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:
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.
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.
Oracle is one of the biggest contributors to Linux but it’s also at the forefront of exploring what is possible with cloud computing and containers, including integrations with Docker and contributions to the Open Container Initiative.
This year Oracle is sponsoring LinuxCon North America and Wim Coekaerts, Sr.VP Oracle Linux and Virtualization Engineering will be keynote speaker. He will be talking at the event specifically about how the cloud revolution is changing the role of the operating system, a very relevant topic for attendees. Amanda McPherson of Linux Foundation, spoke to Wim at Oracle’s campus in Redwood Shores a few weeks ago, and in this short video preview, Wim tells if the operating system still matters in a world of virtualization and containers and how that impacts application development.
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.
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
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.
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.
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