Friday Oct 03, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Comes to a Close!

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 has wrapped up and we want to sincerely thank everyone who came to our sessions and hands on labs, stopped by the booths, and interacted with the Oracle Linux team at the show. It's always amazing to get to spend time directly with the users of our products at Oracle OpenWorld, and we look forward to another great experience in 2015!

I wanted to point out that Honglin Su has a great blog about over in the Virtualization Friday Spotlight on Intel's Next Generation Firewall for Oracle VM. And of course, Oracle VM is built on Oracle Linux!

I'll leave you with a few pictures from the show, and then in our upcoming blogs we'll go into more detail about new and interesting things that happened here. Safe travels back home, everyone!

-Chris

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Day 1 Wrap Up

We had a fantastic first full day of Oracle OpenWorld, with plenty of packed sessions, hands on labs, and lots of interaction at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack. Here are the highlights for day 2, be sure to catch these sessions if you can:

CON8302 - Voice of the Customer: Why We Chose Oracle Linux (with GM, Halliburton and Intuit)

CON7854 - Prepare Your Production Servers: Tips and Tricks for Oracle Linux Configuration

HOL9666 - Oracle Linux Systems Management Solutions

We'll also be available to talk all day in Moscone South booth 611 in the showcase area. We hope to see you!

-Chris

Friday Sep 19, 2014

SEP - Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution Certified for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

SEP sesam – ONE backup and disaster recovery solution for heterogeneous environments of any size 

SEP Corp has partnered with Oracle to deliver an all in one backup and recovery solution for heterogeneous enterprise environments. SEP's flagship solution, SEP sesam, uses its patented Multi-Streaming technology to facilitate unlimited simultaneous data streams to provide a high performance backup solution for demanding enterprises.

SEP sesam is certified and supported on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, and has achieved Oracle Linux Ready, Oracle VM Ready certification.

Stop by the SEP Software Corporation kiosk at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack (#611) at Oracle OpenWorld to discuss your backup and disaster recovery needs.

Be sure to also check out SEP’s 20 minute session at the Scene and Be Heard Theatre (#313). SEP’s lead technical engineer, Christian Ruoff, will be discussing “Backup and Disaster Recovery for Oracle in Physical and Virtual Environments.” Additionally, SEP will be hosting a webinar on the same subject,  on September 23rd at 11:00a.m MDT, to register - click this link.

Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: Monday 9/29 at 2:00PM-2:20 PM at Moscone South, booth #313

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
SEP Software Corp. Kiosk is located at SLX-009. The exhibition hall is open from September 29th to October 1st.

Thursday Sep 18, 2014

Your Chance to Get the Inside Track on Oracle Linux

Oracle OpenWorld is a great opportunity to meet with the folks who have their hands on the pulse of Oracle Linux. If you’re going to the show, there’s no better place to get the latest news, updates, and inside info on Oracle Linux than in the General Session: Oracle Linux–State of the Penguin by Wim Coekaerts, Oracle Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization.

General Session: Oracle Linux—State of the Penguin [GEN7801]
Monday September 29, 2014 - 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
Get the latest information on Oracle Linux straight from the source! 

Space is limited, so make sure you register for the session to secure your seat. You can use Schedule Builder to sign up, or if you’re already logged in, you should be able to click this link to go directly to the session and it to your personal Oracle OpenWorld agenda.

You can click below to hear a Q&A with Wim on Oracle Linux 7:

There are a number of other fantastic sessions that you should consider signing up for, too. There are three in particular featuring customers sharing their real world experiences that will be fantastic. Consider signing up for these:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 3:45 PM-4:30 PM
Hear from esteemed Oracle customers such as Halliburton and Intuit on their implementations of Oracle Linux.

Monday September 29, 2014 - 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM 
This session features customer Thomson Reuters discussing their solution, along with information from Oracle experts.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 3:30PM-4:15PM
Learn about using Spacewalk with Oracle Linux and how Halliburton leveraged it in their Oracle Linux implementation.

There are several other sessions you can sign up for, too, as well as Hands On Labs and demos in the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase. You can get all the info in the Oracle Linux Focus On Document.

We're very excited to see you at the show!

-Chris

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

Dell To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Is your business being challenged to quickly and rapidly deploy critical enterprise applications?  Do you want to automatically provision entire application stacks instead of individual components? Imagine the advantages you can realize through integrated management of the complete IT stack including Oracle VM and the applications running inside the VM!

An example of such integration is the integration of Dell Compellent Live Volume and Oracle VM Live Migration capability, which can be effectively used for planned migration of virtual machines between homogeneous storage arrays with zero downtime. The migration across heterogeneous storage arrays is not so straightforward and a joint solution developed by Dell and Oracle to address this challenge will be demonstrated. You will have an opportunity to discuss other Dell storage solutions developed by Dell Storage Engineering Solutions team.  In addition, you will also learn about the zero downtime heterogeneous storage migration solution leveraging the Dell Software SharePlex database replication solution with ZeroIMPACT migration methodology.

Furthermore, Dell’s latest generation of PowerEdge servers have been certified for support on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM; similarly the PowerEdge Oracle Validated Configurations offer pre-tested and validated Dell/Oracle architectures that serve as an assurance for customers.

Join Dell at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack, at Oracle OpenWorld, for live demonstrations, and discuss how Dell can help you with Oracle solutions.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Dell Kiosk is located at SLX-010, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Fujitsu To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Fujitsu offers a broad portfolio of IT products and services, focusing on providing solutions to support the modernization of existing business systems, business innovations and social innovations.

As such, Fujitsu will feature the latest member of the vShape family of  systems that support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM - “vShape for x86 enterprise”.

This new system offers a converged compute, storage, network and management platform (“a data centre in a box”) which is optimized for virtualized deployment of Oracle applications and databases. The modular hot-pluggable architecture, based on the latest generation of high density blades and solid state storage, makes the solution uniquely adaptable and ultra-scalable while the pre-installed complete management stack allows for ultra-fast deployment.

Make sure you stop by the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack, where Fujitsu will be exhibiting, ready to answer your questions and provide you insights about enabling modernizations and innovations in your IT infrastructure in support of your business needs.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Fujitsu Kiosk is located at SLX-017, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Coming Soon: New Oracle Linux Advanced Certification

With the new Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration (1Z1-105) OCP certification you can prove fluency in and a solid understanding of Oracle Linux administration. To pass this professional-level exam, you must be able to perform advanced system administration tasks in a complex environment.

Pre-registration for the beta phase of this new certification exam begins on September 20th and you can start sitting the exam from October 4th. During the beta phase, you can get a fully fledge certification credential at a much reduced price. More information will be available on the Oracle Certification site.

Topics you could be examined on during this certification exam include:

  • Managing the Btrfs file system
  • Configuring and managing control groups
  • Creating and installing Linux containers
  • Performing advanced storage administration with the appropriate utilities
  • Leveraging the Oracle Cluster File System
  • Installing and using advanced software package management, including Yum
  • Analyzing core dumps
  • Performing dynamic tracing with DTrace
  • Managing storage with ACLs, disk quotas, and Kpartx
  • Configuring networks and network services
  • Configuring and maintaining BIND
  • Managing SELinux and associated GUI and utilities
  • Using the XFS file system
  • Applying virtualization

Now is the time to start preparing to take this certification. The recommended training for those preparing to take this certification is the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course.

You can take this live 5-day 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.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the events already on the schedule.
 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 London, England
 5 January 2015
 English
 Jakarta, Indonesia
 27 October 2014
 English
 Seoul, Korea
 1 December 2014
 Korean
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 6 October 2014
 English
 Wellington, New Zealand
 6 October 2014
 English
 Bangkok, Thailand
 20 October 2014
 English
 Belmont, CA, United States
 10 November 2014
 English
To register for an event or learn more about Oracle Linux training and certification, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

Get OpenStack Savvy at OpenStack Silicon Valley

OpenStack Silicon Valley is sold out, but if you are one of the lucky few attending today, please stop by and visit the Oracle OpenStack team. Chat with Ronen Kofman, director of product development and get the scoop on what he and the team has been up to.

Thursday Sep 11, 2014

OpenStack Silicon Valley 2014

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM will be at OpenStack Silicon Valley on September 16. Oracle is a sponsor at this event, join us and network with the OpenStack community for the latest news and trends.

Tuesday Sep 09, 2014

Free Lunch and Learn Workshop September 28

Oracle VM Test Drive Workshop on Cisco UCS

Before you invest in server virtualization, take a test-drive and look under the hood at the Oracle VM engine on the Cisco UCS server. Oracle VM application-driven virtualization, combined with Cisco UCS, designed from the ground up to drive virtualized workloads and deliver a powerful and cost-effective infrastructure for the cloud. Join us in this workshop for a unique opportunity to speak to Cisco and Oracle product experts on how you can quickly build a private cloud using Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c on the UCS platform. Admission is free and space is very limited, so register today!

Date: September 28, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PT (Lunch will be served)
Location: Courtyard Marriott San Francisco Downtown 
299 Second Street, San Francisco

(Two blocks east of the Moscone Center; please note, this is not the San Francisco Marriott)

Monday Sep 08, 2014

Oracle Linux at S2LQ 2014

S2LQ is an event hosted in Quebec each year focused on open source technologies. At this year’s event, we’re proud to announce that Oracle Linux will be there! Oracle Linux provides the latest innovations, tools, and features that enable you to innovate, collaborate, and create solutions across traditional, cloud-based, and virtual environments. And at S2LQ, you can meet our experts and discuss the technical innovations in Oracle Linux, get your questions answered, and more.

If you are attending the show, please stop by and say hello!

S2LQ 2014
September 17, 2014
Oracle booth: 3

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Le salon S2LQ, qui a lieu chaque année à Québec, est la rencontre par excellence en matière de technologies du logiciel libre. Cette année, nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer qu'Oracle Linux y sera! Avec Oracle Linux, vous profitez du dernier cri en matière d'avant-gardisme, d'outils et de fonctions propices à l'innovation, à la collaboration et à la création de solutions dans des environnements traditionnels, en nuage et virtuels. Au salon S2LQ, vous pourrez rencontrer nos experts, vous renseigner sur les innovations techniques d'Oracle Linux, obtenir des réponses à vos questions et encore plus!

Si vous participez à ce salon, assurez-vous de passer nous dire bonjour!

S2LQ 2014
Le 17 septembre 2014
Stand Oracle : 3

Friday Aug 29, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Focus On Oracle Linux at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Happy Friday!

One of my favorite moments of the Oracle OpenWorld process is when the Schedule Builder tool opens up and attendees can start planning their schedules. That happened this week, and you can access it at the main Oracle OpenWorld page by clicking the "Sessions" menu and then "Schedule Builder".

In addition to Schedule Builder, another really great tool the Oracle OpenWorld team provides is called the Focus On document. These are dynamic HTML pages that group together similar topics to make it easy to identify things that would be interesting to you at the show.

The Focus on Oracle Linux document has been live for a few weeks, but up until this week it didn't have scheduling info, so it's much more interesting to take a look at now!

As I mentioned, the Focus On Document is dynamically generated when you click on it, so it gives you an up to the second view of the Oracle Linux content at the show. In fact, there should even be a couple of more additions to this schedule as a few more of the scheduling items get finalized, so the Focus On is a great way to keep track of those new items, too. And if you're logged in to your Oracle account, you can even click the little + icon on each session to register right then and there.

If you're interested attending Oracle OpenWorld and you are interested in Oracle Linux, please bookmark it. It's very handy to have, especially on your mobile device, at the show!

And look to this space for a lot more Oracle OpenWorld content in the coming weeks as we roll on toward toward the show starting on October 28 in San Francisco!

-Chris 

Monday Aug 25, 2014

Ahoy! Cast off with Docker on Oracle Linux

There's no need to upgrade to Oracle Linux 7 to start playing with Docker: we've built it for Oracle Linux 6 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 and released it into the addons channel on http://public-yum.oracle.com. This release of Docker uses the native libcontainers engine by default as well as supporting btrfs as the storage engine. 

If you've already got Oracle Linux 7 installed, don't worry we have you covered: we've released Docker for Oracle Linux 7 as well.

Installation

To install Docker on Oracle Linux 6:

  1. Enable the ol6_addons channel in /etc/yum.repos.d/public-yum-ol6.repo
  2. Run:
    # yum install docker

To install Docker on Oracle Linux 7:

  1. Enable the ol7_addons channel in /etc/yum.repos.d/public-yum-ol7.repo
  2. Run:
    # yum install docker

Enable btrfs support

Docker uses device-mapper devices as the default storage engine. To switch to using btrfs as the storage engine, ensure that /var/lib/docker is mounted on a btrfs filesystem. Check Chapter 5 of the Oracle Linux Administrator's Solutions Guide for more details on how to create and mount btrfs filesystems.

To enable btrfs support for Docker on Oracle Linux:

  1. Ensure that /var/lib/docker is on a btrfs filesystem
  2. Edit /etc/sysconfig/docker and add "-s btrfs" to the other_args fields.
  3. Restart the Docker daemon:
    # service docker restart

Enabling and starting Docker

To enable the Docker daemon on system boot and start Docker on OL6:

# chkconfig docker on

# service docker start

To enable the Docker daemon on system boot and start Docker on OL7:

# systemctl enable docker.service

# systemctl start docker.service

Checking Docker status

To check that Docker is up and running on OL6:

# service docker status

To check that Docker is up and running on OL7:

# systemctl status docker.service

You can also get more information from Docker itself:

# docker info

# docker version

Once you have Docker up and running, follow the upstream Docker documentation to get started. 

Known Issues

Docker unmounts btrfs filesystems on shutdown

If you're running Docker using the btrfs storage engine and you stop the Docker service, it will unmount the btrfs filesystem during the shutdown process. You should ensure the filesystem is mounted properly prior to restarting the Docker service. On Oracle Linux 7, you can use a systemd.mount definition and modify the Docker systemd.service to depend on the btrfs mount defined in systemd.

SElinux support with btrfs on Oracle Linux 7

SElinux must be set to Permissive or Disabled in order to use the btrfs storage engine on Oracle Linux 7.

Friday Aug 22, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux Community Podcast

Happy Friday!

I'm very proud that Oracle is an active member of the Linux community, with many Oracle folks deeply involved in mainline kernel development, leadership, standards development, and so on. To learn more about this, have a listen to this podcast:

Podcast: Oracle's Collaboration with the Linux Community (12:20)

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Wednesday Aug 20, 2014

LinuxCon North America 2014

As the first day of LinuxCon North America 2014 draws to a close, we want to thank all the folks that stopped by our booth today! If you're at the show, please stop by our booth #204 and have a chat with our experts. And you won't want to miss these Linux and virtualization related sessions coming up tomorrow and Friday:

Thursday Aug 21 - Static Analysis in the Linux Kernel Using Smatch - Dan Carpenter, Oracle

Friday Aug 22 - The Proper Care of Feeding of MySQL Database for Linux Admins Who Also Have DBA duties - Morgan Tocker, Oracle

Friday Aug 22 - Why Use Xen for Large Scale Enterprise Deployments, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk , Oracle

We look forward to meeting with you and we hope you enjoy the rest of LinuxCon North America 2014! 

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