Friday Mar 25, 2016

Friday Spotlight: Celebrating Easter and a Week of Great Announcements

Hi everyone,

Today is Good Friday, happy Easter to those celebrating around the world. It is one of my favorite holidays with family gatherings, egg hunts, Easter bunnies and chocolate! If you want to know how bunnies and eggs fit to this holiday here's a great article in The Telegraph explaining everything you need to know.  

For us it was a busy week with announcement of Oracle Cloud Machine yesterday. Oracle Cloud Machine is the newest Oracle engineered systems offering. It allows customers to deploy and consume Oracle Cloud IaaS and PaaS in data centers "behind their own firewalls". This is interesting primarily because it diverges from the traditional "private cloud" strategy. Nirav Mehta, Oracle's VP of Product Management, candidly discussed some of the issues in trying to build a true private cloud. The underlying OS is Oracle Linux, of course! Read more here.

There was also  Oracle VM 3.4 announcement yesterday which has following key enhancements and features:

  • Storage Live Migration
  • Virtual Appliance import and export
  • Oracle Ksplice support
  • Infrastructure updates to Oracle VM Server for x86 – Xen 4.4 and UEK4
  • Infrastructure update to Oracle VM Manager – WebLogic 12c and MySQL 5.6 
  • and more...

This week we have also released a new podcast - quick summary of the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux - that we think you will find interesting. It provides an overview of the key features,  key MySQL components and availability enhancements.

Listen to the podcast

We also recommend subscribing to our podcasts (oracle linux feed) in iTunes.  

Have a great weekend and happy Easter!

Thursday Mar 24, 2016

Announcing Oracle Cloud Machine: Can you have your cake and eat it too?

The appeal of public cloud services is undeniable and unstoppable. But, a vast majority of applications are constrained from moving to the public cloud due to data residency and privacy laws, intellectual property concerns, and sensitivity to latency of the traffic to and from the public Internet.

If the phrase ‘Private Cloud’ sounds like an oxymoron to you, you are not alone. 

IT vendors have tried but largely failed to deliver on the tall promise of “private cloud” – the notion of a cloud behind your firewall with all the benefits of public cloud services without the need to send your data over the Internet to a public cloud service. Too many corners were cut in offering such solutions. According to Nirav Mehta, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle, who spoke to hundreds of CIOs and IT directors, the biggest reasons why the promise of Private Clouds has not been realized is it is either ‘private’ or a ‘cloud’ but not really both at the same time.

Today, we are very proud to announce the availability of the first offering in this category – the Oracle Cloud Machine

Attend: Thursday, March 24 (8am-4pm ET) Listen to Live Webcast, participate in chats and be part of this exciting event 

We have taken the Oracle Cloud for IaaS and PaaS and extended it to your premises. The service, called Oracle Cloud at Customer, allows companies to place an Oracle cloud server within their own data center, essentially turning one of the basic concepts of cloud computing inside-out, according to Thomas Kurian, president of Oracle product development.

The setup is a hybrid cloud structure that allows a company to run whatever workloads it chooses on premises or in the Oracle cloud, with a common set of tools, APIs, and experiences. The workloads can shift between the environments. And Oracle will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the server, just as it would be for customers of more standard, public cloud services.

  We believe it is the industry’s most complete solutions for deploying public cloud services “behind your firewall”. Here's why:

  • There is a single point of accountability for the cloud services delivered behind the customer’s firewall – Oracle. Hardware, software, and all ongoing management of the entire stack is provided by Oracle.
  • The same software that underpins the Oracle (public) Cloud is delivered with the Oracle Cloud Machine as well. Oracle also ensures that this congruence between the private cloud and public cloud is maintained by frequently updating the Oracle Cloud Machine with the same updates that we deploy in the Oracle Cloud.
  • Oracle Cloud Machine is managed remotely by Oracle Cloud Operations using a secure, remote connection that honors least privilege principles to ensure that you, the customer, can truly have a hassle-free experience of consuming cloud services and NOT managing the underlying infrastructure. Every customer is assigned a Technical Account Manager (included in the cost of the service) who helps with capacity planning, performance optimization, and addressing any services issues.
  • Oracle Cloud Machine is sold as a set of subscription services. You buy IaaS and PaaS services and not hardware and software. The pricing mirrors the Oracle (public) Cloud pricing for a very simple buying experience for the customer. Pick the service you want and you choose whether you want to consume it over the Internet or entirely behind your firewall.  Oracle takes care of everything else. 

 Lastly, while we are unbeatable when it comes to running Oracle workloads. Oracle Cloud Machine runs on Oracle Linux which is  provides high performing, secure platform for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads.  Providing advanced scalability and reliability for enterprise applications and systems, Oracle Linux delivers truly open cloud with great performance and is used in all x86-based Oracle Engineered Systems.

 Delivering true simplicity takes a lot of thought and effort. We are proud to have delivered a solution that has simplicity at its core. The  kind of simplicity that could only have come from hidden sophistication and innovation. We look forward to working closely with you to  realize your vision of a true cloud behind your firewall enabled by Oracle Cloud Machine. 

Yes. You may eat that cake and have it too!

 Read more in this blog article by Nirav Mehta, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle  

 Attend: Thursday, March 24 Listen to Live Webcast, participate in chats and be part of this exciting event  

Friday Feb 26, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Hot off the Press - Oracle Linux Newsletter February 2016

Hi everyone, 

Happy Friday to you all! We want to highlight the Friday issue of our Oracle Linux Newsletter in this Friday blog.

It is full of great news, videos and training information.

Read more. 

 Read and subscribe to newsletter.

Friday Feb 05, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Strategies for Building Open Cloud Enabled Infrastructure Webinar

Hi everyone,

Happy Super Bowl Friday! I live in Santa Clara, California so this week had been a busy one for us and we are looking forward to a great Super Bowl 50 experience. Another great event I want to tell you is the live webinar we are organizing in early March. Don't miss it:

Webinar: Strategies for Building Open Cloud Enabled Infrastructure

Date: Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Time: 9-10 AM Pacific Standard Time

Register today

Enterprises are rapidly embracing cloud services to speed innovation and drive cost savings.  Innovative IT organizations are leaping to software-defined ‘virtual data centers’ that enable corporate IT to connect, aggregate, and configure computing resources public and private in unprecedented ways.  For many companies, private cloud infrastructure that can run existing applications as well as cloud-native applications are an attractive alternative to re-writing their existing applications to run in a public cloud.

Join this webinar to hear:
- How to create and agile private cloud infrastructure that can grow with your company
- Strategies and benefits to implement an open source cloud environment
- Benefits of using converged infrastructure in cloud

Robert G. Shimp
Group Vice President, Product Management
Oracle Linux and Virtualization

Bob Shimp has more than 30 years of experience in enterprise software and hardware, marketing and sales operations, and business planning. He has guided the launch of hundreds of products for Oracle over the years. He holds a BS in electrical engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds MBA and JD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Charlie Boyle
Sr. Director
Converged Infrastructure

Charlie is responsible product marketing for Oracle Converged Infrastructure products including Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. He had launched Oracle’s first converged infrastructure product, delivering new growth to engineered systems product line. He had been working in IT industry for many years in companies like Sun Microsystems, Voxeo and Digex.

 Register today 

Friday Jan 08, 2016

Announcing the general availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4

The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce the general availability of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4 for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7.  This release, based on the 4.1 mainline kernel, delivers many important new features and enhancements engineered for modern cloud infrastructure.  

  • Significant performance improvements through enhancements to features like automatic NUMA balancing and CPU schedulers, and the introduction of new features like zswap, zram, the LZ4 compression algorithm, network batch transmissions and low-latency network polling.
  • More options for boosting the security of systems and the applications they host. UEK Release 4 now includes kernel address space randomization, a new random number system call and updates in key areas like SELinux, nftables, SHA256 and SHA512.
  • Real-time kernel and userspace patching with Ksplice for Oracle Linux to simplify managing cloud infrastructure and improve security.
  • Support for key cloud technologies. Xen host and guest domain feature and performance enhancements, Open vSwitch and VXLAN improvements for networking, cgroups and namespace enhancements for linux containers and Docker.
  • Enhancements to Oracle Linux DTrace for dynamic, real-time system tracing on production systems
  • The production release and support of Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux Release 1.0, based on the upstream Firefly release
  • New real-time kernel features including timerless (tickless) multitasking and the addition of the deadline scheduling class
  • Enhanced infiniband features including improved protocols, drivers and firmware.
  • A number of updates to key areas such as XFS, Btrfs, Ext4, NFS, FUSE and the Overlay file systems.
  • A number of driver updates supporting the latest hardware.

This has been a major engineering effort that can benefit every Oracle Linux customer. For more information on this release, please review the release notes here.

Oracle Linux is available to download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud and the Oracle Yum repos.

Friday Dec 11, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Why Oracle Linux for Modern, Cloud-Enabled DataCenter?

Happy Friday everyone!

We have a great video to share with you this week. In this animated video,  learn how Oracle Linux includes the features and tools you need for your modern, cloud-enabled data center. 

While Oracle Linux is open source and includes standard technologies, tools, and features, Oracle extends the release to deliver a complete, integrated, and supported platform for performance-driven production workloads. In addition to the Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK), Oracle supplies the optimized Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK), which was first developed to support highly scalable Oracle Engineered Systems. Support for Oracle Linux is affordable and the release is free to download and distribute, unlike other commercial Linux distributions. To add even greater value, Oracle bundles additional capabilities—Ksplice for zero-downtime kernel updates, support for Docker, Linux Containers, OpenStack, Oracle Clusterware for High Availability (HA), and more—at no additional charge with an Oracle Linux Premier Support contract. As a result of these additions, companies receive greater value from their Linux support investment, allowing IT organizations to achieve a higher return on investment.

Watch Oracle Linux for the Cloud-Enabled Datacenter.

Monday Nov 30, 2015

Oracle at the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference


Oracle is a Premier sponsor of the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference this December 7 – 10, 2015, in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with Oracle experts in a variety of sessions, including demonstrations during the showcase receptions where they can discuss topics on Oracle’s Engineered Systems and many more of Oracle’s product offerings.

Oracle’s Solution Provider Session: New Thinking in Critical IT Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Chuck Hollis 

IT services are moving to the cloud, that's a fact, but you will always have critical services that run in your data center. You need a new type of infrastructure that allows you to move seamlessly between traditional IT, private & public cloud. This session will feature executive thought leaders from Oracle and leading customers to share their experience in transforming IT infrastructure.

Oracle will be at the Conference Exhibition Hall C, Booth #411 on:

Exhibiting Date & Hours:

Monday, December 7th 

6 - 8 PM: Show floor hours

Tuesday, December 8th

12– 2 PM: Show floor hours

6 – 8 PM: Show floor hours

Wednesday, December 9th

12- 2 PM: Show floor hours

Come and talk to our experts and grab a DVD with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM on it.

Register today. 

Friday Nov 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Pre-requisites for Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training

This Friday we wanted to share a blog about Oracle PCA training. The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview introduces essential concepts for administrators and talks to the operation of the virtualization environment hosted by the Private Cloud Appliance, helping you manage Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Before taking this course, people should have familiarity with:

  • Creating and managing virtual machines
  • Configuring networks and storage in the data center and in a virtualized environment
  • Physical and virtual server system administration
  • IaaS and PaaS concepts

For information about what you will will learn during this seminar, please see the course description. To register for an event or to request that an event is added to the schedule, go to http://education.oracle.com.

Monday Oct 19, 2015

OOW15: Huawei Showcasing Products at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

Huawei is a global leader of ICT solutions. Huawei helps customers achieve their business goals. With Huawei servers qualified and supported on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and the best practice provided by Oracle Validated configuration Program, customers benefit from fast and low-cost server deployments in various industry segments.

Please visit Huawei’s kiosk at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Booth 121, SLX-017 in Moscone South and attend to their theatre session where Huawei will talk about their solutions:

Huawei Fusion Server for Oracle Database [THT11291]

Francis Lam, Huawei Technology

  • Monday, Oct 26, 2:00 p.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:30 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South

See you at Oracle OpenWorld

Friday Oct 02, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux, Virtualization, and OpenStack Showcase at OOW15

Happy Friday everyone!

Today's topic will be about our amazing showcase at Oracle OpenWorld, Oct 25-29. The Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack showcase is located in Moscone South, booth #121, featuring Oracle product demos and Partners.  In past years, our showcase had been a great location to see demos of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as well as solutions from our Partners. This year, it is expanded with Oracle OpenStack product demos and a theatre. Here's a list of the Oracle and Partner kiosks, don't forget to visit and talk to one of the experts that can help you out with your questions:

  • SLX-007 - Access Applications Securely with Oracle Secure Global Desktop
  • SLX-008 - Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • SLX-009 - Enhance Security and Reduce Costs Using Zero-Downtime Updates with Oracle Linux and Ksplice
  • SLX-010 - Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux  -Enterprise Ready
  • SLX-011 - Oracle Linux for the Cloud-Enabled Data Center
  • SLX-012  - Develop and Distribute Containerized Applications with Oracle Linux
  • SLX-013 - Oracle VM Server for x86
  • SLX-014 - Oracle VM Server for SPARC  

The table below lists the featured Partners and their solutions:


The Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase will also include an in-booth theatre for Partners and Oracle experts to share their solutions to customers and partners, alike. For the latest listing of theatre sessions currently confirmed please refer to the Schedule Builder

Don't forget to visit us at Moscone South #121, we will giveaway some great software (keeping it as a surprise- you need to come and see) and be in the drawing for our famous penguins and and Intel Mini PC - NUC appliance where you can use it for set top boxes to video surveillance, and home entertainment systems to digital signage, it is one appliance that can do it all.

Register today.

Friday Aug 28, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Cloud Days Around the World

Happy Friday!

I wanted to bring some attention to a great series of events that kicked off this week in the US in Chicago, Oracle Cloud Day: Transforming Your Tomorrow.

This is a worldwide set of events that will help you understand how cloud is being used today, and how Oracle can help you leverage cloud technology to meet your business goals. These in person events talk about the entire Oracle portfolio, and many locations feature a dedicated session on Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. If you're in the areas where these events are being held, I highly recommend them!

Head on over to the event home page and the schedule page to see if there is one happening near you.

Have a great week!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 21, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center

Happy Friday!

Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by our booth and went to our sessions at LinuxCon North America 2015! We had a great time and it was fantastic getting the opportunity to meet and speak with many of you in person.

Some of the things that are top of mind for Linux users are (obviously!) the cloud impact on data center design, container technologies, OpenStack, security, and so on. So I looked through our archive to find a webcast that I think does a great job outlining how Oracle Linux approaches these things. If you're looking for a brief overview this Friday afternoon, head on over to this webcast archive and have a watch:

Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux 7

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 07, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Software updates, LinuxCon, and more!

Happy Friday!

It's been a busy period here in the Oracle Linux team, so I thought I'd do a highlight post with links to some of the big things that are happening:

- LinuxCon North America starts in just 10 days, and Oracle is a sponsor. The conference features a keynote by Oracle Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts. If you're there, you don't want to miss it.

- Speaking of Wim and LinuxCon, there is a short video to give you a peek into what Wim will be talking about.

- We released Oracle Linux 6.7.

- We released Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6.

There's a lot of other great stuff going on, too, from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance training, to Oracle looking for people interested in working to design and develop technical training, and a new linux.com article on sysadmin job interview questions, featuring thoughts from Oracle Linux product management.

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

-Chris 

Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

Wim Coekaerts is Keynote speaker at LinuxCon North America

Oracle is one of the biggest contributors to Linux but it’s also at the forefront of exploring what is possible with cloud computing and containers, including integrations with Docker and contributions to the Open Container Initiative. 

This year Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon North America and Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will be keynote speaker. He will be talking at the event specifically about how the cloud revolution is changing the role of the operating system, a very relevant topic for attendees. Amanda McPherson of Linux Foundation, spoke to Wim at Oracle’s campus in Redwood Shores a few weeks ago, and in this short video preview, Wim tells if the operating system still matters in a world of virtualization and containers and how that impacts application development. 

Read more.

Friday Jul 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:

  • Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point
  • Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud
  • From power-on to production in few hours
  • Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time
  • Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack 

It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris andOracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers.

There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples:

In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services

Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services.

By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers.

We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples.

Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

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