Friday Apr 17, 2015

Friday Spotlight: The Power of The Ksplice Feature of Oracle Linux Video

Happy Friday!

I'm really excited to share this week's Friday Spotlight with you. Oracle Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts sat down with Director of Product Management Michele Casey and Senior Development Manager Jamie Iles to talk about Ksplice.

In the video, they go into a lot of detail about why Ksplice is a production-ready tool for keeping systems up to date. A highlight for me is the discussion featuring a real world example of an Oracle Linux 6.2 system from 2011, and how a system like that can be patched over time with all the important CVEs and security updates without a single reboot -- no rebooting literally for years. For production systems, you can just keep the system up and running, and still be up to date. Click this screenshot to head on over to Oracle Media Network to watch the video:

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Monday Apr 13, 2015

Training for Oracle Linux 7 and Earlier Versions

Linux system administration skills are key to many job roles and an advantage for those looking for new job opportunities. Whether you are interested in Linux 5, 6 or 7, the Oracle Linux curriculum has training for you. 

The subjects you should be familiar with before taking Oracle Linux training are: 

  • Types of user accounts
  • Working with files and directories in Unix
  • Text editing using vi
  • Unix process control
  • Unix shell command line features
  • Basic shell scripting
  • Archiving and compressing files in Unix
  • Performing remove connections and file transfers

If you already have this prerequisite knowledge, it is time for you to start on Oracle Linux training.

Oracle's 5-day Linux system administration courses provide you key skills including how to:

  • Enable kernel features.
  • Set up users and groups.
  • Configure system logging, the boot process, the network and storage.
  • Install additional software packages.
  • Keep the kernel up to date by using Ksplice.
  • Understand how implementing Ksplice gives you zero down time kernel updates.

Linux 7

For Linux 7, get started on the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course.

You can take this course as a

  • Live-Virtual Event: Take training from your own desk, no travel required, choosing from events already on the schedule to suit your time zone (such as 21 September 2015 in French or 18 May, 8 June, 6 July, or 3 August 2015 in English).
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Events already on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Hvidovre, Denmark
18 May 2015 English
London, England
13 July 2015 English
Manchester, England
27 July 2015 English
Reading, England
18 May 2015 English
Espoo, Finland
18 May 2015 English
Paris, France
3 August 2015 French
Berlin, Germany
29 June 2015 German
Hamburg, Germany
24 August 2015 German
Rome, Italy
25 May 2015 Italian
Turin, Italy
29 June 2015 Italian
Nairobi, Kenya
18 May 2015 English
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 
3 May 2015 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
25 May 2015 English
Kista, Sweden
18 May 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
20 July 2015 English
Istanbul, Turkey
1 June 2015 Turkish
Reston, VA, United States 
20 July 2015 English

Linux 5 & 6

For Linux 5 or 6, get started on the Oracle Linux System Administration course.

You can take this training through the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registration, following lecture material at your own pace through streaming video and booking time to get hands-on experience.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events on the schedule include 3 May, 4 May, 10 May, and 11 May 2015.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to attend a class. Events already on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Canberra, Australia
12 October 2015 English
Melbourne, Australia  11 May 2015 English
Sydney, Australia
6 July 2015 English
Delhi, India
20 April 2015 English
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
20 July 2015 English
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
30 April 2015 English
Mexico City, Mexico
4 May 2015 Spanish
Makati City, Philippines
11 May 2015 English
Randburg, South Africa
29 June 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
18 May 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
20 July 2015 English
Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
27 July 2015 English
Atlanta, GA, United States
15 June 2015 English
Chicago, IL, United States
14 September 2015 English
Roseville, MN, United States
4 May 2015 English
Edison, NJ, United States
3 August 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States
26 October 2015 English

This is the recommended training for the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator Oracle Certified Associate certification exam

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

Friday Apr 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: ApacheCon 2015

Happy Friday!

We're proud to be sponsoring the Linux Foundation's ApacheCon North America event in Austin, TX. The show starts on Monday and we will have a booth where you can talk to Oracle Linux experts, as well as a session on Tuesday where we'll discuss features of Oracle Linux that make it an ideal platform for deploying websites and mission-critical workloads.

Power Your Apache Workloads with Oracle Linux
Tuesday, April 14, 2:00 PM
Room: Texas V

If you're at the show, stop by and have a chat with us.

Also, don't forget that Collaborate 15 is next week in Las Vegas. We did a post earlier this week that gave all the details, so if you're in Las Vegas for the show, be sure to look us up.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Friday Apr 03, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates Economic Impact Assessment

Happy Friday!

I wanted to bring your attention this week to a brand new paper called "Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates—An Economic Impact Assessment." In the paper, Evaluator Group took a look at Oracle VM Templates with Oracle RAC versus user-created VMware templates. From the paper:

"Evaluator Group studied the creation and use of virtualized server templates as an administrative process for server deployments in an Oracle RAC environment—a process that can be surprisingly complex if done manually within any database environment.

This study was done in two ways:

• Evaluator Group conducted an independent lab comparison of template creation methods in an Oracle database application environment. We first built templates 'from scratch' and deployed virtualized servers for Oracle RAC under VMware while tracking the time consumed for each step in the process. We then repeated the same process of deploying virtualized Oracle RAC servers, but in this second iteration we used Oracle Virtual Machine (Oracle VM) and the templates that are included with Oracle VM to create clones of virtual machines. Again, we tracked the time consumed for each step in this process.

• We also interviewed an Oracle systems administrator as a basis for additional comparison of building templates in a production environment. For this customer, templates were a “game changer” because of an ability to deploy database and business intelligence services up to twenty times faster for their customers.

Evaluator Group conducted this study of both methods to compare the two on the basis of management complexity, risk resulting from administrative error, and overall time consumed."

One of the really cool things in this paper is some real world data from a customer using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux and the total cost of ownership reductions they were able to achieve. Have a read of the full paper.

Have a great week!

-Chris 


Friday Mar 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux at Collaborate 15

Happy Friday!

If you’re headed to the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Collaborate 15 in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to learn a lot about Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. We will have a demo pod in Oracle’s demo area (booth #955) where you can talk to our experts and get your questions answered. The demo area is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the show.

Also, be sure to attend our "Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Strategy, Update, and Roadmap” session at 4:30PM on Monday, April 13 in South Seas A. The conversation will include information on OpenStack, Docker, and other exciting things relating to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

April 12-16
Las Vegas, NV

We hope to see you there!
-Chris

Monday Mar 23, 2015

Press release: Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

A new Oracle press release this morning highlights the use of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at Epsilon. From the press release:

"With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before." 

Head on over and read the full press release

Friday Mar 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Take the Oracle VM Customer Survey

Happy Friday!

I know we're here on the Oracle Linux blog, but we know a lot of our users are also using Oracle VM. The Oracle VM product management team has put together a very short (just a few minutes) survey that would really help them get some feedback on how people are using it in their environments.

Oracle VM Customer Survey

If you're an Oracle VM user, we'd love to get your feedback!

-Chris

Friday Mar 13, 2015

Friday Spotlight: More on Oracle Linux 7.1!

Happy Friday everyone, we hope you had a great week!

It was an exciting week for us with the release of Oracle Linux 7.1. You can read about the update, learn how to get it, read the documentation, and more.

We also have two fantastic blogs from Oracle Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Wim Coekaerts. Wim talked about Oracle Linux and MySQL 5.6, and secure boot in Oracle Linux 7.1. There's a lot of great information there, so have a look through it for your Friday afternoon reading.

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

-Chris

Friday Mar 06, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Archive of Oracle-Dell Webinar Now Available

Happy Friday!

We had a fantastic webinar this week with our friends from Dell. The webcast covered the Dell Integrated System for Oracle Database (DISOD), and how it works with Oracle Linux to help you get fantastic performance.

If you missed the live event, you can now view the archive version on-demand, at your convenience.

Dell-Oracle Joint Webinar Archive: What would you do if your database latency dropped 96%?

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Monday Mar 02, 2015

Oracle Linux 7 System Administration Training

Get the most out of Oracle Linux 7 by taking the new Oracle Linux 7: System Administration training course. This course covers a wide range of skills including installation, using the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, configuring Linux services, monitoring, troubleshooting and preparing your system for the Oracle Database.

In this 5-day instructor-led course, learn to handle typical issues faced by administrators. You learn about the kernel development model and Linux distributions. You hear about Oracle's comprehensive solutions and Oracle's contribution to the Linux community.

You can take this course from your own desk as a live-virtual offering or travel to an education center to attend an in-class event.

You can influence the schedule for this new course by registering your interest in an event on http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Feb 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and Database Smart Flash Cache

Happy Friday!

One of the coolest, yet perhaps not best known, features of running Oracle Database and Oracle Linux together is Database Smart Flash Cache. Wim Coekaerts put it this way on his blog earlier this week:

"Basically, if you have flash devices attached to your server, you can use this flash memory to increase the size of the buffer cache. So instead of aging blocks out of the buffer cache and having to go back to reading them from disk, they move to the much, much faster flash storage as a secondary fast buffer cache (for reads, not writes)."

So, this gives you a way to significantly increase performance on your systems running the Oracle Database and Oracle Linux. How cool is that? Wim then goes on to describe the few easy steps it takes to get it up and running.

I highly recommend checking out Wim's blog entry on this fantastic feature, and there is also an in-depth white paper you can have a read through for even more info.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Introduction to Using Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network

Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) is a comprehensive resource for Oracle Unbreakable Linux support subscribers. ULN offers Linux software patches, updates and fixes, along with information on the yum program and support policies. Support subscribers can also download useful extra packages not included in the original distribution.

Watch this series of 3 videos Introduction to Using Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network to learn how to:

  • Register an Oracle Linux system with the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)
  • Use Oracle's ULN web interface
  • Use the yum utility to install updates from ULN

This is one of the many topics you can learn more about in the Oracle Linux System Administration curriculum.

Friday Feb 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: The Oracle Learning Library

Happy Friday!

You might have seen Antoinette O'Sullivan's post earlier this week about a new video for Ksplice. This video is part of the Oracle Learning Library, which is a tremendous resource for Oracle product information. There is a lot of content there on Oracle Linux, and if you're using other Oracle technologies, too, there is information on Oracle VM, Oracle Database, Oracle Cloud, Engineered Systems, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Fusion Middleware, the list goes on and on. If you have not checked it out, I highly recommend heading over there for some Friday afternoon learning.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Feb 18, 2015

Update Your Oracle Linux Kernel with Ksplice

With Ksplice you can update the kernel on a running system applying the latest kernel security errata. Patches are effective immediately without any need to reboot. Ksplice applies updates in the background without halting the system or restarting applications.

Watch this 12 minute video and learn to:

  • Subscribe an Oracle Linux system to the Ksplice channel on Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)
  • Install the Ksplice uptrack software package using the yum utility
  • Use the Ksplice uptrack utility to install Ksplice kernel updates without any need to reboot
  • Use the Ksplice web interface 

This is one topic you can learn about in the Oracle Linux System Administration curriculum. To learn more about the available training, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux

Monday Feb 16, 2015

Book An Oracle Linux OCP Exam Event Now

If you have developed your Linux system administration skills to expert level, now is the time to prove your knowledge to current and future employers.

The beta program for the Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) exam (1Z1-105) will continue until March 7th 2015. Until that date you can take advantage of a much reduced exam price so register for an exam event now.

Quick Links:

Recommended Training:

The recommended training for this OCP certification exam is 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. Event start dates already on the 2015 schedule include February 22nd and 24th, March 2nd, April 12th and 13th, and May 14th, 17th, and 18th.
  • 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

 London, England

 16 February 2015

 English

 Reading, England

 13 April 2015

 English

 Berlin, Germany

 30 November 2015

 German

 Hamburg, Germany

 31 August 2015

 German

 Jakarta, Indonesia

 14 May 2015

 English

 Seoul, Korea

 16 March 2015

 Korean

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 13 April 2015

 English

 Auckland, New Zealand

 23 February 2015

 English

 Bangkok, Thailand

 20 April 2015

 English

 Belmont, CA, United States

 27 April 2015

 English

 Denver, CO, United States

 6 April 2015

 English

 Jacksonville, Fl, United States

 21 April 2015

 English

 Atlanta, GA, United States

 20 July 2015

 English

 Roseville, MN, United States

 27 April 2015

 English

 Edison, NJ, United States

 19 October 2015

 English

 Reston, VA, United States

 29 June 2015

 English

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

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