OpenStack and Oracle VM.

If you'd like to check these sessions out, go register yourself here and have a look.

Virtual Technology Summit On Demand Replay

See you next week!

-Chris 


Friday Dec 05, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Tips on Managing and Designing Your Deployments

Happy Friday!

Over the last couple of weeks, we've done two fantastic live webcasts giving you tips on how to better manage your Oracle Linux environments. We discussed using Docker, Linux Containers, OpenStack, Spacewalk, and more. If you're looking to get a primer on how these technologies can help you, have a listen to the following on demand versions at your convenience.

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center

Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keeping Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure

Have a great week, we'll see you next Friday!

-Chris 

Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

Oracle Linux Certification Exam Beta Extended

If you want to take advantage of the greatly reduced prices of the Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administrator Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) exam (1Z1-105) during the beta program, you will be happy to know that the beta program has been extended to February 7th. 

As a reminder, during the beta phase you get a completely valid certification at a fraction of the price. So it is time to get back to your study and to look at registering for an exam event.

One step in preparing for this certification could be taking the 5-day Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course. You can take this course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Events already on the schedule include 8 December 2014, 12 and 26 January, 9 and 22 February 2015.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class: Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
23 February 2015 English
Vienna, Austria
26 January 2015 German
London, England
5 January 2015 English
Reading, England
13 April 2015 English
Jakarta, Indonesia
2 February 2015 English
Seoul, Korea
1 December 2014 Korean
Bangkok, Thailand
19 January 2015 English
Ankara, Turkey
14 January 2015 Turkish
Belmont, CA, United States
27 April 2015 English
Atlanta, GA, United States 12 January 2015 English
Roseville, MN, United States 19 January 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States 2 February 2015 English

If you have not yet reached the expert level of Oracle Linux system administration necessary to consider the OCP certification, perhaps you should start by acquiring a broad range of basic system administration skills. You can do so by taking the 5-day Oracle Linux System Administration course.

This course is available in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture materials at your own pace through streaming video and booking time on a lab environment to suit your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to different timezones including 1 December 2014, 5, 19, and 26 January, 8 and 16 February 2015.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
9 February 2015 English
Copenhagen, Denmark
18 May 2015 English
Manchester, England
12 January 2015 English
Reading, England
19 January 2015 English
Espoo, Finland
18 May 2015 English
Paris, France
5 January 2015 French
Berlin, Germany
29 June 2015 German
Hamburg, Germany
2 March 2015 German
Milan, Italy
26 January 2015 Italian
Rome, Italy
30 March 2015 Italian
Turin, Italy
2 February 2015 Italian
Nairobi, Kenya
15 December 2014 English
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
8 December 2014 English
Casablanca, Morocco
15 December 2014 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
25 May 2015 English
Kista, Sweden
18 May 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
12 January 2015 English
Istanbul, Turkey
8 December 2014 Turkish
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4 January 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
1 December 2014 English
El Segundo, CA, United States
8 December 2014 English
Atlanta, GA, United States
15 December 2014 English
Chicago, IL, United States
12 Jan 2015 English
Roseville, MN, United States
2 February 2015 English
Columbus, OH, United States
9 February 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States
23 February 2015 English

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

Monday Nov 17, 2014

Register for Tomorrow's Webcast: Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center

We have a fantastic webcast coming up for you tomorrow: Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center. Featuring Oracle's Ken Crandall, the webcast will give you real world advice for designing and optimizing your data center with Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Ksplice, Linux Containers, Docker, and more.

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
9:00AM PST
Register Here

You'll also be able to ask questions during the webcast, so it's really a great opportunity to get expert opinions on these technologies and how they will fit into your environment. We hope to see you there!

-Chris 

Friday Nov 14, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Docker, Spacewalk, LISA14, Korea Linux Forum, and More!

Happy Friday!

It’s been a fun and exciting week here, it’s difficult to pick a single item for the Spotlight. So here is a round up of the news:

- We released the official Docker images for Oracle Linux. No longer a tech preview, the Docker Engine and official Oracle Linux images are fully supported as part of Oracle Linux Basic and Premier support subscriptions.

- If you missed it last week, the Spacewalk client for Oracle Linux 7 was released. You can read more here.

- We had a great time at LISA14, with many of you getting to talk to our experts at the booth and attending Ken Crandall’s session on the modern, cloud-enabled data center. Here is a picture of a live Ksplice demo going on at the booth (yes, rebooting is obsolete!):

If you weren’t at the show and want to see Ken’s session (and I highly recommend it), you can catch a webcast version this coming Tuesday:

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux 7
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST

Come and hear Ken's insightful views on how Oracle can help you build a modern infrastructure. 

- We were also at the Linux Foundation’s Korea Linux Forum. Another great opportunity to answer your questions about Oracle Linux, our Oracle staff at the show told me there was a great response at the booth and our speaking session on Btrfs.


- The Oracle Linux November newsletter is out! It’s a great way to catch up on everything that happened this year at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, read about product releases over the last 8 weeks or so, and much more. You can read it online here, or subscribe so it arrives automatically in your inbox.

Whew, it was a busy week! We hope you have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week with more.

-Chris

Wednesday Nov 05, 2014

Prepping for Oracle Linux Certification Professional Exam

You have heard that the all-new Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administrator OCP examination is now available - and during the beta period you can take this exam at a much reduced price.

Here is some information to help you take this exam.

Establishing What you Need to Know

Go to the certification web page. You will see bulleted lists of topics included in the certification exam. These are the areas that you need to master before taking the exam, if you are not already an expert.

Registering for the Certification Exam

On the certification web page, under Registration, follow the links to find a test center or register for the Oracle Linux 6 System Administration 1Z0-105 exam.

Prepaing to Take the Exam

Now that you know what topics could be tested during the certification exam, it is time to get studying. Three ways of improving your knowledge are:

You can take the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live instructor-led event from your own desk - no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different timezones. Events already on the schedule include 24 November 2014 when delivery is in Latin American Spanish. English delivery is available on the 17 November 2014, 8 December 2014, 12 January 2015 and 9 February 2015.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Events already on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
23 February 2015 English
Vienna, Austria
26 January 2015 German
London, England
5 January 2015 English
Reading, England
16 February 2015 England
Seoul, Korea
1 December 2014 Korean
Bangkok, Thailand
19 January 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
10 November 2014 English
Atlanta, GA, United States
12 January 2015 English
Roseville, MN, United States
19 January 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States
2 February 2015 English
For more information on the Oracle Linux Curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Open Source India Conference 2014

Meet the Oracle Linux Team at the Open Source India Conference 2014, November 7th and 8th in Bangalore, India. You can learn about Oracle’s key Linux contributions, technical leadership, and commitments to the worldwide success of Linux for organizations of all sizes and across all industries.

Not only will there be a booth where you can talk to Oracle experts, you can also attend the Oracle Keynote “State of the Penguin and State of the Dolphin - Oracle’s Journey into Open Source” with Oracle Senior Director Oracle Linux and Virtualization, Ramesh Srinivasan.

Hope to see you there!

Oracle Linux - The Engine Behind the Modern Data Center

With increasing budget constraints and resource limitations, it’s becoming more and more important to leverage technological advances to squeeze as much value as possible out of your data center deployments. Innovative tools such as Ksplice, DTrace, Linux Containers, Docker, Spacewalk, and more, can help you to deploy and manage your deployments quicker and easier, increasing overall ROI. Join this November webcast series to learn how these technologies with Oracle Linux can streamline deployment and management of your critical IT systems.

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux 7
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST

Register here

Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keep Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time 3:00 pm PST

Please note the 3:00 pm PST start time on this one to accommodate our friends in JAPAC. Replays will be available afterward if these dates and times are inconvenient for you.
Register here

Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

Cut Price Way to Prove Your Oracle Linux Expertise to Employers

Can you use the advanced features of Oracle Linux? Are you an expert in configuring network and authentication services, deploying file systems to improve performance and increase data integrity, using advanced storage techniques and implementing virtualization technologies to manage system resources?

Then differentiate yourself in a competitive market place and prove your expertise to employers by becoming certified in Oracle Linux.

During the beta phase, the new Oracle Linux Advanced System Administration Oracle Certified Professional exam (IZ0-105) is available at a less than 25% of normal price. For more information about this certification exam, see the Oracle University blog.

People preparing for this challenging certification exam will need extensive hands-on experience with Oracle Linux and might consider taking the recommended training course, Oracle Linux Advanced Administration.

You can take this five-day instructor-led training course through a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. You can choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones. Course start dates include 27th October, 10th, 16th, and 17th November and 8th of December 2014 for deliveries in English. 24th of November for delivery in latin American Spanish.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule.

 Location

 Date

 Delivery Language

 Vienna, Austria

 26 January 2015

 German

 Melbourne, Australia

 23 Febarury 2015

 English

 London, England

 5 January 2015

 English

 Reading, England

 13 April 2015

 English

 Seoul, Korea

 1 December 2014

 Korean

 Bangkok, Thailand

 19 January 2015

 English

 Belmont, CA, United States

 10 November 2014

 English

 Atlanta, GA, United States

 12 January 2015

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 19 January 2015

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 2 February 2015

 English

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

Monday Oct 20, 2014

Oracle Technology Helps Securitas Direct Improve Service Quality and Diversify Offerings by Increasing Speed and Capacity at its Processing Center

Securitas Direct, a leading supplier of safety and security solutions in Spain, Europe, and Latin America, has chosen Oracle hardware and software as the backbone for its main connections and processing signals center. With the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) solution, Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Securitas Direct will be able to strengthen the quality of service, speed time to market for new products and services, and deliver an improved experience for its business and residential customers. Read more on how the Oracle solutions will allow Securitas Direct to manage as many as 100 million signals per day from different security devices.

Read the Press Release

View the Customer Story

Monday Oct 13, 2014

Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Hands on Lab - Now Available

The OpenStack  hands-on Lab event at Oracle Open World was completely sold out. People who have had no prior experience with OpenStack were able to easily launch instances, setup networks and storage, and exercise various OpenStack features. Given the high demand for the hands-on lab and the positive feedback from the participants, we are making the lab publicly available, all you need is a laptop and the document available here.

The lab is designed to run inside a VirtualBox VM and takes you through installing and exercising OpenStack. It goes through basic operations, network, storage and guest communication and demonstrates how to use them. You can go through the installation and configuration process but if you would like to skip  the installation and configuration part and jump right into OpenStack operation we have created a pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine exactly for that. The virtual machine is an all-in-one OpenStack deployment, it has all the control and compute components needed to start creating instances. It also has an image already uploaded to make the whole process faster and simpler. 

This virtual machine and setup can be used to further explore OpenStack features, and doing so on your laptop without the need for any additional equipment or software.

If you wanted to get started with OpenStack and didn't know where to begin this will be a great starting point. The lab assumes users have basic Linux skills but does not assume any OpenStack experience or understanding. 

@Ronenkofman 

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld Slide Decks

Happy Friday!

Every year after Oracle OpenWorld, many of the slide decks become available for you to download. If you were at these sessions, it's great to have these PDFs for reference, and if you weren't able to go, or had sessions overlapping, you can read the slides and get a sense of the key points.

You can find the slides from the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Content Catalog. You can search for sessions that you'd like to download. Some good keywords are "Oracle Linux", "Oracle VM", "OpenStack", etc.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

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