Happy Friday and happy new year! Our spotlight this week is on an excellent webcast from our archives titled "Oracle Linux Management Demystified." It describes the integration between Oracle Linux and Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, allowing you to do provisioning, patching, monitoring, and administration all from a unified console. This is an on-demand webcast, so it will play as soon as you enter your details. Enjoy and we'll see you next week!
By now, you've probably heard about the release of Oracle Linux 6.5. One really cool thing about this release is that Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 is installed by default, meaning you get to use all the great features of UEK R3 without needing to do a separate installation. And are there a lot of great features in UEK R3! So, our spotlight this week is on the release notes for the latest version of Oracle's Unbreakable Enteprise Kernel.
You'll learn about Control Groups, Linux Containers, DTrace, additional crypto options, improved diagnostics, the updated btrfs, better memory management, more networking options, improvements for performance, security, storage, and much more.
We're happy to announce the immediate availability of Oracle
Linux 6 Update 5, the fifth update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages in our public
repository now; ISO
installation images will be freely available for download from the Oracle Software
Delivery Cloud soon.
Some highlights in this release include:
DTrace support has
now been integrated in the default kernel and now supports user-space
tracing of DTrace-enabled applications via the USDT provider.
Linux Containers (LXC) are now supported in the UEK R3.
The Btrfs file system
now supports the send and receive subcommands that allow you to record the
differences between two subvolumes, which can either be snapshots of
the same subvolume or parent and child subvolumes. Btrfs now also supports replacing devices
without unmounting or otherwise disrupting access to the file system.
Enterprise Distribution (OFED) 2.0 stack has been added,
supporting a wide range of Infiniband protocols.
has been enabled for Oracle Linux guests on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V
or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.
Oracle Linux 6 Update 5 is the first Oracle Linux distribution
that installs the
Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 (based on mainline Linux 3.8)
by default on systems based on the x86_64 architecture. The UEK R3 has already
been released and announced for previous Oracle Linux 6 versions via a
yum repository in October. The Red Hat compatible kernel is
also included for compatibility.
As usual, Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed
free of charge and updates
and errata are freely available. For support,
you are free to decide which of your systems you want to obtain a
support subscription for, and at what level each system should be
supported. This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for your
development, testing and production systems - you decide which support
coverage is the best for each of your systems individually, while
keeping all of them up-to-date and secure.
Oracle is proud to be a Gold sponsor at Dell World 2013. Join Oracle Linux and Virtualization experts and discover how you can benefit from Oracle software integration with Dell hardware. Our activities include:
Session: Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments
Details: Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Room 17AB
Speaker: Chris Kawalek, Oracle
Find out how Oracle Linux is optimized for Oracle Database and the benefits of deploying them together on an integrated and fully tested infrastructure.
Theater Presentation: Best Practices for Virtualizing Oracle Database and Oracle Applications with Oracle VM
Details: Thursday, 11:00-11:25am, Expo area (Theater on the right)
Speaker: Chris Kawalek, Oracle
Realize the true potential of virtualization beyond server consolidation using Oracle VM’s application-driven virtualization approach.
Theater Presentation: Dell/Oracle Active Infrastructure
Details: Thursday, 2:30-2:55pm, Expo area (Theater on the right)
Speaker: Tom Kopec, Oracle
Get a high level review of the recently announce Dell / Oracle Active Infrastructure.
Come to the Oracle booth on Monday and Tuesday, talk to our experts, pick up free Oracle Linux and Oracle VM software DVD.
Our spotlight this week is on a fantastic video that you might not have noticed because it was published just before Oracle OpenWorld 2013, and there was so much information being generated by us that it might have slipped by you. But this video is really worth taking a look at. In it, Oracle's Lenz Grimmer explains all about Linux Containers:
(Click to head over to YouTube and watch the video):
Join us for a series of live events and discover how Oracle VM and
Oracle Linux offer an integrated and optimized infrastructure for
quickly deploying a private cloud environment at lower cost.
As one of the most widely deployed operating
today, Oracle Linux delivers higher performance, better reliability, and
stability, at a lower cost for your cloud environments. Oracle VM is an
application-driven server virtualization
solution fully integrated and certified with Oracle applications to
deliver rapid application deployment and simplified management. With
Oracle VM, you have peace of mind that the entire Oracle stack deployed
is fully certified by Oracle.
Register now for any of the upcoming events, and meet with Oracle
experts to discuss how we can help in enabling your private cloud.
Over the years, customers migrating to Oracle Linux have asked for options to provide a transitional solution for their existing system management tools (such as Red Hat Satellite Server) while evaluating and planning migrations to Oracle's Enterprise Manager, which is offered at no additional charge with Oracle Linux Support Subscriptions. Based on this request, we are pleased to announce support for the open-source community project, Spacewalk, which is the basis for both Red Hat Satellite Server and SUSE Manager. Effective today, customers with Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Support subscriptions have access to a fully supported Spacewalk build which can be setup to easily manage Oracle Linux systems.
Spacewalk support for Oracle Linux requires Oracle Linux 6, x86_64 for the server and provides support for Oracle Linux 5 and Oracle Linux 6 (x86, x86_64) clients. This solution requires Oracle Database 11g Release 2 as the supported database repository for Spacewalk with Oracle Linux. Customers may use an existing Oracle database license or they may begin by downloading a 30-day trial license from eDelivery. Customers with Oracle Linux Basic and Premier subscriptions will automatically have access to the channel hosting the supported build. Please review the release notes for further instructions.
Oracle Enterprise Manager is still the recommended enterprise solution for managing Oracle Linux systems and we want to provide the easiest transition path for our customers. We are excited to offer this solution to our Oracle Linux customers while they plan and implement their migration to Oracle Enterprise Manager.
This week, I want to highlight a really wonderful resource, the Oracle Linux Wiki on wikis.oracle.com. You can find a lot of in-depth technical information there and it’s probably worthy of a bookmark to check in on occasionally.
One of my favorite types of content on the wiki is the do it yourself hands on labs. We do these at in person events like Oracle OpenWorld and also online for our Virutal SysAdmin Days, and those are great because you can get real-time assistance if you have any questions. But, if you’re eager to learn more about Oracle Linux and don’t want to wait for one of those events, you can step through these labs in your own time. All of the information you need is on the wiki.
You are invited to the live webcast with Nimble Storage, Oracle and Cisco where we will talk about the new SmartStack solution from Nimble Storage that features Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Cisco UCS products.
When : Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle
John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco
Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage
SmartStack™solutions provide pre-validated reference architectures that speed deployments and minimize risk. All SmartStack solutions incorporate Cisco UCS as the compute and network infrastructure.
In this webinar, you will learn how Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco provides a converged infrastructure for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux 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.
I hope you were able to catch our webcast "Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments" earlier this week so you could ask questions of our experts in real-time. But if you didn't, or want to share the content with your colleagues, the on-demand version is our Friday Spotlight this week.