Friday Jul 25, 2014
Wednesday Jul 23, 2014
By Michele Casey on Jul 23, 2014
Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7. Oracle Linux 7 offers the latest innovations and improvements to support customers and partners in developing and deploying business critical applications across the data center and into the cloud. Features include:
- Linux Containers (LXC)
- Ksplice for zero-downtime kernel security updates and bug fixes
- Xen enhancements
- Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3
- systemd, a new service and system manager
- Grub2 as the default boot loader with support for additional firmware types, such as UEFI
- Support for in-place upgrades from Oracle Linux 6.5 to Oracle Linux 7
Listen to Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, discuss the benefits of Oracle Linux 7.
Oracle Linux 7 is available today and can be downloaded from Oracle's Software Delivery Cloud. Please review the Release Notes and Oracle Linux documentation for details about the latest features and known issues.
Friday Jul 18, 2014
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Jul 18, 2014
And for our spotlight this week, I wanted to highlight a fantastic series of events coming up during August in Latin America:
Congratulations to the Latin America User Groups on assembling yet another great tour for 2014!!! Agendas are packed full of great topics from Oracle Database to Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, including Java and Cloud Solutions. If you find yourself in the region or live there, please register and reserve a seat. Talk to the experts, get hands on. No spin, just a great learning experience with experienced users!!
Brazil - August 2
Panamá - August 4
Chile - August 4 and 5
Costa Rica - August 6
Perú - August 7
México - August 8
Guatemala - August 11
Argentina - August 11 and 12
El Salvador - August 13
Uruguay - August 14 and 15
Colombia - August 15 and 16
Ecuador - August 18 and 19
If you live in the areas where the events are taking place, I highly recommend checking them out.
We'll see you next week!
Thursday Jul 17, 2014
By Ronen Kofman on Jul 17, 2014
In May we announced the tech preview of the Oracle’s Distribution for OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. As we have been doing for many years with Linux and Xen, we plan to work with the OpenStack community and help make OpenStack an enterprise grade alternative for cloud deployments.
We are very pleased with the Mirantis announcement today stating that Mirantis will offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their supported operating systems and hypervisors options. Right from the beginning we stated that our approach to OpenStack will be open and collaborative (see Wim Coekaerts’ blog). We said we’ll work with the rest of industry and support our customers with any choices they make with regards to OpenStack distribution and today, with this announcement from Mirantis, we take another step in this direction.
With this announcement our joint customers can choose Oracle Linux as their operating system and Oracle VM Server as their hypervisor of choice and build an OpenStack deployment with end to end support. Customers can now use the most advanced capabilities in Oracle Linux like Ksplice and Dtrace and achieve better scale and performance with Oracle VM Server as well as receive 24/7 support directly from Oracle. Using an enterprise grade hypervisor and Linux distribution such as Oracle Linux and Oracle VM brings OpenStack deployment to a new level of reliability. a higher level of reliability allows users to transition more workloads onto OpenStack confidently, knowing that each part of the stack is well supported.
On top of that Oracle Linux is fully supported as a guest operating system on the Mirantis distribution of OpenStack. Oracle Linux is free to use and redistribute including patches and updates with the option to purchase support subscription from Oracle. We believe that choosing Oracle Linux as guest operating system is the best and most cost efficient option and we would like every customer to have the option to use it.
Oracle will continue to collaborate with other OpenStack solution providers to allow them to offer Oracle Linux and Oracle VM as part of their solution. Our goal remains the same: jointly deliver great solutions and support experience for our mutual customers. We also look forward to working with other vendors to certify networking, storage, hypervisor and other plugins into the Oracle OpenStack Distribution.
We believe in keeping OpenStack open and collaborative and we will continue to focusing on:
- Working with other cloud solution to make sure they can integrate with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
- Working with hardware and software vendors to integrate their solution with Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
- Assuring that Oracle Linux is supported as guest operating system on any virtualization platform
Friday Jul 11, 2014
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Jul 11, 2014
I'm reaching back into the archives this week because I stumbled upon on article that I think is really helpful. Oracle DTrace gives you fantastic diagnostic tracing capabilities, and it's available to you on Oracle Linux right now. Read this great article from OTN Garage on how to get started with it.
We'll see you next week!
Thursday Jul 10, 2014
By Zeynep Koch-Oracle on Jul 10, 2014
Friday Jul 04, 2014
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Jul 04, 2014
Happy Friday! And for those of us in the US, happy Independence Day!
Our spotlight this week is on a new paper written by Oracle's Robert Chase (if you read the Oracle Linux articles over on Oracle Technical Network, you'll be familiar with his work). This paper focuses on the use of Oracle Ksplice -- well known as a kernel patching tool -- as a diagnostic tool to help you when working with Oracle Support. It's really a great use of the technology, have a read below:Using Ksplice as a Diagnostic Tool with Oracle Support
See you next week!
Thursday Jun 26, 2014
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Jun 26, 2014
It's an exciting day for the Oracle Linux team because the Oracle Linux 7 release candidate is now available for download from Oracle Technology Network! Head on over to the OTN Oracle Linux downloads page and have a look at the Oracle Linux Beta Programs section to get it right now.
Friday Jun 20, 2014
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Jun 20, 2014
Our spotlight this week is on the large library of in-depth information about Oracle Linux on the Oracle documentation site. There is, of course, an administrator's guide, as you would expect. But there are also extremely comprehensive guides on Ksplice, DTrace, Spacewalk, security, and more. Check out the whole set for some Friday afternoon reading.
See you next week!
Wednesday Jun 18, 2014
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Jun 18, 2014
Please join Oracle Executives Mark Hurd, Wim Coekaerts, and Scott Genereux as they announce the latest Virtual Compute Appliance. Discover how the Virtual Compute Appliance delivers virtualized application infrastructure and how it differentiates from other converged infrastructure solutions.
June 24, 2014
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Monday Jun 16, 2014
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Jun 16, 2014
The Ontario College Council of Chief Information Officers is hosting their yearly conference at Mohawk College in Hamilton, starting this Wednesday, and Oracle VM and Oracle Linux will be there! Oracle is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event, and if you're going to the conference, please stop by the Oracle booth and say hi. Also, please attend our joint session with Mohawk titled "Mohawk VDI & OVM/Banner Virtualization" on Friday at 10:30AM in room i224.
Our team in Canada hopes to see you there!
Friday Jun 13, 2014
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Jun 13, 2014
Our spotlight this week is on the on-demand version of our recent Oracle VM Design Considerations for Enterprise Scale Deployments webcast. If you missed it (or thought it didn't have anything to with Linux), have a look, I think you'l be very interested in the content. It describes the massive deployment for Oracle Managed Cloud Services, and while there is a lot of Oracle VM specific info, there are deep ties to Oracle Linux as well.
If you're managing a large deployment or want to see how Oracle approaches problems of this scale, it's well worth watching.
Also, check out this cool infographic on the deployment.
See you next week!
Thursday Jun 12, 2014
By Zeynep Koch-Oracle on Jun 12, 2014
In this blog write-up we would like to focus our attention to one of our IHV partners, Avago (formerly LSI) . Avago and Oracle have been collaborating at many levels for many years. At the lowest level, Avago and Oracle engineer solutions to inbox advanced features in our I/O device drivers. We collaborate to test, verify and optimize these drivers in Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. Both LSI Nytro and Sun F-Series PCIe flash devices are supported inbox in Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. By collaborating early in the engineering design cycle we can find and resolve issues sooner and deliver to the end-customer a fully optimized platform for I/O efficiency and data protection.
Hear more about the partnership and benefits in this podcast LSI and Oracle Partnership.
If you want more information about the partnership and product benefits, you can visit the LSI Oracle alliance page.
Friday Jun 06, 2014
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on Jun 06, 2014
Happy Friday, everyone!
Our Spotlight this week is on a fantastic new article by Oracle's Robert Chase and posted on Oracle Technology Network. The article steps through, with command line examples, several strategies for tracking down network connectivity issues. From the article:
"When applications that use network connectivity for communication are not working, the cause is often a mystery. Despite advances in modern operating systems, many users believe there is no way to directly "see" what's going over the wire, and that often leads to confusion and difficulties when something goes wrong.
The reality is that you can actually see what's going over the wire, and there are a number of tools built into Oracle Linux for troubleshooting network issues. This article will help solve some of the mystery and make network connectivity a bit more user friendly."
I highly recommend checking this article out, it's a good one!
We'll see you next week!
Friday May 30, 2014
By Chris Kawalek-Oracle on May 30, 2014
Our spotlight this week is on a brand new white paper, chock full of fantastic information about Oracle Linux. From the intro to Oracle Linux - Maximize Value, Minimize Cost:
"This paper describes the savings and efficiencies that an IT department can realize by choosing Oracle Linux as their enterprise standard. It highlights sample deployments and explains how deploying Oracle Linux can reduce operational costs and result in less downtime, improved productivity, and greater opportunities for revenue generation. "
The paper explains exactly how Oracle Linux can reduce costs, and goes into some of the features of Oracle Linux that can make it more valuable for your organization. Read the paper now.
Have a great week!
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