Tuesday Oct 20, 2015

ANNOUNCING: Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 2

Today we are announcing Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 2. It is the first commercially available OpenStack deployment based on Docker containers without the need to install components individually with RPMs.

Based on the upstream Kilo release,  Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux R2 includes support for new modules such as Heat and Murano. The new release also uses MySQL Cluster to provide mission-critical Active/Active High Availability (HA), high performance and scalability for all OpenStack services.

Highlights of Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 2:

  • Deployment and operation  are simplified compared to other vendors’ releases, by leveraging Docker-based containers for deployment and upgrades.
  • Based on upstream Kilo release
  • With integrated high availability features customers can now deploy MySQL in an Active/Active configuration, bringing enterprise database functionality to OpenStack cloud deployments.
  • Cinder drivers for Oracle All Flash FS Storage System and Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance are supported. Ceph Storage solutions are offered as a technology preview with Oracle Linux, utilizing the Ceph Object Gateway.
  • Integrated enterprise OpenStack cloud solution with a single line of support.
  • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux is free to download and use. 

Read more:

If you are attending OOW15:

  • Visit Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Demopod located at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Moscone South, Booth #121, Kiosk: SLX-010 to talk to product manager and engineers
  • Attend sessions: 
    • General Session: Oracle Linux-the State of the Penguin [GEN9479], Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central-Metropolitan II
    • Maximize Your Private Cloud Investment with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9574], Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Park Central-Metropolitan II
    • Rapid Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9576], Wednesday, Oct 28, 1:45 p.m. | Park Central-Metropolitan II
    • HOL: Getting Started with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [HOL10473], Monday, Oct 26, 12:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)

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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 16, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux Release 1.0 Technology Preview

The Oracle Linux team is excited to announce the Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux Release 1.0 technology preview.  Based on the the Ceph community Firefly release (v0.80), Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux provides a high performing, scalable storage solution using commodity x86-based hardware, providing critical options for managing the growing storage requirements customers face today.  This release includes the components needed to build Ceph storage clusters, using XFS or BTRFS as supported file systems, as well as the popular Ceph Object Gateway which provides RESTful API access to Ceph Storage clusters with compatibility to OpenStack Swift services.  This technology preview is supported with Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (Release 3 Quarterly Update 6).  To download, please follow the instructions found here and review the release notes for more information.

Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

OOW15: Intel® Showcasing at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

Intel – Accelerating Technological Innovation and bringing it to customers faster

We are excited to welcome Intel Corporation, to the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 - Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase

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® Xeon® Processors. You can hear about these technologies and collaboration in the Intel theatre sessions:

Theatre Session:

OpenStack and Intel—Comprehensive Support for a Trusted, Private Cloud [THT11336]

Speaker: Glenn Williamson, Sr Staff Software Engineering Manager, Intel Corporation

      • Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South
      • Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and OpenStack Showcase Theater, Moscone South

Visit Intel® at the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase to learn more about solutions from Intel® experts located at Moscone South, Booth #121SLX-001 and 003 – from Oct 26-28th.

Monday Oct 12, 2015

OOW15: SGI Showcasing Their Solution at Oracle OpenWorld

As we countdown to Oracle OpenWorld 2015, we will be introducing you to the partners that will demo their products in Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Moscone South, Booth #121 and talk about our Oracle Linux, Oracle VM sessions, Hands-on Labs and Oracle demos.

Until now, enterprises that wish to run Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database In-Memory option on a single Intel-based server have been limited to 8-socket systems. See how SGI, one of the global leaders in high-performance computing solutions and the newly announced SGI UV 300RL supported with Oracle Linux enable large and growing environments to achieve real-time operations and accelerate data analytics at unprecedented scale. 

In this showcase, you can see their solution that enables you to become a Real-Time Enterprise using SGI servers with Oracle Database in-memory feature. 

Don't miss SGI's showcase theatre session: SGI Introduces Breakthrough System for Oracle Database In-Memory [THT11261]

Speaker: Bill Dunmire, Sr. Director Prod Mgmt & Marketing, HPDA, Silicon Graphics International Corp.

  • Monday, Oct 26th, 1-1:20pm
  • Wed, Oct 28th, 1-1:20pm 

See SGI at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Booth #121, Kiosk #  SLX-015.

Friday Oct 09, 2015

Friday Spotlight: NIKSUN Showcasing Their Solution at Oracle OpenWorld Showcase

Monitoring Security and Performance in Virtual Environments 

This year at OOW, NIKSUN will be showcasing their solution at Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase. Everyone has “priority one” applications and others of mixed importance. However, every application, including Voice over IP and Electronic Product Code, relies on the network—its security and performance. You will see a demonstration of an innovative tool that can monitor your network while mitigating vulnerabilities at traffic production rates of 100 Gb/sec and beyond. Discover how you can alert based on deep packet inspection, safely integrate with a sandbox to derive actionable alerts, and generate historical traffic of any past exploits before they surface to the public eye.

NIKSUN will also present in the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase Theatre at Moscone South, Booth #121 where you will hear more about these solutions and  leave the session equipped to know the unknown in both your virtual and physical environments.

The theatre sessions are scheduled for:

Monday, Oct 26th  11:30-11:50 am

Tuesday, Oct 27th, 11:30-11:50 am 

Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase is located at Moscone South, booth #121 – NIKSUN is at kiosk SLX-004, exhibition is open from October 26-28, during exhibition hall hours.

Stop by our showcase to see exciting solutions Oracle and our partners like NIKSUN.  

Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

Just Released Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration Training

Want to extend your knowledge of Oracle Linux 7. Take the all-new Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course.

This course is ideal for experienced administrators who want to learn to:

  • Configure networking services and authentication services
  • Implement virtualization technologies to more effectively manage system resources
  • Perform advanced storage administration tasks
  • Implement shared storage technologies
  • Develop advanced troubleshooting skills

Register your interest in the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course to add an event to the schedule. To learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Monday Oct 05, 2015

Oracle Sponsors LinuxCon Europe - Dublin, Oct 5-7

Oracle is proud to be a silver sponsor in LinuxCon Europe, Dublin, Oct 5-7. You can meet Oracle Linux and virtualization experts. Learn about Oracle Linux, OpenStack, docker and other new technologies. 

There's simply no other event in Europe where developers, sys admins, architects and all levels of technical talent gather together under one roof for education, collaboration and problem-solving to further the Linux platform.

Visit us at Booth #23!

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.

Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

Managing the Lifecycle of Oracle Linux Systems Using Spacewalk

by Avi Miller and Ginny Henningsen

This article describes how administrators can use Spacewalk to manage the lifecycle of Oracle Linux systems. It explains core concepts and common best practices for a Spacewalk deployment. The article also highlights how Spacewalk can perform initial Oracle Linux provisioning with Kickstart and then automate subsequent software maintenance operations through system lifecycles such as Development, Test, Acceptance, and Production (DTAP).

IT administrators face a tough challenge in provisioning systems and keeping them up to date with the latest patchesandoperating system updates. If errata are deemed critical from a security perspective, it's especially urgent to conduct testing and apply patches to reduce the risk of systems compromise or data exposure. As data centers expand and administrators are tasked to manage greater numbers of physical servers and virtual machines, it's clear that automation is a necessity for efficient and cost-effective systems management. Spacewalk is open source software that helps to automate Linux systems management, allowing administrators to control the system software lifecycle—from initial Linux installation through maintenance, software configuration, and upgrades.

Read more in this technical article

Friday Sep 25, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Start Reserving Your Spots in Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Sessions

Happy Friday!

With Oracle OpenWorld 2015 a little over a month away, it's time to start figuring out which sessions you're going to attend! You can start putting your schedule together today with My Schedule (if you're an OpenWorld veteran, this was called "Schedule Builder" in previous years). And of course, we hope you join us in several of our sessions and hands on labs about Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

To make it a little easier to find content that is interesting to you, we have two "Focus On" documents that you can have a look at and bookmark. The Focus On docs format really nicely on mobile devices, and are updated in real-time in case rooms change or anything else unforeseen happens, so they are a great resource to have bookmarked on your phone.

Since Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux spans both Oracle Linux and Oracle virtualization, you'll find those sessions in both.

We'll go into more detail in the coming weeks, but I'd like to highlight a couple of sessions to start with. Even if you can't join us in any other sessions, I highly recommend signing up for the General Sessions from Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts. These are always our most popular sessions, and it's a fantastic opportunity to get the very latest information on industry trends and the direction of Oracle's Linux and virtualization teams.

General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479]
Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486]
Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

We hope to see you out in San Francisco this year!


Friday Sep 18, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Choosing The Perfect Oracle Linux Training for You

We have system administration training for your version of Linux. When deciding which version of Linux training to take, use the following table as guidance.

Oracle Linux 7: System Administration
Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration
Version to Install
 Installing Linux 7
 Installing Linux 5 or 6
Boot Process
systemd Upstart
Default File System
XFS  ext4
Partitioning Scheme
 with BTRFS during installation
 with BTRFS post installation
Default Firewall Service
 firewalld  iptables
Log File Management
 journald  rsyslog

Oracle Linux 7: System Administration

To learn on the latest version of Linux, take this course through:

  • Live-Virtual Events: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including start dates of 21 September, 12 October, and 2, 9 and 30 November 2015.
  • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to take this class. In-Class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date
 Delivery Language
 London, England
 23 September 2015
Reading, England
14 November 2015 English
Paris, France
23 November 2015 French
Berlin, Germany
2 November 2015 German
Rome, Italy
5 October 2015
12 October 2015 English
Bangkok, Thailand
23 November 2015
Tampa, FL, United Stated
24 January 2016
Atlanta, GA, United States
7 March 2016
Roseville, MN, United States
18 January 2016 English
Dallas, TX, United States 25 April 2016
Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration

You can take this course through the following delivery formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training when you register, following lectures through streaming video at your own pace and booking time on a lab environment to suit your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including start dates of 21 September, 12, 18 and 26 October, 2 November and 7 December 2015.
  • In-Class Events: Travel to an education center to take this class. In-Class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Canberra, Australia
12 October 2015 English
Melbourne, Australia
4 April 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
19 October 2015 English
Bogota, Colombia
28 September 2015 Spanish
London, England
14 March 2016 English
Reading, England
11 January 2016 English
Berlin, Germany
1 February 2016 German
Hamburg, Germany
18 January 2016 German
Panjim, India
15 September 2015 English
Nairobi, Kenya
23 November 2015 English
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
5 October 2015 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
19 October 2015 English
Auckland, New Zealand 
19 October 2015 English
Wellington, New Zealand
16 November 2015 English
Makati, Philippines
12 October 2015 English
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
21 February 2016 English
Randburg, South Africa
2 November 2015 English
Ankara, Turkey
12 October 2015 Turkish
Bangkok, Thailand
12 October 2015 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
4 October 2015 English
Belmont, CA, United States
30 November 2015 English
Miami, FL, United States 14 December 2015 English
Atlanta, GA, United States 4 January 2015 English
Reston, VA, United States 26 October 2015 English

The Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration training is one step in your preparation to take the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator Oracle Certified Associate exam. In addition, to pass an Oracle certification, you must have significant hands-on experience of the topics covered in the training course.

For more information on Oracle Linux training, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Sep 11, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Content Catalog

I wanted to take a minute today to point to the Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog. It's a great resource to start thinking about which sessions you want to sign up for once attendee scheduling starts. You'll find sessions on Oracle Linux, Docker, containers, OpenStack, virtualization, engineered systems (with Oracle Linux!), cloud, and much more. Just use the handy search box on that page to find what interests you!

If you're joining us at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco at the end of next month, you might enjoy browsing the catalog and getting a bit of a head start on your planning.

Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog

Have a great week! 


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!


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!



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