Friday May 02, 2014

Friday Spotlight: Implement Oracle Ksplice with your Existing RHEL Instances when you have Oracle Premier Support

Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week answers a question that we hear often about Oracle Ksplice:


One of the questions we receive from customers migrating from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) to Oracle Linux is: "Can I use Oracle Ksplice on my current systems or do I need to install Oracle Linux to use the service?"  

This is an important question for many customers, since migrating between operating systems usually entails months of planning and a large number of complicated steps. But Oracle has really good news for you. Migrating from RHEL to Oracle Linux is a very simple process, requiring just a few steps, and does not require reinstallation of the operating system. 

This simplicity also extends to Oracle Ksplice, which you can begin using immediately, without waiting for a maintenance window. Oracle generates the Ksplice patches needed to update your Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernel, as is, the only decision you need to make is whether you want to use the online service or whether you want to implement the offline client.  

Oracle Ksplice has been supporting users with zero-downtime updates for over 8 years, with more than 1 million Ksplice patches created. Our service is backed by experience and we are ready to support your most critical workloads, whether you migrate from Red Hat to Oracle Linux or deploy new Oracle Linux systems.


 We'll see you next week!

-Chris 

Friday Aug 09, 2013

Migration Made Easy: Switch from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux in Minutes

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 Join us for a live webcast on August 27 at 9am PT and find out how you can switch from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux in minutes.

In this webcast, you will learn about:

  • The why and how of switching from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux
  • Industry-leading Linux management and high-availability tools (included with Oracle Linux subscription at no charge)
  • Differentiated features, including Ksplice and DTrace
  • Deep testing and integration with the Oracle stack
  • Customer-use cases

With Oracle Linux, you get free access to the most advanced Linux operating system, better testing, integration with enterprise infrastructure and applications, and world-class support at a fraction of the cost.

Speakers:

Monica Kumar
Senior Director, Product Marketing Linux, Virtualization and MySQL, Oracle

Michele Casey
Director, Linux Product Management, Oracle

Register Now.

Wednesday Feb 22, 2012

Rebootless updates: now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, too!

As you probably know by now, we in the Oracle Linux Team are quite enthusiastic about Ksplice. Just in case you haven't heard about Ksplice yet, this technology allows you to apply security fixes and upgrades to the Linux kernel while your system is running, without having to reboot your server. Your applications remain unaffected — there is no service disruption or performance impact involved.

Ksplice was added to our Oracle Linux Premier support subscription some time ago (at no additional cost) and customers rely on it to ensure their systems are always up to date and fully patched, even if the next scheduled maintenance window is still days (or weeks) ahead.

Before, Ksplice patches were only provided for customers running Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. Today, we’re extending our support offering: Ksplice zero downtime kernel updates are now available for the Red Hat compatible kernel on Oracle Linux 5 and 6 as well. And if you are running Red Hat Enterprise Linux without Oracle Linux support and you’d like to try Ksplice, sign up for our 30-day free trial.  

In addition to that, we will continue to provide Ksplice patches for Fedora and Ubuntu Linux for free. If you want to learn more about Ksplice, check out Wim's OTN article "Using Oracle Ksplice to Update Oracle Linux Systems Without Rebooting" and Waseem's Ksplice Demo Video on the Oracle Linux YouTube Channel.
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