Oracle is a committed and active member of the Linux community and is a gold sponsor of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China 2019 (Shanghai, June 24-26, 2019). A founding platinum member of The Linux Foundation® and also a platinum member of Cloud Native Computing Foundation® (CNCF®), Oracle is dedicated to the worldwide success of Linux for organizations of all sizes and across all industries.
Oracle continues to expand its commitment to open source and cloud native solutions targeted at helping move enterprise workloads to the cloud. At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2019 in Barcelona last month, Oracle announced Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Service Broker for Kubernetes and highlighted a recent set of Oracle open source solutions that facilitate enterprise cloud migrations including Helidon, GraalVM, Fn Project, MySQL Operator for Kubernetes, and WebLogic Operator for Kubernetes.
Operating systems, containers, and virtualization are the fundamental building blocks of modern IT infrastructure. Oracle combines them all into one integrated open source offering: Oracle Linux. Operating on your choice of hardware—in your data center or in the cloud—Oracle Linux provides the reliability, scalability, security, and performance for demanding enterprise and cloud workloads. We are pleased to share, below, the latest Oracle Linux developments and releases that can help accelerate your digital transformation. With Oracle Linux, you have a complete DevOps environment which is modern, optimized, and secure and is designed for hybrid and multi-cloud deployments at enterprise scale.
- Oracle Linux Cloud Native Environment—This curated set of open source software is selected from CNCF projects. Recently, the technology preview of Oracle Container Runtime for Kata was released, which aims to further protect cloud native, container-based microservices, by leveraging the security and isolation provided by virtual machines. Updates have been made to Oracle Container Runtime for Docker and Oracle Container Services for use with Kubernetes. Additionally, many Oracle software products are available as Docker container images that can be downloaded from Oracle Container Registry, and you can download Dockerfiles and samples from GitHub to build your own Docker container images for Oracle software.
- Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 5 Update 2—Available on Intel and AMD (x86_64) and Arm (aarch64) platforms, UEK Release 5 Update 2 for Oracle Linux 7 is based on the mainline kernel version 4.14.35 and includes several new features, added functionality, and bug fixes across a range of subsystems.
- Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager—This new server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle. Based on the open source oVirt project, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager allows enterprise customers to continue supporting their on-premises data center deployments with the KVM hypervisor already available on Oracle Linux 7.6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5. Oracle Linux KVM is a feature that has been delivered and supported as part of Oracle Linux for some time. With the release of the UEK Release 5, the Oracle Linux server virtualization solution with KVM has been enhanced. Oracle Linux KVM is the same hypervisor used in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, giving users an easy migration path to move workloads into Oracle Cloud in the future.
- Gluster Storage Release 5 for Oracle Linux 7—Gluster is a scalable, distributed file system that aggregates disk storage resources from multiple servers into a single global namespace. The new Gluster Storage Release 5 for Oracle Linux 7, based on the stable release of the upstream Gluster 5, brings customers higher performance, new storage capabilities and improved management.
- Security and Compliance—Oracle Linux is one of the most secure operating environments. Oracle Linux 7 has just received both a Common Criteria (CC) Certification which was performed against the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) General Purpose Operating System Protection Profile (OSPP) v4.1 as well as a FIPS 140-2 validation of its cryptographic modules. Oracle Linux is currently one of only two operating systems—and the only Linux distribution—on the NIAP Product Compliant List.
- AMD Secure Memory Encryption—Oracle Linux 7 with UEK Release 5 enables hardware-accelerated memory encryption for data-in-use protection, such as Secure Memory Encryption (SME) for bare metal servers and Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) for virtual machines, available on AMD EPYC processor-based systems. In particular, the SEV capability encrypts the memory of KVM guests so that the hypervisor can’t see the memory even when dumped.
- Zero-Downtime Patching with Oracle Ksplice—With Oracle Ksplice, you can immediately apply security patches (hypervisor, kernel, and user space) without impacting production environments—and without rebooting. When patching systems with the new Ksplice feature, Known Exploit Detection, not only is the security vulnerability closed, but tripwires are laid down for privilege escalation vulnerabilities. This means that if an attacker attempts to exploit a CVE that was patched, Ksplice notifies you. Moreover, Ksplice Known Exploit Detection will work from inside a container. If a container attempts to exploit a privilege escalation vulnerability, Ksplice will notify at the host level. This, combined with Kata Containers and AMD SEV for secure memory, provides strong protection for running containers. Ksplice zero-downtime patching support is provided to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure subscribers at no additional cost, for Oracle Linux instances, and is also available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS instances deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
To get started, Oracle Linux is freely available—to download, use, and distribute—at Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Updates can be obtained from Oracle Linux yum server. Additionally, Oracle VM VirtualBox, the most popular cross-platform virtualization software for development environments, can be downloaded on your desktop to run Oracle Linux and the cloud native software covered above, allowing you to easily deploy to the cloud. By using Vagrant boxes for Oracle software on GitHub, you have a more streamlined way to create virtual machines with Oracle software fully configured and ready to go inside of them. Oracle is offering up to 3,500 free hours on Oracle Cloud to developers that would like to use our cloud for their development environment.
To learn more about Oracle Linux at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon + Open Source Summit China 2019, attend this session (June 25) and visit the Oracle booth.