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How to Leverage the Benefits of Linux

Meghan Fritz
Communications Manager

Simplified administration, increased flexibility, faster development and deployment, and enhanced security – there are many reasons why your customers are turning to Linux.

Initially developed for personal computers based on the Intel-x86 architecture nearly thirty years ago, Linux has since spread to more platforms than any other operating system, and has considerably increased its popularity over the last several years.

Linux is now the dominant operating system for servers, mainframes, and even supercomputers – indeed since 2017, the 500 fastest supercomputers have exclusively used Linux-based operating systems. Linux is also extremely prevalent in webservers; survey data from W3Techs shows that around 70% of the top 10 million websites are currently running some form of UNIX – with Linux being used by more than half of those.

Operating systems based on the Linux kernel are also widely used in embedded systems such as automation controls, networking devices, televisions, games consoles, and smartwatches. And due to the dominance of Android on smartphones, Linux also has the largest installed base of all general-purpose operating systems.

Here are some of the main features and benefits you and your customers can experience when operating Linux:

Docker

Docker enables you to run more load on the same hardware, increasing your server utilization even more than with virtual machines. A Docker-based infrastructure is easy to move to different environments, for example to a private, public or shared Cloud, and also enables your developer team to develop in exactly the same environment that the app will run on – accelerating your deployment time.

By using orchestration platforms such as Docker Swarm or Kubernetes, developers can also self-administer tasks that previously required a system administrator – while many development, deployment, and admin tasks can simply be standardized and automated.

Docker’s standard reporting and management tools greatly simplify the command and control of your infrastructure – saving valuable system administrator time and also making it much easier for new recruits to understand and operate your systems.

OpenStack

Similar benefits of enhanced infrastructure efficiency, faster application development and deployment, and simplified administration can also be achieved by using OpenStack for Cloud computing.

Run your own private Cloud using OpenStack orchestration to automate provisioning and administration of your servers, virtual machines, and Docker containers – and leverage public OpenStack vendors to easily manage your load hikes. Your security can also be increased by storing data on distributed servers using various OpenStack services.

PAM

Pluggable Authentication Modules simplify your system management by using common authentication mechanisms across all your systems and applications. In addition to freeing developers from worrying about the details of authentication, PAM enables system administrators to change security policies – for example from single-factor to two-factor authentication – without requiring changes to your applications.

SELinux

With Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) you can protect your systems from outside attacks by confining your applications to their minimal access rights. SELinux enables you to monitor and control access to your critical data and systems, and to guarantee compliance with data regulations such as GDPR.

OpenSCAP

Keep your systems secure and compliant to your own or public security policies with OpenSCAP security automation. The OpenSCAP ecosystem provides multiple tools to assist administrators and auditors with assessment, measurement, and enforcement of security baselines.

Oracle KSplice

Use Oracle KSplice rebootless kernel updates and rollbacks to reduce downtime and system upgrade planning, while increasing security through faster patching of vulnerable servers. Monitor and control multiple systems from the KSplice Management Console to reduce your administration overheads and guarantee that all of your systems are up-to-date.

Learning to leverage Linux

Linux benefits are numerous and multi-faceted. The best way to ensure that you are leveraging Linux to the maximum and not putting your customer’s company at risk is to keep your skills up-to-date with a wide-ranging and continuous learning program.

The Linux Learning Subscription from Oracle University provides you with year-round, 24/7 access to the most comprehensive Linux training material, including more than 350 videos covering all the above topics and more. From developers to system administrators – of Linux, Red Hat, or CentOS. It provides everything your team needs to maximize knowledge and optimize your and your customers organization’s IT systems so that you are protecting the business and achieving the goals.

Take a look at the intuitive interface and preview the content.

Operating systems, containers, and virtualization are the fundamental building blocks of the modern IT infrastructure. Whether your customer’s hardware is in their data center or in the Cloud, Oracle Linux provides the reliability, scalability, security, and performance you and they need for today’s demanding enterprise workloads. Make sure you and your team are trained to unleash all of its potential.

Remember: Your Oracle PartnerNetwork discount is applied to standard list prices shown on Oracle University web pages.

 

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