Oracle Linux Review

I like the Operating System alignment with Oracle Database.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature in Oracle Linux is its design. Oracle Linux is built with features to align very closely with Oracle products and specifically the Oracle Database. For example, it’s delivered with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel which is a kernel developed and optimized by Oracle for Oracle products.
It’s an important part of the system that makes Oracle Database so powerful.

How has it helped my organization?

The Oracle Linux system is configured, by default, to schedule I/O for database usage and this I/O management plays an important part in database performance.

What needs improvement?

Dynamic tracing could be improved. In Oracle Linux, you have some very powerful (for example "perf" or "systemtap").

If Oracle can deliver such tools like dtrace for linux (publicly), this would help albeit actually dtrace is delivered through the Unbreakable Linux Network.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used Linux since 1997 and Oracle Linux since its availability in 2007.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have never encountered any stability issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have never encountered any scalability issues.

How is customer service and technical support?

I usually use forums, Google and My Oracle Support (MOS )Knowledge Base (a great tool) to find answers to my questions. I never used Support Engineers to resolve issues related to Oracle Linux.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I used Red Hat Linux solutions before, but Oracle Linux is better engineered to run Oracle products.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not complex. If you understand Linux basics, it won’t be a problem.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Oracle Linux support is not free but the product is free. You can use it and test it safely for your tests environments. As soon you run your production, purchase a support if you have to access patches etc.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Red Hat Linux a couple of years ago, but both products are very close. Only Oracle Linux has specific features that can be optimized for Oracle products (Database, Engineered systems etc.)

What other advice do I have?

If you are searching for an operating system build to run your Oracle products, then Oracle Linux is the best product to do that.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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