It is Friday and that means it is time for our Spotlight!
Our spotlight today is the recently updated Oracle Linux FAQ. This is an excellent document that features some of the questions that everyone asks about Oracle Linux and Oracle Linux support. We cover variety of topics including general definitions, compatibility, support, pricing, indemnification, migration and many more..
Here's one of the questions as an example:
Q: What is DTrace for Oracle Linux?
A: DTrace is a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework that was initially developed for the Oracle Solaris operating system, and is now available to Oracle Linux customers. DTrace is designed to give operational insights that allow users to tune and troubleshoot the operating system. DTrace provides Oracle Linux developers with a tool to analyze performance, and increase observability into the systems they own to see how they work. DTrace enables higher quality applications development, reduced downtime, lower cost, and greater utilization of existing resources. It is available to download from ULN for Oracle Linux Support customers.
Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle, John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco and Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage
For CIOs and IT managers, continuously tuning IT infrastructure to support evolving environments, rapidly provisioning more resources to support growing database environments, maintaining services levels and staying within budgets, especially in rapid growth environments is hard. To address these challenges, Nimble Storage, along with Oracle, and Cisco offers a converged infrastructure to deliver adaptive performance with high availability, capacity savings, efficient data protection, and improved staff productivity while handling rapid growth.
In this webinar you will learn how you can benefit from Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco. The solution provides pre-tested, validated architectures and documented best practices for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle VM.
SmartStack, built on best-of-breed components, delivers the performance and reliability needed for deploying Oracle on a single symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) server or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) on multiple nodes.
One of the biggest benefits of Oracle Linux is that binaries, patches, errata, and source are always free. Even if you don’t have a support subscription, you can download and run exactly the same enterprise-grade distribution that is deployed in production by thousands of customers around the world. You can receive binaries and errata reliably and on schedule, and take advantage of the thousands of hours Oracle spends testing Oracle Linux every day. And, of course, Oracle Linux is completely compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, so switching to Oracle Linux is easy.
CentOS is another Linux distribution that offers free binaries with Red Hat compatibility. Traditionally, CentOS has been used for Linux systems which do not require support in order to reduce or avoid expensive Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription costs. Recently, Red Hat announced it was “joining forces” with the CentOS project, hiring many the key CentOS developers, and “building a new CentOS.” This is a curious development given that the primary factors that have made CentOS popular are that it is free and Red Hat compatible.
It would be natural for existing CentOS users to wonder what Red Hat actually has in mind for the “new CentOS” when the FAQ accompanying the announcement states that Red Hat does not recommend CentOS for production deployment, is not recommending mixed CentOS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux deployments, will not support JBoss and other products on CentOS, and is not including CentOS in Red Hat’s developer offerings designed to create “applications for deployment into production environments.”
If Red Hat truly wished to satisfy the key requirements of most CentOS users, they would take a much simpler step: they would make Red Hat Enterprise Linux binaries, patches, and errata available for free download – just like Oracle already does.
Fortunately, no matter what future CentOS faces in Red Hat’s hands, Oracle Linux offers all users a single distribution for development, testing, and deployment, for free or with a paid support subscription. Oracle does not require customers to buy a subscription for every server running Oracle Linux (or any server running Oracle Linux). If a customer wants to pay for support for production systems only, that’s the customer's choice. The Oracle model is simple, economical, and well suited to environments with rapidly changing needs.
Oracle is focused on providing what we have since day one – a fast, reliable Linux distribution that is completely compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, coupled with enterprise class support, indemnity, and flexible support policies. If you are CentOS user, or a Red Hat user, why not download and try Oracle Linux today? You have nothing to lose – after all, it’s free!
How can we top today's activities in San Francisco??
First there is Americas Cup Finals where Oracle Team America is about to win, Customer appreciation concert featuring Maroon 5, San Francisco Giants vs LA Dodgers game.. too much excitement going on but we have some great events at Oracle OpenWorld as well.
Our Oracle Linux Sessions today:
10:15amOracle Linux: Diagnostics and Troubleshooting (Greg Marsden) Westin- City
1:15pm HOL: Getting started with Linux Container (Lenz Grimmer) Marriott Marquis-Salon 5/6
Visit one of our demopods:
Migration Made Easy: Red Hat and SUSE Linux to Oracle Linux Moscone South, SC-144
Oracle Linux: The Best Enterprise Linux Moscone South, SC-146
Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion
Visit the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion to hear why leading ISVs and IHV partners support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The partners attending to Linux and Virtualization Pavilion this year are: Beyondtrust, HP, Dell, Emulex, SAS, TrendMicro, NimbleStorage
We are also hosting an event in the pavilion :
"Meet the Experts" session today 3pm with Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering as the guest with developers, experts from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.
Visit this session and you can to talk to our experts you can get a limited edition T-Shirt and be in the drawing for a cool penguin.
Have a great day and GO Oracle Team USA and Oracle Linux team !
Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion, Moscone South #2021.
Our Sr.VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Wim Coekaerts will be there to take your tricky questions, we will also have our Product Managers, engineers and developers from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams to chat.
You can also get your hands on a "Limited edition" Oracle Linux and Oracle VM T-Shirt. Don't miss this event!
It was a full day yesterday at Oracle Openworld but today is more special because we have two customer sessions and Hands-On Lab. Come and attend our sessions for an insight into how the customers are implementing Oracle Linux.
Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion (Booth #2021)
Also Come and visit our Oracle Linux and Virtualzation Pavilion where our Partners are presenting their solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.
Oracle Linux and Oracle VM provide the most cost-effective and integrated infrastructure solution in the market. By taking a holistic approach that addresses all layers of the enterprise data center, Oracle Linux and Virtualization solutions with partner products can help companies transform into effective service providers that support business priorities at lower cost. Visit the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion to hear why leading ISVs and IHV partners support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. The partners attending to Linux and Virtualization Pavilion this year are: • HP • Emulex • SAS • Beyondtrust • TrendMicro • NimbleStorage
The Oracle Enterprise Manager Agent Preinstall RPM installs the required
software packages and prepares the operating system for Oracle
Enterprise Manager Agent deployment. It has recently been made available for both x86_64 and i386 platforms from the ol6_addons repository on the public-yum server and the Unbreakable Linux Network.
The Oracle Management Agent (Management Agent) is one of the core components of Enterprise Manager Cloud Control that is deployed on each monitored host. It is responsible for managing and maintaining the hosts and its targets and communicating that information to the middle-tier Oracle Management Service. The Management Agent also allows you to monitor non-Oracle components (such as third-party databases) through management plug-ins and connectors.
Once the Oracle Enterprise Manager agent is deployed on an operating system, the operating system and applications running on that host can be monitored and manged using the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c console.
The Oracle Enterprise Manager Agent Preinstall package installs the required software packages and sets system parameters necessary to deploy and run the Oracle Enterprise Manager Agent on Oracle Linux 6. In particular, it performs the following tasks to enable the agent deployment:
Installs the required packages like sudo or openssh (via RPM package dependencies which will be resolved by the yum package manager)
Creates and configures the oracle user and group accounts
Modifies the user hard and soft file limits set in /etc/security/limits.d/
Installs sudo configuration templates
This RPM may be installed on an existing physical or virtual Oracle Linux 6 system, or may be included in an Oracle VM Template or Oracle Virtual Assembly. Note that the actual agent installation requires 2 GB of free space and 512 MB swap space, and therefore the system image should be configured to meet these requirements.
A. Installing on physical or virtual Linux machine
Subscribe the system to the Oracle Linux 6 Addons channel in ULN (ol6_addons on public-yum).
Install the RPM via yum: # yum install oracle-em-agent-12cR1-preinstall
Check that there is at least 2 GB free disk space in the agent install location (e.g. by using "df -h") and at least 512 MB of swap space (e.g. by running "swapon -s")
B. Including the RPM in the system.img disk image inside of an Oracle Virtual Assembly
Place System.img and vm.cfg in the same folder
As the root user, run the following command: # modifyjeos -f System.img -a <addrpm.lst> -m <rpm_directory_for_the_os> (where addrpm.lst contains the list of additional RPMs to install)
Check if the root partition has a minimum of 2 GB of free disk space. If not, use the following command to increase the free space: # modifyjeos -f System.img -T <total new amount of disk space in MB>
Check if there is a minimum of 512 MB of swap space. If not, use the following command to increase the swap space; # modifyjeos -f System.img -S <total new amount of swap space in MB>
An Oracle Enterprise Manager installation can be configured such that the Enterprise Manager agent is pushed on the Guest VMs automatically when the Oracle Virtual Assembly is deployed.
To configure the Oracle Management Server (OMS) for automatic agent push, update the following properties in the
Oracle Openworld San Francisco is only 40 days away so it is time to plan for your sessions and activities. This year's event will be full of excitement with Americas Cup and the Oracle Linux Penguin racing to bring you new and insightful content!. In this blog, we will talk about the key Oracle Linux sessions, don't forget to add them to your schedule in advance because the Linux sessions get full very quickly.
General Session: Oracle Linux—State of the Penguin (GEN9450)
Monday , Sep 23, 10:45 AM in Westin San Francisco - Metropolitan II
In this session, the Oracle Linux executive team will discuss the strategy, latest product updates, roadmap, key partnerships, competitive landscape, community engagements, and what’s next for Oracle Linux. The session is an opportunity to learn—from the source—the decisions driving Linux development at Oracle. If you are interested in running Linux for your mission-critical applications, especially Oracle workloads, you should not miss this session.
Managing Your Oracle Linux Environment (CON9452)
Monday, 9/23, 4:45pm PT, Westin
This session will discuss common methods customers use to manage their Oracle Linux environment, including tips and tricks for patching and provisioning. Whether you prefer to leverage system tools such as YUM with local repositories, open source projects such as Spacewalk, or a full-scale system management solution such as Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, this session will cover all the different tools available to manage Oracle Linux.
Oracle Linux Technical Deep Dive: Reliability, Availability, and Scalability (Session ID: CON9531)
Tuesday , Sep 24, 10:30 AM in Westin San Francisco - Franciscan
This technical session outlines the key features and enhancements in Oracle Linux, including file systems, Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, performance enhancements, and high availability. It shows you how Oracle Clusterware can be used with Oracle Linux to make your Linux environment highly available and how you can use it to monitor and manage a variety of applications, such as Web servers or MySQL databases running on your Oracle Linux system.
Why Is Oracle Linux the Best Linux for Running Oracle Database? (CON9543)
Tuesday , Sep 24, 3:45 PM in Westin San Francisco - Franciscan II
In this session, you will hear from Bank of America as well as from Oracle experts about why Oracle Linux is the best Linux for running Oracle Database workloads. You’ll learn about tools for easy installations, including Oracle VM Templates and validated RPM, and how Bank of America is taking advantage of Oracle Database running on Oracle Linux to minimize the downtime of mission-critical databases, improve performance, and reduce cost.
Oracle Linux Troubleshooting: Diagnostics and Best Practices (CON9458)
Wed, 9/25, 10:15am Westin
In this session, learn about the best methods for tuning Linux and get tips, tricks, and techniques for assessing and troubleshooting your Oracle Linux systems. Understand the options available with Oracle Linux, including best practices for configuration and tuning and the introduction of new features for dynamic and static tracing with the DTrace feature of Oracle Linux. Join the Oracle Linux product experts who understand your environment and the tools to keep your data center operating at maximum efficiency.
If you are a developer, you may also want to join this session:
Using Oracle Linux As Your Development Platform (CON9459)
Monday , Sep 23, 3:15 PM in Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3
In this session, you will learn about tools available from Oracle that enable you to create a powerful, feature-rich development environment with Oracle Linux. Oracle experts describe their experience and recommended best practices for using familiar tools shipped with Oracle Linux, such as the gcc C/C++ compiler, the gdb debugger, and various tracing tools.
This is just a sampling of the many sessions you have to choose from. We'll talk more about other sessions you can attend, including hands on labs, and demos in upcoming blog articles. Until then, feel free to have a look through the Content Catalog (search on "Oracle Linux" or other related terms to see what piques your interest!).
Stay tuned for more updates as we count down to Oracle Openworld 2013.
The why and how of switching from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux
Industry-leading Linux management and high-availability tools (included with Oracle Linux subscription at no charge)
Differentiated features, including Ksplice and DTrace
Deep testing and integration with the Oracle stack
With Oracle Linux, you get free access to the most advanced Linux
operating system, better testing, integration with enterprise
infrastructure and applications, and world-class support at a fraction
of the cost.
Oracle today announced that customers and partners continue to rapidly adopt Oracle Linux to increase the scalability, reliability and performance of their critical applications and systems.
to Gartner (March 2013), Oracle Linux placed in the top three in the
Linux server operating system market, growing more than 80 percent
year-over-year in 2012, which outpaced the overall Linux server
operating system market growth(1).
Recent important announcements with Dell, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com, around support for Oracle Linux, further demonstrate Oracle Linux momentum with partners.
“Epsilon offers a broad array of data-driven, multichannel marketing
solutions for many of the biggest brands in the world. Our information
systems have been experiencing substantial growth year-over-year, with
increased demand for real-time reporting, and high performance
transaction processing. To enable customers to interact with a brand in a
more dynamic real-time manner, we knew our infrastructure had to be
comprehensive, well integrated and scalable. With our Oracle Exadata
Database Machines running Oracle Linux, we are achieving transactional
processing speeds that were previously not attainable. Oracle’s
technologies and world-class support have been instrumental in enabling
us to deliver new value-add services and greater efficiency for
clients,” said Jeff White, vice president, technology, strategic
database services at Epsilon.
We're pleased to announce that the fourth quarterly update release of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (Version 2.6.39-400.109) for Oracle Linux 5 and 6 has been published. This release includes driver updates as well as fixes for bugs and security issues.
Binary RPMs can be downloaded and installed using yum from the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) as well as our public-yum server. The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is installed and booted by default on Oracle Linux. See this article on the Oracle Technology Network for details on how to install and update it.
Our team will be at Kiosk #1- Data Integrity: Preventing Silent Data Corruption with Oracle Linux
EMC and Oracle have partnered since 1995, helping over
70,000 customers optimize their Oracle software on EMC virtual infrastructure. One of those partnerships had contributed to
development and enhancement of data integrity features. Data corruption can go unnoticed and recovery
is difficult and costly, or even impossible. The EMC and Oracle Data Integrity
solution protects mission critical application information from corruption and
eliminates potential costs and downtime. This is made possible based on tight
integration with the T10 PI standard (previously known as Data Integrity
Field or DIF), which prevents silent data corruption, ensuring that incomplete
and incorrect data cannot overwrite good data.
Visit us at booth #316 to receive Oracle Linux/Oracle VM DVD Kit, collateral about Data Integrity as well as other goodies.
We will also showcase Oracle VM Storage Connect: The Ease of Managing and Provisioning Storage in Kiosk 2.
Each day we receive inquiries from Oracle customers who are interested in migrating from SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) to Oracle Linux. As a result, we hosted a webcast to provide additional information for customers who are considering migration and there are a few key points from the webcast I would like to share.
First, I believe all Oracle customers benefit from using Oracle Linux for their Oracle workloads. Oracle Linux is the corporate Linux standard for all development groups at Oracle. The Oracle products you use are developed on Oracle Linux. This development standard creates a natural synergy between Oracle Linux and the Oracle application stack. Oracle Linux receives over 128,000 hours of testing from Oracle products, including extensive regression testing, while SLES receives only basic installation testing as an operating system.
Oracle Linux subscriptions also offer tremendous value. With Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Support subscriptions you receive 24x7 support, 365 days per year with unlimited incidents. Compared to SLES, Oracle Linux can significantly reduce your operating expenses which translates directly to your bottom line. Let's take, as an example, a 4-socket system hosting several virtual machines with 24x7 support:
Oracle Linux Basic Support Subscription
SLES Priority , 4-socket, Virtual Subscription
$1,199 annually (per server)
$3,878 annually (per server)
As you can see in the table, the SLES Priority Subscription list price is $3,878 annually, per server. For Oracle Linux, the equivalent Basic subscription would be $1,199, about 69% less. If you had 100 servers in your data center, this would be an annual savings of $267,000! In addition, the Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Subscriptions include solutions for high availability and system management, at no additional charge. To receive these features with SLES, you must purchase additional extension subscriptions per server. Using the previous example, for the SUSE Linux High Availability extension you will pay an additional $1,398 for each 4-socket server in the cluster, per year. This now represents a 77% savings with Oracle Linux. If you want to use their system management tools, there is a separately priced extension. As you can see from the example, the SUSE extension-based pricing model quickly adds up. With Oracle Linux, our pricing is straightforward and subscriptions include more features, providing greater value for you.
There are also features you will only find with Oracle Linux. For example, what if I were to tell you Oracle Linux provides all bug and security errata on our public yum repositories and it is free, would you be interested? With Oracle Linux, you receive:
All source code, including changelogs, for free. No subscription required.
The ability to freely redistribute without a requirement to modify copyrights, trademarks, or sign additional agreements
Freedom from restrictive support term requirements to cover all systems with subscriptions. Oracle Linux support is only required for systems that you intend to receive support services for. Systems that are static, and don't need support (testing, development, etc.) do not have to be covered by a subscription.
With SLES, you can download the product under a 60-day evaluation, but after 60 days you'll need a subscription if you wish to receive any further updates to the software or to access the source for those updates. You will not have access to the changelogs for the source and if you want to distribute you will need to remove all trademarks, trade dress and logos before doing so. In addition, depending on your buying program, you may be required to cover every instance of SLES with a subscription, regardless of whether you require support for that system.
There are also unique features for Oracle applications which are offered only with Oracle Linux. One example is Oracle Database Smart Flash Cache. Introduced originally with Oracle 11g Release 2, Oracle Database Smart Flash Cache provides the ability to extend the database buffer cache without adding additional main memory by expanding to second level cache on flash memory. This ability to leverage flash improves Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) environments by improving transaction throughput and application response times. Oracle Linux is the only Linux distribution with support for this feature.
Also, have you ever considered what the actual cost is for system downtime in your data center? Every data center schedules maintenance for production environments and for every maintenance window needed, an administrator must coordinate with multiple groups to plan and schedule downtime. When you consider large systems, like the Oracle database, the man-hours needed to coordinate, schedule and implement maintenance updates quickly add up. What if I told you Oracle Linux Premier Support subscriptions include Ksplice, a service for installing kernel updates without requiring a system reboot. Ksplice eliminates many of the common maintenance scenarios which result in a system restart, allowing administrators to keep up to date with the latest kernel errata, without bringing down the server.
Finally, let's end by talking about support. As everyone knows, Linux is open source and when you choose to purchase subscriptions for Linux, you are buying access to a vendor's knowledge and expertise. With Oracle Linux, customers have access to the best support professionals in the industry, who not only understand the operating system but they also understand the Oracle applications running on it. You will spend less time being shuffled from vendor to vendor when you have a critical issue, producing quicker resolutions for your production systems.
I have highlighted several key reasons why you should consider a migration from SLES to Oracle Linux and I encourage you to review the materials we have available on the Migration Made Easy web site, where you will find additional tips and guides to get you started. If you have additional questions or you are ready to talk about your migration, please contact us for more information.
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