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 Here is a picture of a live Ksplice demo going on at the booth (yes, rebooting is obsolete!):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

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.
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