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

Friday Sep 19, 2014

SEP - Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution Certified for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

SEP sesam – ONE backup and disaster recovery solution for heterogeneous environments of any size 

SEP Corp has partnered with Oracle to deliver an all in one backup and recovery solution for heterogeneous enterprise environments. SEP's flagship solution, SEP sesam, uses its patented Multi-Streaming technology to facilitate unlimited simultaneous data streams to provide a high performance backup solution for demanding enterprises.

SEP sesam is certified and supported on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, and has achieved Oracle Linux Ready, Oracle VM Ready certification.

Stop by the SEP Software Corporation kiosk at the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack (#611) at Oracle OpenWorld to discuss your backup and disaster recovery needs.

Be sure to also check out SEP’s 20 minute session at the Scene and Be Heard Theatre (#313). SEP’s lead technical engineer, Christian Ruoff, will be discussing “Backup and Disaster Recovery for Oracle in Physical and Virtual Environments.” Additionally, SEP will be hosting a webinar on the same subject,  on September 23rd at 11:00a.m MDT, to register - click this link.

Scene & Be Heard Theatre session: Monday 9/29 at 2:00PM-2:20 PM at Moscone South, booth #313

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
SEP Software Corp. Kiosk is located at SLX-009. The exhibition hall is open from September 29th to October 1st.

Thursday Sep 18, 2014

Your Chance to Get the Inside Track on Oracle Linux

Oracle OpenWorld is a great opportunity to meet with the folks who have their hands on the pulse of Oracle Linux. If you’re going to the show, there’s no better place to get the latest news, updates, and inside info on Oracle Linux than in the General Session: Oracle Linux–State of the Penguin by Wim Coekaerts, Oracle Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization.

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! 

Space is limited, so make sure you register for the session to secure your seat. You can use Schedule Builder to sign up, or if you’re already logged in, you should be able to click this link to go directly to the session and it to your personal Oracle OpenWorld agenda.

You can click below to hear a Q&A with Wim on Oracle Linux 7:

There are a number of other fantastic sessions that you should consider signing up for, too. There are three in particular featuring customers sharing their real world experiences that will be fantastic. Consider signing up for these:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 3:45 PM-4:30 PM
Hear from esteemed Oracle customers such as Halliburton and Intuit on their implementations of Oracle Linux.

Monday September 29, 2014 - 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM 
This session features customer Thomson Reuters discussing their solution, along with information from Oracle experts.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 3:30PM-4:15PM
Learn about using Spacewalk with Oracle Linux and how Halliburton leveraged it in their Oracle Linux implementation.

There are several other sessions you can sign up for, too, as well as Hands On Labs and demos in the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase. You can get all the info in the Oracle Linux Focus On Document.

We're very excited to see you at the show!

-Chris

Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

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

Fujitsu offers a broad portfolio of IT products and services, focusing on providing solutions to support the modernization of existing business systems, business innovations and social innovations.

As such, Fujitsu will feature the latest member of the vShape family of  systems that support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM - “vShape for x86 enterprise”.

This new system offers a converged compute, storage, network and management platform (“a data centre in a box”) which is optimized for virtualized deployment of Oracle applications and databases. The modular hot-pluggable architecture, based on the latest generation of high density blades and solid state storage, makes the solution uniquely adaptable and ultra-scalable while the pre-installed complete management stack allows for ultra-fast deployment.

Make sure you stop by the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack, where Fujitsu will be exhibiting, ready to answer your questions and provide you insights about enabling modernizations and innovations in your IT infrastructure in support of your business needs.

Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase with OpenStack located at Moscone South, booth #611
Fujitsu Kiosk is located at SLX-017, exhibition is open from September 29th to October 1st, during exhibition hall hours.

Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

Get OpenStack Savvy at OpenStack Silicon Valley

OpenStack Silicon Valley is sold out, but if you are one of the lucky few attending today, please stop by and visit the Oracle OpenStack team. Chat with Ronen Kofman, director of product development and get the scoop on what he and the team has been up to.

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