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Ian Leath
Consultant
CTO EMEIA at Fujitsu
Jul 02 2018

What is most valuable?

With Oracle Linux Ksplice specifically, we have organizations looking for minimum downtime. We're able to apply… more»

How has it helped my organization?

What it's allowed us to do, initially, it allowed us to develop an Intel platform specifically for Oracle. What's most… more»

What needs improvement?

What we found in moving from Oracle Linux 6 to Oracle Linux 7 was the whole interfacing with the application and the fact… more»

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

As per above, pay attention to how Oracle license their products and make sure you are clear as to the implications of… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

There is a gap for the type of Intel platform we're now providing, from an Oracle perspective. For a lot of the platforms… more»

What other advice do I have?

I am the Oracle practice CTO. I work for Fujitsu. We cover all the aspects of IT, for enterprise, for infrastructure… more»
Aurelian Amariutei
Consultant
Oracle Database Technical Systems Consultant at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Apr 25 2017

What is most valuable?

It provides us with templates and Oracle-validated configurations that allows quicker install and configuration of Oracle Database software. The… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have no downtime for OS upgrades, hence customer production isn't affected, and we have no security breaches and higher performance of Oracle… more»

What needs improvement?

Although Btrfs does a great job, I would like to see ZFS being part of future distributions. Also, a distributed replicated block device (DRBD)… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We had to choose this solution in order to have the technology used on the same line. Since Oracle Databases is the market leader, as well as other… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice is to act on the pattern: Plan – Do – Check – Act. From the way the question is formulated, the first step is done. They should now… more»
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Shrikant Navelkar
Consultant
Director at Clover Infotech
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

I think one of the most valuable features, I can see is Enterprise Linux. and it has been universally supported. There are some enterprise features which Oracxle added, which I don't see in any other Linux. So we recommend it to a lot of our… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the major benefits I have seen is that a lot of customers have unsupported Linux in their datacenters. With Oracle Linux, you have the chance to standardize entirely on one Linux platform. The second thing is that if you're running a lot… more»

What needs improvement?

They added a lot of features on Oracle Linux. As a consulting company, and as somebody who's working with customers, obviously the demands from the customers are plenty. I think they should market it more aggressively now because a lot of people… more»
Colin Sack
Consultant
IAM Architect at Federal Identity
Nov 22 2017

What is most valuable?

I absolutely love how I can go out, get Oracle Linux, develop something with the Identity and Access Management, and be able to deploy, it and test… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Benefits: If you start with Oracle Linux, you can adapt to any of the Oracle products a little bit easier than any other OS.

What needs improvement?

The kernel could be expanded, a little bit more maximized to work with Kubernetes and the like. That's probably where they are going to go, a… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

At an organizational level, I would love to see them going more Oracle Linux, actually adapting that, getting rid of a little bit of the Red Hat… more»

What other advice do I have?

I wish my enterprise would adapt it, so I give it a 10 out of 10 in my book. But I guess we'll have to give it a seven and eight out of 10 from an… more»
Michael-Wilson
Consultant
Solutions Architect Senior Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
May 14 2017

What is most valuable?

Starting with Oracle Linux 5, we’ve started to use ext4, which has provided us better disk performance. The unbreakable… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The reliability of the product has increased our efficiency. With needing 99.98% uptime, the OS has been incredibly… more»

What needs improvement?

With many other operating systems, including this one, I would love to have the ability to upgrade the kernel in place… more»

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

With everything from hardware to software, we recommend to analyze all options. Not every customer or application will fit… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used to use RedHat. Support costs drived us to switch. We’ve saved thousands of dollars.

What other advice do I have?

Read the documentation, follow best practices and if you do not have standards in place, follow up on NIST/IRS standards… more»
Jerry Ward
Consultant
Managing Partner at Viscosity North America
Nov 26 2017

What is most valuable?

Docker containers allow you to deploy a lot of workloads at scale. If you can think of the old batch jobs, what they do is allow us to deploy that… more»

How has it helped my organization?

You have high availability, so you can run your containers in multiple availability zones. They're very cost-effective, much more cost-effective… more»

What needs improvement?

I would really like to see more frequent releases and I would like to see a very lightweight kernel for embedded systems. I'm really anticipating… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

You might have a development team that kind of runs off and goes rogue and installs several different operating systems. Or they've assembled a… more»

What other advice do I have?

When it comes to important criteria when selecting a vendor, I think experience is there, but they really have to care. They have to own the… more»
Nitin Vengurlekar
Consultant
CTO/Architect at Viscosity North America
Nov 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The ones I really appreciate are things like the fact that, from a costing perspective, it is only the support cost. That's the only thing you have to pay for. There are the little… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Pre-validated configuration is a huge benefit for us, because we're doing database installation all the time. I think the biggest benefits you'll see are things like rapid deployment… more»

What needs improvement?

Kubernetes, as I mentioned before, that's coming down soon.

What other advice do I have?

I always tell them, if you're running Oracle workloads like database, that's a natural fit for Oracle Linux. Because, like I said, It's pre-configured, you get to validate… more»
CharlesKim
Consultant
President at Viscosity NA
Nov 17 2017

What is most valuable?

By far, the most valuable feature of Oracle Linux is the fact that the unbreakable UEK kernel is optimized to run Oracle databases. Basically out… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Benefits of Oracle Linux for a lot of customers include things like Ksplice, for example, the ability to perform online kernel patches with zero… more»

What needs improvement?

Overall, Oracle Linux is full of great features and functionality. Because it is an Oracle product, what would be nice is if there better… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

A lot of customers who are on Red Hat, for example - it’s all pricing. Again, this is another key benefit of being on Oracle Linux. If you buy… more»

What other advice do I have?

When selecting a vendor, the cool thing about Oracle Linux is that the customers are going to be running an Oracle database on it. At the same… more»
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What is Oracle Linux?

Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization are powerful open source foundation products optimized for building both Private and Public Cloud Infrastructure. They provide a secure, scalable, and flexible platform for running both legacy and next generation Cloud Native Applications. As the foundation for Oracle’s Public and Managed Clouds, customers benefit from the comprehensive co-engineering which ensures a robust and highly manageable platform that is battle-tested in one of the worlds largest public clouds.. Unlike many other commercial Linux distributions, Oracle Linux is easy to download and completely free to use, free to distribute, and free to update. And Oracle Linux Support levels are simple and low cost, featuring Premier lifetime support, access to additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, zero-downtime kernel updates using Ksplice, and access to award-winning Oracle support resources and customer support specialists.

For more information on Oracle Linux, visit Oracle.com/linux and see a whitepaper here

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