Friday Jul 25, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux 7!

Happy SysAdmin Day and happy Friday, everyone! We’ll cover a couple of items in our spotlight this week.

First, and I’m sure this is no surprise, we’d like to spotlight the release of Oracle Linux 7! This release is another milestone in bringing the latest innovations and tools to our customers. You can read the press release, listen to Oracle’s Wim Coekaerts, read the blog post, read the data sheet, and the Frequently Asked Questions, review the documentation, or download it and give it a spin right now.

Second, we wanted to spotlight the release of the new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4-8. This machine packs some serious punch and runs--you guessed it!--Oracle Linux. If you have any question about how well Oracle Linux can scale as an enterprise platform, you don’t have to look any further than this amazing pairing of hardware and software.

We’ll see you next week!
-Chris

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Oracle Linux 7 is now available

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:

  • Btrfs Oracle Linux 7
  • XFS 
  • Linux Containers (LXC)
  • DTrace
  • 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.

For additional information, please read our press release and visit www.oracle.com/linux

Friday Jul 18, 2014

Friday Spotlight: A Great Week and Latin America OTN Tour 2014

Happy Friday!

It's been an exciting week here! If you haven't read Ronen Kofman's (@RonenKofman) excellent write-up about Mirantis, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM, be sure to have a look.

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!

-Chris 

Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Mirantis Announces Support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

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:

  1. Working with other cloud solution to make sure they can integrate with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  2. Working with hardware and software vendors to integrate their solution with Oracle Distribution of OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
  3. Assuring that Oracle Linux is supported as guest operating system on any virtualization platform
We look forward to continue working with our partners and customers helping to make OpenStack a first class solution for the enterprise.

Friday Jul 11, 2014

Friday Spotlight: How to Get Started Using DTrace on Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

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.

How to Get Started Using DTrace on Oracle Linux

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Using Ksplice as a Diagnostic Tool with Oracle Support

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!

-Chris

Thursday Jun 26, 2014

Oracle Linux 7 Release Candidate Now Available

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.

Enjoy!

-Chris

Friday Jun 20, 2014

Friday Spotlight: A Wealth of Information on Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

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! 

-Chris

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

Launch Webcast: Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance

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
10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM ET

Register here

Monday Jun 16, 2014

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at OCCCIO Conference 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!

-Chris

Friday Jun 13, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Design Considerations Webcast

Happy Friday!

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.

On Demand: Oracle VM - Design Considerations for Enterprise Scale Deployments webcast

Also, check out this cool infographic on the deployment.

See you next week!

-Chris 

Thursday Jun 12, 2014

PARTNER News: Tips and Guidelines from Avago (formerly LSI)

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.

Avago had also been working on technical whitepaper and video whiteboard to explain some of the optimizations you can achieve by using smart flash cache with Oracle Linux. 

Technical Paper: Improve Database Performance Using Sun Flash Accelerator Card, Database Smart Flash Cache and Oracle Linux

Video: Improving DB Performance with Database Smart Flash Cache

If you want more information about the partnership and product benefits, you can visit the LSI Oracle alliance page

Friday Jun 06, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Network Troubleshooting with Oracle Linux

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!

Network Troubleshooting with Oracle Linux 

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday May 30, 2014

Friday Spotlight: The Value of Oracle Linux

Happy Friday!

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!

-Chris 

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