Monday Jul 30, 2012

ISV Certification is Accelerating on Oracle Linux

A typical question I receive on a daily basis from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) is how they can work with Oracle to certify their applications on Oracle Linux.  The quick answer I give them is “Paper Cert it!” That might not explain the whole process, but it is that easy. Let me give some background for those who are unfamiliar with Oracle Linux.

Oracle Linux is binary compatible to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). This means your applications will run the same on Oracle Linux as they do on RHEL. That’s because Oracle Linux with the Red Hat compatible kernel is based on RHEL source code. While you can run your full QA on Oracle Linux it generally is not necessary. What I typically hear from an ISV after doing such is “Wow, you guys are right, Oracle Linux is the same as RHEL, we will paper cert from here on out!”  You may not know this, but when it comes to Linux, Oracle only runs Oracle Linux on our infrastructure. We use no RHEL–zero, zip, zilch, nada. Because Oracle is so confident in our binary compatibility to RHEL, Oracle simply “paper certs” or says RHEL is certified for Oracle applications.

If you opt to certify your user space application on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel then you can deliver your application on the latest cutting edge, high performance kernel allowing ISV customers to ride the speed demon wave. Since the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel uses the same user space libraries as our Red Hat compatible kernel, userspace applications certified on our compatible kernel are certified on the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Today I spoke with a large ISV who is certifying on Oracle Linux. In the last six months they’ve seen a huge demand for Oracle Linux requests and within the last few weeks have certified their kernel based application on both the compatible kernel and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. This scenario is being replicated each week by large and small ISVs as demand is driving them to support their customers’ choice of running applications on Oracle Linux.

Oracle Linux has support from leading ISVs including:  SAP, EMC, HP, BMC, CA, Symantec, BeyondTrust, Microstrategy, Sungard, NetApp, Informatica, McAfee and Quest software just to name a few.

So now you want to certify on Oracle Linux, what’s the next step - who do you contact? Hit the comments section below and ask us to contact you, read our documentation, tweet us @ORCL_Linux or use good ole email with your request, and we’ll share with you how easy it is to certify. We make it easy.

Oracle is Sponsoring LinuxCon North America 2012

LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. This event is designed to provide a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community.

This year Oracle will be one of the key sponsors and we have a keynote session that features Wim Coekaerts and Mark Sunday as speakers.

LinuxCon will be showcasing Oracle Linux in the following sessions:

Thursday, August 30:

11:20 am - The Proper Care and Feeding of a MySql Database for Linux Administrators

Speaker: Dave Stokes, Oracle

3:20 pm - Policies for Transcending Linux Memory Efficency with Zcache

Speaker: Dan Magenheimer, Oracle

Friday, August 31:

10:05 am – Keynote: Linux Tales from the Trenches of an Ultra Demanding Cloud Data Center

Speakers: Mark Sunday, Senior VP and CIO, Oracle
Wim Coekaerts, SVP, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle

LinuxCon is co-located with CloudOpen, which will be showcasing Oracle Cloud Technology in the following session:

Wednesday, August 29:

11:40 am – Oracle’s Cloud Computing Strategy – Your Strategy. Your Cloud, Your Choice.

Speaker: David Krauss, Oracle

Stop by the Oracle Linux Technology Showcase booth #113 to get your copy of the Oracle Linux/ Oracle VM DVD as well as talk to our experts.

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Tuesday Jul 24, 2012

Don't miss the Latest Technical Articles about Btrfs and Linux Security

We have two new Oracle Linux technical articles that you should not miss! They go into details about installation, best practices and key commands that will help you speed up your configurations.

1. How I Got Started with the Btrfs File System for Oracle Linux

by Margaret Bierman with Lenz Grimmer

This article describes the basic capabilities that writers discovered while becoming familiar with the Btrfs file system in Oracle Linux, plus the instructions she used to create a file system, verify its size, create subdirectories, and perform other basic administrative tasks.

Read more 

2. Tips for Hardening an Oracle Linux Server

by Lenz Grimmer and James Morris

Oracle Linux provides a complete security stack, from network firewall control to access control security policies. While Oracle Linux is designed "secure by default," this article explores a variety of those defaults and administrative approaches that help to minimize vulnerabilities.

Read more 

And don't forget to bookmark the Oracle Linux Technogy Center for future technical articles.

Happy reading. 


Thursday Jul 19, 2012

Oracle Linux Newsletter: July 2012 Edition

Check out the July 2012 edition of the Oracle Linux Newsletter!

It is full of new content including:

  • SAP Certifies Oracle Linux 6 Including Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R2
  • Wim Coekaerts and Mark Sunday to Keynote at LinuxCon North America in August
  • Oracle Linux 6.3 Released
  • Oracle Linux at OpenWorld 2012: Register Now
  • 3-Minute Video on how Overstock.com Achieves 100% Uptime with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  • Technical Articles
  • Webcasts, Podcasts, Events, and more…

Read it here.

Subscribe to it now.

Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

Xeon E5-2600 Server Boards on Oracle HCL

We are happy to announce that Intel Server Boards based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family are now certified on Oracle Linux 6.2 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 and Oracle VM 3.1. The certified servers have gone through comprehensive testing and review by both Intel and Oracle to ensure the complete interoperability between the respective products. The complete list of certified server boards can be obtained from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM hardware certification (HCL) page, as well as from Intel ESAA recipe finder.

The Intel Enabled Solutions Acceleration Alliance (ESAA) gives resellers and direct Intel OEMs access to wide range of pre-validated configuration guides (“recipes”) jointly developed by Intel and independent hardware and software vendors. Similarly, the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM hardware certification program provides a mechanism for hardware vendors to work with Oracle to establish high quality support for the certified hardware. Close collaboration between Oracle and Intel ESAA teams ensures that our mutual customers benefit from the formal server certification and support from both Intel and Oracle. 

Wednesday Jul 04, 2012

Oracle Linux 6.3 has been released

We're happy to announce the availability of Oracle Linux 6.3, the third update release for Oracle Linux 6. ISO images can now be obtained from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, the individual RPM packages have already been published from our public yum repository. This distribution now includes the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (2.6.39-200), Oracle's recommended kernel version for Oracle Linux. For further details, please see the Oracle Linux 6.3 Release Notes.

Remember, Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge, updates and errata are freely available. For support, you are free to decide for which of your systems you want to obtain a support subscription, and at which level each of  them should be supported. This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for both your development and production systems - you decide which support coverage is the best for each of your systems individually, while keeping all of them up-to-date and secure.

Wim Coekaerts recently wrote several blog posts about the benefits of Oracle Linux, which are worth a read:

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