Friday Feb 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and Database Smart Flash Cache

Happy Friday!

One of the coolest, yet perhaps not best known, features of running Oracle Database and Oracle Linux together is Database Smart Flash Cache. Wim Coekaerts put it this way on his blog earlier this week:

"Basically, if you have flash devices attached to your server, you can use this flash memory to increase the size of the buffer cache. So instead of aging blocks out of the buffer cache and having to go back to reading them from disk, they move to the much, much faster flash storage as a secondary fast buffer cache (for reads, not writes)."

So, this gives you a way to significantly increase performance on your systems running the Oracle Database and Oracle Linux. How cool is that? Wim then goes on to describe the few easy steps it takes to get it up and running.

I highly recommend checking out Wim's blog entry on this fantastic feature, and there is also an in-depth white paper you can have a read through for even more info.

Have a great week!


Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Technology Preview available for the Oracle Linux software collection library

Today we are announcing a technology preview for the Oracle Linux software collection library.  The software collection library provides useful features to both developers and administrators, by providing access to later versions of packages and libraries commonly used in development, such as Perl, PHP and Python. 

Under the software collection library, these packages can be installed on existing systems, without overwriting the base packages delivered by the platform release.  The software collection library delivers the latest features and enhancements to many popular packages, which developers and administrators can easily integrate into their projects and solutions.  The Oracle Linux software collection library can be downloaded today from public-yum.  Please review the release notes for more information and send us your feedback and questions on the Oracle Linux forum.   

Monday Feb 23, 2015

ORACLE-DELL Webinar: What would you do if your database latency dropped 96%?

Dell-Oracle Joint Webinar: What would you do if your database latency dropped 96%?

Event Date: March 04, 2015

Time: 9 AM PST / 12 PM EST


Are you struggling with finding the right infrastructure that supports the performance demands of ALL your Oracle workloads, while balancing budgetary constraints and limitations? Does your applications and database instances require a lot of horsepower but you can’t cost-justify deploying them on expensive, high-end infrastructure? 

Dell offers a solution for this “middle-band” of applications, one that balances performance with total cost of ownership. The Dell Integrated System for Oracle Database (DISOD), pre-installed with Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, is delivered ready to be installed with Oracle Database 12c, 11gR2, or 10g, providing the flexibility to fit into any existing infrastructure. Oracle Linux brings the latest Linux innovations to market, delivering performance, scalability, and reliability for enterprise applications, enterprise-class, low-cost support.

Attend our upcoming webinar March 4, 2015, at 9:00 am PST (11am CST) to find out :

  • Why DISOD delivers easy to procure, yet flexible to expand architecture perfectly suited to meet your needs
  • How your database can perform better without investing in high-end systems
  • Why Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is the best choice for Oracle Database and Dell systems

Register today!

Friday Feb 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: The Oracle Learning Library

Happy Friday!

You might have seen Antoinette O'Sullivan's post earlier this week about a new video for Ksplice. This video is part of the Oracle Learning Library, which is a tremendous resource for Oracle product information. There is a lot of content there on Oracle Linux, and if you're using other Oracle technologies, too, there is information on Oracle VM, Oracle Database, Oracle Cloud, Engineered Systems, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Fusion Middleware, the list goes on and on. If you have not checked it out, I highly recommend heading over there for some Friday afternoon learning.

We'll see you next week!


Friday Feb 13, 2015

Friday Spotlight: New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database

Happy Friday!

In last week's Oracle Virtualization Spotlight, Honglin Su discussed new Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database. Here's an excerpt:

The Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database provides a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of any number of nodes.

Of course, this is the Oracle Linux blog, so why am I referencing new Oracle VM Templates? Because these templates of course run Oracle Linux! Here are the highlights of the new templates:

NEW in 2015 Templates:

  • Yum@Deploy support(11gR2 & 12c) - Allows running yum install/update during first boot/deployment and subsequent re-builds.
  • Multi-Diskgroup support for Oracle ASM
  • Support for multiplexed Controlfile & REDO logfiles
  • Default kernel boot is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK3) 3.8.13-55, seamless transition to HVM mode
  • Oracle Linux 7, BTRFS & Ksplice Ready!

You can read Honglin's full post over at the Oracle Virtualization Blog, or you can go directly to the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database page.

Have a great week and we'll see you next Friday! 

Tuesday Feb 10, 2015

February 2015 Oracle Linux Newsletter is Now Available

The February 2015 edition of the Oracle Linux newsletter is now available! In this issue, learn about:

  • The Next Generation of Oracle's Engineered Systems launch
  • Oracle Linux on the Docker Hub Registry
  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R3 Quarterly Update 4
  • Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux architecture overview
  • Several new customer stories
  • And much more!

You can read the latest edition online right now, or subscribe to get it automatically sent to your inbox. Enjoy!

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Docker!

Happy Friday!

If you missed it yesterday, we did a press release describing the posting of Oracle Linux images on the Docker Hub Registry. If you're already working with Docker or interested in getting started with it, Oracle Linux gives you an extremely solid foundation to build on.

For a bit more on Docker, we did a webcast in November called Building the Modern Cloud-Enabled Data Center, where Docker and other trending topics were discussed. Have a view of the replay.

Also, did you know that you can bookmark tag searches on Oracle blogs? For example, to find posts on our blog about Docker, you'd use this:

Click that link and bookmark it, and you'll always have the complete list of Oracle Linux Blog posts that mention Docker.

Have a great week and we'll see you next Friday!


Thursday Feb 05, 2015

Press Release: Oracle Linux Now Hosted on the Docker Hub Registry

Oracle Linux images are now available on the Docker Hub Registry, a repository for Docker-based components, including applications and operating systems (OSs). Oracle Linux joins MySQL, which is already extremely popular on Docker Hub and has been downloaded millions of times.

This is exciting news for Oracle Linux and for the Docker community. Please read the press release to get all the details.


Friday Jan 30, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Spacewalk 2.2 on public yum and Oracle Instant Client on ULN

Happy Friday!

I wanted to quickly draw your attention today to a couple of updates. First, Spacewalk 2.2 for Oracle Linux is available on our public yum server. We have also published the Release Notes, including upgrade instructions from Spacewalk 2.0.

If you're interested in Spacewalk, you might enjoy a webcast we did in November that goes into a lot of detail on using Oracle Linux and Spacewalk together. You can watch that webcast on-demand.

And second, RPMs for the Oracle Instant Client are now available on Unbreakable Linux Network.

Have a great week and we'll see you next Friday!


Wednesday Jan 28, 2015

Partners Announce Support for Oracle Linux

Scores of leading technology partners -independent software vendors, hardware vendors, and system integrators- support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

Several independent software vendors and SIs recently announced their support for Oracle Linux:

  • SAS for SAS 9.4 TS1M2 (9.4 M2) application platform
  • Symantec for its Endpoint Protection 12.1.5 client for Linux
  • Symantec Storage Foundation and High Availability 6.2 product suite 
  • Capgemini has certified its OCommerce solution on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
To see full list of Partners supporting Oracle Linux, visit our Oracle Linux Partners page.

Friday Jan 23, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux and The Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems

Happy Friday! This has been exciting week for the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM teams here at Oracle, with our products prominently featured in The Next Generation of Oracle Engineered Systems event on Wednesday. If you missed the live event, take some time to watch the videos in the archive.

In addition to the Larry Ellison announcement video--which is highly recommended!--there is in-depth Oracle Linux content in two of the other videos. First, the panel discussion video (video #3 in the list on the archive page) features several Oracle executives, including Oracle Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. And last, in the Go Deep section Wim goes into detail on Oracle Linux and how it can benefit your data center.

We'll covered Engineered Systems many times on the blog, but we'll get into some detail on these new systems and Oracle Linux in future entries. In the meantime, clicking any of the pictures in this post will take you to the replay, it's exciting stuff! 

We'll see you next week!


Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Whitepaper: End to End Data Integrity Using Oracle Linux, Fujitsu ETERNUS and QLogic HBA

As demand for data protection has grown in recent years, ensuring the integrity of the customer's data is a very important task. To carry out this task, data protection is not only required for the storage system but the entire system. Each system component has data protection functions such as memory parity detection, error detection with communication protocols, CRC error detection of the disk storage system, and redundancy. (Figure 1.1, I. Conventional data integrity functions) T10 PI defines the mechanism for data integrity protection that is standardized through communication paths and devices. End-to-end data integrity from applications to disk drives is implemented with the combination of T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) and Data Integrity Extensions (DIX).

This White Paper explains how data protection can be implemented for the entire system using T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) that comes with the Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, the Fujitsu ETERNUS DX S3 series, and QLogic HBA.

Read more 

Friday Jan 16, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Video Showing Incredibly Simple Conversion from RHEL to Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

This week I am very excited to share with you just a fantastic video showing the exact steps to simultaneously convert your Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation to Oracle Linux and also upgrade to a more recent version. In this very short video, Oracle's Wayne Lewis shows how it's done:

We'll see you next week!


Friday Jan 09, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4

Happy Friday!

The big news this week was the release of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4. If you missed our blog about it on Monday, there are a number of interesting improvements in this release. And a really nice aspect of the Oracle Linux architecture is that you can use the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel on either Oracle Linux 6 or Oracle Linux 7. This gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility by not forcing you to upgrade the entire OS to get these improvements.

Read the blog for more info on this release, and we'll see you next week!


Monday Jan 05, 2015

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 4 (UEKR3U4) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the fourth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-55) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues.

Some notable highlights include:

  • Users are now able to specify which modules DTrace shold load automatically during startup by specifying the module in /etc/dtrace-modules.
  • PMC-Sierra PM8001 SAS/SATA controller driver (pm8001) , which supports the new Adaptec Series 7H family of 8-port and 16-port PCIe gen3 SAS/SATA host bus adapters, has been added.
  • Intel XL710 X710 Virtual Function network driver (i40evf) has been added.
  • The P-state driver (intel_pstate) for the Intel Sandy Bridge processor has been added.
  • Various network performance improvement patches to support Oracle Linux virtual machines running on Microsoft Hyper-V have been included.
  • NFS over Remote Data Memory Access (RDMA) Client is available as a technology preview.
  • Device driver updates (e.g. storage devices, network cards) from key partners, such as:
    • Broadcom
    • Emulex
    • HP
    • Intel
    • LSI
    • Mellanox
    • PMCS
    • QLogic
    • Tigon

For more details, please review the release notes.

The source code is available on our public git repository


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