Wednesday Sep 30, 2015

Managing the Lifecycle of Oracle Linux Systems Using Spacewalk

by Avi Miller and Ginny Henningsen

This article describes how administrators can use Spacewalk to manage the lifecycle of Oracle Linux systems. It explains core concepts and common best practices for a Spacewalk deployment. The article also highlights how Spacewalk can perform initial Oracle Linux provisioning with Kickstart and then automate subsequent software maintenance operations through system lifecycles such as Development, Test, Acceptance, and Production (DTAP).

IT administrators face a tough challenge in provisioning systems and keeping them up to date with the latest patchesandoperating system updates. If errata are deemed critical from a security perspective, it's especially urgent to conduct testing and apply patches to reduce the risk of systems compromise or data exposure. As data centers expand and administrators are tasked to manage greater numbers of physical servers and virtual machines, it's clear that automation is a necessity for efficient and cost-effective systems management. Spacewalk is open source software that helps to automate Linux systems management, allowing administrators to control the system software lifecycle—from initial Linux installation through maintenance, software configuration, and upgrades.

Read more in this technical article

Thursday Feb 23, 2012

Oracle Linux support lifecycle has been extended to 10 years

Ever since we began offering enterprise-class support for Linux, our Oracle Linux Support program has offered industry leading value with:

  • 8 years of support
  • Premier backports
  • Unlimited sustaining support
  • Management and Clustering included
  • Zero downtime updates via Ksplice
  • All at the lowest cost

We already covered the extension of Ksplice support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux in this previous blog post, but the associated press release included another important announcement: we've now extended the Oracle Linux Support lifecycle to cover a time frame of 10 years.

With this announcement we are bringing our Linux support policy in line with the already existing support periods for Oracle Solaris. Existing customers can continue to run the same release of Oracle Linux 5 and 6 for two additional years.

For more details about the terms and conditions of our support offering, please see the updated support policies document (PDF).

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