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Running Oracle Linux in public clouds

Honglin Su
Sr. Director of Product Management

According to Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report, 93 percent of enterprises have a multicloud strategy and 87 percent have a hybrid cloud strategy to serve their business needs. Most enterprises have adopted a mix of multiple public and multiple private clouds. However this approach often leads to unnecessary complexity. 

Research from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) indicates that 78% of organizations run different Linux distributions in the public cloud than they do on-premises. This can mean different management tools, different administrator certifications, different support contracts, and even different levels of patching and security compliance. The same ESG study shows that two-thirds of surveyed organizations regularly move workloads between public clouds, but find these migrations painful because of the differences in technology stacks, and the resultant issues with performance, security, availability, and in-house skills. (ESG Research Insights Paper Survey: Today's Top 3 IT Challenges with Modern Application Environments, March 2021)

To help reduce this complexity, Oracle's Linux distribution is consistent across deployments on premises, in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services.

When running Oracle Linux on premises or in clouds, customers have access to the exact same code and packages. Oracle Linux improves performance of all workloads and is optimized–out of the box–for Oracle software. Oracle Linux is 100% application binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Since 2006, Oracle Linux has been completely free to download and use. Free source code, binaries, and updates. Freely redistributable. Free for production use.

Oracle Linux in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Linux is available among the platform images in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Updates are freely available from the local OCI yum server so downloads are faster and no network charges are incurred. Oracle Ksplice provides zero-downtime updates and is installed by default with the current Oracle Linux images in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. In addition, Oracle offers Oracle Autonomous Linux instances in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Autonomous Linux provides a self-patching, self-tuning runtime environment that helps eliminate complexity, and increase security and availability. Visit Oracle Linux for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure documentation to learn how to run Oracle Linux in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Oracle Linux in Microsoft Azure

For Microsoft Azure, Oracle offers certification and support for Oracle Linux on Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V. Customers can bring their own image or obtain Oracle Linux software from the Azure Marketplace and deploy it on Microsoft private clouds and Microsoft Azure using the Azure console.

Oracle Linux in Amazon Web Services

For Amazon Web Services (AWS), Oracle offers support for Oracle Linux running in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Relational Database Service (RDS). Customers can create their own Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) or they can obtain Oracle-provided Oracle Linux AMIs from an Amazon EC2 console by searching for the owner ID 131827586825 and deploying the Oracle Linux images on Amazon EC2 and RDS. For details, please refer to this technical article on how to find the Oracle-provided Oracle Linux AMIs and launch an Oracle Linux instance using Amazon’s EC2 console.

Oracle Linux support in public clouds

Customers with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) subscriptions receive Oracle Linux Premier Support at no extra charge. For Authorized Cloud Environments such as AWS or Azure, customers receive the standard entitlements and support services associated with their Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Support contracts. Oracle Linux support subscriptions can also be used to support a customer's existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) or CentOS Linux instances. 

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