Oracle Linux Valuable Features

Ian Leath
CTO EMEIA at Fujitsu
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, ready to go, we don't need to take downtime to apply them. We have a shared services platform with multiple organizations set on it. So planning downtime across all those organizations becomes more and more difficult. The more organizations we get onto the platform, the less "white space" is available. Ksplice allows us to do hot-patching without the downtime. That, for us, is quite key. Also, the virtualization, Oracle VM, allows us to get the best performance for our Oracle applications and database solutions. We know it's proven to be more performant with Oracle applications, so we get the best performance out of it on our platform. View full review »
Shrikant Navelkar
Director at Clover Infotech
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 large customers who are running their mission critical applications on Linux. I think one of the biggest criteria I see is that customers don't have to have any downtime if they have to do patching. Patching is important because customers are running their critical applications, but there is nothing called "planned down-time" for patching. You can literally run your mission critical application, keep on doing patching in the background and I think that's the biggest feature Oracle Linux has which I don't find anywhere else. View full review »
Colin Sack
IAM Architect at Federal Identity
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 it, and work on it very, very quickly. That's absolutely what I love, how portable it is and how much it relates. If the enterprise I work for has licenses for Red Hat, I don't have to go get a license from Red Hat to start working on my Oracle product. But, once it's developed in Oracle Linux, I can easily take it, and adapt it, and move it onto Red Hat, and it works seamlessly. View full review »
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Jerry Ward
Managing Partner at Viscosity North America
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 into the cloud so we can elastically expand or contract and only pay for what we use. I think that's part of it. View full review »
Nitin Vengurlekar
CTO/Architect at Viscosity North America
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 hidden things like Kubernetes of packaging, OpenStack, it's all built in to the subscription as part of Oracle Linux. When you get Oracle Linux, you get OpenStack and Kubernetes which, is coming down the path. Ksplice is a huge piece for us for supportability as well. View full review »
President at Viscosity NA
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 of the box, the kernel parameters are automatically set up for I/O, for memory, and for performance. View full review »
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
I think the most valuable feature for me, as a database professional, is an operating system that has been modified to have more stability in terms of drivers, in terms of the kernel. We have found a lot of problems using other equivalent systems when upgrading the kernel. Using the unbreakable kernel, we have been able to stabilize many systems. View full review »
Mike Turner
Product Lead at Zenotech
We like that Oracle Linux is Red Hat compatible, it makes things very easy for us. We can move between platforms very easily. View full review »
Chief Innovation Officer at Viscosity North America
When you look at Oracle Linux over the years, you've got to go back to the beginning of Linux. Nobody would accept it in the community because it was open source. A guy by the name of Larry Ellison said, "Let's put Linux on every app server we have in the company because I believe this is what's coming next." When I look at Oracle Linux, Larry really drove Linux, to some degree, into the market. But when I look at Linux and some of the value of it, you look at privacy, security, it's much more secure, much more private than other operating systems. It's very easy to install and a lot of people use it. It's very common. View full review »
Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Over a period of time, feature-wise, functionality wise, the reliability is important for us. View full review »
Developer at a tech services company
What is most valuable is that it's supported by Oracle. It's performing, we are not facing any performance problems. Of course, it's open source, so we are saving on the licensing costs that we have when using with other proprietary license software. View full review »
Suk Kim
senior managed consultant at a tech services company
Ksplice is a really cool feature. The availability is maximized because it can be patched without downtime. Oracle Linux provides free Ksplice. View full review »
Andrej Zabkar
Enterprise Architect at SRC.SI sistemske integracije d.o.o.
Definitely price. And when it comes to OVM, apart from License benefits, we see that it's possible to monitor all Oracle products across the Oracle infrastructure with one product, Oracle Enterprise Manager, in combination with OVM Manager. To have a single source of truth, that is really, really valuable for us. View full review »
Roberto Manfredini
Senior BI Manager at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
I would say it is more in the "soft" part. Lots of people love Oracle Linux and it gives a lot of stability to our platforms. View full review »
Frederic Busquier
Product Development Manager with 1-10 employees
Ease of development of professional-looking web pages, full of functionality and with secure access. View full review »
Maharaj Kumar
Alliance Director at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Oracle Enterprise Linux offers a cost effective solution, especially for customers who are currently supported on Red Hat. They find it extremely comfortable moving over to OEL, Oracle Enterprise Linux. It not only it cuts down the cost, but there is no code change, there is no technology challenge that they have to undergo. I find it extremely comfortable talking to clients and asking them to move over from Red Hat to Linux. View full review »
Ian Price
Oracle Propositions Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Optimising the use of Oracle licenses on behalf of our customers to get most efficient cost of ownership. View full review »
IT Infrastructure Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
It's a solution that enables us to deploy a valid distribution of Linux. Regarding looking around for a valid patch, and support, so we can sleep well at night with this release. View full review »
Software Development Manager
It does intrusion protection. View full review »
Dr. Rao Mikkilineni
CEO at C3dna
I think it is very specially tuned for the performance of Oracle Stack, and therefore all of the things that Oracle Stack works on work really well on Oracle Linux. View full review »
Daniel Ekberg
Developer at Miracle Sweden
It's stable, you have flexibility and dynamics, and it's easy to work with. View full review »
José Manuel Monteiro
DBA Oracle with 51-200 employees
Simplicity and agility to deploy Oracle Database configurations with a single RPM and custom tweaks on Oracle Linux kernel. View full review »
Chris Bains
Consultant at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees
Easy Oracle integration: Oracle preinstall packages available on YUM. View full review »
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