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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance



Today’s solutions for protecting business data fail to meet the needs of mission critical enterprise databases. They lose up to a day of business data on every restore, place a heavy load on production servers during backup, fail to ensure database level recoverability, and cannot scale to meet the needs of ever expanding databases. Fundamentally they treat databases as a set of disjoint files to copy, not as transactional systems with specific integrity and performance requirements.
Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance is a ground-breaking data protection solution that tightly integrates with the Oracle Database in order to address these requirements head-on. It eliminates data loss exposure and dramatically reduces data protection overhead on production servers. In addition, the Recovery Appliance scales to protect thousands of databases, ensures end-to-end data validation, and implements full lifecycle protection including disk backup, tape backup, and remote replication.



Today’s Database Data Protection Problems


The fundamental problems with today’s database protection solutions stem from:

  • Backup and recovery methods that are based on decades-old nightly backups paradigm, where up to a day’s worth of data can be lost on every restore
  • High backup overhead on production servers and networks for processing all database data during backups, whether it has changed or not
  • Ever-increasing backup windows due to non-stop data growth
  • Backup appliances that cannot scale to protect the hundreds to thousands ofdatabases in the data center
  • Poor visibility and control of the full data protection lifecycle, from disk to tape to replication 

Introducing Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance

The Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance is the world's first engineered system designed specifically for database protection. The Recovery Appliance delivers continuous protection for critical databases while offloading all backup processing from production servers to minimize overhead.
The Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance is massively scalable, allowing a single appliance to handle the data protection requirements of thousands of databases.



Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance tightly integrates with new Recovery Appliance specific capabilities in the Oracle Database and the Recovery Manager (RMAN) backup tool to provide data protection capabilities and performance that are not possible with any other data protection solution.


Eliminate Data Loss

The principal design goal for the Recovery Appliance is to eliminate the loss of critical database data that is still possible using existing data protection solutions.
Real-time Redo Transport

Redo logging is the fundamental means of implementing transactional changes within the Oracle database. All Oracle 11g or later databases can now continuously send redo directly from in-memory log buffers to the Recovery Appliance. This provides unique real-time data protection that allows databases to be protected until the last sub-second. Since redo is sent from database shared memory, the overhead on the production systems is extremely low.
Real-Time Redo Transport was first implemented for Oracle’s Data Guard technology and has been deployed in thousands of mission-critical databases around the world. The Recovery Appliance extends this technology beyond the top tier of databases in a simple and cost-effective manner. The Recovery Appliance provides similar levels of data protection as in Data Guard today, for databases that do not necessarily require Data Guard’s fast failover and query offload capabilities.
Secure Replication

Backups on a local Recovery Appliance can be easily and quickly replicated via secure transport to a remote Recovery Appliance for protection against disasters such as site outages or regional disasters. The replication topology can be tailored to match the data center’s requirements. For example, replication can be set up in a simple one-way topology, or two Recovery Appliances can be set up to replicate to each other, or several satellite Recovery Appliances can be set up to replicate to a central Recovery Appliance. In all topologies, only changed blocks are replicated to minimize WAN network usage. 

If the local Recovery Appliance is not available, restore operations can run directly from the remote Recovery Appliance without staging the data locally.

Autonomous Tape Archival

Tape offers a very low cost solution for long-term data retention and archival. It also provides low-cost unalterable protection from intentional attacks by hackers or employees, production software/hardware malfunctions, and accidental data deletion. However, the requirement for periodic full backups to tape imposes high overhead on production systems.
The Recovery Appliance automates and offloads full and incremental backups to tape, completely eliminating the impact of tape backup on production database systems. 16Gb Fibre Channel Adapters can be optionally added to the Recovery Appliance to send data directly from the Recovery Appliance to tape libraries, using the included and highly integrated Oracle Secure Backup media management software.

Tape archival offload is a significant Recovery Appliance differentiator compared to today’s backup solutions. It allows businesses to continue to use their existing tape libraries while eliminating tape backup overhead on production systems. Expensive media manager database backup agents are no longer needed on production servers. Because all tape activity is offloaded to the Recovery Appliance, tape drives can now run all day without slowing production systems, which enables better utilization of tape drives and lower costs.

All tape hardware products supported by Oracle Secure Backup, including Oracle’s StorageTek Tape, are supported by the Recovery Appliance. Alternatively, other vendors’ tape backup agents may be deployed on the Recovery Appliance for integration with existing tape backup software, media servers, and processes. 

Recovery Reassurance: End-to-End Data Validation

The Recovery Appliance understands internal Oracle database block formats, which enables deep levels of data validation. All backup data and redo blocks are automatically validated as they are received by the Recovery Appliance, as they are copied to tape, and as they are replicated. In addition, backup blocks are also periodically validated on disk. This ensures that recovery operations will always restore valid data – another unique differentiator that is only possible because of the Recovery Appliance’s deep database integration. If a corruption is discovered during validation, the Recovery Appliance’s underlying storage software automatically reads the good block from a mirrored copy and immediately repairs the corrupted block.

In addition, the Recovery Appliance storage software performs periodic inspections of the underlying hard disks. If bad sectors are detected, they are immediately repaired from a mirrored copy. 

Minimal Impact Backups

Despite the requirement for 24x7 operations, many businesses still need to reserve multi-hour backup windows during which production jobs are minimized. Backup windows provide no immediate business benefit, but instead compete with business critical reporting and batch workloads for off-hours processing time. In an increasingly global economy, backup windows continue to shrink, while data volumes grow. 

Impact of Current Disk-Based Data Protection Solutions
Current disk-based data protection solutions impose large loads on production systems. This impact continuously increases as databases grow. Some key challenges are:

  • Most deduplication appliances require periodic full backups. Full backups read the entire database which creates a heavy impact on production storage, servers, and networks. 
  • Somededuplicatingappliancesperformsource-sidededuplicationonproduction systems to reduce network requirements. This imposes high CPU and memory loads on production servers. 
  • Incrementalbackupsarerelativelyfast,butapplyingtheincrementalbackupto restored data files during recovery is very expensive, especially as this operation usually runs across the network.

Minimal Impact Backups

The second key design goal for the Recovery Appliance is to reduce backup related processing on production database systems to the absolute minimum – transmitting only the changed data. With unnecessary backup processing eliminated, production systems can now focus on their primary goal - serving business critical workloads.
The Recovery Appliance implements an incremental-forever backup architecture to minimize impact on production systems. This architecture is based on two innovative technologies: Delta Push and Delta Store.



Delta Push

With Delta Push, protected databases only send incremental backups containing unique changes to the Recovery Appliance. There is no need for recurring full backups. Delta Push is also known as “incremental forever” because, after a one-time full backup, only incremental backups are run on production systems. Effectively, Delta Push is a highly optimized form of source-side deduplication. Changed blocks on production databases are very efficiently identified using RMAN block change tracking which eliminates the need to read unchanged data.
Special integration between protected databases and the Recovery Appliance eliminates committed undo, unused, and dropped tablespace blocks from the backup stream, significantly reducing overhead and space consumption.

Because Delta Push sends only changed data and not full backups, network traffic is greatly reduced compared to other solutions. This enables low-cost 10 Gig Ethernet to be used for backups. Expensive dedicated Fibre Channel or Fibre Channel over Ethernet backup networks are not needed. Also, minimizing network traffic allows the Recovery Appliance to be located further away from the protected databases, and even in some cases, across a WAN in a remote data center.

Delta Store

Delta Store represents the “brains” of the Recovery Appliance software engine. Delta Store validates the incoming changed data blocks, and then compresses, indexes and stores them. These changed blocks are the foundation of Virtual Full Database Backups, which are space-efficient pointer-based representations of physical full backups as of the point-in-time of an incremental backup. Virtual full backups can improve storage efficiency by 10 times or more depending on the data set and change rate of the protected database.

The space efficiency of the Delta Store architecture enables a large number of Virtual Full Backups to be kept online, greatly extending the disk based recovery window.
When a restore operation is required, Delta Store efficiently recreates a physical full backup based on the closest incremental backup time. The restore operation is supported by the massive scalability and performance of the underlying hardware architecture of the Recovery Appliance. Restoring from a Recovery Appliance eliminates the slow traditional process of restoring a full backup and then sequentially restoring and applying all relevant incremental backups.


Most Backup Operations Offloaded

Practically all backup-related processing is offloaded to the Recovery Appliance. This includes time-consuming compression, backup deletion, validation, and maintenance operations. This frees production system resources, even outside the backup window, which increases the performance of the production systems.

To summarize, with Real-time Redo Transport and Delta Push, protected databases do the minimum possible backup-related work – transmitting only the changed data to the Recovery Appliance. All other backup and recovery related processing, including tape backup, is handled by the Recovery Appliance. This is one of the core architectural innovations of the Recovery Appliance, above and beyond today’s backup solutions.



Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oracle Unveils Oracle SOA Suite 12c


Oracle Unveils Oracle SOA Suite 12c - 


Simplified Integration for Cloud, Mobile, and On-Premises Delivers Increased Productivity and Lower Costs




The rapid growth of cloud-based applications in the enterprise, combined with organizations' desire to integrate applications with mobile technologies, is dramatically increasing application integration complexity. To meet this challenge, Oracle introduced Oracle SOA Suite 12c, the latest version of the industry's most complete and unified application integration and SOA solution. With simplified cloud, mobile, on-premises, and Internet of Things (IoT) integration capabilities, all within a single platform, Oracle SOA Suite 12c helps organizations speed time to integration, improve productivity, and lower TCO.








New Facts about Oracle SOA Suite 12c




  • Oracle SOA Suite 12c enables organizations to easily integrate and connect applications across their entire IT ecosystem on a single, unified platform, helping them achieve faster time to market and increased productivity with a low TCO.
  • Oracle SOA Suite 12c simplifies cloud integration with ongoing additions to Oracle Cloud Adapters, which help organizations integrate well-known SaaS applications including Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Service Cloud, Salesforce.com, and many others. This adapter framework uses the same intuitive adapter methodology customers are familiar with for on-premises integration.
  • Oracle SOA Suite 12c includes new features to help increase developer productivity, including a single-click installer, new debugging and testing capabilities, and extensive templating that can be used to share best practices as well as accelerate the development or maintenance of projects.
  • The runtime and footprint of the product have been optimized at every level (memory, disk, database) to support mission critical enterprise-wide deployments and web-scale performance, further enabling customers to process increasingly massive workloads.
  • In addition, the new release provides rapid and advanced mobile integration with improved support for lightweight REST and JSON integration standards. API management, which exposes enterprise applications as REST and JSON, is now simplified as a result of native support for these standards within Oracle SOA Suite 12c.
  • To extend its B2B solution capabilities with Oracle SOA Suite 12c, Oracle is unveiling Oracle Managed File Transfer, an integrated solution that enables organizations to virtually eliminate file transfer complexities. This allows customers to load data securely into Oracle Cloud applications as well as third-party cloud or partner applications.
  • Oracle Event Processing, part of Oracle SOA Suite, can handle up to a million messages per second at extremely low latencies when running on Oracle engineered systems(1), making it the ideal solution to perform real-time filtering, geo-location, and pattern matching on the massive streams of data generated by IoT "smart" devices.
  • New to Oracle Event Processing 12c is the shared use of the Oracle SOA Suite user interface, providing companies the ability to seamlessly integrate filtered and correlated big data into actionable enterprise processes for corrective action.
  • Oracle Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) 12c, part of Oracle SOA Suite 12c, has been enhanced to enable rapid and flexible assessment of key performance indicators (KPIs) by storing the data in the industry standard star schema format.
  • Oracle SOA Suite 12c also includes new manageability enhancements for private cloud deployments. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c features "push button"-style provisioning of complete environments for Oracle SOA 12c and fast data cloning that enables rapid deployment and testing of enterprise applications.
  • Oracle SOA Suite 12c is built on the best-of-breed application server, Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, which adds new enhancements for developer productivity, performance, high availability, and manageability. These products are part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, the leading business innovation platform for the enterprise and the cloud.
  • Oracle SOA Suite 12c is available on Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and scheduled for general availability in July, 2014.



Simplified Application Integration







Oracle SOA Suite 12c unifies disparate environments through a single, complete platform.
Oracle SOA Suite 12c enables:


  • Simplified Cloud Integration: By providing support for Oracle Cloud Adapters, Oracle SOA Suite 12c delivers simplified integration regardless of deployment location—in the cloud or on-premises. Oracle Cloud Adapters provide breakthrough developer productivity, comprehensive connectivity, reliability, and performance for integration. Oracle plans to continue to offer new adapters on the Oracle SOA Suite 12c platform. The latest release also introduces the Oracle Cloud Adapter Software Development Kit (SDK), enabling customers and partners to create their own Oracle Cloud Adapters to simplify integration for future projects.

  • Advanced Mobile Integration: To meet organizations' demands to rapidly integrate mobile applications, Oracle SOA Suite 12c delivers support for the REST and JSON integration standards, which are lightweight and well suited for mobile development. In addition, the new release has the capability to automatically convert XML to JSON.

  • Increased Productivity: Features include templates to promote best practices and help reduce development time, as well as a unified interface that is standardized on Oracle JDeveloper for Oracle Service Bus and Oracle Event Processing.

  • Consolidation of File Exchanges: Oracle SOA Suite 12c also allows for streamlined file transfer management by consolidating disparate FTP point solutions across the organization through Oracle Managed File Transfer, a single, integrated solution that helps to simplify integration, lower costs, and reduce errors.








More Information:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/soasuite/downloads/index.html

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/soasuite/overview/index.html

http://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1213/soasuite/

http://allthingsoracle.com/topics/webinar/

http://technology.amis.nl/tag/soa-suite-12c/

http://technology.amis.nl/2014/06/30/soa-suite-12c-getting-started-in-30-minutes/







Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mongo DB NOSQL Database and the Enterprise





MongoDB Sharpens its Focus on the Enterprise







MongoDB Blog
http://blog.mongodb.org/?_ga=1.80882711.1467157912.1411462676


Originating Author: Jeff Kelly

MongoDB’s popularity with developers shows no signs of waning. This goes for both the NoSQL database itself and the company commercializing it, both of the same name. MongoDB, the database, is an open source document-oriented NoSQL database that enables developers to build and support scalable Web and mobile applications that draw on multi-structured data. MongoDB, the company, is a New York-based software vendor that sells software and support subscriptions to help enterprises run and manage MongoDB at scale in production.






The NoSQL database is the darling of application developers because of its aforementioned ability to handle data of varying structure and its ease-of-use. Developers can easily, for example, add or remove data fields and quickly build, test and iterate new applications with MongoDB. Speaking at MongoDB World this week, Mike Simone, head of data engineering at Citigroup, said a developer at the bank can spin up a three-node MongoDB cluster from his/her desk in less than 20 minutes and have a prototype app up and running in less than an hour. Such a process with traditional approaches would take days or weeks.




This popularity has resulted in over seven million downloads of the open source NoSQL database to date.





Despite its popularity with developers, however, MongoDB has proven less popular with enterprise operations teams used to supporting more traditional applications running against relational database management systems. Operations practitioners report difficulty running analytics and business intelligence-style reporting against data in MongoDB and maintaining consistent performance at scale. Security is also a concern. These operational knocks could inhibit MongoDB's growth in mainstream enterprises, particularly those in regulated industries.

Making MongoDB Enterprise-Grade
But MongoDB, the company, is turning these weakness into strength for its business by developing management, monitoring and security software and services to enable ops teams to run MongoDB at scale to support mission-critical applications. It is also turning to partnerships to fill in some of these functional gaps and to smooth MongoDB’s entrance into existing enterprise infrastructure.






MongoDB Management Service (MMS) is the monitoring and management application suite developed by MongoDB for operational professionals. MMS was initially only available via cloud subscription, but MongoDB introduced an on-premise version early this year. As part of its most recent upgrade, MongoDB 2.6, the company also made a number of important enhancements to MMS to appeal to operations professionals. They include the introduction of a query planner, improved reporting and visualization functionality, point-in-time recovery capabilities and incremental, continuous backup.

MongoDB also continues to work with the MongoDB community to improve the core database itself with a focus on enterprise-grade capabilities. For example, in the latest upgrade MongoDB changed the way writes are made to the system in bulk operations to improve performance. The company also works with its cloud partners to optimize performance on their infrastructure. MongoDB is working with AWS, for instance, to better configure MongoDB on EC2 to improve disk throughput.




MongoDB has also been busy on the partnership front.
To provide better analytics and BI capabilities, the company recently announced technology partnerships with Hadoop vendor Cloudera, data warehouse incumbent Teradata and data integration/BI provider Pentaho, among others. MongoDB also works closely with IBM, despite IBM’s acquisition of NoSQL rival Cloudant. MongoDB and IBM partnered last year to enable DB2 applications to draw on data in MongoDB, and the two are working together to integrate MongoDB security and monitoring capabilities, such as user-defined roles and field-level security, with IBM Guardium.

Short and Long-term Challenges
MongoDB currently has more than 1,000 paying customers, up more than 100% in the last two years. Customers include marquee names such as Citigroup, Verizon and Bosch. Based on Wikibon’s analysis, the company recorded $62 million in revenue in 2013, up from $37 million in 2012. It has amassed $230 million in funding to date, though Chairman Dwight Merriman recently told SVBJ profitability is at least a couple of years out.

The next 12-to-18 months are important for MongoDB. It must capitalize on its early success with developers to expand small deployments to larger departmental and eventually enterprise-wide deployments. Feedback from early customers indicates improving enterprise-grade features, as highlighted above, is one key. Citigroup’s Simone identified MongoDB’s business intelligence capabilities as one area that needs improvement and said the “application layer has more work to do.”

Another important element is simply reaching a wider user base. As such, MongoDB this week announced partnerships with Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine to offer MongoDB and MMS on their respective cloud platforms. MongoDB also prices its subscriptions extremely aggressively, with its basic subscription starting at $2,500 per user. MongoDB Max Schireson believes aggressive pricing is critical to the company’s early growth and that it will make up in volume what it leaves on the table in per unit pricing.

As with any hot market, MongoDB has no shortage of NoSQL competitors. Among them is Aerospike, which offers a flash-optimized NoSQL database for real-time operational workloads. Just this week, Aerospike announced a $20 million funding round and open sourced its eponymous database to spur adoption. Another competitor is Couchbase, which announced its own $60 million round of funding this week, bringing its total funding to $110 million. Then, of course, there’s Oracle, which has more to lose than any other incumbent database vendor from the NoSQL threat. Oracle offers its own NoSQL database but faces challenges incentivizing its field to sell NoSQL over the more lucrative Exadata.





Long-term, a challenge for MongoDB is continuing to cultivate the open source community, critical to its early success, while reining in its aggressive pricing. Speaking at MongoDB World, CEO Schireson acknowledged that the value its customers get from MongoDB is disproportionate to the price they pay the company for its software and services. That is a smart strategy while in growth phase, but pressure from investors to increase pricing will likely mount as MongoDB, the company, matures and eyes a potential IPO.



Action Item: Operations professionals tasked with supporting MongoDB deployments should take the time to learn about the latest enterprise-grade features introduced in MongoDB 2.6. Also, push MongoDB on its long-term plans vis-a-vis those features most important to maintaining performance at scale and improving security and analytics/reporting.



More information:

IBM and 10gen Collaborate to Bring Mobile to the Enterprise
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/41222.wss


An introduction to MongoDB
http://public.dhe.ibm.com/software/dw/demos/jmongodb/index.html
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/lp/demos/summary/j-jmongodb.html


Talks by mongodb
https://speakerdeck.com/mongodb


What's the big deal? NoSQL Databases like MongoDB and CouchDB are changing the Silicon Valley startup landscape

https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/iic-san-mateo/entry/what_s_the_big_deal_nosql_databases_like_mongodb_and_couchdb_are_changing_the_silicon_valley_startup_landscape17?lang=en

Original source:
http://wikibon.org/wiki/v/MongoDB_Sharpens_its_Focus_on_the_Enterprise


Full Demo: IBM Cognos Business Intelligence
https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?source=swg-BA_WebOrganic&form=558&S_TACT=101KR81W&S_PKG=ov4774&cmp=101KR&ct=101KR81W&cr=google&cm=k&csr=BI-Business_Intelligence-Branded-ROW-Search&ccy=us&ck=ibm%20bi&cs=p&mkwid=swiUkDO91-dc_57304293908_43246d30503&gclid=CLKy_rD79sACFc7HtAodWnAA9A


Eliot Horowitz on MongoDB (September 28, 2010)
https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/java/library/j-gloverpodcast/index.html#Horowitz


Pentaho and MongoDB: Gain a Competitive Edge in Financial Services with MongoDB and Pentaho
http://www.pentaho.com/resource/big-data-webinar-mongodb-pentaho-financial-services


MongoDB and Cloudera cozy up; Oracle and IBM in crosshairs?
http://www.fiercebigdata.com/story/mongodb-and-cloudera-cozy-oracle-and-ibm-crosshairs/2014-05-05


Nucleon BI Studio
http://www.nucleonsoftware.com/Products/Nucleon-BI-Studio

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MOBILE WORKSPACES PROTECT CRITICAL BUSINESS INFORMATION WHILE EMBRACING MOBILITY


Mobile Workspaces Enable Organizations To Keep Up With a Changing Workforce


People are on-the-go like never before and they're demanding access to corporate resources from anywhere, on any device, to stay productive. The challenge for IT? Empower the mobile workforce with secure access to apps and data from a diverse set of mobile devices. Watch this webinar to learn how XenApp with HDX Mobile helps. Learn more at http://www.citrix.com/xenapp




More information:







Monday, August 11, 2014

Long-Awaited SUSE Linux 12 Enters Beta (scheduled to be release in the third quarter of 2014)



Long-Awaited SUSE Linux 12 Enters Beta


http://www.enterprisetech.com/2014/03/04/long-awaited-suse-linux-12-enters-beta/

SUSE Linux has opened up the beta testing of its next-generation Enterprise Server 12 operating, the first major update of its Linux platform since early 2009.

The pace of change for the server operating systems has slowed down considerably in recent years, but there is still plenty of work to be done to keep the software current. More importantly, each major release gives the operating system maker a chance to retool the software in a more substantial way to better reflect what is going on with systems, networks, and storage now and into the near-term, something that is not possible with a simple service pack update of an existing code base.

SUSE Enterprise Linux - Toward Zero Downtime



Whether planned downtime for system or hardware updates, or the more unpredictable unplanned downtime from failures or even nature disasters, your business is incurring business loss. You're under pressure to supply more uptime in data center to stay competitive and meet customer demands.

For more than 20 years, SUSE has been providing reliable and cost effective data center products and services to various industries. Minimize your server downtime with our solution.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications


Find out why over 70 percent of SAP customers on Linux prefer SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications.


SUSE Linux is a division of Attachmate, a privately software conglomerate that bought Novell, the former owner of the commercial Linux distributor, a few years back. After the acquisition, the launch cadence for new software has not changed all that much. Generally, speaking, SUSE Linux does a major release every four to five years and tries to get a service pack update out the door once every year or so. The service packs allow for the kernel to be updated to support new processors, storage, and networking hardware while not breaking compatibility with the Linux kernel and therefore not requiring for software to be recertified to run on it. This certification process is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking, and something that enterprises only want to do rarely.

SUSE Linux Enterprise won’t just come in a server edition, but also in a version with high availability extensions and another version aimed at desktops. It is not clear if SUSE Linux will do a real-time variant of the kernel, as it did with SLES 11.

Among the features coming in SLES 12 is a new way to do full system snapshots and rollback to reduce planned downtime during upgrades. The operating system will also have features that can migrate running processes on the system from one chunk of processors or memory that might be failing to another chunk. The system installer is also going to be improved to only require one reboot instead of several, and will also not only have automated installation using AutoYast, but will allow companies to write their own customized installation scripts using Ruby if they want to do something non-standard. SLES 12 will come with a new network management tool, called Wicked, that will be able to deal with more complex network setups automatically.

On the virtualization front, the KVM hypervisor embedded inside of SLES 12 will be able to run Windows operating systems, and will include I/O improvements and storage and network device hotplugging. The Xen hypervisor will get improved scalability and lower latency tweaks, and the Open vSwitch virtual switch, a popular component for software-defined networks employing OpenFlow controllers, will be embedded with SLES 12 as well. SLES 12 will also sport the Samba 4.1 update to the clone of the Windows file system, and will important support the SMB 3.0 protocol embedded in Windows Server 2012.

Based on the release roadmap below, it looks like we should expect SLES 12 sometime around August or September of this year. More details will emerge as we get closer to launch date.






Like its Linux peers, SUSE Linux offers a very long-term support cycle for its code, so customers are not required to move to the latest version with anything resembling haste. The current SLES 11 and future SLES 12 will have ten years of general support plus an additional three years of long term support. You have to move up through the service packs to get that general support for a decade, but you can buy a special Long Term Service Pack Support contract for a supplemental fee if you want SUSE Linux to support a service pack for a long time. Plenty of mainframe and high-end server shops opt for this, and it stands to reason that many customers deploying SAP HANA as the in-memory database for both analytics and transaction processing will want to not change their systems once they are up, running, and tuned.


SUSE Cloud



This video provides an overview and describes the benefits of deploying a private cloud infrastructure with SUSE Cloud.

Cloud Fundamentals Video



This video covers the fundamentals of cloud computing and its importance to the future of enterprise computing.


SUSE Linux is the preferred Linux on IBM mainframes, with more than 80 percent of the virtual machines running on System z iron having the green chameleon on them. (Red Hat Enterprise Linux is also supported on IBM mainframes, but as yet Canonical’s Ubuntu Server is not yet available.) As for SAP, over 70 percent of the installations of SAP’s various ERP suites that are deployed on Linux are deployed on top of SUSE Linux, and the SAP HANA in-memory database is only available on Xeon E7-based servers running SUSE Linux. About half of the largest supercomputer clusters in the world use a variant of SUSE Linux (Cray and SGI both sell an adapted version of SLES on their high-end machines), and all told, SUSE Linux has more than 15,000 customers worldwide and is certified on more than 13,500 different pieces of hardware and with more than 9,000 different applications. In an interesting tidbit, of the commercial-grade Linuxes on the market, SLES is more popular than RHEL. (That is just for the licenses that people pay support contracts for; it is not the Linux installed base in China.)

SUSE Linux may not have built as large of a business as Red Hat has, but it is certainly doing better than any of the incumbent Unixes – Solaris, AIX, or HP-UX – are doing in the market by many measures. As far as EnterpriseTech knows, the upcoming SLES 12 will support the Itanium processor from Intel as well as X86 chips from Intel and AMD and Power and System z processors from IBM. (Red Hat dropped support for Itanium with RHEL 6 in November 2010, although you can still run RHEL 5 on Itanium.)

SUSE Linux is being somewhat tight-lipped about what it plans to do with SLES 12, but some details have emerged.

The SP3 update to SLES 11 last fall included updates for Intel’s future “Haswell” Xeon server chips as well as the “Centerton” Atom S1260 and the “Ivy Bridge” Xeon E5 chips aimed at two-socket and four-socket systems. The Ivy Bridge Xeon E5-2600 v2 chips came out last fall, while the Xeon E5-4600 v2 processors were quietly launched this week. SLES 11 SP3 also had updates for impending AMD Opteron 4000 and 6000 processors, which were launched earlier this year. The kernel supports up to 4,096 logical processors for Itanium and X86 processors and up to 1,024 for Power-based systems and up to 64 for System z machines. The Power and Itanium processors were enabled to support 1 PB of main memory, but in practice, the operating system is limited to 8 TB on Itanium servers and 512 GB on Power machines. X86 machine can address up to 64 TB (the only machine that does so is SGI’s “UltraViolet” UV 2000 system) and SUSE says it tops out at 16 TB practically speaking.

Our point in bringing this up is that SUSE Linux has plenty of scalability already. So don’t expect a lot of change here except what comes by virtue of the Linux 3.12 kernel that SLES 12 will be based on.

https://www.suse.com/products/server/

http://planet.opensuse.org/global/

http://www.novell.com/media/?topic=SUSE+Linux+Enterprise+Server

http://www.novell.com/docrep/2014/04/sles_12_on_ibm_power8_faq.pdf

http://www.vmware.com/nl/products/sles-for-vmware/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SUSE_Linux_Enterprise_Server

https://www.suse.com/releasenotes/x86_64/SUSE-SLES/12/

http://wiki.novell.com/index.php/Kernel_versions

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http://www.enterprisetech.com/2014/03/04/long-awaited-suse-linux-12-enters-beta/



SUSE Enterprise 12 Beta Testing - If you want to participate

https://www.suse.com/communities/conversations/your-opportunity-to-shape-suse-linux-enterprise-12/

https://www.suse.com/company/press/2014/2/suse-linux-enterprise-12-beta-available.html

SUSE has begun the beta testing phase of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12, giving existing SUSE Linux Enterprise customers an early look at the latest iteration of the most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Products based on SUSE Linux Enterprise 12—including SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 12 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12—are scheduled for release later this year.

The newest SUSE Linux Enterprise is based on Linux Kernel 3.12. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 will feature enhancements related to business continuity, local systems management, interoperability and cloud. For example, it will include snapshot and rollback for the full system including the Linux kernel to reduce system downtime. It will also have a new installer to make deployment faster and easier.

"SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 is designed to give our enterprise customers greater efficiency and expanded computing capabilities," said George Shi, SUSE product marketing manager. "We look forward to gathering invaluable feedback from our customers during this beta testing phase."

Organizations interested in joining the beta should contact SUSE at SLE12beta@suse.com. For more information on SUSE Linux Enterprise, visit www.suse.com/solutions/platform.html.

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Your Opportunity to Shape SUSE Linux Enterprise 12

SUSE created the first Enterprise Linux distribution in 2000, and in 2014 you’re going to see the sixth generation of SUSE Linux Enterprise.

My team and our colleagues across SUSE are already spending a lot of time and energy preparing for the launch of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 – working on requirements, packaging, usability, code, and with the thousands of upstream projects such as the Linux kernel and openSUSE that feed our products.

And it is not too late for you to impact development!

There are many ways to help shape SUSE Linux Enterprise 12. You can start by taking 10 minutes of your time to fill out our survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QH9Y5Q9 .

We promise, we’ll listen carefully.

PS. Two weeks from now we’ll do a drawing and ten of you who provided contact data will win a nice plush geeko.




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