Oracle Validated Configurations
By oracletechnet on Jun 11, 2006
As if Oracle's "Unbreakable" support for Linux wasn't enough, now we have Oracle Validated Configurations -- "pre-tested, validated architectures -- software, hardware, storage and networking components -- for successfully deploying Oracle solutions on Linux," according to the PR.
How do these configurations differ from traditional certification, you may ask? I can't put it any better than the FAQ:
"Oracle Validated Configurations go a step further [than certification] by testing the 'complete component stack' and providing recommendations on versions, settings, and fixes for a stack (software, hardware, and storage) based on experience with running workloads in the Oracle and Partner Linux Test Lab."
In other words, you get the benefit of extensive cross-stack testing (server, distro, storage, processor, etc.), making for less risky deployments. Go for it!