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 Aug 14, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog and LinuxCon

Happy Friday! 

If you've been seeing our recent posts on this blog, you can probably tell we're pretty excited about LinuxCon next week! Our colleagues and friends over at the Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog did a great post earlier this week outlining a number of fantastic sessions for those of you interested in what Oracle is doing in the community. A few examples:

Head on over to the post at the Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog for even more sessions you should attend if you're heading to Seattle.

Speaking of that Oracle Mainline Linux Kernel Blog, if you weren't previously aware of it, it's a great resource to hear from the developers on Oracle's mainline Linux kernel team. The posts on the blog give you extremely in-depth info, with lots of real world tips for performance and great background on technical topics. Peruse through the back entries to find some really great technical information from our experts.

We'll see you next week!


Friday Aug 07, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Software updates, LinuxCon, and more!

Happy Friday!

It's been a busy period here in the Oracle Linux team, so I thought I'd do a highlight post with links to some of the big things that are happening:

- LinuxCon North America starts in just 10 days, and Oracle is a sponsor. The conference features a keynote by Oracle Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts. If you're there, you don't want to miss it.

- Speaking of Wim and LinuxCon, there is a short video to give you a peek into what Wim will be talking about.

- We released Oracle Linux 6.7.

- We released Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6.

There's a lot of other great stuff going on, too, from Oracle Private Cloud Appliance training, to Oracle looking for people interested in working to design and develop technical training, and a new article on sysadmin job interview questions, featuring thoughts from Oracle Linux product management.

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


Friday Jul 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 is out!

Happy Friday!

I know a lot of folks use Oracle VM VirtualBox to run Oracle Linux VMs. I do this myself every day. The ability to run multiple machines with different operating systems on a laptop is incredibly helpful. For example, you can do Docker development in Oracle Linux on your Macbook. Or if you're running Linux as your main OS, you could have a Windows VM, maybe for some pesky corporate apps that won't run on Linux. The possibilities are just endless.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 was released this week, with a number of key features. Things like:

  • Runtime disk encryption
  • Drag and drop between nearly all host and guest combinations (including my typical Mac host->Oracle Linux guest setup)
  • USB 3.0 support
  • Headless launch support (say you need a local server VM running in the background!)
  • Performance improvements with paravirtualization for newer Linux and Windows guests

And a lot more.

Have a look at the Oracle Virtualization blog post for more details, and go grab Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 here.

Have a great week!


Friday Jul 03, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Shiny new pages for OSS, Public Yum, and ULN!

Happy Friday and a happy holiday weekend to those of you in the US!

It might be obvious, but the Oracle Linux and virtualization teams are heavily involved in open source. For quite some time, we’ve had a site that describes the open source projects the teams are involved in. This site was just updated with a new look and feel and additional content. My favorite part is a history section going by to 2001. Check it out:

I’m also excited to highlight the new look and feel for the Oracle Linux Yum server (we also call it "Public Yum"):

And you also might not yet have noticed that the Unbreakable Linux Network ALSO has a shiny new look and feel:

Just some improvements to make working with these sites easier for folks. We hope you enjoy them!


Friday Jun 26, 2015

Friday Spotlight: A busy week, and Spacewalk and Ksplice

Happy Friday!

With Oracle OpenWorld Latin America with several Oracle Linux and virtualization sessions and demos, and our booth at Red Hat Summit, it’s been a busy and fun week here at Oracle.

For today's spotlight, I’m going to reach back into the archives to highlight something that I think is particularly cool. You probably know about Spacewalk for managing your Linux deployments, and you also probably know about our Ksplice feature that allows for zero-downtime kernel updates. Taken together, these tools give you a streamlined way to keep your Oracle Linux systems up to date. And, in fact, this past winter we did a webcast on this exact subject, which is available as an archive. It would be nice background listening as you wrap-up your Friday afternoon:

Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keeping Oracle Linux Systems Up to Date and Secure (webcast archive)

See you next 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 May 01, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Optimizing Oracle Database Performance on Oracle Linux with Flash

Happy Friday!

This week, I'm dipping into the archives for a really interesting white paper, "Optimizing Oracle Database Performance on Oracle Linux with Flash." It talks about one of my favorite benefits of running Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris with Oracle database called Database Smart Flash Cache. From the summary of the paper:

"This document explains how to increase Oracle database performance and improve user response time by deploying Oracle’s Flash Accelerator hardware with Oracle’s Database Smart Flash Cache feature. Oracle’s Database Smart Flash Cache feature is supported only on Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris operating systems beginning with Oracle 11gR2.

The benefits outlined here apply to all Oracle Flash products on Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris. For this particular study Oracle’s PCIe based in-server Sun Flash Accelerator F40 PCIe Card and Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel were used. The findings apply to both the Sun Flash Accelerator F40 and F80 PCIe Cards."

You can read the full paper here.

I also wanted to give a reminder for our webcast next week on Docker. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn not only how to get your feet wet with Docker and Oracle Linux, but you'll also learn the sorts of use cases where Docker really shines from one of our top experts, Avi Miller.

Getting Started with Oracle Linux and Docker webcast
May 7, 2015
2PM-3PM Pacific Time

Register Now

We'll see you next week!


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!


Friday Apr 17, 2015

Friday Spotlight: The Power of The Ksplice Feature of Oracle Linux Video

Happy Friday!

I'm really excited to share this week's Friday Spotlight with you. Oracle Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Wim Coekaerts sat down with Director of Product Management Michele Casey and Senior Development Manager Jamie Iles to talk about Ksplice.

In the video, they go into a lot of detail about why Ksplice is a production-ready tool for keeping systems up to date. A highlight for me is the discussion featuring a real world example of an Oracle Linux 6.2 system from 2011, and how a system like that can be patched over time with all the important CVEs and security updates without a single reboot -- no rebooting literally for years. For production systems, you can just keep the system up and running, and still be up to date. Click this screenshot to head on over to Oracle Media Network to watch the video:

We'll see you next week!


Friday Apr 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: ApacheCon 2015

Happy Friday!

We're proud to be sponsoring the Linux Foundation's ApacheCon North America event in Austin, TX. The show starts on Monday and we will have a booth where you can talk to Oracle Linux experts, as well as a session on Tuesday where we'll discuss features of Oracle Linux that make it an ideal platform for deploying websites and mission-critical workloads.

Power Your Apache Workloads with Oracle Linux
Tuesday, April 14, 2:00 PM
Room: Texas V

If you're at the show, stop by and have a chat with us.

Also, don't forget that Collaborate 15 is next week in Las Vegas. We did a post earlier this week that gave all the details, so if you're in Las Vegas for the show, be sure to look us up.

Have a great week!


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!

Friday Mar 20, 2015

Friday Spotlight: Take the Oracle VM Customer Survey

Happy Friday!

I know we're here on the Oracle Linux blog, but we know a lot of our users are also using Oracle VM. The Oracle VM product management team has put together a very short (just a few minutes) survey that would really help them get some feedback on how people are using it in their environments.

Oracle VM Customer Survey

If you're an Oracle VM user, we'd love to get your feedback!


Friday Mar 13, 2015

Friday Spotlight: More on Oracle Linux 7.1!

Happy Friday everyone, we hope you had a great week!

It was an exciting week for us with the release of Oracle Linux 7.1. You can read about the update, learn how to get it, read the documentation, and more.

We also have two fantastic blogs from Oracle Senior Vice President Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Wim Coekaerts. Wim talked about Oracle Linux and MySQL 5.6, and secure boot in Oracle Linux 7.1. There's a lot of great information there, so have a look through it for your Friday afternoon reading.

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



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