Friday Jun 12, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Understanding NVMe Support on Oracle Linux

Non-volatile memory express, also known as NVMe or NVM Express, is an interface specification that aims to enable a solid-state drive (SSD) to make the most effective use of the high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) bus in a computer. 

NVMe has been supported in the mainline upstream release of Linux since kernel 3.3. Check out the commit log message for NVMe, and you can find pages of updates going back to 2011. The first distributions to support NVM Express focused on the add-in card form factor (without support for hot plug). 

Oracle was the first vendor to support NVMe hot-plug in a Linux distribution and today hot-plug is supported in all Oracle Linux releases beginning with Oracle Linux 6.4.

Oracle Linux NVMe Support *

Oracle Linux includes inbox support for NVMe SSDs beginning with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 in October 2013. UEK R3 is supported in Oracle Linux 6.4 (or later) and Oracle Linux 7 (or later), and is enhanced to provide NVMe feature support consistent with mainline kernel 3.19, including hot-plug support (although without the block_mq feature).


Oracle Linux with UEK R3

Release date

Kernel (as of April 2015)

Oracle Linux 6.4

October 2013

3.8 with nvme feature support consistent with 3.19

Oracle Linux 6.5

November 2013

3.8 with nvme feature support consistent with 3.19

Oracle Linux 7 GA

July 2014

3.8 with nvme feature support consistent with 3.19

Oracle Linux 6.6

October 2014

3.8 with nvme feature support consistent with 3.19

Oracle Linux 7 Update 1

March 2015

3.8 with nvme feature support consistent with 3.19

Oracle Linux 6.7

TBA

TBA

Oracle Linux 7 Update 2

TBA

TBA

Read this document Linux NVMeByRelease_May2015.pdf  from Intel to understand NVMe better.


*This blog is a partial abstract from Frank Ober’s article about “NVM Express: Linux driver support decoded”

Friday May 15, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle and Intel Engineers Share their Stories in this Podcast

Intel and Oracle have worked together for over 20 years to ensure that hardware and software are optimized to work together for maximum performance and reliability. In this podcast, listen as two engineering experts from Oracle Linux team and Intel discuss how they work closely together to solve problems and create opportunities for their customers with co-developed technologies.

In this podcast, Guru Anbalagane, Director of Linux Kernel Development at Oracle, and Dave Hansen, Kernel Engineer at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, trade stories about how the two companies draw on deep co-engineering relationships to deliver mission-critical-ready engineered solutions.  

The years of close cooperation between Intel and Oracle deliver more than just enhanced performance and reliability. All the changes and updates from this collaboration gets loaded into mainline Linux kernel and which is available to all the open source community. 

Listen to this podcast to hear more about the stories.

Read Intel's blog about this podcast. 



Friday May 08, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT:Oracle Linux and Intel: The Power and Freedom to Innovate

Enterprise infrastructure based on Oracle Linux and the Intel® Xeon® processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families delivers state-of-the-art performance and mission critical reliability, on a cost-effective and truly open platform. Building on over 20 years of collaboration between Oracle and Intel, the technology stack brings out the best of hardware and software that are engineered to work together.

IT organizations searching for ways to do more with less are implementing open-standards infrastructure based on Oracle Linux and Intel® Xeon® processors. As a single consolidation target to replace multiple technologies and Linux* variants, these systems offer a flexible, powerful platform for innovation that is based on highly optimized combinations of hardware and software building blocks.

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Re-Cap: Oracle OpenWorld 2014 and September Partner Activities and Announcements

This year Oracle OpenWorld 2014 had been a busy one for us and our Partners. It had been one of the most successful showcases we had organized so far with 15 Partners actively demonstrating their solutions for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.  Many of our ISV and IHV partners announced solutions around Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. During the Showcase, we recorded some of our partners who talked about their solution:

Here's the list of announcements and updates in September from our partners which shows the collaboration and joint engineering efforts of Oracle Linux and Virtualization teams with the key ISV and IHVs:

OpenStack Solutions

Mellanox CloudX Platform now supported with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux – MarketWatch Publication

Nuage Networks Delivers SDN Integration with Oracle OpenStack with Oracle Linux – Press Release

SolidFire Announces support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux – Press Release

Software Solutions

Acronis Backup Advanced is certified for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM – Requirements; Description

eG Innovations Delivers End-to-End Performance Management for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM – Press Release

IBM Infosphere Server pack for Siebel 3.2 has achieved Oracle Linux Ready Status

Intel – Renée J. James, President of Intel Corporation, shared her keynote on, “The future of the Data Center in a Software-Defined World. Check out this blog.

SAP certifies Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA) – Check out the blog.

SEP Software Corp. Partners with Oracle to Provide World-Class Backup Solutions to the Marketplace – Press Release

Hardware Solutions

Dell and Oracle help customers deploy Oracle Business Intelligence Applications – Press Release

Nimblestorage unveils JD Edwards EnterpriseOne SmartStack – Publications on: InfoStor ; CNN Money; Virtual Strategy Magazine

Tegile Systems, a leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays supports Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, are part of the Oracle Validated Configurations.

As you can see from the updates and participation from our partners, our ISV and IHV ecosystem is growing very rapidly with exciting offers and new certifications.

Visit our Partner pages if you want to know more about solutions from Oracle Linux Partners and Oracle VM Partners.

See you in 2015 Oracle OpenWorld - October 25–29, 2015!


Friday Sep 12, 2014

INTEL: Partners Showcasing Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Intel – Accelerating Technological Innovation and bringing it to customers faster

We are excited to welcome Intel Corporation, the Innovation Sponsor for Oracle OpenWorld 2014, to the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack.

Intel and Oracle share a multi-decade history of collaboration, from building Linux kernels to validating configurations of Intel-based server solutions to server virtualization.  Oracle Linux and Oracle VM add infrastructure components to effectively complement Intel hardware, and the co-engineering relationship between Intel and Oracle benefit end-customers with highly optimized results from their Oracle enterprise software on Intel© architecture. In addition to integration at the infrastructure level, our collaborative effort also extends to management of Intel hardware in Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to report on hardware exceptions.

Visit Intel in the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack to learn more about Intel security solutions for virtual environments from Intel and McAfee experts.

Moscone South, Booth #611 , SLX-017 and 018 – from September 29th to October 1st, 2014.

Friday Oct 18, 2013

Oracle Linux Friday Spotlight - October 18, 2013

Happy Friday! Echoing our popular series over on the Oracle Virtualization blog, we'll now be spotlighting something interesting about Oracle Linux for you every Friday.

This week, we have a really cool video done by Intel that features Oracle's Phillip Goerl discussing the Oracle Linux development model and how it relates to Intel Xeon. Click below to jump to YouTube and play the video:

See you next week!

-Chris 

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. 

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