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 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.
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.
In addition to the Larry Ellison announcement video--which is highly recommended!--there is in-depth Oracle Linux content in two of the other videos. First, the panel discussion video (video #3 in the list on the archive page) features several Oracle executives, including Oracle Senior Vice President, Linux and Virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. And last, in the Go Deep section Wim goes into detail on Oracle Linux and how it can benefit your data center.
We'll covered Engineered Systems many times on the blog, but we'll get into some detail on these new systems and Oracle Linux in future entries. In the meantime, clicking any of the pictures in this post will take you to the replay, it's exciting stuff!
Oracle OpenWorld is a great opportunity to meet with the folks who have their hands on the pulse of Oracle Linux. If you’re going to the show, there’s no better place to get the latest news, updates, and inside info on Oracle Linux than in the General Session: Oracle Linux–State of the Penguin by Wim Coekaerts, Oracle Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization.
Space is limited, so make sure you register for the session to secure your seat. You can use Schedule Builder to sign up, or if you’re already logged in, you should be able to click this link to go directly to the session and it to your personal Oracle OpenWorld agenda.
You can click below to hear a Q&A with Wim on Oracle Linux 7:
There are a number of other fantastic sessions that you should consider signing up for, too. There are three in particular featuring customers sharing their real world experiences that will be fantastic. Consider signing up for these:
Learn about using Spacewalk with Oracle Linux and how Halliburton leveraged it in their Oracle Linux implementation.
There are several other sessions you can sign up for, too, as well as Hands On Labs and demos in the Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization with OpenStack Showcase. You can get all the info in the Oracle Linux Focus On Document.
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.
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.
Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week is on an excellent blog post by Oracle Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. Wim describes the new Java channel on ULN that you can use to easily install Java on Oracle Linux.
First day of Oracle OpenWorld is over with Larry Ellison's keynote and User group forums and sessions.
Tomorrow is the first day of product sessions and we are going to kick off our sessions with a General Session with Wim Coekaerts, Sr. VP of Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion. Don't miss our Monday sessions, mark it in your calendar and drop by to hear the Oracle Linux executives talk about the product roadmap, strategies and technical details. Here are the sessions and demo activities you can attend:
Monday, September 23 Oracle Linux Sessions
10:45am General Session: Oracle Linux - State of the Penguin, Westin San Francisco, Room: Metropolitan II
Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP, Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will talk about what Oracle Linux strategy and what is coming in the next 12 months. This is one session you should not miss and people are already registering. Stop by to hear Wim and ask questions about Linux development
3:15pm Using Oracle Linux as Your Development Platform, Marriott Marquis, Room: Golden Gate (For DEVELOPERS)
In this session, you will learn about tools available from Oracle that allow you to create a powerful, feature rich development environment using Oracle Linux. Lenz Grimmer will describe their experience and recommended best practices for using familiar tools that are shipped with Oracle Linux, such as gcc C/C++ compiler, gdb debugger, along with various tracing tools.
4:45pm Managing Your Oracle Linux Environment, 4:45pm, Westin San Francisco, Room: City
In this session, Avi Miller and Tim Hill will discuss common methods customers are using to manage their Oracle Linux environment, including tips and tricks for patching and provisioning. Whether you prefer to leverage system tools, such as YUM with local repositories open source projects like Spacewalk, or a full scale system management solution like Oracle’s Enterprise Manager 12c.
Oracle Linux Demopods
If you want to see Oracle Linux Demo and ask questions to our engineers and developers, stop by in one of our Demopods located at Moscone South Exhibition Hall, Systems and Storage Demogrounds, Booth: 1133 :
Demopod 1: Oracle Linux: The Best Enterprise Linux (SC-146)
Demopod 2: Migration Made Easy: From Red Hat and SUSE to Oracle Linux (SC-144)
Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion
Please also visit the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Pavilion, Moscone South #2021 showcasing ISV and IHV partners that support Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. If you stop by in one of our Partners booth you can be in the drawing for this beautiful, plush penguin.
Don't forget to bookmarkFocus on Linuxto access the Oracle Linux sessions and other details anytime.
Oracle today announced that customers and partners continue to rapidly adopt Oracle Linux to increase the scalability, reliability and performance of their critical applications and systems.
to Gartner (March 2013), Oracle Linux placed in the top three in the
Linux server operating system market, growing more than 80 percent
year-over-year in 2012, which outpaced the overall Linux server
operating system market growth(1).
Recent important announcements with Dell, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com, around support for Oracle Linux, further demonstrate Oracle Linux momentum with partners.
“Epsilon offers a broad array of data-driven, multichannel marketing
solutions for many of the biggest brands in the world. Our information
systems have been experiencing substantial growth year-over-year, with
increased demand for real-time reporting, and high performance
transaction processing. To enable customers to interact with a brand in a
more dynamic real-time manner, we knew our infrastructure had to be
comprehensive, well integrated and scalable. With our Oracle Exadata
Database Machines running Oracle Linux, we are achieving transactional
processing speeds that were previously not attainable. Oracle’s
technologies and world-class support have been instrumental in enabling
us to deliver new value-add services and greater efficiency for
clients,” said Jeff White, vice president, technology, strategic
database services at Epsilon.
Tweet Chat with Oracle Executive, Wim Coekaerts on all thing Linux
When : Thursday, April 11 at 1
Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Wim Coekaerts,
on Thursday, April 11 at 1 p.m. PT for an hour of tweets about all things
Please submit your questions on Twitter by using #AskOracleExec. Wim will be responding to questions using the @ORCL_Linux Twitter handle.
Wim Coekaerts is the Senior
Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering for Oracle. He is
responsible for Oracle's complete desktop to data center virtualization
product line as well. Mr. Coekaerts
joined Oracle in 1995.
It also includes a short video clip of the interview, in which Wim shares some more thoughts about Oracle Linux, Solaris and related technologies and how they are developed at Oracle. If you would like to learn more about our motivation and strategy around Linux and Solaris, this one is a must-read!
"The Solaris team is hiring more people, and I'm hiring more people,"
Coekaerts said. "We're making both better and we're not favoring one
over the other."
Linuxcon Europe 2011 is less than two weeks away and it is in Prague, Czech Republic. Oracle's Linux and MySQL teams will be attending, and participating in a number of activities, including:
Reception hosted by Oracle's MySQL team
I wanted to highlight a few key sessions being delivered by Oracle:
Wim Coekaerts' Keynote on Friday, Oct. 28 at 9:30 am -- Oracle has been working on engineered systems for a couple of years now. Oracle Exadata and Exalogic are engineered systems that use either Linux or Solaris as the embedded operating systems. You will hear an overview and experience in building of building a complex integrated system. You will also hear what works and what some of the challenges were on making Linux be well-suited for lights out engineered systems that need to be highly available and have built-in diagnostics.
Chris Mason's Btrfs Session on Friday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 pm -- The Btrfs filesystem is quickly becoming a mature part of the Linux kernel. This talk will discuss the Btrfs roadmap and demonstrate some of the newest Btrfs features.
Elena Zannoni's Tracing Session on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 11:15 am -- This talk will give an overview and summary of the most current status of tracing development in the Linux arena. There are many different projects providing the user and system administrators with various approaches to tracing their applications, and the Linux kernel itself.
Santo Leto's MySQL 5.6 Session on Friday. Oct. 28 at 4:45 pm -- Attend this session to discover the new features delivered within the MySQL 5.6 development milestone releases, including an improved InnoDB storage engine, enhanced replication capabilities as well as MySQL performance and scalability optimizations. You will also learn about the new features available to the MySQL Community for testing, such as NoSQL access to MySQL. The ""M"" of the ""LAMP"" stack, MySQL is the world's most popular open source database and the leading database choice for web-based applications.
Stop by the Oracle Booth: Pick up a free copy of Oracle Linux 6; talk to Linux and MySQL experts.
Evening Reception Hosted by Oracle's MySQL on Thursday, October 27: Get your invitation to an evening reception by coming to our Thursday session or visiting our booth. Come swim with the dolphins!
Last week's Oracle OpenWorld was an incredible success. By any standards. From the vast amount of content that was delivered, the passion and zeal displayed by attendees that were eager to learn, share and network, the larger than life keynotes, the food, the activities, the keynotes, the drama, the large scale, entertainment with Sting and Tom Petty, everything was meticulous!
Hats off to the Oracle employees who work day in and day out to make this experience possible for our attendees!
Now that we are back to our normal work routine, I looked back at all the announcements/discussions and wanted to share a few with you that are relevant to the Linux community.
We announced the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 2 (UEK2) beta which is based on Linux 2.6.39 and includes featuures such as btrfs in production, Linux container, Open vSwitch and more. UEK2 beta is freely available to everyone. All you need is Oracle Linux 6 installed (also freely available from edelivery) and connect to the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) if you are an existing customer or if you just want to play with cool new stuff, use our public yum repository. Check out Wim Coeakert's blog entry with details on UEK2.
2. DTrace in Linux:
Another interesting feature we announced and is already available to Oracle Linux customers is "DTrace." We released a preview of DTrace which is made available to Oracle Linux support subscribers. Wim is also on a roll as you can see from his detailed blog entry on DTrace!
3. Zero downtime updates with Ksplice:
Ksplice has to be the hottest thing in Linux! Since early September Oracle Linux customers with a Premier support subscription, or Oracle customers with Oracle Premier Support for Systems and Operating Systems, have access to the newly added "zero downtime kernel updates" with Ksplice. Ksplice updates are kernel updates that can be applied on a running system. Note that we are not just talking about being able to install a new update of a package while the system is running and it then have take effect after a reboot or restart. The ksplice patches are immediately applied to the running Linux kernel and are effective immediately. On subsequent reboot, these patches are applied at bootup, or if a customer has installed a newer version of the kernel rpm itself, then of course the new kernel would just be loaded. How cool is this! Read Ksplice details here.
We are on a roll! Oracle is seriously investing in Linux and is driving Linux innovation hand in hand with the Linux community. Not only is Oracle Linux Support still much lower cost, but it is also superior in the features and functionality we bring to customers. Oracle Linux is the BEST Linux for any enterprise computing needs. Period.