Tuesday Nov 03, 2015

Wanted - Technical Writer for Oracle Linux and Virtualization team

Hi everyone, are you a technical writer knowledgeable on Linux and virtualization?

We are looking for an experienced technical writer to work on producing documentation for our Linux and Virtualization products. Our documentation team is responsible for documenting Oracle VM, Oracle PCA, Oracle Linux, Oracle Secure Global Desktop. We are hiring around the area of Linux and Server Virtualization. It is possible that assignments will shift around eventually within the set of products listed above. 

The work environment provides the opportunity for learning and continually acquiring new skills, delivering to revenue generating products and working with the latest network, server and virtualization technologies. Candidates should be prepared to work intensively with our developers and support organization when writing documentation and should be interested not just in writing but also in the technical aspects of publishing documentation.

Our team members are expected to be motivated and to work independently, requiring discipline and excellent time-management skills as well as the technical facilities to communicate across the Internet/Intranet. A strong sense of autonomy and excellent communication skills are essential to facilitate working across geographies and with information sources from technical and product management job functions since the department is highly geographically distributed.


  • Native English speaker
  • Solid Knowledge of virtualization technologies and storage
  • Ability to learn new technologies
  • 5 or more years previous experience in writing software documentation
  • Experience with writing documentation for virtualization and / or Operating Sytems products
  • Solid knowledge of the Linux operating system, and its commands. 
  • Familiarity with other operating systems: Solaris, Windows
  • Solid Knowledge of XML, DocBook XML, and XSL style sheets
  • Knowledge of Wikis and HTML- Experience with graphical tools
  • Familiarity with distributed working environments and source code versioning systems such as SVN
  • Familiarity with X86_64 and Sparc hardware architectures is a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to administer own workstation and test environment
  • Natural curiosity

Position #: 150001G2  - Technical Writer 

Apply here 

Friday Oct 30, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Re-cap of OpenWorld 2015 for Oracle Linux, Virtualization and OpenStack for Oracle Linux

Hello everyone, what a week it had been, we have wrapped up another Oracle Openworld!

Thank you to all our partners, customers, speakers, demo staff and organizers for making this Oracle OpenWorld a special one. For those curious about the statistics this year, I wanted to share those fascinating numbers  (see infographic attached).

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 turned out to be an amazing one for our teams. We would like to recap and summarize our announcements and activities. 

Highlights from the Keynotes: 

Oracle Linux was center stage in this year's keynotes. Friday night, we had Intel CEO talking about how Oracle Linux and displaying it on the stage. One of the biggest announcements at the show is the new userspace patching capability of Ksplice, unveiled in Larry Ellison’s The Secure Cloud keynote . Ksplice is included with Oracle Linux Premier Support and administrators have been using it to patch the running Linux kernel with zero-downtime and without rebooting for years, with over 1 million patches distributed. But patching kernel vulnerabilities is only part of the security story, because vulnerabilities can also occur in system libraries like glibc and OpenSSL. In 2014, The Heartbleed Bug exploited a vulnerability in OpenSSL and cost organizations millions of dollars. With the userspace patching feature of Ksplice, vulnerabilities like this can be corrected immediately when the patch is available without downtime or rebooting, dramatically improving the security of your systems.

Watch the keynotes on-demand if you have not had a chance to tune in during OpenWorld. 

From theCube :

Wim Coekaerts, SVP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering discussed the updates to Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Open source at Oracle with SiliconANGLE Media team at theCube, at Oracle OpenWorld 2015 in San Francisco. My favorite part was about his comments on open-source. He explained Open source at Oracle is a “development strategy, not a philosophical approach.” If it makes business sense to develop the product as open source, that’s how it moves forward. Open source is not just in my department,” Coekaerts explained, "but rather across the company". This was a great video interview with Wim Coekaerts, not to be missed!

Highlights from the Showcase and Exhibition Hall:

Our Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase area was a big hit with the Oracle OpenWorld attendees this year. Our partners amitego AG, Intel, Huawei, Fortinet, SGI, Qlogic, Niksun and Linux Foundation showcased their solutions and presented in the theatre. We also had great interaction with attendees at our Oracle demo pods fe,aturing Oracle Linux, Oracle VMOracle VM VirtualBox, Oracle Secure Global Desktop and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux products. Our theatre sessions were so busy that we had to bring extra seating. 

Highlights from our sessions:

Our sessions were amazing, everyone that attended came out with positive remarks, one attendee tweeted at Greg Marsden's session : "Nice session 'Maximize Oracle Linux Performance on Servers and in the Cloud'  Tuning OS, Memory, FS. Can't wait to try them. #oow15 ".  There were few "wow!" and "really?" remarks in Wim Coekaerts' general session when audience heard that Oracle VM VirtualBox supports almost all the OS in the market including IBM OS/2 (looks like some of our banking customers still using it for custom applications). 

Key takeaways:

  • Security is critical in today's ever-present cyber attacks and we have the solution for your Linux environment: new userspace patching and existing kernel patching capability of Ksplice makes it the must have item
  • If you are running on Oracle Engineered Systems, or Oracle Public Cloud, you are already running on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Why not implement it elsewhere in your infrastructure.
  • We have announced Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux R2- that simplifies deployment and administration by leveraging docker-based containers for deployment and upgrades
  • Oracle Linux and Oracle VM is certified and supported by all the major partners 

I would like to end with an article that sums it all: Larry Ellison's World View: 7 Observations Straight From The Hip

See you all at the next  Oracle OpenWorld, September 18-22, 2016.

Zeynep Koch 

Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

OOW15 - Wednesday, Oct 28: What is Coming Up Today?

Hello to you on a Wednesday morning at Oracle OpenWorld

Today's keynote is "Oracle's Converged Strategy: From On-Premises to Cloud…and Back " by Dave Donatelli. , 9:00 a.m.–10:15 a.m., at Moscone North, Hall D. 

It had been a really busy two days for us but today is even more packed for Oracle Linux and Virtualization teams. Just check out those sessions we have lined up for you:

Sessions and Hands-On-Labs:

  • Build and Deploy Portable Applications Using Docker and Oracle Linux [HOL10328] Wednesday, Oct 28, 8:45 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)
  • How to Manage Your Oracle Linux Environment with Spacewalk [HOL10326] Wednesday, Oct 28, 10:15 a.m. | Hotel Nikko—Monterey (3rd Floor)
  • Building a Large-Scale Cloud Infrastructure with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux [CON9487] Wednesday, Oct 28, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Business Continuity for Virtualization and Cloud Infrastructure [CON9575] Wednesday, Oct 28, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Rapid Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9576] Wednesday, Oct 28, 1:45 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • The Enterprise Cloud Simplified with Oracle VM [CON9488] Wednesday, Oct 28, 3:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Maximize Your Private Cloud Investment with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [CON9574] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud [HOL10469] Wednesday, Oct 28, 4:15 p.m. | Hotel Nikko—Nikko Ballroom II (3rd Floor)

 As usual, we have some great showcase theatre sessions lined up as well:

Today is also your last chance to win these great prizes so don't forget to come to Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase at Moscone South, Booth 121. 

Hope you have a great Wednesday at and come and see us at our sessions and showcase.

Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

OOW15 - Tuesday, Oct 27: What is Coming Up Today?

Happy Tuesday to all Oracle OpenWorld attendees and those watching online.

Today is full of important Keynotes and General sessions by Oracle Linux and Virtualization team. Keynotes are at Moscone North, Hall D.,  first one 8:30 10:15 a.m. "Oracle Software Innovations", Thomas Kurian, the second one - not to be missed- "The Secure Cloud", by Larry Ellison, 1:30 p.m.–3:15 p.m. These keynotes will be streamed live from Oracle OpenWorld website.

For Linux and Virtualization audiences the key event is the general sessions. Oracle's Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP of Linux and Virtualization Engineering will present the General sessions highlighted in red below, mark them in your schedule and don't miss:

  • General Session: Oracle Linux—the State of the Penguin [GEN9479]Tuesday, Oct 27, 11:00 a.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Secure Your Data Center with Oracle Linux [CON9483] Tuesday, Oct 27, 12:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • General Session: How Oracle Linux and Virtualization Power the Cloud [GEN9486] Tuesday, Oct 27, 4:00 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II
  • Oracle VM: Complete and Integrated Virtualization Solution in a Data Center [CON6120] Tuesday, Oct 27, 5:15 p.m. | Park Central—Metropolitan II

If you missed the Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and OpenStack Showcase, Moscone South, Booth #121 yesterday,  today is the day to visit. We will have the Oracle product managers and engineers and Partner experts to answer your questions. 

Today's theatre sessions in the showcase area will be:

We all look forward to talking to you.

Zeynep Koch 

Friday Aug 28, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Cloud Days Around the World

Happy Friday!

I wanted to bring some attention to a great series of events that kicked off this week in the US in Chicago, Oracle Cloud Day: Transforming Your Tomorrow.

This is a worldwide set of events that will help you understand how cloud is being used today, and how Oracle can help you leverage cloud technology to meet your business goals. These in person events talk about the entire Oracle portfolio, and many locations feature a dedicated session on Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux. If you're in the areas where these events are being held, I highly recommend them!

Head on over to the event home page and the schedule page to see if there is one happening near you.

Have a great week!


Friday Jul 31, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Is Sponsoring LinuxCon North America

LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. This event is designed to provide a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community.

This year Oracle will be one of the key sponsors and we have a keynote session that features Wim Coekaerts as speaker.

LinuxCon will be showcasing multiple products including Oracle Linux, Oracle Openstack for Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL in the following sessions:

Visit the Oracle booth in the showcase area to connect with our speakers and technical experts.

Visit LinuxCon NA website to get more information.

Co-located event: OpenStack Day Seattle 2015: 

There's also co-located event OpenStack Day Seattle 2015 where Oracle OpenStack expert Wiekus Beukes will present Enterprise Ready OpenStack on Thursday, Aug 19 at 4-4:45. 

Friday Jul 24, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Key Benefits for Partners

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, formerly named Virtual Compute Appliance, simplifies the way customers install, deploy, and manage converged infrastructures for Linux, Windows, or Oracle Solaris applications. Oracle Private Cloud Appliance was built as a highly available system to run a range of workloads. To accomplish this, all the elements in the system are redundant, such as power, networking, compute, management & storage. All of your application services are configured in software and connected together using the built in Software Defined Network. If there is a node failure all of those services will be automatically moved to another node. Here are some key benefits for customers:

  • Turnkey cloud in a box at industry-leading price point
  • Simple path from on-premise to Oracle Cloud
  • From power-on to production in few hours
  • Enables linear scalability by adding one compute node at a time
  • Enhanced security with Oracle’s hardened software stack 

It comes pre-installed with Oracle VM and Oracle VM Manager and choice of downloadable Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris andOracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

In this blog, we specifically wanted highlight benefits to Partners. We have interviewed Rich Mason, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization and MySQL Sales, and Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP Oracle Linux, Virtualization Engineering, to understand some of the key benefits for partners. Watch this video to learn about how Partners can take advantage of some of the features it offers.

There are many service opportunities for partners with the Private Cloud Appliance. Here are just a few examples:

In many cases end user customers will require some assistance to migrate their existing applications to the Private Cloud Appliance, and the Reselling Partners will naturally be in a good position to offer those application migration and consolidation services. Partners can also offer VMware to Oracle VM migration services

Partners can also create software templates for their customers as well as customize Oracle VM templates for their customers’ specific workloads.  The use of templates dramatically speeds up implementation and rapid rollout of new applications and services.

By using the Oracle Enterprise Manager software that comes as part of the Private Cloud Appliance, Partners can also build and manage private cloud services to their customers.

We have seen partners using the Private Cloud Appliances for Managed Services, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). In North America, Secure-24 and Tier1 Inc. are examples.

Visit Oracle Private Cloud Appliance website to get more details. 

Friday Jul 17, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud

Happy Friday!

We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general.

Click here or the thumbnail below to head over to Oracle Media Network to give it a watch:

 Hope you enjoy it and have a great week!


Friday Jun 19, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux at Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015

Happy Friday!

On the Oracle Linux blog a couple of weeks ago I highlighted that Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015 was coming up soon. Well, it is nearly here.

Starting Tuesday, June 23rd, you’ll be able to hear from Oracle experts across the entire stack, from severs and storage, operating systems, middleware, apps, and more. Of interest to the folks on this blog, there will be several Linux and virtualization related sessions as well as two demo pods where you can talk directly to our team. If you’re attending the event, please make note of these sessions and consider joining us!

June 23, 15:45

June 24 11:30

June 24, 16:30

June 25, 13:30

If you’re attending Oracle OpenWorld Latin America, our folks would love to see you there!


Friday Jun 05, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015

Happy Friday! Our Spotlight this week is on one of our favorite topics, Oracle OpenWorld!

Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015 is quickly approaching and there is a lot of information on Oracle Linux, Oracle virtualization, OpenStack, Docker, and much more for you to enjoy and learn about.

Oracle OpenWorld Latin America 2015
June 23-25, 2015
Transamerica Expo Center
São Paulo, Brazil

The content catalog is open and there you will find four sessions dedicated to Oracle Linux and virtualization, and a huge number of other topics. In addition, there will be demos of our technologies in the DEMOgrounds areas.

If you're attending Oracle OpenWorld Latin America this year, we hope to see you there!


Friday Apr 24, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux 7 - Optimizing Deployment Flexibility and Increasing ROI

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is a fantastic new white paper called "Oracle Linux 7 - Optimizing Deployment Flexibility and Increasing ROI". From the summary:

"This paper describes Oracle Linux 7 features that help IT organizations deploy strategic applications effectively and efficiently. It discusses the advantages of choosing Oracle Linux and how the operating system brings value to enterprise application delivery. It also explores versatile technologies that are supported with Oracle Linux (such as Linux Containers, Docker, Oracle VM, and OpenStack) that allow IT architects to choose how best to deploy and meet requirements for agile cloud and virtualized application environments."

Have a look for some Friday afternoon reading.

See you next week!


Thursday Apr 09, 2015

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at OpenStack Summit

Oracle is a Premier Sponsor at OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, May 18-22. This year we will have experts from Oracle's OpenStack technologies, including informative sessions and Oracle Linux and Oracle VM engineers on hand to answer your questions.

We encourage you to visit the Oracle Booth #P9 for discussion with our OpenStack experts on your requirements and how best to adress your issue for smooth deloyment. Hope to meet you at OpenStack Summit!

Friday Apr 03, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates Economic Impact Assessment

Happy Friday!

I wanted to bring your attention this week to a brand new paper called "Deploying Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates—An Economic Impact Assessment." In the paper, Evaluator Group took a look at Oracle VM Templates with Oracle RAC versus user-created VMware templates. From the paper:

"Evaluator Group studied the creation and use of virtualized server templates as an administrative process for server deployments in an Oracle RAC environment—a process that can be surprisingly complex if done manually within any database environment.

This study was done in two ways:

• Evaluator Group conducted an independent lab comparison of template creation methods in an Oracle database application environment. We first built templates 'from scratch' and deployed virtualized servers for Oracle RAC under VMware while tracking the time consumed for each step in the process. We then repeated the same process of deploying virtualized Oracle RAC servers, but in this second iteration we used Oracle Virtual Machine (Oracle VM) and the templates that are included with Oracle VM to create clones of virtual machines. Again, we tracked the time consumed for each step in this process.

• We also interviewed an Oracle systems administrator as a basis for additional comparison of building templates in a production environment. For this customer, templates were a “game changer” because of an ability to deploy database and business intelligence services up to twenty times faster for their customers.

Evaluator Group conducted this study of both methods to compare the two on the basis of management complexity, risk resulting from administrative error, and overall time consumed."

One of the really cool things in this paper is some real world data from a customer using Oracle VM and Oracle Linux and the total cost of ownership reductions they were able to achieve. Have a read of the full paper.

Have a great week!


Friday Mar 27, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Linux at Collaborate 15

Happy Friday!

If you’re headed to the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Collaborate 15 in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to learn a lot about Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. We will have a demo pod in Oracle’s demo area (booth #955) where you can talk to our experts and get your questions answered. The demo area is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the show.

Also, be sure to attend our "Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Strategy, Update, and Roadmap” session at 4:30PM on Monday, April 13 in South Seas A. The conversation will include information on OpenStack, Docker, and other exciting things relating to Oracle Linux and Oracle VM.

April 12-16
Las Vegas, NV

We hope to see you there!

Monday Mar 23, 2015

Press release: Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

A new Oracle press release this morning highlights the use of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM at Epsilon. From the press release:

"With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before." 

Head on over and read the full press release


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