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

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We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

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!

-Chris 

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!

-Chris 


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!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 08, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Getting Started with Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and OpenStack

Happy Friday!

You might have seen Ronen Kofman’s announcement earlier in the week regarding the technology preview of OpenStack Icehouse with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. There are some great things going on with OpenStack, and if you want to give it a try yourself, this white paper (updated for the Icehouse technology preview) can help you get started:


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.
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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 

Friday Feb 28, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Accelerating MySQL on Oracle Linux with Flash

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a brand new white paper that can help you get the most out of MySQL running on Oracle Linux, with the help of Oracle's Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe card. To give you an idea of the Oracle Linux part of this, here is an except from the paper's intro:

"Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) was chosen for this study for several key reasons including its upstream support for the latest hardware relevant to modern data center operations, and SSD support and performance features such as SSD detect. In addition, MySQL database workloads benefit from the platform’s deep integration with the solution stack, optimizations resulting from industry collaborations and enhancements in the UEK.

Read the white paper "Performance Advantages of Running an Oracle MySQL Replicated Database on Oracle Linux with Oracle’s Sun Flash Accelerator F80 PCIe Card"

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Feb 07, 2014

Friday Spotlight: OCFS2 Best Practices Guide

Happy Friday!

Our spotlight this week is on a brand new white paper, "OCFS2 Best Practices Guide". In this paper, Oracle's Robert Chase describes in detail how to get the most from OCFS2 in Oracle Linux.

Read OCFS2 Best Practices Guide.

We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

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