Friday Oct 24, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Boost Your IT Security for the Holiday Season - BeyondTrust and Oracle Webinar

Oracle and BeyondTrust presents Live Webinar:

Boost Your IT Security for the Holiday Season

When: Nov 6, 9am PT, 12pm EST

Register

The holidays are generally a time for family, friends and cheer, but with all of this cheer comes something lurking in the dark; security breaches. As we prepare for the upcoming holiday season, it is imperative for organizations to understand the importance of implementing a security and compliance strategy. The most important components to address are least privilege, auditing, password management, and compliance.

Join this engaging webinar, hosted by Oracle and BeyondTrust, to learn how you can best protect your organization during the upcoming holiday season. By attending this webcast, you'll learn:

  • Why it's important to implement a least privilege strategy this holiday season
  • Understanding your organization’s data security compliance efforts
  • Managing and implementing least privilege with BeyondTrust PowerBroker & Oracle Linux
  • What you can do NOW to beef up your organization’s security & compliance program

Speakers:

Paul Harper Product Manager for Server & Vulnerability Products BeyondTrust

Michele Casey Director of Product Management, Oracle Linux Oracle

Register today

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Announcing General Availability of Oracle Linux 6.6

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 6, the sixth update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages in our public yum repository now; ISO installation images will be freely available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud soon.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 6 ships with the following kernel packages:

  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 (kernel-uek-3.8.13-44.1.1.el6uek) for x86-64
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 2 (kernel-uek-2.6.39-400.215.10.el6uek) for i386 
  • Red Hat Compatible Kernel (kernel-2.6.32-504.el6) for i386 and x86-64
By default, both the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and the Red Hat Compatible Kernel for the specific architecture (i386 or x86-64) are installed and the system boots the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Notable features in this release include:

  • Fully integrated DTrace support with UEK Release 3.
  • Full Linux Containers (LXC) support in UEK Release 3.
  • Btrfs is fully supported when using the the UEK (Release 2 or 3).
  • Enhanced SSSD support for Active Directory
  • A new daemon for Hyper-V, which includes the hypervfcopydhypervkvpd, and hypervvssd packages, which provides the Hyper-V file-copy, key-value pair (KVP), and volume shadow copy service (VSS) daemons for an Oracle Linux guest that is running under Hyper-V on a Microsoft Windows Host.

For more details on these and other new features and changes in Oracle Linux 6 Update 6, please consult the release notes in the Oracle Linux Product Documentation Library.

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. For support, you decide which of your systems require a support subscription.  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 your systems up-to-date and secure.  For customers with Oracle Linux Premier Support, you also receive access to zero-downtime kernel updates using Oracle Ksplice and support for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

 For more information about Oracle Linux, please visit www.oracle.com/linux

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!


Monday Oct 20, 2014

Oracle Technology Helps Securitas Direct Improve Service Quality and Diversify Offerings by Increasing Speed and Capacity at its Processing Center

Securitas Direct, a leading supplier of safety and security solutions in Spain, Europe, and Latin America, has chosen Oracle hardware and software as the backbone for its main connections and processing signals center. With the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) solution, Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Securitas Direct will be able to strengthen the quality of service, speed time to market for new products and services, and deliver an improved experience for its business and residential customers. Read more on how the Oracle solutions will allow Securitas Direct to manage as many as 100 million signals per day from different security devices.

Read the Press Release

View the Customer Story

Friday Oct 17, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and MySQL TPC-C Optimizations Whitepaper

Happy Friday Oracle Linux fans, this week our spotlight is a new whitepaper that is co- authored by Rick Stehno of Seagate and Avi Miller of Oracle. This paper gives tips to optimize your Oracle Linux, MySQL and the PCIe card which increases the performance of your environment with just few steps:

Oracle Linux and MySQL TPC-C Optimizations When Implementing the Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card 

Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) was chosen for this study because of its upstream support for the latest hardware relevant to modern data center operations. In addition, MySQL database workloads benefit from the platform’s deep integration with the solution stack, optimizations resulting from industry collaborations and enhancements in the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enteprise Kernel includes extensive performance and scalability improvements to the process scheduler, memory management, file systems, and the networking stack. It was tuned to perform better and faster on leading-edge x86 configurations that feature many CPU cores and large amounts of main memory, and optimized libraries and system calls help to improve performance for MySQL queries. Because of these optimizations and pervasive testing that occurs within Oracle, Oracle Linux is able to address large transaction capacities and scale well as the number of database users or the number of databases increases. This document will present tuning and processes that can be applied to increase TPC-C performance when using the Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card.  

By following the simple tuning tips outlined in this paper, a successful implementation of the Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card with optimal performance can occur in most environments.  

Read more

Monday Oct 13, 2014

Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Hands on Lab - Now Available

The OpenStack  hands-on Lab event at Oracle Open World was completely sold out. People who have had no prior experience with OpenStack were able to easily launch instances, setup networks and storage, and exercise various OpenStack features. Given the high demand for the hands-on lab and the positive feedback from the participants, we are making the lab publicly available, all you need is a laptop and the document available here.

The lab is designed to run inside a VirtualBox VM and takes you through installing and exercising OpenStack. It goes through basic operations, network, storage and guest communication and demonstrates how to use them. You can go through the installation and configuration process but if you would like to skip  the installation and configuration part and jump right into OpenStack operation we have created a pre-installed, pre-configured virtual machine exactly for that. The virtual machine is an all-in-one OpenStack deployment, it has all the control and compute components needed to start creating instances. It also has an image already uploaded to make the whole process faster and simpler. 

This virtual machine and setup can be used to further explore OpenStack features, and doing so on your laptop without the need for any additional equipment or software.

If you wanted to get started with OpenStack and didn't know where to begin this will be a great starting point. The lab assumes users have basic Linux skills but does not assume any OpenStack experience or understanding. 

@Ronenkofman 

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld Slide Decks

Happy Friday!

Every year after Oracle OpenWorld, many of the slide decks become available for you to download. If you were at these sessions, it's great to have these PDFs for reference, and if you weren't able to go, or had sessions overlapping, you can read the slides and get a sense of the key points.

You can find the slides from the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Content Catalog. You can search for sessions that you'd like to download. Some good keywords are "Oracle Linux", "Oracle VM", "OpenStack", etc.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Day 1 Wrap Up

We had a fantastic first full day of Oracle OpenWorld, with plenty of packed sessions, hands on labs, and lots of interaction at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack. Here are the highlights for day 2, be sure to catch these sessions if you can:

CON8302 - Voice of the Customer: Why We Chose Oracle Linux (with GM, Halliburton and Intuit)

CON7854 - Prepare Your Production Servers: Tips and Tricks for Oracle Linux Configuration

HOL9666 - Oracle Linux Systems Management Solutions

We'll also be available to talk all day in Moscone South booth 611 in the showcase area. We hope to see you!

-Chris

Saturday Sep 27, 2014

TOP 5 Things to Do @OOW14: Oracle Linux, Oracle Virtualization and OpenStack

Only one day left to Oracle OpenWorld 2014! 

We have prepared amazing line up of sessions and demos for you. Our showcase is the biggest one featuring OpenStack this year. Don't miss any of them. Check out the top 5 things to do:

1) Visit Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack @Moscone South, Booth #611

Stop by our Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization demo pods 

  • SLX-001 3762 - Oracle Linux Technical Innovations
  • SLX- 002 3715 - Oracle Linux: Innovate, Collaborate, Create
  • SLX-003 3767 – OpenStack - Enterprise-grade Cloud with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  • SLX-004 3760 – Oracle VM - Integrated Infrastructure choice for the Cloud
  • SLX-005 4664 - Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • SLX-006 3765 - Oracle Desktop Virtualization  

Check out our partners that showcase their respective solutions around Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack. 

  • A10 Networks 
  • amitego AG 
  • Dell
  • eG Innovations 
  • Fortinet
  • Fujitsu
  • Intel
  • Lenovo 
  • Mirantis 
  • Nuage Networks
  • SanDisk
  • Secure-24
  • SEP Software Corp.
  • SolidFire
  • Tegile

2) Don't miss the General Sessions for insight into product roadmaps and future developments

GEN8471– Oracle Virtualization Strategy and Roadmap

Monday, Sep 29, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM - Intercontinental - Grand Ballroom B

Virtualization is interesting but do you know how virtualization is deployed, developed and driven revenue for Oracle? Get the insight on how Oracle has ruggedized virtualization for the enterprise and how you can benefit from the experience. While at it, hear Wim talk about the strategy and roadmap

General Session: Oracle Linux—State of the Penguin [GEN7801]

Monday September 29, 2014 - 4:00 PM-4:45 PM

Get the latest information on Oracle Linux straight from the source! 

3) Attend an Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Technical sessions, mark the sites below to get more information on our sessions:

Focus on Virtualization and OpenStack

Focus on Oracle Linux 

4) Attend the Hand-on-Labs 

Next-Generation Cloud Computing with Linux Containers

Oracle Linux Systems Management Solutions

OpenStack: Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Building a Complete HA Oracle VM Infrastructure from Server to App

5) Network  and Have fun!!

Stay up past your bedtime rocking to Aerosmith and hip-hopping to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Oracle Appreciation Event. These award-winners—plus free-flowing networking, food, and drink—come Wednesday to magical Treasure Island.

See you at sunny San Francisco!



Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Fortinet To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Fortinet’s FortiGate is certified for Oracle VM 

As technology evolves, the complexity of securing our dynamic IT environment has changed, where the threats are no longer just access-based but now content-based. As such, there’s a requirement for intelligent software controlled security coupled with identity-based policy enforcement of all content. That’s where Fortinet comes in, with its network security appliances – appliances that provide an extensive array of functionality an organization needs to detect threat prevention within legitimate content, even from trusted sources and authorized applications. 

Fortigate has been certified to work with Oracle VM.  Drop by Fortigate’s kiosk at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase, with Oracle OpenStack at Oracle OpenWorld to learn more about Security solutions for your network.

Want to know how to implement security in an increasingly dynamic world? Be sure to join Fortinet’s leading technical security expert, Ken McAlpine, VP of Network Security Solutions at the Scene and Be Heard Theater (#313) for a 20 minute session.   

Scene & Be Heard Theatre sessionMonday, Sep 29, 3:00 - 3:20 p.m at Moscone South, booth #313
Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Fortinet Kiosk is located at SLX-015, the exhibition hall is open from September 29th to October 1st

SanDisk To Present Their Solutions at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Fusion-io, now a SanDisk company, introduces support for Oracle VM

Fusion ioMemory has long history helping customers accelerate Oracle Linux environments. With its latest release of Virtual Storage Layer for Fusion ioMemory products, SanDisk now offers full support for Oracle VM expanding the ways that customers can take advantage of the combination of Oracle virtualization and Fusion ioMemory flash.  

The new Fusion ioMemory Atomic Series provides premium performance for server-side PCIe application acceleration. The Atomic Series delivers the industry’s highest capacity flash in a PCIe form factor with up to 6.4TB per card.  Improved error checking and correction technologies further add value for the most demanding enterprise customers. 

Server-side Fusion ioMemory accelerates database applications placing data closer to the CPU and system memory resources for outstanding performance results. .  This also allows customers to cache data on the server to accelerate application performance and dramatically reduces the load on Storage Area Networks (SANs).  This also eliminates the I/O bottlenecks associated with highly virtualized servers while scaling up VM performance and density to increase the number of VMs that can efficiently run on a server. 

Be sure to stop by the SanDisk kiosk (SLX-020) at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase and visit SanDisk booth #1429 at Oracle OpenWorld to learn more about how Fusion ioMemory and the full range of SanDisk Enterprise offering for Oracle applications.  SanDisk will also be hosting two Speaking Sessions:

  •  “Accelerate Revenue and Reduce TCO with SanDisk Shared Flash”, presented by Jody Kirk, Director Product Management.  Monday 9/29 at 2:30pm - 2:50pm, at Moscone South at the Scene and Be Heard Theatre (#313)
  •  “Eliminating Transaction Latency in MySQL”, Conference Session, presented by Nisha Talagala, Fellow.  Tuesday, 9/30 at 10:45am – 11:30am, at Moscone South #262.

Secure-24 Showcases Datacenter Savings at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Secure-24 showcases how customers can reduce OPEX and CAPEX and take away IT headaches at Oracle OpenWorld. 

 Secure-24 is an Oracle Gold Partner, providing hosting services for Oracle Enterprise    Performance Management (EPM) solutions such as Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD  Edwards, and Hyperion on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM in their datacenters.

As your organization grows, so does your enterprise systems requirements – growing in complexity, in manageability and cost. In order to reduce cost, whilst increasing reliability, many Oracle customers are choosing to move their infrastructure to Oracle Linux. If you are in such a situation, please come listen to Secure-24’s VP of Product Management, Nick Llitch at the Scene and Be Heard Theatre (#313), where he will share insights as to the Reasons, Risks and Rewards of moving to Oracle Linux, through “A CIO’s Guide to Migrating from UNIX to Oracle Linux”. 

Secure-24 will also be exhibiting at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase, with Oracle OpenStack, at OpenWorld, please drop by to discuss your hosting needs.  

In addition, Secure-24’s Sean Donaldson, Chief Technology Officer, will be sharing some insights and Best Practices for Virtual Compute Appliance, alongside other technologists, on Wednesday 10/1 at the Intercontinental – Grand Ballroom B.

Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: A CIO’s Guide to Migrating from UNIX to Oracle Linux: Reasons, Risks, RewardsMonday, Sep 29, 12:00 - 12:20 PM at Moscone South, booth #313, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611, Secure-24 Kiosk is located at SLX-012, the exhibition hall is open from September 29th to October 1st


Oracle Linux 5.11 is now available

We're happy to announce the availability of Oracle Linux 5.11, the eleventh and final update release for Oracle Linux 5. ISO images will soon be available from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud and the individual RPM packages have already been published to our public yum repository. This release includes the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 (2.6.39-400), Oracle's recommended kernel for Oracle Linux. For further details, please see the Oracle Linux 5.11 Release Notes.

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.

Mirantis To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

Pure Play OpenStack! As its tagline suggests, Mirantis OpenStack is known to be a truly flexible and open distribution of OpenStack, in other words – a Zero lock-in OpenStack Distribution.

Mirantis has integrated Oracle Linux and Oracle VM into Mirantis OpenStack distribution, offering joint customers a supported, enterprise-grade OpenStack distribution optimized for running enterprise workloads.

The Oracle and Mirantis partnership is all about giving choices to customers. It means that Mirantis will offer it enterprise customers a commercial bundle that will include a subscription to Mirantis OpenStack with support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Likewise, Oracle will provide our high quality Linux support to every customer, no matter which Openstack distribution is chosen. 

Mirantis will be exhibiting at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase, with Oracle OpenStack at Oracle OpenWorld, drop by Mirantis’ kiosk to discuss how Mirantis can help in the management of your cloud infrastructure.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Mirantis Kiosk is located at SLX-011, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

SolidFire To Showcase Their Solution at Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase

SolidFire brings storage agility to Oracle Linux, Oracle VM customers and their next generation data center.

SolidFire is verified for Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux distribution. With Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux customers can confidently deploy SolidFire in their OpenStack infrastructure while taking advantage of the efficiency, performance, scalability and security of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

Leveraging SolidFire’s all-flash architecture, with volume-level Quality of Service (QoS) controls, customers now can guarantee storage performance to thousands of applications within a shared infrastructure. Coupling this functionality with in-line data reduction techniques and system-wide automation results in substantial capital and operating cost savings relative to traditional disk and basic all-flash storage systems.

Visit SolidFire at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with Oracle OpenStack at Oracle OpenWorld and see how SolidFire can help you deliver flexible, scalable and predictable storage performance for your enterprise database workloads

Be sure to attend SolidFire’s 20 minute session at the Scene & Be Heard Theatre(#313), where SolidFire’s lead database architect,  Jeffrey Wright will share insights in how to “Run Database Applications in a Private Cloud with OpenStack and SolidFire”.

Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: Monday, Sep 29, 2:00 - 2:20 PM at Moscone South, booth #313
Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
SolidFire Kiosk is located at SLX-014, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours

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