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Since joining OTN full-time this year as the Systems Community Manager, I have had the fortunate pleasure of interviewing many guests - from product managers, ACE Directors, partners, management and others - to bring you insights into technical topics. It has been a short and fascinating journey but somehow I have always felt like the proverbial story of the blind men and an elephant trying to figure out what the elephant is all about. I wanted to have someone help me connect the dots and get the big picture. Who better than John Fowler, EVP Systems!  I made my move and sent off an email asking John if he would be open to meeting me at Oracle OpenWorld 2016. A lightning fast 30 Minutes later I already had a response. Well that dream came true and the man who made it all possible behind the scenes was Marshall Choy, Vice President of Product Management. To prepare, I watched all of John's past OpenWorld and other videos on YouTube. I knew John is technical, so I met up with two former colleagues from Amdahl who are now in the SPARC engineering group including Stephan Papa who helped me brush up. I thought about some questions and got some suggestions from Oracle ACEs. As my first OpenWorld weekend came up, I was nervous and asked around for advice. Stephen Chin, Community Manager and John Foley Senior Director, Content Central told me at a dinner the night before not to worry as John was a "nice guy," and the interview would go well.

 

I arrived early to do the video setup and waited. After a few phone calls to guide them to the spot, John and Marshall dropped by the OTN Community Cast studio at Moscone South. My colleagues Bob Rhubart and Laura Ramsey appeared and I felt more at ease. I have to admit I had sweaty palm when meeting John Fowler, but he is very down to earth, pleasant and of course knowledgeable and visionary. John gave a past, present and future look at Systems technologies, including Solaris, SPARC, Engineered Systems, and Cloud, plus a peek of his OOW16 Keynote.  Watch the video here.

 

 

 

 

My favorite quote from John, "another giant leap in both software capability as well as hardware capabilities so the beat goes on continuous innovation."

Hope you enjoy the insights and please do share your comments.

 

 

If you want a deeper dive into SPARC and Oracle's Latest Software in Silicon Breakthrough and Beyond check out the interview with Rick Hetherington VP, Hardware Development.

 

 

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btw If you want to see John's Keynote with Juan Loaiza, Oracle Sr. VP on "Database Platforms of the Future," it is below.

 

 

Welcome dear OTN Systems Hub readers to an exciting profile interview that provide insights into the world of Systems. In this blog post I interview Oracle ACE Director Johan Louwers, who specializes in Systems Technologies and is a Chief Architect for the Global Oracle Architect Office at Capgemini based in the Netherlands. I met him at the ACE Briefing and then at OpenWorld. He is passionate about technology, full of ideas we can try on the community, and just a true gentleman. Here is a Q&A we did.

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1. In brief can you share your role as Chief Architect at Capgemini?

 

In essence my role within Capgemini is leading a team of senior Oracle Technology architects within our infrastructure division who are focusing on enterprise and solution architecture for new customers as well as our major accounts. This forms the Global Oracle Architect Office.

 

 

2. What Oracle Systems are you responsible for (OS, Hardware, Apps?)

 

The prime focus we have, being part of the infrastructure organization of Capemini is mostly infrastructure related, and this means more focus on the operating system and hardware side of the spectrum and less on the application side. However, as I see it, infrastructure is a supporting part to run applications and business solutions.

 

 

3. Can you explain how Oracle Linux, OVM fit into the solutions you architect?

 

We do see a lot of customers adopting the journey to cloud, private, public and hybrid. For the private side of hybrid cloud the default solution we use is Oracle VM for obvious reasons. This can be Oracle VM deployed on standard X86 building blocks however this can also be Oracle VM as part of a engineered system.

Pretty much all architected solutions include Oracle Linux. The choice for Oracle Linux is simple and we see it as the go-to Linux distribution for deploying Oracle and non-oracle workloads.

 

 

4. Capgemini implements Oracle Engineered Systems for it's own business processes and also has a Center of Excellence to show customers it's value. Can you expand on how that works?

 

We do have our own implementation of Oracle Engineered systems to run our own business applications next to the fact that we deliver hosting and end-to-end services to our end customers around Oracle Engineered Systems. What we have seen is that it takes a bit of a different mindset and a different type of professional when dealing with Oracle Engineered Systems in comparison to more traditional deployments.

As a result of this we have created a Centre of Excellence around Oracle Engineered Systems, the CoE.  Where the Global Oracle Architect Office takes the responsibility for the architecture and roadmap side of things for a customer we use the CoE to ensure we provide the best services toward our customers around Oracle Engineered Systems.

The CoE with the help of the Global Oracle Architect office shows our customers what we can deliver and help them in a true end-to-end fashion getting the best value out of the Oracle software and hardware they have purchased.

 

 

5. Do you have any go to sites you go for answers or to hang out for things relating to issues or challenges you face?

 

I tend to use the Oracle Community site a lot, there is only so much you can have actively in memory and the Oracle documentation in combination with a lot of forums on oracle.com and other sites provide a good insight into technology.

At this moment we are working on expanding OTN and ensuring a more community feel on Oracle Linux, Oracle VM and Oracle systems in general will mature over time.

 

 

6. Do you have any preferences about articles vs video vs forums vs blogs and what you go to them for?

 

I use video content a lot to get a feel of a product I do not have that much experience with. Oracle is providing great content in video. For the rest, I do turn a lot to blog posts and articles, people who have been working on a specific subject and sharing that with the rest of the world is great content and can sometimes save you hours of finding things out from the ground up. I also try to put a lot of content on my own blog of lessons learned to ensure people do not always have to go through the trouble I went through.

In general I tend to think that whatever I write down is worth something to someone. Even if I think it is a very simple thing and I would think everybody would know how to do this. There will always be people who encounter something for the first time, providing them with some guidance and support in the form of a blogpost can be extremely valuable for them at that moment in time.

 

 

7. You just came back from OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco. Were there any major takeaways for you relating to Systems?

The two most important takeaways are not on the technology front, it is more on how Oracle is changing:

 

1) Oracle is showing really commitment to the entire move to the cloud. They are rapidly moving towards a cloud first company. For those who have seen the movement from Oracle to the cloud and have not been sure if Oracle was really becoming a cloud first company, I guess it must be clear by now that Oracle is in the cloud, will stay in the cloud and will become one of the major players in all fields of cloud computing.

 

2) A totally new mindset is becoming part of how Oracle thinks of products, partially because of the move to the cloud and partially due to how the market and the user base is changing. Where in the past products where released as-is we now see that Oracle is more and more trying to make products in a way that they interact with the user community and also provide ways for users to interact with each other, share code and share solutions. This is a new way of thinking and I think we will see a lot more ways Oracle provides solutions that include a community based way of working and interacting between parties. And, coming from an Open Source background I think this is the way forward for Oracle in combination with the move to the cloud.

 

 

8. On a personal level, I know you travel quite a bit and you have young children which makes it very challenging. Can you share how you balance those activities, and any best practices you can share?

 

I always plan together with my wife. When will I be out of the country, when I am in, how is this aligning with her work, who will pick up the kids, who will cook dinner, when do we both take time off, all those parts are done in a planning. And yes, sometimes that planning become as complex as you see in major IT projects.

Like my predecessor Logan, I am going to claim it, even though it was my first ever OpenWorld, "Oracle OpenWorld 2016 was a huge success!"

 

 

A few numbers:

7 Million people online viewers of OOW 2016

420,000 total Oracle customers

50-60,000 attendees

2200 OOW Educational Sessions

200 Customers attended

400 Partners exhibiting

60+ CommunityCast Interviews

 

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The OTN CommunityCast Studio with Community Managers Bob Rhubart, Laura Ramsey, and Javed Mohammed

 

 

Amazing sessions, keynotes, product announcements, and events too many to enumerate, but here are a few

  • Cloud @ Customer
  • Providing a complete Red stack, we already had the SaaS, PaaS offerings and Larry put the IaaS challenge out there.
  • Larry announced the availability of Oracle Container Registry which provides binary images of Oracle proprietary products including Oracle's in-cloud Docker implementation.
  • John Fowler and Juan Loaiza did a duet repeat from 2015 with a keynote covering Systems and Database. They spoke about the marriage of hardware and software engineering with Software in Silicon and Apache Spark doing in-memory SQL using the DAX to boost database analytics performance.

 

Here is a an awesome CommunityCast interview

 

Be sure to follow our social channels (OTN Systems Hub) where we will continue to push out the latest followup news.

 

A full wrap-up with a lot of video links, will be sent out on the blog and some highlights in the next Systems Newsletter. Be sure to subscribe today and not miss out!

 

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What's on your OOW16 agenda for today? Consider these selected Systems sessions and CommunityCasts.

 

 

CommunityCast Interview at the OTN Booth 11:00 - 11:30

Avi Miller

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Container Registry

Location: Moscone South - the main level, "The OTN Lounge"

 

 

Oracle VM Templates Best Practices for Rapid Oracle Database Deployment [CON7430]

John Priest, Director Product Management - Oracle VM, Oracle

Simon Coter, Principal Product Manager Oracle VM & VirtualBox, Oracle

Thursday, Sep 22, 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Marriott Marquis - Nob Hill A/B

 

Systems Management with Spacewalk [HOL6546]

Avi Miller, Oracle

 

Thursday, Sep 22, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Hotel Nikko - Carmel (3rd Floor)

 

Accelerate Software Development in the Oracle Cloud [CON6717]

Ikroop Dhillon, Principal Product Manager, Oracle

Don Kretsch, Sr. Director, Software, Oracle

Ilia Gromov, Software Developer 2, Oracle

Thursday, Sep 22, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2/3

 

Dimension Data Maximizes Enterprise Security [CON6731]

Warren Ridley, Technical Services Director, Dimension Data

Michael Wilcoxon, Enterprise Application Architect, Dimension Data North America

Scott Lynn, Senior Manager, Oracle Solaris Product Management, Oracle

Thursday, Sep 22, 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. | Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2/3

 

 

Under the Hood: Software in Silicon Facts and Images [CON1185]

Benoit Chaffanjon, Oracle

The introduction of hardware accelerators and Software in Silicon on Oracle Solaris–based SPARC servers and engineered systems is a revolution. This session goes into detail on the implementation of Silicon Secured Memory, SQL in Silicon, and Transparent Data Encryption, and engages the audience on a journey aboard Oracle Solaris 11.3 and the SPARC M7 and Oracle SuperCluster M7 rocket ships.

Conference Session

Thursday, Sep 22, 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Moscone South - 307

What's on your OOW16 agenda for today? Consider these selected Systems sessions and CommunityCasts.

 

 

CommunityCast Interview at the OTN Booth, 10:00 - 10:30

Jamie Iles

Security and downtime can be solved

Location: Moscone South - the main level, "The OTN Lounge"

 

 

CommunityCast Interview at the OTN Booth, 10:30 - 11:00

Jeff Savit

Build SPARC Cloud Infrastructure with OpenStack

 

 

Develop with Oracle VM VirtualBox and Deploy to the Cloud [CON7428]

Simon Coter, Principal Product Manager Oracle VM & VirtualBox, Oracle

Wednesday, Sep 21, 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2/3

 

 

Build and Deploy Portable Applications Using Docker and Oracle Linux [HOL7363]

Avi Miller, Oracle

Wednesday, Sep 21, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Hotel Nikko - Carmel (3rd Floor)

 

 

Oracle VM Deployment on IBM Cloud [CON2972]

Honglin Su, Sr. Director of Product Management, Oracle

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Ramesh Kumble, Distinguished Engineer and Director, IBM

Ravi Kulkarni, Senior Applications Architect, IBM

Wednesday, Sep 21, 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2/3

 

 

Best Practices for Secure and Simple Lifecycle Management on Oracle Solaris [CON6730]

Jan Setje-Eilers, Senior Principal Engineer, Oracle

Glynn Foster, Product Manager, Oracle

Wednesday, Sep 21, 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2/3

 

 

Deploying Tomorrow's Enterprise Innovation Today: Customer Panel [CON6424]

Krishna Tangirala, Vice President Infrastructure, B&H Photo

Scott Lynn, Senior Manager, Oracle Solaris Product Management, Oracle

Jan-Pier Loonstra, Other, KPN

Nick Andrade, Technology Manager, Wells Fargo Bank

Wednesday, Sep 21, 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2/3

 

 

Using Hot Patching to Stay Secure and Compliant [HOL7308]

Jan Setje-Eilers, Senior Principal Engineer, Oracle

Glynn Foster, Product Manager, Oracle

Kuriakose Kuruvilla, Senior Software Engineer, Oracle

Wednesday, Sep 21, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)

 

 

Insights on Orchestrating Extreme High Availability on Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster [CON1775]

Dean Halbeisen, Solutions Manager, Oracle

Gia-khanh Nguyen, Senior Principal SW Engineer, Oracle

Wednesday, Sep 21, 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Moscone South - 308

 

 

Top Five Tips for Deploying Oracle Database 12c on Oracle ZFS Storage Systems [CON2866]

Erik Benner, Enterprise Architect, Mythics, Inc

Ravindran Renganathan, Principal Product manager,ZFS storage, Oracle

Wednesday, Sep 21, 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Park Central - Metropolitan III

 

 

Expert Tips to Maximize Engineered Systems’ Storage Performance: Three Proven Best Practices [CON2869]

Erik Benner, Enterprise Architect, Mythics, Inc

Carlos Ortiz, Oracle

Wednesday, Sep 21, 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. | Park Central - Metropolitan III

What's on your OOW16 agenda for today? Consider these selected Systems sessions and CommunityCasts.

 

 

CommunityCast Interview at the OTN Booth, 8:30- 9:00

John Fowler, Systems Vision

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Location: Moscone South - the main level, "The OTN Lounge"

 

 

CommunityCast Interview at the OTN Booth, 1:30 - 2:00

Rapid Application Deployment with Oracle VM Templates (Simon Coter / John Priest)

 

 

 

 

Build OpenStack IaaS Private Cloud with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM [HOL6765]

Christophe Pauliat, Oracle Solution Center sales consultant, Oracle

Simon Coter, Principal Product Manager Oracle VM & VirtualBox, Oracle

Sundeep Dhall, Principal Sales Consultant, Oracle

Tuesday, Sep 20, 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Hotel Nikko - Carmel (3rd Floor)

 

 

Deploying Oracle Database on Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux [HOL6779]

Dilip Modi, Principal Product Manager, Oracle OpenStack, Oracle

Michael Glasgow, Technical Product Manager, Oracle

Tuesday, Sep 20, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Hotel Nikko - Carmel (3rd Floor)

 

 

How Data Intensity Drives Value with Oracle x86 and Virtualization [CAS1092]

Nathan Normandin, Solutions Architect, Data Intensity

Marc Caruso, CTO, Data Intensity

Tuesday, Sep 20, 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Moscone South - 307

 

 

Perfect Partners: Using Docker with Oracle Virtualization [CON6230]

Jesse Butler, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle

Dan Powers, Director, Strategic Development, Docker

Uday Shetty, Partner Integration, Docker, Inc.

Tuesday, Sep 20, 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2/3

 

 

General Session: Oracle Solaris Overview and Roadmap [GEN6426]

Markus Flierl, Vice President, Oracle

Tuesday, Sep 20, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2/3

 

 

Become an OpenStack Guru in 45 Minutes [CON2969]

Thomas Daly, Principal Engineer Systems, Oracle

Michelle Szucs, Oracle

Tuesday, Sep 20, 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Moscone South - 309

 

 

From Zero to Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Backup and Recovery in 60 Minutes [HOL1773]

Dean Halbeisen, Solutions Manager, Oracle

Sirt Mellema, Sales Consultant, Oracle

Marcel Giacomini, Storage Team Leader BeNeLux Sales Consultant, Oracle

Geert Zegers, Sales Consultant Senior Manager, Oracle

Tuesday, Sep 20, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko - Monterey (3rd Floor)

 

 

Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Oracle Cloud Machine Roadmap [CON6498]

Jean-Pierre Dijcks, Master Product Manager, Oracle

Tuesday, Sep 20, 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Moscone South - 301

What's on your OOW16 agenda for today? Consider these selected Systems sessions and CommunityCasts.

 

 

CommunityCast Interview at the OTN Booth 10:00 - 10:30

Glynn Foster, All about what's going on in Solaris

Location: Moscone South - the main level, "The OTN Lounge"

 

 

CommunityCast Interview at the OTN Booth 4:30 - 5:00

Simon Coter, Oracle VM VirtualBox - Cloud development platform

 

 

Maximize Oracle Linux Performance on Servers and in the Cloud [CON7462]

Greg Marsden, Vice President, Linux Kernel Development, Oracle

Monday, Sep 19, 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Marriott Marquis - Golden Gate C3

 

 

General Session: Oracle Linux, Virtualization, and Networking Power the Cloud [GEN6518]

Ajay Srivastava, SVP, Linux & Virtualization, Oracle

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Monday, Sep 19, 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Park Central - Franciscan I

 

 

Oracle Linux, Docker, and Oracle's Container Registry [CON7461]

Avi Miller, Oracle

Keshav Sharma, Sr. Director, Oracle

Tim Oldham, Data Centre Infrastructure Architect, BT

Monday, Sep 19, 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Marriott Marquis - Salon 1/2/3

 

 

Managing and Using a Private Cloud with Oracle VM and Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c [HOL6767]

Christophe Pauliat, Oracle Solution Center sales consultant, Oracle

Simon Coter, Principal Product Manager Oracle VM & VirtualBox, Oracle

Simon Hayler, Sr Principal Technical Product Manager, Oracle

Monday, Sep 19, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Hotel Nikko - Carmel (3rd Floor)

 

 

Automating Oracle Solaris Administration With Puppet [HOL7712]

Cindy Swearingen, Principal Product Manager, Oracle

Shawn Ferry, Principal Software Engineer, Oracle

Cody Herriges, Principal SysOps Engineer, Puppet, Inc

Monday, Sep 19, 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Hotel Nikko - Nikko Ballroom I (3rd Floor)

 

 

SPARC and Oracle Public Cloud: Maximum Security and Efficiency [CON5171]

Peter Wilson, Principal Solution Manager, Oracle

Kristian Bakke, SPARC Cloud Product manager, Oracle

Jennifer Glore, Senior Engineering Manager, Oracle

Monday, Sep 19, 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. | Moscone South - 307

 

 

The SPARC Platform Revolution: Customers Insights from Cores to Cloud [CON7551]

Maninder Singh, IT Manager, Unix/Linux Platforms, Exelon

David Simmons, Sr. Director, Converged Infrastructure Marketing, Oracle

Marty Boos, CIO, StubHub

Greg Stone, IS Nordic

Monday, Sep 19, 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Moscone South - 307

 

 

Oracle Exadata: What’s New and What’s Coming [CON6182]

Juan Loaiza, Senior Vice President, Oracle

Monday, Sep 19, 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Moscone South - 104

What's on your OOW16 agenda for today? Consider these selected Systems sessions and CommunityCasts.

 

Welcome to Oracle OpenWorld 2016. We're excited to have you attend. There's a lot going on,

 

A Conversation with Rick Hetherington

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CommunityCast Interview at the OTN Booth 2:00 - 2:30

Rick Hetherington, VP, Hardware Development

Deep Dive on Oracle's Latest Software in Silicon Breakthrough and Beyond

Location: Moscone South - the main level, "The OTN Lounge"

 

CommunityCast Interview at the OTN Booth 2:00 - 2:30

Ericka Washington & Jamie Figueroa

Sr Principle Technical Support Engineer

Oracle EXAchk: Oracle Stack Health Checks & Best Practices for Exadata

Location: Moscone South - the main level, "The OTN Lounge"

 

Larry Ellison, Keynote

5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., Moscone North, Hall D

 

Integrated Cloud Applications and Platform Services

Oracle has more cloud application, platform, and infrastructure services than any other cloud provider—it has the only truly integrated cloud stack. Larry Ellison will announce a broad set of new products and highlight why integrated cloud will deliver the most innovative and cost-effective benefits to customers.

All great SysAdmins are just like US Tennis Open Champions (kind of). The US Tennis Open 2016 just wrapped up, with Angelique Kerber winning the women's singles and Stan Wawrinka winning the men's singles.  What fascinates me is what separates a champion from all the other players.The overall skills are pretty similar, good serves, ground strokes and volleys,but what makes a champion stand out from the others? It is not unheard of that they have a whole suite of coaches:

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Photo  by Shinya Suzuki available under a Creative Commons Attribution-license

 

  • General coach
  • Serve coach
  • Health / Dietician coach
  • Fitness coach
  • Sports Psychologist coach

 

 

A champion brings all this training and their skills and motivation into a sum that is greater than the parts. What does tennis and the US Open have to do with SysAdmins and OpenWorld? There is of course a lot of IT, that  plays a fundamental role in allowing the US Tennis Open to function from bookings, live streaming, TV coverage, electronic line calling technology to the more obvious digital score board. What does a SysAdmin do to give a winning performance every day? Based on the size of an organization SysAdmin's perform a variety of roles related to:

 

  • Performance
  • Operations
  • Troubleshooting
  • Security
  • Deployment
  • Configuration

 

 

Most installations use the best of breed approach, which requires expert knowledge about Operating Systems, compute, networking, storage, and more. It means knowing what to keep On-Premise and what can be moved to the Public or Private cloud.

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At Openworld 2016 in San Francisco, in the coming week (Sep 18-22) you will have the opportunity to learn about the latest and greatest from Oracle's Systems solutions. Besides Cloud, Database, Middleware, you will learn about the latest in Systems offerings from Servers, Linux, Virtualization, Solaris. These tools and technologies will allow you to speed deployment, optimize performance, troubleshoot with ease and even raise that winning cup (kind of). You can peek under the hood and learn about the latest SPARC offerings. Through "Software in Silicon", learn how they all combine to give red line performance, with high security Engineered Systems.

 

As with all analogies, there isn't a perfect one to one correlation. Hopefully you get the picture that just like the US Open Champion uses all his or her skills and coaching to be the best, so do SysAdmins. Come visit us at the Moscone Center.  Stay tuned for daily blog updates at OpenWorld 2016 and don't forget to register. If you can't make it to the city, check out the OTN live streaming sessions and hope you have an awesome OpenWorld 2016.

Security is becoming more and more a topic of interest in the majority of companies. Unfortunately it has been a topic that did not deserve the level of interest it needed for a long time. Currently we see a change in the market, companies of all sizes start to realize the importance of security on all levels of the IT footprint.

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As part of the security which is implemented the hardening and security of you operating systems used for your servers is of vital importance. The Centre of Internet Security (CIS) develops guidelines and best practices for security. One of the benchmark guidelines developed by CIS is for Oracle Linux 7.

Implementing this benchmark is seen as a good practice to ensure your Oracle Linux installation is secured and gives you the option to compare your implementation against a well known and well respected industry standard.

In this recently published post by Johan Louwers

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you can read more on how Oracle Enterprise Manager, Puppet and the CIS benchmark can play a role to improve security of Oracle Linux in a automated environment where new systems are requested via self-service functionality by end users.

Last week I attended my first VMworld, the 2016 in Las Vegas. It was a huge event with over 22,500 attendees at the Mandalay Bay. Here are some of the takeaways from the event.

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• VMWare has a huge eco-system

• I did informal interviews with many attendees  ie SysAdmins and here is what I learnt from them:

o Almost everyone 90-95% Virtualized using vSphere (Compute)

o Different folks looking into NSX (network virtualization) and some at vSAN

o Many using VDI (desptop virtualization), healthcare, financial, defense

o Same set of folks still have all IT on-premise, exploring cloud, but hesitant to make move

o Most server setups Window and or Linux based, with the occasional Solaris

o Virtualization ratios vary from 10:1 to 20:1. VMWare's median is 15:1 but all of these are based on #VMs, #vCPUs, storage

• Took a tour of the hands on lab and the IT setup was very impressive. 499 workstations, they have about 1,000 VMs running and keep another 1,000 in the background so users don't get any delay when their 90 min session starts. The lab uses the IBM Cloud in the background for scalability.

 

Other noteworthy news from VMWorld

 

• Dell and EMC will be one on Sept. 7th.

• Michael Dell was part of a keynote and it seems clear they want to keep VMWare independent

• Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) / Hyper-convergence and it's first incarnation as VMware Cloud Foundation was all the rage

• SDDC combines all virtual resources in a data center, Compute, Storage, Network and combines with Management layer

• SDDC= vSphere + VSAN + NSX+ vRealize

• SDDC can be deployed as on premise in private cloud (with approved partner hardware racks, VxRack SDDC) or in public cloud, partnering with IBM (plus Azure, AWS)

• VMware Validated Designs are the Gold standard template

• Promoting vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC)

• vRealize brings all virtual elements together to help automate deployment, architecture and life-cycle management

• This was the first VMWorld in Vegas, prior years were in San Francisco. It was a good warmup for OpenWorld and I look forward to seeing you there.