Friday May 30, 2014

Friday Spotlight: The Value of Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a brand new white paper, chock full of fantastic information about Oracle Linux. From the intro to Oracle Linux - Maximize Value, Minimize Cost:

"This paper describes the savings and efficiencies that an IT department can realize by choosing Oracle Linux as their enterprise standard. It highlights sample deployments and explains how deploying Oracle Linux can reduce operational costs and result in less downtime, improved productivity, and greater opportunities for revenue generation.
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The paper explains exactly how Oracle Linux can reduce costs, and goes into some of the features of Oracle Linux that can make it more valuable for your organization. Read the paper now.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Wednesday May 28, 2014

PARTNER WEBCAST (June 4): Enhance Customer experience with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco

Live Webcast: Enhance Customer experience with Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco

A webcast for resellers who sell Oracle workloads to customers 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 8:00 AM PDT /11 AM EDT 

Register today

Nimble Storage SmartStack™ for Oracle provides pre-validated reference architecture that speed deployments and minimize risk.  IT and Oracle administrators and architects realize the importance of underlying Operating System, Virtualization software, and Storage in maintaining services levels and staying in budget.  In this webinar, you will learn how Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle provides a converged infrastructure for Oracle database online transaction processing (OLTP) and online analytical processing (OLAP) environments with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.


SmartStack delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or if you are running Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes.

Nimble Storage SmartStack for Oracle with Cisco can help you provide:
  • Improved Oracle performance
  • Stress-free data protection and DR of your Oracle database
  • Higher availability and uptime
  • Accelerate Oracle development and improve testing
  • All for dramatically less than what you’re paying now

Presenters:

Doan Nguyen, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director, Oracle

Vanessa Scott , Business Development Manager, Cisco

Ibrahim “Ibby” Rahmani, Product and Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage


Join this event to learn from our Nimble Storage and Oracle experts on how to optimize your customers' Oracle environments.

Register today to learn more!

Friday May 23, 2014

Friday Spotlight: The Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel

Happy Friday!

The big news this week is the release of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 2. If you use UEK or are interested in it, you'll enjoy reading through the blog entry and release notes.

For those of you in the US, have a great holiday weekend!

See you next week with another spotlight!

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Live Webcast: Oracle VM - Design Considerations for Enterprise Scale Deployment

The Oracle Managed Cloud Services team serves up thousands of Oracle applications to thousands of end customers on a daily basis. With nearly 20,000 of Oracle VM instances powering this operation, maintaining a highly available environment continuously. Curious how this is done? Join the Oracle Managed Cloud Services expert in this live webcast to gain valuable insights into architectural design and management best practices to build and run this highly successful hosted cloud operation. Learn how Oracle Linux is an integral part of this platform to ensure security and high availability for thousands of customers.

Oracle VM: Design Considerations for Enterprise-Scale Deployment 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT


Monday May 19, 2014

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 2 is now available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 2 (UEK R3U2) for Oracle Linux 6. This is the second quarterly update release for UEK R3 (Version 3.8.13-35) and includes driver updates as well as a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Support for the Intel XL710 family of Ethernet Controllers
  • Updates to paravirtualization drivers to support Oracle Linux guests running on Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Updates to the DTrace profile provider to include  profile-n probes, which can fire at fixed intervals at high-interrupt level on all active CPUs.  This is similar to the tick-n probe, which fires at fixed intervals at high interrupt level on one CPU per interval
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Broadcom
    • Brocade
    • Cisco
    • Emulex
    • HP
    • Intel
    • Qlogic

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository

Friday May 16, 2014

Friday Spotlight: A Very Busy Week with OpenStack, support, and more!

Happy Friday!

It's been a very busy week here for Oracle Linux, so our spotlight this week will round up several interesting things for you!

There's some material to keep you busy this afternoon!

Have a great week!

-Chris

Wednesday May 14, 2014

ULN Integration for Spacewalk

We've just updated the Oracle version of Spacewalk on http://public-yum.oracle.com to include a ULN plug-in for the spacewalk-repo-sync tool. The plug-in enables you to synchronize ULN content directly into Spacewalk channels without registering the Spacewalk server with ULN, but an active ULN account is still required. This allows you to register your Spacewalk server to Spacewalk itself while still receiving updates from ULN.

The ULN plug-in was not included with the initial release of Spacewalk from Oracle. Depending on the configuration of your Spacewalk server, you might need to update the Spacewalk packages, specifically the spacewalk-config and spacewalk-backend-* packages.

To configure the ULN plug-in, edit the /etc/rhn/spacewalk-repo-sync/uln.conf file and add login credentials for ULN. By default, this file is read-only by root.

[main] 
username = <ULN SSO username> 
password = <ULN SSO password>

After you edit the configuration file, change the file permissions on the file to make it read-only (0400) by root or the user that will run the spacewalk-repo-sync tool. This is an important security step to protect the ULN credentials. By default, this script is run as the root user by the Spacewalk scheduling engine, but if you chose to run the script interactively via the command-line, you will need to ensure at least read-access to this file.

Once the ULN plug-in is configured, you create the Spacewalk software channels and repositories in the normal way using the Spacewalk web interface. When you specify the URL for a ULN repository, use a URL in the following format:

uln:///<ULN channel label>

For example:
uln:///ol6_x86_64_latest

You can get a list of available ULN channel labels by logging in to ULN (https://linux.oracle.com) and selecting the Channels tab. 

Additional updates

We've also updated Spacewalk to allow installation with the latest version of the Oracle 11gR2 Instant Client (11.2.0.4) available on ULN and OTN. 

Further reading

You can find more information about Spacewalk, including installation and configuration details, on the Spacewalk 2.0 for Oracle Linux 6 Release Notes. Spacewalk for Oracle Linux is free to download and use from http://public-yum.oracle.com and Spacewalk support is included with Oracle Linux Basic and Premier support subscriptions.

Oracle at Cisco Live Conference in San Francisco on May 18-22

Cisco Live is Cisco’s premier education and training destination for IT professionals worldwide. Oracle will be part of the largest gathering of Cisco customers, experts, and partners anywhere in the world, on May 18-22 in San Francisco.

Cisco is one of our closest partners with more than 20 years of partnership, which covers engineering, joint solutions, sales engagement, support for mutual customers and more. As part of our engineering engagement, Cisco is constantly qualifying and supporting Cisco UCS hardware on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM. 

Oracle had been collaborating with Cisco and Netapp to validate the FlexPod solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The combined products give customers access to infrastructure designs that are pre-tested and pre-validated building blocks for application consolidation, private cloud migration or data center modernization. In addition to the benefits of the integrated design and validation, there are specific unique benefits that Oracle VM and Oracle Linux add to Cisco products. You can get more information about these solutions as well as other key advantages of using Oracle Linux and Oracle VM if you visit our booth.

Come and see us at Booth 2229 – Cisco Application Partners Pavilion. 

Register today

Tuesday May 13, 2014

Oracle Announces OpenStack Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Today we are announcing OpenStack support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. This support will be included as part of Premier Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at no extra cost.

Existing customers can deploy OpenStack with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and receive support for the entire software stack. This support includes base operating system which OpenStack installs on, the OpenStack bits, hypervisor and guest operating system with Oracle Linux. This complete end to end support which includes all the components of the stack is a key requirement for enterprise customers and therefore we will be providing it as part of Oracle Linux / Oracle VM Premier Support.

Today we are releasing a technology preview which allows customers and partners to test OpenStack with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. The technology preview is available here. Together with the tech preview we are providing a Getting Started guide which walks the user through the steps of setting up an OpenStack deployment, the Getting Started guide is available here. The technology preview and Get Started guide give users a simple and easy way to deploy OpenStack and make their first steps exploring the features available with it. The technology preview is also suitable for vendors who would like to integrate with OpenStack from Oracle.  

As OpenStack matures and evolves it provides a solution which can meet the growing need for standardization in the IT infrastructure. With the wider adoption of OpenStack customers are looking to leverage it to a broader set of applications including enterprise applications. One of our main goals is to work with the community and help OpenStack take the next step into the enterprise application space, allowing customers to deploy enterprise applications in a reliable, supportable manner.

The press release is available here

To those of you at the Atlanta OpenStack conference we will be happy to discuss this further, we are located at booth D14 and we are looking forward to see you there. 

Contributed by Ronen Kofman, Director Product Management, Oracle VM

Friday May 09, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Improve Database Performance Using Database Smart Flash Cache

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a new blog and article on Oracle Technology Network about improving database performance using Database Smart Flash Cache. From the introduction to the article:

"This article describes how to obtain performance gains and improve response times by combining Oracle's Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card with the Database Smart Flash Cache feature of Oracle Database running on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel."

Head on over to OTN Garage to read the summary (and see a nice picture from Las Vegas at COLLABORATE14) and follow the links to the article.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Friday May 02, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Implement Oracle Ksplice with your Existing RHEL Instances when you have Oracle Premier Support

Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week answers a question that we hear often about Oracle Ksplice:


One of the questions we receive from customers migrating from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) to Oracle Linux is: "Can I use Oracle Ksplice on my current systems or do I need to install Oracle Linux to use the service?"  

This is an important question for many customers, since migrating between operating systems usually entails months of planning and a large number of complicated steps. But Oracle has really good news for you. Migrating from RHEL to Oracle Linux is a very simple process, requiring just a few steps, and does not require reinstallation of the operating system. 

This simplicity also extends to Oracle Ksplice, which you can begin using immediately, without waiting for a maintenance window. Oracle generates the Ksplice patches needed to update your Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel, as is, the only decision you need to make is whether you want to use the online service or whether you want to implement the offline client.  

Oracle Ksplice has been supporting users with zero-downtime updates for over 8 years, with more than 1 million Ksplice patches created. Our service is backed by experience and we are ready to support your most critical workloads, whether you migrate from Red Hat to Oracle Linux or deploy new Oracle Linux systems.


 We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

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