It’s day 3 of Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco and we’re back gathering all of the latest information for you from Oracle’s annual conference being held at the Moscone Center. Today we will be bringing you information primarily around Oracle Linux which sits at the core of many of the Oracle products.
The first notable session of the day was a solution keynote speech on Oracle’s infrastructure strategy for the cloud and on-premises systems. The session got off to a start with re-iterating what’s been a common theme each day this week in that whether you want to run in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, In other clouds or on-premises then the entire suite of products are available and in the exact same format as on the Oracle Cloud. One the products used to demonstrate this was Exadata Gen 2 which is used as the foundation for OCI with the exact same hardware and software available for cloud at customer from Oracle. The tag line “we use the same as our customers do” was also made reference to as to further re-enforce this ethos.
The solution keynote also covered a number of innovations in Oracle Linux with the most important being Oracle Autonomous Linux which was officially announced on Monday during Larry Ellison’s keynote speech. This new version of Oracle Linux primarily addresses security concerns by proactively addressing security issues and ensuring that the operating system stays up to date by itself and best of all without any updates or downtime required.
In addition to kernel level updates Oracle Autonomous Linux is also able to patch user space packages such as previously high-profile vulnerabilities in glibc and openssl. Not only are the vulnerabilities patched but tripwires are also inserted so that should a user or process try to exploit the vulnerability an audit entry is created and can be notified to the system maintainer. The biggest aim with Oracle Autonomous Linux is moving systems to always being up to date and as secure as possible by removing the require human labour and thus the possibility of human error.
Later on in the day we continued with further information on Oracle Linux but this time on optimisation of the system for getting the most performance out of Oracle Database. This session primarily addressed memory management such as the use of huge pages and customising the system swapiness to ensure the database gets as much use of the available memory as possible. This session also covered some additional support tools which can be used for gathering system information for troubleshooting. We’ll be working to bring all of the key points from this session to our Oracle environments as soon as possible.
In between sessions we also took some time to visit the exhibition zone and talk with both current and potential future partners and providers such as DBVisit, Nutanix and Solarwinds. Nutanix easily had the best area in the exhibition zone, and not because of anything technical, because they had puppies! All of the puppies had been rescued from trouble and were there for some TLC from many willing attendees and were being extremely well looked after.
Day 3 also finishes with the conference attendee party known as CloudFest which is being held at the Chase Center and features performances from John Mayer and Flo Rida. Attendee party’s are always a great way to reflect on the information from the week and catch up with new and old connections over a few beers but unfortunately tend to fall before all the work is done and the final day can be a bit of a struggle in the morning!
We’ll be back tomorrow for the 4th and final day of Oracle OpenWorld including our round-up of the whole week and the most exciting things we’ll be bringing to you in the coming weeks that we’ve been introduced to this week.
By Matt Parkinson on September 19th, 2019