Operating Systems for Business Forum

Rhea Rapps
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
Jul 26 2018
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Oracle Linux vs RHEL. One user says about Oracle Linux, "We have no downtime for OS upgrades, hence customer production isn't affected, and we have no security breaches and higher performance of Oracle stack software due to its usage of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel." Another user says about RHEL, "[...] We have never, ever had any of our servers fail to function as needed. Red Hat Linux has given us five nines (99.999%) uptime for years. In your experience, which is better and why?
Rhea Rapps
Content Specialist
IT Central Station
One of the most popular comparisons on IT Central Station is Oracle Linux vs RHEL. One user says about Oracle Linux, "Compared to RHEL, it is much easier to install, configure, and run Oracle Database and Grid Infrastructure." According to another user, "Red Hat has improved the mission critical environments running Oracle databases" Which of these two solutions would you recommend and why? Thanks! --Rhea
Leonel BaltodanoRHEL is my suggested choice. You can use ASM and cluster add-on to enhance the solution. Depending on the provided design.
Nishith VyasConsidering real world scenario, I'm working with CentOS which is a clone of RHEL. My honest & neutral opinion: 1) If your business depends on Oracle Database, then use Oracle Linux only. 2) If your business don't have Oracle products use RHEL. I heard from few friends, Oracle won't supported customers if their DB running on other Linux distro's. This may be rumor. People mostly use oracle linux if they don't want to deal with fighting of installing all pre-requisites. On other part, if you're good at RHEL, then no mean to use oracle linux. Also people should compare Oracle Linux V/S RHEL from CPU socket based pricing point. This is what I assume. else, both product give equal performance because of the monolithic kernel architecture. Last Word: I'm happy with CentOS as I'm dealing with RHEL/CentOS since 11 years.

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