Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Don't Miss:EMEA Events covering Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, and MySQL

We have great events coming up in EMEA covering Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and MySQL.

See the cities and dates below:

26-Mar-14

Birmingham, UK

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performance, Scalability and High Availability with MySQL

27-Mar-14

Manchester, UK

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performance, Scalability and High Availability with MySQL

CANCELED

Stockholm, Sweden

Oracle MySQL Lunch & Learn event in cooperation with B3IT

27-Mar-14

Madrid, Spain

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Rendimiento, escalabilidad y alta disponibilidad con MySQL

1-Apr-14

Vienna, Austria

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performanz, Skalierbarkeit und Hochverfügbarkeit mit MySQL

3-Apr-14

Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performanz, Skalierbarkeit und Hochverfügbarkeit mit MySQL

10-Apr-14

Dreieich, Germany

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performanz, Skalierbarkeit und Hochverfügbarkeit mit MySQL

3-Apr-14

Paris, France

Séminaire sur les fondations du Cloud Privé avec Oracle Linux et Oracle VM

30-Apr-14

London, UK

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM enabling private cloud seminar

1-May-14

Stockholm, Sweden

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM enabling private cloud seminar

7-May-14

Finland 

Oracle MySQL Tech Tour: Performance, Scalability and High Availability with MySQL (registrations will open later in the month, please bookmark this date and visit Oracle pages later for registration url)

Friday Jan 17, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Virtual Sysadmin Day Winter 2014

Happy Friday! Our Friday Spotlight today is a bit unique in that we're putting the same information on both the Oracle Virtualization blog and the Oracle Linux blog. The reason is that we want to tell you about a fantastic opportunity for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux administrators.

On January 28, Oracle is hosting an event called Virtual Sysadmin Day. If you haven't attended one of these before, you're in for a treat. These events let you attend a virtual version of the hands on lab sessions that we run each year at Oracle OpenWorld. So, if you've ever wanted to go to one of those sessions but couldn't get to San Francisco or the other Oracle OpenWorld locations around the world, now is your chance to attend from the comfort of you desk!

The format is really cool. The materials for the lab are provided for you, you just need to have Oracle VM VirtualBox (it's a free download), and download the pre-configured virtual machines for the labs. You should do this ahead of the event, but all the information to help you do it is available to you when you register.

On the day of the event, you login and watch some intro content that sets up the labs, and then you follow the steps for the labs on you own system. Oracle experts will be in the chat area to help with issues you might run into.

Virtual Sysadmin Day Winter 2014
January 28, 2014
9AM - 1PM Pacific Standard Time

Register Now

Virtual Sysadmin Day is one of my favorite events, I hope you have time to check it out! 

-Chris 

Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Oracle Joins the OpenStack Foundation

Oracle has become a Corporate Sponsor of the OpenStack Foundation! Ronen Kofman has a little more detail and a link to the press release over on the Oracle Virtualization blog.

-Chris

Wednesday Dec 04, 2013

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM will be Featured at Dell World 2013



Oracle is proud to be a Gold sponsor at Dell World 2013. Join Oracle Linux and Virtualization experts and discover how you can benefit from Oracle software integration with Dell hardware. Our activities include:

Session: Why Choose Oracle Linux for your Oracle Database 12c Deployments

Details: Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Room 17AB

Speaker: Chris Kawalek, Oracle

Find out how Oracle Linux is optimized for Oracle Database and the benefits of deploying them together on an integrated and fully tested infrastructure.

Theater Presentation: Best Practices for Virtualizing Oracle Database and Oracle Applications with Oracle VM

Details: Thursday, 11:00-11:25am, Expo area (Theater on the right)

Speaker: Chris Kawalek, Oracle

Realize the true potential of virtualization beyond server consolidation using Oracle VM’s application-driven virtualization approach.

Theater Presentation: Dell/Oracle Active Infrastructure 

Details: Thursday, 2:30-2:55pm,  Expo area (Theater on the right)

Speaker: Tom Kopec, Oracle

Get a high level review of the recently announce Dell / Oracle Active Infrastructure.  

Booth  #401G
Come to the Oracle booth on Monday and Tuesday, talk to our experts, pick up free Oracle Linux and Oracle VM software DVD.

We hope to see you at Dell World.

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Lenovo ThinkServer Systems Certified for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux

This morning, Lenovo announced that their ThinkServer rack portfolio has been tested and certified with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. You can read the news release here .

By completing the testing necessary to appear on the Oracle VM and Oracle Linux Hardware Compatibility List (HCL), customers using Lenovo ThinkServer Systems are assured that their Oracle VM and Oracle Linux deployments are supported.

This is an exciting development for Oracle customers because it gives them more choice in how they want to deploy their Oracle software, including Oracle Applications, Oracle Database, and more, with Oracle VM and Oracle Linux. The combination is especially interesting in small to medium sized businesses for a number of reasons.

First, there is an extremely low barrier to entry. With zero license cost for Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, there are never any upfront fees to take into consideration. This helps small to medium sized businesses do all of their architecting, testing, and even implementation without needing to worry about license fees. Another factor that reduces the barrier to entry is Oracle VM Templates. There are over 100 of these ready to run virtual machines, pre-tested, pre-configured with popular Oracle software requiring near-zero OS, or application knowledge, ready to deploy from point of download. For SMB’s with slim IT resources, Oracle VM Templates help to radically reduce deployment time so companies can focus on growing their business.
The last piece of the puzzle for small and medium sized businesses is affordable support costs. With some of the lowest support costs in the industry, if a customer chooses to purchase support for their deployment, they are assured of a low cost, high value investment. Affordable support costs paired with zero license fees means that overall costs stay incredibly low.

And now, all of this is certified for use on Lenovo’s ThinkServer Systems!

When you look at these factors, the combination of Lenovo ThinkServer Systems and Oracle VM and Oracle Linux is a very compelling option.

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM pre-validated, pre-tested with FlexPod

As the Oracle community is gathering at IOUG this week sharing news, checking out the latest innovations, the Oracle VM and Oracle Linux team are also busy working to expand our platform validation support. In a collaborative effort with both Cisco and NetApp, we’d like to give you an early glimpse of the upcoming reference architectures for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM with FlexPod:

  • A FlexPod with Oracle VM is scheduled for the second half of 2013  – this Oracle VM architecture offers virtualization coverage for Oracle as well as non-Oracle workloads
  • A FlexPod featuring NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP with Oracle Linux,  coming Jun 30, 2013 – this is the second Oracle Linux bare-metal design
  • A FlexPod with Oracle Linux, coming June 14, 2013 – this is one of two bare metal designs for running Oracle DB on Oracle Linux
The combined products give customers access to infrastructure designs that are pre-tested and pre-validated building blocks for application consolidation, private cloud migration or data center modernization.
In addition to the benefits of the integrated design and validation, there are specific unique benefits that Oracle VM and Oracle Linux add to FlexPod:
  • Oracle VM – Application-Driven Virtualization difference: Speed Dev/Test/Production application deployment – Using Oracle VM Templates, customers can deploy applications 7-10x faster than traditional virtualization approaches. Entire application stacks including guest OS with Oracle Linux can quickly be deployed or provisioned in hours or minutes. This empowers IT to have a direct impact on the business Quality of Service by enabling more test systems and or respond to end customer requirements more quickly.
  • Enhanced high availability with Oracle Linux: With Ksplice, Oracle Linux kernel updates are installed in seconds, without interrupting running applications or the people using those applications. You can quickly check on the current status of your systems before rolling out updates to your network. Installing updates requires no downtime, so your systems are more available than ever.
  • Certified by Oracle: All Oracle applications are certified on Oracle VM. This gives customers peace of mind that FlexPod with Oracle VM running Oracle applications are both fully tested and  certified by Oracle
  • Reduce Licensing Cost: with zero licensing cost for both Oracle VM and Oracle Linux and low enterprise support cost, customers can dramatically reduce both capex and opex IT spending. 
We’ll keep you updated as these reference architectures get published. Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter to stay informed.

Friday Apr 05, 2013

All for One, One for All: MySQL, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM Tech Tours

MySQL Tech Tours: From the Web to the Cloud

Are you looking to deploy MySQL-based applications with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM either on-premise or in the cloud?

Are you in Europe?

Join us to learn how you can reduce costs and improve business agility while achieving the highest levels of MySQL scalability, security and uptime and hear about benefits of using Oracle Linux and Oracle VM for your infrastructure. 

Register today: 

April 11, 2013, Reading, UK

April 17, 2013, München, Germany

April 18, 2013, Hannover, Germany

April 24, 2013, Baden (near Zürich), Switzerland

May 07, 2013, Rome, Italy

Monday Feb 04, 2013

February Oracle Linux Events: Mark Your Calendar

February is a busy month!

We are hosting free, in-person events all around North America and Europe. We'll cover Oracle Linux overview, unique features, and why it is the best choice for the enterprise and cloud infrastructures.

Don't miss, sign up today 

North America:

Europe :

In addition to these live events we are also hosting a SuSE Linux to Oracle Linux Migration Webcast on Feb. 28, 2013.

These are free events and space is limited. Sign up now.

Thursday Apr 12, 2012

Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Hardware Certification Program

The Oracle Linux and Oracle VM are continuing to see growth in IHV (Independent Hardware Vendor) ecosystem. The Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Hardware Certification Program, also referred as HCL, provides a formal means for hardware vendors to work with Oracle to establish high quality support for the certified hardware platform. Since the beginning of the program, number of hardware partners have certified range of server platforms on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Currently, HCL lists over 400 certifications from 10 server vendors and the list continues to grow at a rapid pace.

New hardware certification involves close collaboration between Oracle and server partner to ensure that adequate testing is performed on the target server and results are thoroughly reviewed. This rigorous process ensures that when new hardware platform is listed on HCL, it has full support from both Oracle and the respective partner. Additionally, once a certification is achieved with Oracle Linux with the current version of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, future minor updates of the software continue to carry over the certification, reducing the need for a re-certification.

For the complete list of certified hardware, please visit Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Certified Hardware. Also refer to Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Tuesday Aug 30, 2011

Q&A with Wim Coekaerts: Linux Turns Twenty!

We interviewed Wim Coekaerts, Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization at Oracle. Since we are celebrating 20 years of Linux this year, and Wim has been involved with Linux for a very long time, we thought it will be interesting to get his perspective on how Linux has evolved and what is next for Linux. Here’s what he had to say.

1. When did you first start with Linux?

 

I started using Linux in the early days. I do remember reading Linus's first mail while at school. My friends and I hung out in a computer room that had about 12 IBM PS/2 systems (386/sx) running AIX (at the time AIX 1.2 still existed on the ps2 as well). We were looking for source code for an OS and had actually put together, I believe it was, about $400 to buy the BSD source code tape from BSDI.

Anyway long story short, the BSD tape didn't arrive for quite some time and Linus's mail was perfect timing so we pulled Linux in and that was version 0.95+. First we replaced AIX with Linux on one PS/2 system, then more systems followed and after a while the entire PS/2 cluster became a Linux-based PS/2 cluster. Slackware was the first actual distribution that we then pulled in, tons of floppy disks... good times.

2. What changes have you seen from the early days of Linux to today?

Well, Linux grew up; it was a hobby project which turned into an obviously hugely successful software product. It's really quite amazing. It runs on so many chips/architectures, the download used to be a few 100K and now is 70M+ in size. Fascinating really. I think Linus did an amazing job by managing the project so incredibly well but at the same time allowing others to do stuff with a great amount of freedom. It prevented forks from happening early on. Many open source projects end up forking into different trees because people disagree but Linus has always managed to keep Linux as a nice single tree moving forward.

The other thing that changed is the number of people, the early days was a smaller group. However, even today, from what I can tell there still is a very similar core team that contributes to Linux often times still the same names.

3. How important is Linux in today's datacenter?

 

It's become a core technology, every datacenter probably has some amount of Linux running everywhere in the world. Whether it's a regular server or an appliance or embedded device. So it's everywhere. I don't think there's any particular place that Linux doesn't play a role in devices that need an operating system. Obviously the server market is visible a good use case but in terms of units the mobile space is way larger. People don't see that because it's hidden inside. I am sure everyone has some Linux running at home, even people that do not have a desktop computer but they have a Tivo or so.

This also implies that software is ported or built on Linux by most software vendors and that causes it to be a great ecosystem. It really is very pervasive today and that includes all areas, test and development systems, product systems, mission critical, clusters, etc...

 

4. How does Oracle invest in Linux and open source?

I want to highlight a few different areas here:

We port and develop most Oracle products on Linux and Solaris as a base-development platform. So by building products on Linux we obviously ensure that our customers can happily deploy on the OS. There is a big benefit to Linux here that often gets ignored or isn't really appreciated and that is testing. We have 1000's of servers running Oracle Linux that are used to test our various products. This helps test the OS as well, during our Oracle regression tests we run into OS related bugs, we triage and fix them. There are very, very few companies out there which such a large development environment and QA farm. QA is an important part for any product to improve and it's a great, underappreciated contribution.

Oracle started somewhere in late 1990s to port products to Linux, Oracle database 8.0.5 was first released on Linux in 1998.

 

We have the Oracle Linux development team which does a lot of contributions to Linux. Btrfs, all the Linux NFS work, a ton of SCSI work, etc. there's a long list of stuff that goes back into the mainline tree. There are two objectives for the Linux development team 1) Help make Linux a better OS in general. Features needed to continue to be competitive with other operating systems, Btrfs is a great example. These features might not always be related to what Oracle products need. 2) Find places where we can improve Linux to help run Oracle products better and faster.

This work started around 2001 and has been increasing ever since. The people in the team are part of the Linux kernel development community like any other kernel developers, same process, same way of working. It's very smooth and now that we have the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux, we have a great vehicle to actually show this off more and we have the ability to get the work we do in the hands of customers directly. I believe this will help make people realize even more the amount of effort we put into Linux.

Use of Linux as a deployment platform. We have 1000's of servers in house running Linux, test, development and production just like we do Solaris. It shows that we are not just telling others to do this but also do it ourselves; eat your own dog food kind of thing! We also have, and continue to, offer Oracle Linux in our engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic.

 

5. Where do you think Linux is going to be in the next 20 years?

 

It's easy to predict the past, hard to predict the future! Clearly the mobile and tablet space uses a lot of Linux, so the embedded market is full of Linux devices, the server market is full of Linux servers and that will continue to grow. There are always new features to work on of course and as chips get more cores and threads and servers get more CPU sockets and memory scaling up will continue to be something to work on and improve.  I am not sure how well Linux on the desktop is going to evolve. People have been trying to predict that "this" is the year of the Linux desktop for quite some time now, tablets seem to be making inroads into that space to a certain extend, so maybe Linux's year of the desktop ends up being Linux tablets and mobile devices that are slowly replacing desktop use.

6. Now that Linux is twenty years old, I suppose Tux is twenty too!

Heh! Tux is timeless. As far as I can remember it has looked the same, hasn’t aged a bit!

 

Thanks for your time and insights, Wim. I’m sure our readers will enjoy reading this as much we enjoyed talking to you.

Monday Aug 29, 2011

LIVE WEBCAST 8/31 9amPT:Virtualize Your Linux Deployments with Lower Cost

Unlike other vendors that provide virtualization solutions focused solely on the infrastructure layer and consolidation, Oracle takes a unique perspective by using virtualization for deploying and managing applications. Oracle is continuing to innovate virtualization technology and its integration with Linux and enterprise applications. By taking a holistic approach that addresses all layers of the enterprise datacenter, Oracle virtualization solutions can help companies transform into effective service providers that support business priorities at lower cost. 


In this webcast, you'll hear our virtualization experts talk about:

  • Benefits of virtualizing Linux systems using Oracle VM
  • New advances in Xen
  • Rapid deployment with Oracle VM Templates running on Oracle Linux
  • How you can benefit from application-aware virtualization

Time/Date: Wed, 8/31 9amPT / 12pm PT

Register now


Thursday Apr 21, 2011

LIVE WEBCAST May 3rd, 9am PT: Why Pella Corp. Deployed Oracle VM and Oracle Linux

Pella Corporation is a leading manufacturer of quality windows and doors in North America. When looking to virtualize their datacenter, they were seeking a solution that would efficiently virtualize enterprise applications while being cost-effective.

Hear first-hand from Pella's data center managers and IT administrators as they outline their decision criteria, and why they elected to virtualize their Oracle applications with Oracle VM. They will also discuss their move to Oracle Linux, which reduced cost and gave them a single source of support for their entire virtualized software stack.

Join this webcast and get real-world tips from IT pros, as they discuss how at Pella, they:

  • Improved their ability to deploy and manage Oracle applications leveraging Oracle VM
  • Benefited by selecting Oracle VM and Oracle Linux for their project
  • Dramatically cut costs in their datacenter

Register now for the Webcast, Why Pella Corporation Deployed Oracle VM and Oracle Linux.

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