Thursday Mar 24, 2016

Announcing Oracle Cloud Machine: Can you have your cake and eat it too?

The appeal of public cloud services is undeniable and unstoppable. But, a vast majority of applications are constrained from moving to the public cloud due to data residency and privacy laws, intellectual property concerns, and sensitivity to latency of the traffic to and from the public Internet.

If the phrase ‘Private Cloud’ sounds like an oxymoron to you, you are not alone. 

IT vendors have tried but largely failed to deliver on the tall promise of “private cloud” – the notion of a cloud behind your firewall with all the benefits of public cloud services without the need to send your data over the Internet to a public cloud service. Too many corners were cut in offering such solutions. According to Nirav Mehta, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle, who spoke to hundreds of CIOs and IT directors, the biggest reasons why the promise of Private Clouds has not been realized is it is either ‘private’ or a ‘cloud’ but not really both at the same time.

Today, we are very proud to announce the availability of the first offering in this category – the Oracle Cloud Machine

Attend: Thursday, March 24 (8am-4pm ET) Listen to Live Webcast, participate in chats and be part of this exciting event 

We have taken the Oracle Cloud for IaaS and PaaS and extended it to your premises. The service, called Oracle Cloud at Customer, allows companies to place an Oracle cloud server within their own data center, essentially turning one of the basic concepts of cloud computing inside-out, according to Thomas Kurian, president of Oracle product development.

The setup is a hybrid cloud structure that allows a company to run whatever workloads it chooses on premises or in the Oracle cloud, with a common set of tools, APIs, and experiences. The workloads can shift between the environments. And Oracle will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the server, just as it would be for customers of more standard, public cloud services.

  We believe it is the industry’s most complete solutions for deploying public cloud services “behind your firewall”. Here's why:

  • There is a single point of accountability for the cloud services delivered behind the customer’s firewall – Oracle. Hardware, software, and all ongoing management of the entire stack is provided by Oracle.
  • The same software that underpins the Oracle (public) Cloud is delivered with the Oracle Cloud Machine as well. Oracle also ensures that this congruence between the private cloud and public cloud is maintained by frequently updating the Oracle Cloud Machine with the same updates that we deploy in the Oracle Cloud.
  • Oracle Cloud Machine is managed remotely by Oracle Cloud Operations using a secure, remote connection that honors least privilege principles to ensure that you, the customer, can truly have a hassle-free experience of consuming cloud services and NOT managing the underlying infrastructure. Every customer is assigned a Technical Account Manager (included in the cost of the service) who helps with capacity planning, performance optimization, and addressing any services issues.
  • Oracle Cloud Machine is sold as a set of subscription services. You buy IaaS and PaaS services and not hardware and software. The pricing mirrors the Oracle (public) Cloud pricing for a very simple buying experience for the customer. Pick the service you want and you choose whether you want to consume it over the Internet or entirely behind your firewall.  Oracle takes care of everything else. 

 Lastly, while we are unbeatable when it comes to running Oracle workloads. Oracle Cloud Machine runs on Oracle Linux which is  provides high performing, secure platform for both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads.  Providing advanced scalability and reliability for enterprise applications and systems, Oracle Linux delivers truly open cloud with great performance and is used in all x86-based Oracle Engineered Systems.

 Delivering true simplicity takes a lot of thought and effort. We are proud to have delivered a solution that has simplicity at its core. The  kind of simplicity that could only have come from hidden sophistication and innovation. We look forward to working closely with you to  realize your vision of a true cloud behind your firewall enabled by Oracle Cloud Machine. 

Yes. You may eat that cake and have it too!

 Read more in this blog article by Nirav Mehta, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle  

 Attend: Thursday, March 24 Listen to Live Webcast, participate in chats and be part of this exciting event  

Friday Mar 18, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Saving time in a Cloud-Enabled DataCenter

Happy Friday everyone,

We have an awesome new  Oracle Infrastructure blog where we will be covering the Oracle Infrastructure products like, servers, engineered systems, OSes, storage and more. Subscribe to get the latest updates and news.


Here's the latest blog about "Saving time in a Cloud-Enabled DataCenter".

"When I talk to Linux administrators about the one thing they hate doing, it has to be patching. 

Certainly one of the reasons is finding a time to take a system down to patch is next to impossible. That usually means having to miss your kid’s soccer game, your favorite sports team’s match on TV, or a rare night out with friends.  And just how do you find time when you’re running systems in the cloud?  

That’s why Oracle KSplice is such a game-changer—it allows for zero-downtime kernel updates.  And that’s not even the whole story about Oracle Linux, with support for Docker, Linux Containers, OpenStack, Oracle Clusterware for High Availability (HA), and more—at no additional charge with an Oracle Linux Premier Support contract.  In addition to the Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK), Oracle supplies the optimized Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK), which was first developed to support highly scalable Oracle Engineered Systems. ..."

Read more in the newly launched Oracle Infrastructure Blog.  

Friday Mar 04, 2016

Friday Spotlight: TechCast Interview with Greg Marsden about UEK

In today's Friday blog, we want to spotlight the TechCast video that our OTN community manager, Logan Rosenstein had recorded. In this interview, Greg Marsden, Software Development Senior Director for Oracle Linux Kernel Development, talks about the development of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, open source maintainers in Oracle and how kernel engineers work with the community. Don't miss this insightful interview.

Watch now. 

Friday Feb 26, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Hot off the Press - Oracle Linux Newsletter February 2016

Hi everyone, 

Happy Friday to you all! We want to highlight the Friday issue of our Oracle Linux Newsletter in this Friday blog.

It is full of great news, videos and training information.

Read more. 

 Read and subscribe to newsletter.

Friday Feb 19, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: CVE-2015-7547 - Ksplice solves glibc flaw with zero-downtime and no disruptions

This week we have seen a new vulnerability making the rounds involving glibc. The issue at hand involves a couple of libraries (libresolv and libnss_dns), which are used commonly with tasks like DNS lookups. Using the function getaddrinfo() could generate a stack buffer overflow with larger replies, which in turn could be used maliciously to trigger an exploit through attacker-controlled domain names, attacker-controlled DNS servers or man-in-the-middle attacks.

The glibc upstream project released a patch for this issue and most distributions (including Oracle Linux) have released updated glibc packages containing this fix.  Since glibc is a core system library that is used by almost every application on a system, updates to the package typically require restarting applications and best practices would suggest a system reboot.  

Oracle Linux customers with premier support have the advantage of our Ksplice services, which makes it possible to install both kernel and user space updates without the need to restart applications or reboot the system.  If you would like more information about Ksplice and Oracle Linux, please visit our website.

Friday Feb 12, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Attend Virtual Technology Summit in March and April

Oracle Technology Network welcomes you to join the Virtual Technology Summit from where you are- you don't need to travel. Attend this online event to watch technical demos and participate in hands-on-labs delivered by Oracle product experts, Oracle ACE’s, and Java Champions. Choose your technology track below for the full agenda, abstracts, and HOL participation instructions. 

Database: The database track provides latest updates and in-depth topics covering Oracle Database 12c Advanced Options, new generation application development with JSON, Node.js and Oracle Database Cloud, as well as sessions dedicated to the most recent capabilities of Oracle MySQL for Oracle DBAs and Developers. 

Java: In this track, we will show you improvements to the Java platform and APIs. You’ll also learn how the Java language enables you to develop innovative applications using Microservices, parallel programming, integrate with other languages and tools, as well as insight for the APIs that will substantially boost your productivity. 

Middleware: The middleware track offers developers focused on gaining new skills and expertise in emerging technology areas such as Internet of Thing (IoT), Mobile and PaaS. This track also provides latest updates on Oracle WebLogic 12.2.1.and Java EE. 

Systems: Designed for System Administrators this track covers best practices for implementing, optimizing, and securing your operating system, management tools, and hardware. In addition, we will also discuss best practices for Storage, SPARC, and Software Development.

  • Attend VTS around the world, register here 
    • Americas  -  March 8, 2016 | 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. PT / 12:30 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. BRT
    • EMEA -  April 5, 2016 |9:30–13:30 GMT (UK) / 11:30–14:30 CEST
    • APAC - March 15, 2016 | 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. IST / 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. SGT / 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. AEDT

Thursday Feb 11, 2016

Training Thursdays: What Linux Sys Admins Need to Know

There are some key skills that you need if you want to be a Linux system administrator. The Oracle Linux System Administration courses teach you these skills. The objectives of these courses are to:

  • Install Oracle Linux
  • Load and configure the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel
  • Install software packages from Unbreakable Linux Network and other repositories
  • Use Ksplice to update the kernel on a running system
  • Configure system logging
  • Load kernel modules and configure kernel module parameters
  • Perform User and Group administration
  • Create Ext, XFS, and Btrfs file systems
  • Maintain swap space
  • Use Logical Volume Manager (LVM)
  • Configure RAID devices
  • Configure File Sharing services (NFS, FTP, OpenSSH)
  • Perform Security Administration (firewalld, iptables, chroot, TCP wrappers)
  • Prepare Oracle Linux system for Oracle database
  • Troubleshoot problems and perform corrective action

Those interested in Linux 7 should take the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course. You can take this course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 14 and 15 February, 7, 14 and 28 March, 4 and 18 April, and 9 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Vienna, Austria
15 February 2016 German
Reading, England
7 March 2016 English
Paris, France
6 June 2016 French
Jakarta, Indonesia
25 April 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands
9 May 2016 English
Makati City, Philippines
18 April 2016 English
Moscow, Russia
15 February 2016 Russian
Cape town, South Africa
29 February 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
29 February 2016 English
Pretoria, South Africa
11 July 2016 English
Bangkok, Thailand
23 May 2016 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
3 April 2016 English
Dallax, TX, United States 25 April 2016 English
Those interested in Linux 5 or 6 should take the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration course. You can take this course as a:
  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering, following lecture delivery at your own pace through streaming video and booking a time that suits you to perform lab exercises.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 7 March, 4 and 18 April, and 18 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class. Below is a selection of the in-class events on the schedule.

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Melbourne, Australia
4 April 2016 English
Sydney, Australia
18 April 2016 English
London, England
14 March 2016 English
Hamburg, Germany
11 April 2016 German
Athens, Greece
15 February 2016 Greek
Milan, Italy
12 December 2016 Italian
Rome, Italy
2 May 2016 Italian
Turin, Italy
27 June 2016 Italian
Amman, Jordan
15 May 2016 English
Utrecht, Netherlands  11 April 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
27 June 2016 English
Istanbul, Turkey 9 May 2016 Turkish
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 21 February 2016 English
Atlanta, GA, United States 2 May 2016 English
Reston, VA, United States 15 February 2016 English
The Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration course is one step in your preparation to sit the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator Oracle Certified Associate exam.

To register for an event or to learn more about the Oracle Linux curriculum, go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Feb 05, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Strategies for Building Open Cloud Enabled Infrastructure Webinar

Hi everyone,

Happy Super Bowl Friday! I live in Santa Clara, California so this week had been a busy one for us and we are looking forward to a great Super Bowl 50 experience. Another great event I want to tell you is the live webinar we are organizing in early March. Don't miss it:

Webinar: Strategies for Building Open Cloud Enabled Infrastructure

Date: Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Time: 9-10 AM Pacific Standard Time

Register today

Enterprises are rapidly embracing cloud services to speed innovation and drive cost savings.  Innovative IT organizations are leaping to software-defined ‘virtual data centers’ that enable corporate IT to connect, aggregate, and configure computing resources public and private in unprecedented ways.  For many companies, private cloud infrastructure that can run existing applications as well as cloud-native applications are an attractive alternative to re-writing their existing applications to run in a public cloud.

Join this webinar to hear:
- How to create and agile private cloud infrastructure that can grow with your company
- Strategies and benefits to implement an open source cloud environment
- Benefits of using converged infrastructure in cloud

Robert G. Shimp
Group Vice President, Product Management
Oracle Linux and Virtualization

Bob Shimp has more than 30 years of experience in enterprise software and hardware, marketing and sales operations, and business planning. He has guided the launch of hundreds of products for Oracle over the years. He holds a BS in electrical engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He also holds MBA and JD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Charlie Boyle
Sr. Director
Converged Infrastructure

Charlie is responsible product marketing for Oracle Converged Infrastructure products including Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. He had launched Oracle’s first converged infrastructure product, delivering new growth to engineered systems product line. He had been working in IT industry for many years in companies like Sun Microsystems, Voxeo and Digex.

 Register today 

Friday Jan 29, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Running OpenSCAP Compliance Checks on Oracle Linux

This Friday we would like to highlight a great new OTN article: Running OpenSCAP compliance checks on Oracle Linux.

Many of you may have heard OpenSCAP, if not here are some details. SCAP is U.S. standard maintained by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). SCAP is a multi-purpose framework of specifications that supports automated configuration, vulnerability and patch checking, technical control compliance activities, and security measurement. 

As a part of IT security management, organizations usually define a security policy that standardizes optimal internal practices, processes, and configurations. When a company stores or processes sensitive data (including personal identity, financial data, or healthcare records), the security policy must also reflect relevant government and regulatory standards such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Standards often specify hardening guidelines and IT system requirements as well as required security practices. Many standards also mandate formal security reviews that must be performed by certified auditors on a regular schedule. In addition to these formal compliance assessments, IT departments typically conduct informal security reviews to detect and remedy vulnerabilities that might otherwise result in system or data compromise.

The diversity of data center systems adds to the challenge of developing effective and efficient strategies for IT security management. To help organizations automate compliance checks and implement security policy more universally across heterogeneous data centers, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) standard. NIST created SCAP to provide a standardized approach for implementing enterprise system security and baseline profiles for compliance audits. Based on the SCAP standard, the OpenSCAP project supplies open source tools and policies to automate compliance checking and consistently apply security policy across different system types.

To automate compliance checking on Oracle Linux servers, the operating system includes packages containing an OpenSCAP framework and an implementation of the OpenSCAP interpreter, oscap. In addition, Oracle makes SCAP content files available to evaluate Oracle Linux system configurations against a defined security policy, industry-accepted hardening guidelines, and known vulnerabilities. This article can help administrators get started using the OpenSCAP functionality in Oracle Linux. It describes the various SCAP content files available to automate compliance checks, as well as how to obtain and use security advisory content that Oracle regularly publishes. It also discusses how to use Spacewalk, a tool for Linux systems management, to run OpenSCAP audits on Spacewalk-managed Oracle Linux client systems.

Read more in this full article: Running OpenSCAP Compliance Checks on Oracle Linux

Thursday Jan 28, 2016

Training Thursdays: UEK in Oracle Linux Curriculum

Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) is heavily tested with Oracle workloads and therefore recommended for Oracle deployments and all other enterprise deployments. Learn about the UEK by following the Oracle Linux System Administration curriculum.

You will learn how UEK brings you scalability improvements and features including:

  • DTrace for Linux
  • File system improvements
  • Improved support for control groups and Linux containers

Those using Oracle Linux 7 should take the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course. You can take this course as a:

  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events already on the schedule to suit different time-zones including 15 February, 6, 14 and 28 March, 4 and 17 April, and 9 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. In-class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
Vienna, Austria
15 February 2016 German
Reading, England
7 March 2016 English
Paris, France
6 June 2016 French
Hamburg, Germany
1 February 2016 German
Jakarta, Indonesia
25 April 2016 English
Makati City, Philippines
18 April 2016 English
Capetown, South Africa
29 February 2016 English
Johannesburg, South Africa
29 February 2016 English
Pretoria, South Africa
11 July 2016 English
Madrid, Spain
1 February 2016 Spanish
Bangkok, Thailand 22 February 2016 English
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 3 April 2016 English
Atlanta, GA, United States 7 March 2016 English
Dallas, Texas, United States 25 April 2016 English

Those using Oracle Linux 5 or 6 should take the Oracle Linux 5 & 6: System Administration course.

You can take this course in the following formats:

  • Training-on-Demand: Start training within 24 hours of registering, following lectures through streaming video at your own pace and booking time on a lab environment to suit your schedule.
  • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live-event from your own desk, no travel required. Choose from a selection of events already on the schedule to suit different timezones including 1 February, 6 and 7 March, 3, 17 and 18 April, and 16 May 2016.
  • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this course. In-class events on the schedule include:

 Location  Date  Delivery Language
 Melbourne, Australia
 4 February 2016  English
 Sydney, Australia
 18 April 2016  English
 London, England
 14 March 2016  English
 Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
 1 February 2016  English
 Milan, Italy
 12 December 2016  Italian
 Rome, Italy
 15 February 2016  Italian
 Turin, Italy
 27 June 2016  Italian
 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 7 March 2016  English
 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
 22 August 2016  English
 Utrecht, Netherlands
 11 April 2016  English
 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
 21 February 2016  English
 Capetown, South Africa
 29 February 2016  English
 Johannesburg, South Africa
 8 February 2016  English
 Pretoria, South Africa  5 December 2016  English
 Istanbul, Turkey
 9 May 2016  Turkish
 Dubai, United Arab Emirates  21 February 2016  English
 Reston, VA, United States  15 February 2016  English
 Atlanta, GA, United States  2 May 2016  English

Taking the Oracle Linux System Administration course is one step in your preparation to sit the Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administrator OCA certificate exam.

For more information about the Oracle Linux curriculum go to http://oracle.com/education/linux.

Friday Jan 15, 2016

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Customers that Benefit from using Oracle Linux

This Friday spotlight is about customers that implemented Oracle Engineered Systems and used Oracle Linux as their operating system. Oracle Linux is used in all x86 based engineered systems that Oracle offers and optimized for the hardware to provide enhanced performance.

Main benefits listed in the case studies were:

  • Increased performance
  • High availability
  • Reduced cost

Here's just a few selection of the latest customers that implemented Oracle Linux with Oracle Engineered systems:

TeknoSA Boosts Competitiveness with Powerful Sales Analytics on Engineered Business Intelligence Platform 

Company:  TeknoSA

TeknoSA launched a decision support platform using Oracle Business Intelligence on Oracle Exadata to empower executives and sales staff with enhanced sales analytics across nearly 300 outlets and its online store.

Company:  Türk Telekom

Türk Telekom deployed Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exadata Database Machine to run Siebel CRM 8.1 with substantially increased availability and performance while reducing total cost of ownership by 68%

Company:  SISPI Sistema Palermo Informatica

SISPI Sistema Palermo Informatica S.p.A. consolidated 12 single-instance Oracle Databases from IBM Blade servers onto Oracle Exadata Database Machine, delivering substantially increased system performance

Company:  National Oilwell Varco

National Oilwell Varco built an enterprise data warehouse using Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Business Intelligence, Enterprise Edition, expanding insight into financial and operational performance.

QIIB Reduces Application Response Time 10x on Average, Saves US$1.5 Million per Year in Database Licensing Costs

Company:  QIIB
QIIB deployed Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4-2 to improve the bank’s competitiveness by increasing employee and customer satisfaction, enhancing business agility and continuity, and reducing IT costs.

Secure-24 Ensures Rapid Application Deployment and Cuts Deployment Costs by 90% with Private Cloud Appliance

Company:  Secure-24

Secure-24 deployed Oracle’s Private Cloud Appliance to consistently and securely launch enterprise cloud environments while reducing deployment costs by 90% and acquisition costs by 50%.

Read more customer stories about Oracle Linux. 

Friday Jan 08, 2016

Announcing the general availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4

The Oracle Linux team is pleased to announce the general availability of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4 for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7.  This release, based on the 4.1 mainline kernel, delivers many important new features and enhancements engineered for modern cloud infrastructure.  

  • Significant performance improvements through enhancements to features like automatic NUMA balancing and CPU schedulers, and the introduction of new features like zswap, zram, the LZ4 compression algorithm, network batch transmissions and low-latency network polling.
  • More options for boosting the security of systems and the applications they host. UEK Release 4 now includes kernel address space randomization, a new random number system call and updates in key areas like SELinux, nftables, SHA256 and SHA512.
  • Real-time kernel and userspace patching with Ksplice for Oracle Linux to simplify managing cloud infrastructure and improve security.
  • Support for key cloud technologies. Xen host and guest domain feature and performance enhancements, Open vSwitch and VXLAN improvements for networking, cgroups and namespace enhancements for linux containers and Docker.
  • Enhancements to Oracle Linux DTrace for dynamic, real-time system tracing on production systems
  • The production release and support of Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux Release 1.0, based on the upstream Firefly release
  • New real-time kernel features including timerless (tickless) multitasking and the addition of the deadline scheduling class
  • Enhanced infiniband features including improved protocols, drivers and firmware.
  • A number of updates to key areas such as XFS, Btrfs, Ext4, NFS, FUSE and the Overlay file systems.
  • A number of driver updates supporting the latest hardware.

This has been a major engineering effort that can benefit every Oracle Linux customer. For more information on this release, please review the release notes here.

Oracle Linux is available to download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud and the Oracle Yum repos.

Friday Dec 25, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Happy Holidays to all Oracle Linux fans!

Hi everyone, 

Happy holidays and best wishes to all of you for 2016!  

Friday Dec 18, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Oracle Linux Newsletter December 2015 Issue Out

The latest issue of the Oracle Linux Newsletter - December 2015 issue is out. It comes with great new videos, demos, whitepapers and partner news. 

Read it today and subscribe to get it sent to your email bi-monthly.


Friday Dec 11, 2015

FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Why Oracle Linux for Modern, Cloud-Enabled DataCenter?

Happy Friday everyone!

We have a great video to share with you this week. In this animated video,  learn how Oracle Linux includes the features and tools you need for your modern, cloud-enabled data center. 

While Oracle Linux is open source and includes standard technologies, tools, and features, Oracle extends the release to deliver a complete, integrated, and supported platform for performance-driven production workloads. In addition to the Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK), Oracle supplies the optimized Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK), which was first developed to support highly scalable Oracle Engineered Systems. Support for Oracle Linux is affordable and the release is free to download and distribute, unlike other commercial Linux distributions. To add even greater value, Oracle bundles additional capabilities—Ksplice for zero-downtime kernel updates, support for Docker, Linux Containers, OpenStack, Oracle Clusterware for High Availability (HA), and more—at no additional charge with an Oracle Linux Premier Support contract. As a result of these additions, companies receive greater value from their Linux support investment, allowing IT organizations to achieve a higher return on investment.

Watch Oracle Linux for the Cloud-Enabled Datacenter.

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