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Oracle Linux Storage Appliance launches autonomous operations in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Julie Wong
Product Management Director

Oracle Linux Storage Appliance 2.0 is now available and introduces autonomous operations based on Oracle Autonomous Linux, making it easier than ever to host shared file system servers in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). This release helps developers eliminate complexity and human error, and enables higher security, availability, and operational efficiency when managing Linux shared file systems.

Oracle Linux Storage Appliance powered by Autonomous Linux

Application developers rely on Oracle Linux file systems for improved scalability, availability, and performance when accessing distributed Network File System (NFS) and Samba shared storage. Oracle Linux Storage Appliance 2.0 packages Oracle Linux 7 shared file systems services in an appliance that is optimized for OCI. It provides a fast and easy way to host shared file system servers using non-volatile memory express (NVMe) devices and block volumes attached to OCI Compute instances.

Oracle Autonomous Linux is an Oracle Linux operating environment that executes automatic patch updates without human interaction, improves IT staff productivity and security, and reduces downtime. Oracle Autonomous Linux is the first and only autonomous operating environment, and it’s built and optimized for Oracle Cloud.

Higher security and reliability

Oracle Linux Storage Appliance 2.0 uses Oracle Ksplice to automatically apply zero-downtime security updates for the kernel and key user space libraries such as glibc and openssl. Ksplice checks daily for and applies available patches while the appliance is running, without requiring a reboot, and without stopping applications. Autonomous Linux also performs automated yum updates on standard Oracle Linux packages.

Ksplice also detects and notifies you of known exploit attempts made on privilege escalation vulnerabilities that it has patched. Ksplice helps keep your Oracle Linux and shared file systems servers secure and reliable by staying up to date with vulnerability patches and alerting you to suspicious activities.

Enhanced autonomous configuration and reporting

To support autonomous operations, the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance administration interface now includes new configuration and log reporting options.

The administration web interface allows you to view Autonomous Linux logs. These logs show the status of the Ksplice and yum updates, the instance uptime data, the effective kernel version, and the packages that have been updated.

A screenshot of the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance administration tab.

Also new to the administration interface is the option to easily enable autonomous alert notifications. You can trigger Autonomous Linux notifications to be sent through messaging protocols, such as email, Slack, and PagerDuty. For instructions on how to set up Autonomous Linux notifications through Oracle Linux Storage Appliance and the OCI Console, see the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance deployment and user guide.

You can also view and modify the default autonomous update window through the appliance console. Autonomous updates are randomly defaulted to a specific daily time when Oracle Linux Storage Appliance is first deployed, but you can easily change this setting to better suit your business operations.

Fast and easy deployment

The Oracle Linux Storage Appliance is optimized and integrated with native Oracle Cloud services, making it easy to deploy NFS and Samba servers within minutes. This autonomous release is available for download and deployment directly from the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, or from the Oracle Images catalog on the Console by selecting the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance (Autonomous Linux) image. With a few clicks, you can get your Oracle Linux Storage Appliance up and running in OCI.

A screenshot of Oracle Linux Storage Appliance (Autonomous Linux) in Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Migrating to Autonomous Linux

To take advantage of autonomous features, you need to install a new OCI instance using the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance (Autonomous Linux) 2.0 image from the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. Then back up the file system shares using the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance object storage backup feature or manually.

Once the backups are completed, detach the block volumes from the previous instance and reattach them to the new Autonomous Linux based instance. You can also use the appliance to restore the object storage backups to the new instance. Instructions in the documentation are available to help with the migration to the Autonomous Linux based release.

A new version of the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance 2.0 based on the standard Oracle Linux 7.9 image is also available. This image is not based on Autonomous Linux. You can find this image in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Premier level support included

Oracle Linux Premier Support is included with an OCI subscription at no extra cost. You can enjoy the highest-level support for Oracle Linux and Oracle Linux Storage Appliance, including around-the-clock expert telephone and online support and access to enhancements and updates.

Get started today

To discover more about Oracle Linux Storage Appliance, refer to the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance deployment and user guide. You can start by signing up for an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure account today and deploying the Oracle Linux Storage Appliance directly from the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

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