In case you're new to this: the Oracle Technology Network Virtual Sysadmin Days are a series of hands-on, proctored labs for systems administrators, brought to you on the web. They're free, although you do need to register, and there is some prep work you need to do beforehand.
The next one in the series is coming up on Tuesday, March 16th and will start at 9 AM GMT, so we're calling this the "Europe/Middle East/Africa" edition, although we never discriminate -- jump in from wherever you are then, and we'll be there.
As always, you'll have three tracks to choose from: Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM. The theme for this edition's Oracle Solaris session is the typical tasks and challenges of a sysadmin's daily life.
This time last year, we were just getting a chance to talk about some new technology that had been recently added to the Oracle portfolio: Oracle Virtual Networking. Pretty powerful stuff on its own, as long as you're a fan of high performance networking, simplifying your data center, and saving a lot of money in the process.
This year, we've got another new product line to talk about as well, and
the Oracle Virtual Networking technology is at the heart of it: the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance.
It's an engineered system designed from the start for virtualization,
and intended for general purpose workloads running on Oracle Solaris,
Oracle Linux, other Linux distros, or Windows.
Here's a short video walk-through, showing OVCA power-up to production in less than an hour:
And if you want to learn more about either OVCA or Oracle Virtual Networking, there are several sessions of interest coming up next week at OpenWorld:
Software-defined networking is gaining momentum within the broader
enterprise and data center networking industry. Oracle SDN, a component
of Oracle Virtual Networking, provides the fastest and most agile
software-defined networking currently available in the marketplace. Learn its benefits, and how it differs from other SDNs. This
session also provides use cases for infrastructure as a service (IaaS), a
private cloud model, and virtual network services.
See how the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance goes from power on to running production applications faster than any comparable system; configure any
resources without ever needing to make a physical change on the system. OVCA is an ideal data center building block for
customers looking to simplify their operations and spend more time on
innovation and less time on fighting fires.
This session will demonstrate how you can use Oracle templates and assemblies to deploy a
range of Oracle software in a simple, repeatable, and scalable manner. Oracle Virtual Assembly
Builder to create and modify templates and then deploy them on Oracle
Virtual Compute Appliance, which can go from power on to running
production applications in less than an hour. Come to this exciting
session to see how you can take advantage of its unique features to
accelerate the way you deploy and manage applications in your
Learn how leading companies have managed
explosive growth by moving to a dynamic fabric-based data center
infrastructure, integrating Oracle Virtual Networking into the core of
their infrastructure. This session will cover
best practices in automation, monitoring, and maintenance of Oracle
Virtual Networking, to drive efficiency and
effectiveness in a high-transaction environment, with case studies from customers.
This is a 90-minute Hands-On Lab, where you will learn how to use Oracle Fabric Manager to
dynamically deploy virtual resources to servers. It will step through how to control connectivity on thousands of
servers from a single interface, and create rapidly repeatable
configurations with I/O templates. This lab will also explore using Oracle Fabric Manager features to visualize a network's physical and
logical network topology, group servers and their management as a single
entity, create network and storage clouds, and set up cloud quality of
There are those who cynically claim that Virtual Sysadmin Day is just something made up to sell greeting cards and flowers, but I think it's a lovely holiday, and a chance to show the virtual sysadmins in your life that you care. Be sure to give your virtual sysadmin a call, and...
No, wait, that's not right at all. I'll come in again.
In the past, the folks at Oracle Technology Network have gone on the road, holding "Sysadmin Days" -- several hours of hands-on, proctored labs for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM administrators -- in various cities around the world. They've been very well-attended and well-received, but the problem is that there are always more cities one could hold these in than there are days in the year. And what about those of you on farms? Or in Antarctica, or in undersea habitats?
Thus: Virtual Sysadmin Days, harnessing the power of the Internet. OTN held their first Virtual Sysadmin Day earlier this year, and it was a hit. So, on July 15th, they're doing it again.
Now, what's exciting to me is that Pavel Anni and Glynn Foster spent some time thinking about how to make the Oracle Solaris track even better than before, and this time around, instead of approaching the day from a "feature" point of view, they designed the agenda as a task-oriented flow: what if you need to set up a secure, multi-level application?
That's what this day (OK, half day) is going to be all about. Your mission will be to deploy a web-based application and its supporting database, leveraging the intrinsic features of Oracle Solaris, in three steps: storage and web; database and application; and, finally, resource monitoring and packaging. Just like the non-virtual days, the labs are proctored, so you'll have a chance to ask questions and get help as you go along.
Even if you participated in the earlier Virtual Sysadmin Day, you may find this to be worth attending, to approach existing or new skills from a different direction.
Like the previous virtual (and non-virtual) Sysadmin Days, this is free, but you do need to register. And just like last time, there's some prework for you to do ahead of the actual day, so register now and get ready.
Find out more at the registration site:
Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day Monday July 15, 2013 9:00am (Pacific) / 12noon (Eastern) / 1:00pm (BRT) REGISTER NOW
Oh, and if you do happen to attend this from Antarctica or an undersea habitat: send us a card.
The folks over at Oracle Technology Network (OTN) have been holding a very popular series of "Sysadmin Days" -- road shows for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, featuring a packed agenda of hands-on labs. This was great news for people in certain cities, but what about the rest of the world?
Solved! Last month, they took the same material and put together a "Virtual Sysadmin Day", which by all accounts was a smashing success. Not only were the hands-on labs available for anyone to join in on from the comfort of the web, there were virtual proctors available to chat with during the event itself.
So far so good, but even on the intartubez, geography matters, what with timezones and whatnot. So on Thursday, March 14, the third Virtual Sysadmin Day will be held at an Asia/Pacific friendly start time: 9:30am (India) / 12noon (Singapore) / 3:00pm (Sydney).
(This is also excellent for, say, New York night owls who prefer to dig into such things at 11 PM.)
Like the previous Sysadmin Days, this is free, but you do need to register. One other thing: there's prework, so register now and make sure you're ready to go.
More information at the registration site:
Oracle Virtual Sysadmin Day Thursday March 14, 2013 9:30am (India) / 12noon (Singapore) / 3:00pm (Sydney) REGISTER NOW