Monday Oct 10, 2011

Oracle Linux is on a Roll! DTrace, UEK2, Ksplice and More...

Oracle Linux PenguinLast week's Oracle OpenWorld was an incredible success. By any standards. From the vast amount of content that was delivered, the passion and zeal displayed by attendees that were eager to learn, share and network, the larger than life keynotes, the food, the activities, the keynotes, the drama, the large scale, entertainment with Sting and Tom Petty, everything was meticulous!

Hats off to the Oracle employees who work day in and day out to make this experience possible for our attendees!

Now that we are back to our normal work routine, I looked back at all the announcements/discussions and wanted to share a few with you that are relevant to the Linux community.

1. Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (Beta): 

We announced the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 2 (UEK2) beta which is based on Linux 2.6.39 and includes featuures such as btrfs in production, Linux container, Open vSwitch and more. UEK2 beta is freely available to everyone. All you need is Oracle Linux 6 installed (also freely available from edelivery) and connect to the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) if you are an existing customer or if you just want to play with cool new stuff, use our public yum repository. Check out Wim Coeakert's blog entry with details on UEK2.

2. DTrace in Linux:

Another interesting feature we announced and is already available to Oracle Linux customers is "DTrace." We released a preview of DTrace which is made available to Oracle Linux support subscribers. Wim is also on a roll as you can see from his detailed blog entry on DTrace!

3. Zero downtime updates with Ksplice:

Ksplice has to be the hottest thing in Linux! Since early September Oracle Linux customers with a Premier support subscription, or Oracle customers with Oracle Premier Support for Systems and Operating Systems, have access to the newly added "zero downtime kernel updates" with Ksplice. Ksplice updates are kernel updates that can be applied on a running system. Note that we are not just talking about being able to install a new update of a package while the system is running and it then have take effect after a reboot or restart. The ksplice patches are immediately applied to the running Linux kernel and are effective immediately. On subsequent reboot, these patches are applied at bootup, or if a customer has installed a newer version of the kernel rpm itself, then of course the new kernel would just be loaded. How cool is this! Read Ksplice details here.

We are on a roll! Oracle is seriously investing in Linux and is driving Linux innovation hand in hand with the Linux community. Not only is Oracle Linux Support still much lower cost, but it is also superior in the features and functionality we bring to customers. Oracle Linux is the BEST Linux for any enterprise computing needs. Period.

Check out the Oracle Linux home page.

Thursday Sep 22, 2011

Ksplice webcast replay now available

In case you missed the live webcast about "Zero Downtime Updates with Ksplice" on Sept. 20th, a replay of this session is now available from here. In this session, Monica Kumar (Senior Director, Product Marketing) is joined by Wim Coekaerts (Senior VP Linux and Virtualization Engineering) and Waseem Daher, former COO and Co-Founder of Ksplice, to provide an introduction and explain the benefits of this technology for our customers. Ksplice for Oracle Linux Premier customers is available now, the Getting Started with Ksplice document (pdf) outlines the steps required to enable it.

If you want to learn more about Ksplice and Oracle Linux, please also take a look at our Ksplice Data Sheet (pdf) and this general presentation (pdf). Waseem will also talk about this exciting technology in detail at Oracle OpenWorld, where he will be joined by Chris Mason (Director Linux Kernel Engineering) and myself in a joint presentation about new features and developments in Oracle Linux 6 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Monday Sep 19, 2011

LIVE WEBCAST 9/20 9am PT: Zero Downtime Updates with Ksplice

On July 21, 2011, Oracle announced that it has acquired Ksplice, a privately-held company based in Cambridge, MA. Ksplice is the creator of innovative zero downtime update technology for Linux. The addition of Ksplice's technology will increase the security, reliability and availability of Oracle Linux by enabling customers to apply security updates, diagnostics patches and critical bug fixes without rebooting. As of September 1st, 2011, this technology is available for Oracle Linux Premier Support customers. 


Join us on Sept. 20th 9am PT/12pm ET for a live webcast with Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Linux and Virtualization Engineering as he discusses:

  • The benefits of Ksplice patching in customer's Linux environment
  • How Ksplice technology will help save money by avoiding downtime and remain compliant with security vulnerability and critical patch updates
  • The impact in a multi-tier application environment when applying patches

Register now


Thursday Sep 15, 2011

Now Available: Zero Downtime Updates for Oracle Linux with Ksplice

Ksplice, which was recently acquired by Oracle in July 2011, is now available as part of Oracle Linux. With Ksplice, users can update the Linux operating system (OS) kernel, while it is running, without a reboot or any interruption. Only Oracle Linux offers this unique capability, making it possible for users to make important Linux updates without burdening the team with the operational cost and disruption of rebooting for every update to Linux.

Available at no additional charge to existing and new Oracle Linux Premier Support customers, Oracle’s Ksplice Uptrack service is easy to access. Oracle Linux Premier Support subscribers can request a Ksplice access key through Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN). After installing Ksplice, you can easily apply all important Linux kernel updates without needing to reboot. No configuration changes or initial reboot is needed to install. Under the hood, Ksplice loads a Linux kernel module that rewrites portions of the running kernel to apply the updates.

Read the Ksplice data sheet.

Join us on September 20th at 9:00 am US PT for a Ksplice webcast and get more details.


Tuesday Aug 30, 2011

Geek On: Ksplice Blog is (mostly) Alive!

A quick post to update you on the status of the Ksplice blog.  The first few posts are back online and more will soon follow.  Geek on!

Friday Jul 22, 2011

Oracle Linux Enhanced with Zero Downtime Software Updates

Oracle Buys Ksplice

Oracle today announced that it has acquired Ksplice, Inc., the creator of innovative zero downtime update technology for Linux. The transaction has closed.

The addition of Ksplice’s technology will increase the security, reliability and availability of Oracle Linux by enabling customers to apply security updates, diagnostics patches and critical bug fixes without rebooting.

Oracle believes it will be the only enterprise Linux provider that can offer zero downtime updates, and expects to make the Ksplice technology a standard feature of Oracle Linux Premier Support.

Ksplice Inc. is a privately-held company based in Cambridge, Mass.

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