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 

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 

Friday Feb 13, 2015

Friday Spotlight: New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database

Happy Friday!

In last week's Oracle Virtualization Spotlight, Honglin Su discussed new Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database. Here's an excerpt:

The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of any number of nodes.

Of course, this is the Oracle Linux blog, so why am I referencing new Oracle VM Templates? Because these templates of course run Oracle Linux! Here are the highlights of the new templates:

NEW in 2015 Templates:

  • Yum@Deploy support(11gR2 & 12c) - Allows running yum install/update during first boot/deployment and subsequent re-builds.
  • Multi-Diskgroup support for Oracle ASM
  • Support for multiplexed Controlfile & REDO logfiles
  • Default kernel boot is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK3) 3.8.13-55, seamless transition to HVM mode
  • Oracle Linux 7, BTRFS & Ksplice Ready!

You can read Honglin's full post over at the Oracle Virtualization Blog, or you can go directly to the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database page.

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

Tuesday Feb 10, 2015

February 2015 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Now Available

The February 2015 edition of the Oracle Linux newsletter is now available! In this issue, learn about:

  • The Next Generation of Oracle's Engineered Systems launch
  • Oracle Linux on the Docker Hub Registry
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R3 Quarterly Update 4
  • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux architecture overview
  • Several new customer stories
  • And much more!

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy!

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Docker!

Happy Friday!

If you missed it yesterday, we did a press release describing the posting of Oracle Linux images on the Docker Hub Registry. If you're already working with Docker or interested in getting started with it, Oracle Linux gives you an extremely solid foundation to build on.

For a bit more on Docker, we did a webcast in November called Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center, where Docker and other trending topics were discussed. Have a view of the replay.

Also, did you know that you can bookmark tag searches on Oracle blogs? For example, to find posts on our blog about Docker, you'd use this:

https://blogs.oracle.com/linux/tags/docker

Click that link and bookmark it, and you'll always have the complete list of Oracle Linux Blog posts that mention Docker.

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

-Chris 

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

Press Release: Oracle Linux Now Hosted on the Docker Hub Registry

Oracle Linux images are now available on the Docker Hub Registry, a repository for Docker-based components, including applications and operating systems (OSs). Oracle Linux joins MySQL, which is already extremely popular on Docker Hub and has been downloaded millions of times.

This is exciting news for Oracle Linux and for the Docker community. Please read the press release to get all the details.

-Chris 

Friday Jan 30, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Spacewalk 2.2 on public yum and Oracle Instant Client on ULN

Happy Friday!

I wanted to quickly draw your attention today to a couple of updates. First, Spacewalk 2.2 for Oracle Linux is available on our public yum server. We have also published the Release Notes, including upgrade instructions from Spacewalk 2.0.

If you're interested in Spacewalk, you might enjoy a webcast we did in November that goes into a lot of detail on using Oracle Linux and Spacewalk together. You can watch that webcast on-demand.

And second, RPMs for the Oracle Instant Client are now available on Unbreakable Linux Network.

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

-Chris 

Friday Jan 23, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and The Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems

Happy Friday! This has been exciting week for the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams here at Oracle, with our products prominently featured in The Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems event on Wednesday. If you missed the live event, take some time to watch the videos in the archive.

In addition to the Larry Ellison announcement video--which is highly recommended!--there is in-depth Oracle Linux content in two of the other videos. First, the panel discussion video (video #3 in the list on the archive page) features several Oracle executives, including Oracle Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. And last, in the Go Deep section Wim goes into detail on Oracle Linux and how it can benefit your data center.

We'll covered Engineered Systems many times on the blog, but we'll get into some detail on these new systems and Oracle Linux in future entries. In the meantime, clicking any of the pictures in this post will take you to the replay, it's exciting stuff! 

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Jan 09, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4

Happy Friday!

The big news this week was the release of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4. If you missed our blog about it on Monday, there are a number of interesting improvements in this release. And a really nice aspect of the Oracle Linux architecture is that you can use the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel on either Oracle Linux 6 or Oracle Linux 7. This gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility by not forcing you to upgrade the entire OS to get these improvements.

Read the blog for more info on this release, and we'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Dec 12, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Virtual Technology Summit On Demand

Happy Friday!

In November, Oracle ran several live online events called the "Virtual Technology Summit" which are now available for on-demand viewing. The events had four tracks, Database, Java, Middleware, and Systems. In the Systems track, you'll find a number of sessions interesting for users of Oracle Linux, focused on OpenStack and Oracle VM.

If you'd like to check these sessions out, go register yourself here and have a look.

Virtual Technology Summit On Demand Replay

See you next week!

-Chris 


Friday Dec 05, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Tips on Managing and Designing Your Deployments

Happy Friday!

Over the last couple of weeks, we've done two fantastic live webcasts giving you tips on how to better manage your Oracle Linux environments. We discussed using Docker, Linux Containers, OpenStack, Spacewalk, and more. If you're looking to get a primer on how these technologies can help you, have a listen to the following on demand versions at your convenience.

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center

Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keeping Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure

Have a great week, we'll see you next Friday!

-Chris 

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

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

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
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