By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Nov 21, 2014
We have a fantastic webcast coming up for you tomorrow: Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center. Featuring Oracle's Ken Crandall, the webcast will give you real world advice for designing and optimizing your data center with Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Ksplice, Linux Containers, Docker, and more.
Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
You'll also be able to ask questions during the webcast, so it's really a great opportunity to get expert opinions on these technologies and how they will fit into your environment. We hope to see you there!
- We released the official Docker images for Oracle Linux. No longer a tech preview, the Docker Engine and official Oracle Linux images are fully supported as part of Oracle Linux Basic and Premier support subscriptions.
- If you missed it last week, the Spacewalk client for Oracle Linux 7 was released. You can read more here.
- We had a great time at LISA14, with many of you getting to talk to our experts at the booth and attending Ken Crandall’s session on the modern, cloud-enabled data center. Here is a picture of a live Ksplice demo going on at the booth (yes, rebooting is obsolete!):
- We were also at the Linux Foundation’s Korea Linux Forum. Another great opportunity to answer your questions about Oracle Linux, our Oracle staff at the show told me there was a great response at the booth and our speaking session on Btrfs.
- The Oracle Linux November newsletter is out! It’s a great way to catch up on everything that happened this year at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, read about product releases over the last 8 weeks or so, and much more. You can read it online here, or subscribe so it arrives automatically in your inbox.
You have heard that the all-new Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administrator OCP examination is now available - and during the beta period you can take this exam at a much reduced price.
Here is some information to help you take this exam.
Establishing What you Need to Know
Go to the certification web page. You will see bulleted lists of topics included in the certification exam. These are the areas that you need to master before taking the exam, if you are not already an expert.
Registering for the Certification Exam
Prepaing to Take the Exam
Now that you know what topics could be tested during the certification exam, it is time to get studying. Three ways of improving your knowledge are:
You can take the Oracle Linux Advanced Administration course as a:
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The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce the availability of the Spacewalk client for Oracle Linux 7. Customers who want to register Oracle Linux 7 servers with an existing Spacewalk server can install the client from the Oracle Public Yum repository. It can also be added to Spacewalk itself for local installation via Spacewalk.
To access the Spacewalk client repository for Oracle Linux 7, add the following stanza to public-yum-ol7.repo on the client server:
[ol7_spacewalk22_client] name=Spacewalk Client 2.2 for Oracle Linux 7 ($basearch) baseurl=http://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL7/spacewalk22/client/$basearch/ gpgkey=file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-oracle gpgcheck=1 enabled=1
To add the Spacewalk client for Oracle Linux 7 to an existing Spacewalk server install, create a new repository with the following URL:
For more information on Spacewalk, check the Oracle Linux documentation.
Happy Halloween everyone!
This year, like in the past, Oracle Linux is featured in DellWorld at Austin, Texas, November 4-6. There are two Breakout Sessions and Oracle Stand you can visit to get more information about the Dell Integrated Systems with Oracle Databases (DISOD) based on Oracle Linux.
Session MT11: Lowering the cost via appliances and Dell engineered solutions
How can you lower your total solution costs, improve performance and availability and reduce maintenance for your Oracle workloads? Come learn about Dell server and storage engineered solutions and new appliances that support the Oracle software including Oracle Linux. See how to make the most out of your Oracle investment through the complementary Toad solutions, and learn about Dell’s ongoing enhancement of Oracle software and hardware management, including full integration of all Dell hardware management tools into Oracle Enterprise Manager.
Two sessions available:
Wednesday, Nov 5, 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
Thursday, Nov 6, 8:30 am -9:30 am
Also visit the Oracle stand for DISOD/DAAD live demo rack located in the Datacenter area of the Expo.
Hope to see you there.
Meet the Oracle Linux Team at the Open Source India Conference 2014, November 7th and 8th in Bangalore, India. You can learn about Oracle’s key Linux contributions, technical leadership, and commitments to the worldwide success of Linux for organizations of all sizes and across all industries.
Not only will there be a booth where you can talk to Oracle experts, you can also attend the Oracle Keynote “State of the Penguin and State of the Dolphin - Oracle’s Journey into Open Source” with Oracle Senior Director Oracle Linux and Virtualization, Ramesh Srinivasan.
Hope to see you there!
With increasing budget constraints and resource limitations, it’s becoming more and more important to leverage technological advances to squeeze as much value as possible out of your data center deployments. Innovative tools such as Ksplice, DTrace, Linux Containers, Docker, Spacewalk, and more, can help you to deploy and manage your deployments quicker and easier, increasing overall ROI. Join this November webcast series to learn how these technologies with Oracle Linux can streamline deployment and management of your critical IT systems.
Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center with Oracle Linux 7
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 9:00 am PST
Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keep Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure
Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time 3:00 pm PST
Please note the 3:00 pm PST start time on this one to accommodate our friends in JAPAC. Replays will be available afterward if these dates and times are inconvenient for you.
Title: Boost Performance and Cut Deployment Time with Nimble SmartStack for Oracle
When: November 11, 11am PST/2pm EST
Michele Resta, Director of Linux and Virtualization Alliances, Oracle, John McAbel, Senior Product Manager, Cisco and Ibby Rahmani, Solutions Marketing, Nimble Storage
For CIOs and IT managers, continuously tuning IT infrastructure to support evolving environments, rapidly provisioning more resources to support growing database environments, maintaining services levels and staying within budgets, especially in rapid growth environments is hard. To address these challenges, Nimble Storage, along with Oracle, and Cisco offers a converged infrastructure to deliver adaptive performance with high availability, capacity savings, efficient data protection, and improved staff productivity while handling rapid growth.
In this webinar you will learn how you can benefit from Nimble Storage SmartStack with Oracle and Cisco. The solution provides pre-tested, validated architectures and documented best practices for Oracle Database environments with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 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.
Oracle and BeyondTrust presents Live Webinar:
Boost Your IT Security for the Holiday Season
When: Nov 6, 9am PT, 12pm EST
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:
Paul Harper Product Manager for Server & Vulnerability Products BeyondTrust
Michele Casey Director of Product Management, Oracle Linux Oracle
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:
Notable features in this release include:
hypervkvpd, 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.
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:
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
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
SEP Software Corp. Partners with Oracle to Provide World-Class Backup Solutions to the Marketplace – Press Release
Dell and Oracle help customers deploy Oracle Business Intelligence Applications – Press Release
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.
See you in 2015 Oracle OpenWorld - October 25–29, 2015!
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.
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 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.
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.
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