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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.
Consultant
Oracle Unix/Linux Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Oct 05 2017

What is most valuable?

KSPlice feature that allows you to install kernel updates within a live environment without downtime.

How has it helped my organization?

Less downtime during updates installations.

What needs improvement?

The documentation of the product can be improved. It often lacks a lot of documentation, but so do a lot of Oracle solutions.

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

The product is a part of an Oracle Enterprise Solution. You only pay for support to use the product. It is a free product.

What other advice do I have?

It is a great product to have. It is even better to run it on Oracle hardware.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We wanted to implement a virtualized environment under the Oracle VM for x86. This was the right product for that, so we did not look at any other products.
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Consultant
Owner Consultant at a tech services company
Jul 07 2017

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… more»

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… more»

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… more»

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

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

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.

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… more»
Vendor
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 existence of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is special… 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 stack software due to its usage of Unbreakable… 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) feature would better provide a sort of mirroring over a… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I 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 successful software platforms on the stack, the OS… 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 download the product, install an in-lab environment along… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.5, but improvements in Oracle Linux and better support price incline the balance to that one.
Consultant
President at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Apr 17 2017

What is most valuable?

For me, I like that fact that Oracle Linux is very similar, of course, to CentOS and Red Hat. Plus, Application Testing Suit makes it a lot more customizable for us. We're also able to monitor it with our software. These features make Oracle Linux very simple with very little configuration changes… more»

How has it helped my organization?

When we work with customers who are more Oracle-based, then Oracle Linux seems to follow more along the lines of what they want to do. The licensing is simpler because they usually don't have to go to VMware, Microsoft, or any other company to get different things. The functionalities they need are… more»

What needs improvement?

The installation needs some improvements because, as my admins have told me, it's a little bit tedious compared to others. Also, it takes a little bit of time to actually find files, download them, and install them. That kind of goes for anything with Oracle in that unless you know exactly where to… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would probably have them explain, at least to themselves, what they're going to use it for, what applications are going to be running on it. And if it's going to be Database or something more Oracle-based, it's going to be great for that. If it's going to be something else, it may not be the best… more»
Consultant
IT System Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 12 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature for us with Oracle's Linux product is the online kernel patching.

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us the ability to cover kernel bugs by using Oracle Ksplice online patching. The best part is that we can do this whole process without any unnecessary downtime.

What needs improvement?

In terms of improvement, from my experience the documentation and resources are not complete and I sometimes have to refer to Red Hat for Linux documentation. Also, because we use HP servers, the drivers for Oracle Linux are not complete yet.

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

The price is good.
Vendor
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jan 02 2017

What is most valuable?

It's very easy to use. We have admins who have been able to administer this product. It is user-friendly. On top of that, we don't have any major issues with this product. The main issue we have with other, similar products that we use is… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are using it on a normal scale, but we are using a competitor application on a large scale. The application and the OS that we are using on a large scale has some performance issues. If we are talking about this application for this… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see portability to other hardware, such as Dell and Intel platforms, instead of just putting a blinder on only Oracle products or Oracle hardware. The portability is the main challenge, I think. We should be able to port… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for a reliable product, this is the product. If you're looking for anything which can be scalable, you might need to look something else. Based on performance, I would rate it higher. Based on scalability, I would rate it… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

About 10 years ago, we were using this product a lot. Over the years, when we saw that it was not that scalable, we looked around for different solutions. We moved new applications onto the new product’s environment. This one we left as-is… more»

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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