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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 hot-patching at any time; once we've proven they're tested… 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 important for us, where it comes across is the… 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 that operating had all changed, all the commands… 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 choosing products which can have a significant… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 we have our own cloud at Fujitsu, our K5, which… 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, through to applications and managed services. I work… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were driven to some part by how the cost of licensing of Oracle databases and needed to ensure the most cost effective way to do this, so really OVM was the only option… more»
Suk Kim
Consultant
senior managed consultant at a tech services company
Feb 06 2018

What is most valuable?

Ksplice is a really cool feature. The availability is maximized because it can be patched without downtime. Oracle Linux provides free Ksplice.

How has it helped my organization?

Productivity has improved as it is easier to deploy and use. In particular, various open source packages can be more easily installed and managed, and systematically… more»

What needs improvement?

I hope you have a built-in package to visualize your performance and analysis tools. I can install and use the open-source tools, but I hope to use the proven packages.

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

Oracle Linux is provided by Oracle subscription and is equivalent or better than other Linux technical support. However, support costs are about half that level.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I switched some of my UNIX systems to x86. As a result of the U2L project, I chose the OS as Linux.

What other advice do I have?

If you convert UNIX to Linux... and if stability and service downtime are to be minimized, Oracle Linux is the solution.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Before choosing this product, we also considered Red Hat and SUSE. However, we chose Oracle Linux to use the Oracle kernel optimized for Oracle applications.
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Frederic Busquier
User
Product Development Manager with 1-10 employees
Jan 23 2019

What is most valuable?

Ease of development of professional-looking web pages, full of functionality and with secure access.

How has it helped my organization?

The main aim of installing Oracle Linux was to test it after years of using CentOS, and to test Oracle APEX. After one year of testing, I encountered problems that I was not able to solve: I was not able to do rotated backups; upgrading to a newer version of APEX was a nightmare; I could not enter GlassFish admin console; and I could not install SQL Developer. Then I thought that if I bought the… more»

What needs improvement?

I decided to purchase Oracle Database. I thought that if I bought the product, I would get support. I asked some easy questions to the sales agent who contacted me. He was more interested in selling me the cloud database than answering my questions. I learned that I am too small for Oracle. I continued with CentOS and Postgres. Google provides me with all the information I need. I could not get… more»
Ian Price
Consultant
Oracle Propositions Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Apr 25 2018

What is most valuable?

Optimising the use of Oracle licenses on behalf of our customers to get most efficient cost of ownership.

How has it helped my organization?

The use of a pre-defined and certified architecture that combines a market leading Fujitsu server architecture along with Oracle's virtualisation technology and Linux operating system, has allowed Fujitsu to reduce the cost and time to create customer bids.

What needs improvement?

Fujitsu works closely with Oracle's product development team to provide feedback on areas for improvement on behalf of our customers.

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

Work with Fujitsu to learn from our experience. We are able to provide a pre-certified architecture that incorporates the best of both Oracle and Fujitsu technology to provide a highly scalable platform for Oracle workloads.
Real User
Software Development Manager
Jul 30 2018

What do you think of Oracle Linux?

What is our primary use case?

We are using the firewall for intrusion prevention, and it has performed well.

How has it helped my organization?

It prevents intrusions. It does what it says it will do quite accurately.

What is most valuable?

It does intrusion protection.

What needs improvement?

It does not have any reporting on attempted intrusions.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is perfectly stable; no downtime.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have scaled it. It is sufficient to meet our needs.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not used technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were not…
José Manuel Monteiro
User
DBA Oracle with 51-200 employees
Nov 22 2018

What do you think of Oracle Linux?

What is our primary use case?

New infrastructure for Oracle databases: deployment of several database environments with no issues and in a faster way.

How has it helped my organization?

Speed, simplicity, and performance. Every DBA and OS administrator like the simple fact that one RPM install can be very powerful and can configure all prereqs.

What is most valuable?

Simplicity and agility to deploy Oracle Database configurations with a single RPM and custom tweaks on Oracle Linux kernel.

What needs improvement?

Improve performance and integration with new releases without affecting the ability and stability of the system.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.
Chris Bains
User
Consultant at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
Jun 19 2018

What do you think of Oracle Linux?

What is our primary use case?

Healthcare IT.

How has it helped my organization?

Stable Oracle deployments.

What is most valuable?

Easy Oracle integration: Oracle preinstall packages available on YUM.

What needs improvement?

Kernel updates.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.

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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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