Monday Jul 30, 2012

ISV Certification is Accelerating on Oracle Linux

A typical question I receive on a daily basis from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) is how they can work with Oracle to certify their applications on Oracle Linux.  The quick answer I give them is “Paper Cert it!” That might not explain the whole process, but it is that easy. Let me give some background for those who are unfamiliar with Oracle Linux.

Oracle Linux is binary compatible to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). This means your applications will run the same on Oracle Linux as they do on RHEL. That’s because Oracle Linux with the Red Hat compatible kernel is based on RHEL source code. While you can run your full QA on Oracle Linux it generally is not necessary. What I typically hear from an ISV after doing such is “Wow, you guys are right, Oracle Linux is the same as RHEL, we will paper cert from here on out!”  You may not know this, but when it comes to Linux, Oracle only runs Oracle Linux on our infrastructure. We use no RHEL–zero, zip, zilch, nada. Because Oracle is so confident in our binary compatibility to RHEL, Oracle simply “paper certs” or says RHEL is certified for Oracle applications.

If you opt to certify your user space application on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel then you can deliver your application on the latest cutting edge, high performance kernel allowing ISV customers to ride the speed demon wave. Since the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel uses the same user space libraries as our Red Hat compatible kernel, userspace applications certified on our compatible kernel are certified on the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

Today I spoke with a large ISV who is certifying on Oracle Linux. In the last six months they’ve seen a huge demand for Oracle Linux requests and within the last few weeks have certified their kernel based application on both the compatible kernel and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. This scenario is being replicated each week by large and small ISVs as demand is driving them to support their customers’ choice of running applications on Oracle Linux.

Oracle Linux has support from leading ISVs including:  SAP, EMC, HP, BMC, CA, Symantec, BeyondTrust, Microstrategy, Sungard, NetApp, Informatica, McAfee and Quest software just to name a few.

So now you want to certify on Oracle Linux, what’s the next step - who do you contact? Hit the comments section below and ask us to contact you, read our documentation, tweet us @ORCL_Linux or use good ole email with your request, and we’ll share with you how easy it is to certify. We make it easy.

Tuesday Jul 17, 2012

Xeon E5-2600 Server Boards on Oracle HCL

We are happy to announce that Intel Server Boards based on the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family are now certified on Oracle Linux 6.2 with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2 and Oracle VM 3.1. The certified servers have gone through comprehensive testing and review by both Intel and Oracle to ensure the complete interoperability between the respective products. The complete list of certified server boards can be obtained from Oracle Linux and Oracle VM hardware certification (HCL) page, as well as from Intel ESAA recipe finder.

The Intel Enabled Solutions Acceleration Alliance (ESAA) gives resellers and direct Intel OEMs access to wide range of pre-validated configuration guides (“recipes”) jointly developed by Intel and independent hardware and software vendors. Similarly, the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM hardware certification program provides a mechanism for hardware vendors to work with Oracle to establish high quality support for the certified hardware. Close collaboration between Oracle and Intel ESAA teams ensures that our mutual customers benefit from the formal server certification and support from both Intel and Oracle. 

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