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ORACLE ENTERPRISE LINUX ORC OVM

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ORACLE ENTERPRISE LINUX ORC OVM is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LXC containers lock down applications within the OS. Valuable Features:Starting with Oracle Linux 5, we’ve started to use ext4, which has provided us better disk performance. The unbreakable kernel has been very secure and has provided us a robust OS that has outperformed many of its counterparts. Starting with Oracle Linux 6, we’ve used LXC containers to lock down applications within the OS. We’ve been extremely happy with the scalability and performance of each version across a multitude of platforms.Improvements to My Organization:The reliability of the product has increased our efficiency. With needing 99.98% uptime, the OS has been incredibly stable. In the 10 years I’ve been using the product, I’ve had to open zero product defects as it has functioned in every way we needed it to.Room for Improvement:With many other operating systems, including this one, I would love to have the ability to upgrade the kernel in place. This currently requires a reboot of the OS. With today’s applications and customer needs, having the ability to perform in-place kernel upgrades with no reboots would be huge.Use of Solution:I’ve been using these versions starting with Linux 5 from Oracle since 2007.Stability Issues:We have not had any issues related to stability of the OS. Application-related issues have caused the downtime.Scalability Issues:No problems at all with scalability. We’ve been able to extend clusters without issue.Technical Support:Since I’ve not had to use technical support, I am unable to rate it.Previous Solutions:We used to use RedHat. Support costs drived us to switch. We’ve saved thousands of dollars.Initial Setup:Setup is all straightforward; however, we utilize very complex installations. We use a variety of tools to speed up the acquirement of software, deployment of systems, patching, backup and recovery. We believe in segregation and following NIST/IRS/DOD standards in all of our builds. Straightforward is nice, but to protect our customers, we go the extra mile.Cost and Licensing Advice:With everything from hardware to software, we recommend to analyze all options. Not every customer or application will fit the bill for the Oracle Linux OS products.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated a few other OS providers. Those include RedHat, CentOS, Debian and openSUSE.Other Advice:Read the documentation, follow best practices and if you do not have standards in place, follow up on NIST/IRS standards for OS configurations to protect yourself and your client.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LXC containers lock down applications within the OS. Valuable Features:Starting with Oracle Linux 5, we’ve started to use ext4, which has provided us better disk performance. The unbreakable kernel has been very secure and has provided us a robust OS that has outperformed many of its counterparts. Starting with Oracle Linux 6, we’ve used LXC containers to lock down applications within the OS. We’ve been extremely happy with the scalability and performance of each version across a multitude of platforms.Improvements to My Organization:The reliability of the product has increased our efficiency. With needing 99.98% uptime, the OS has been incredibly stable. In the 10 years I’ve been using the product, I’ve had to open zero product defects as it has functioned in every way we needed it to.Room for Improvement:With many other operating systems, including this one, I would love to have the ability to upgrade the kernel in place. This currently requires a reboot of the OS. With today’s applications and customer needs, having the ability to perform in-place kernel upgrades with no reboots would be huge.Use of Solution:I’ve been using these versions starting with Linux 5 from Oracle since 2007.Stability Issues:We have not had any issues related to stability of the OS. Application-related issues have caused the downtime.Scalability Issues:No problems at all with scalability. We’ve been able to extend clusters without issue.Technical Support:Since I’ve not had to use technical support, I am unable to rate it.Previous Solutions:We used to use RedHat. Support costs drived us to switch. We’ve saved thousands of dollars.Initial Setup:Setup is all straightforward; however, we utilize very complex installations. We use a variety of tools to speed up the acquirement of software, deployment of systems, patching, backup and recovery. We believe in segregation and following NIST/IRS/DOD standards in all of our builds. Straightforward is nice, but to protect our customers, we go the extra mile.Cost and Licensing Advice:With everything from hardware to software, we recommend to analyze all options. Not every customer or application will fit the bill for the Oracle Linux OS products.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated a few other OS providers. Those include RedHat, CentOS, Debian and openSUSE.Other Advice:Read the documentation, follow best practices and if you do not have standards in place, follow up on NIST/IRS standards for OS configurations to protect yourself and your client.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is free and provides support for Spacewalk. Valuable Features:The most valuable features are:* It’s free.* Kernel 4.x.* RPM-based.* RedHat clone.* Support for Spacewalk.* Easy and stable upgrades.Improvements to My Organization:We use Oracle Linux for all Oracle database servers.Room for Improvement:Updates are very slow in our part of world (Slovenia). Now, we use Spacewalk for distribution of updates, but replication to Spacewalk is slow.Use of Solution:I have been using Oracle Linux for seven years.Stability Issues:We have not encountered stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have not encountered scalability issues.Technical Support:I have never used support for Oracle Linux.Previous Solutions:We are still using RHEL 5.x, 6.x and 7.x, SLES 9,10 and 11 and CentOS 6.x and 7.x.Initial Setup:Setup is straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:I recommend Oracle Linux to everyone who needs the stability of RHEL and the newest kernel.Other Solutions Considered:We did not evaluate alternatives.Other Advice:Just use it.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are an important Oracle Partner.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It is free and provides support for Spacewalk. Valuable Features:The most valuable features are:* It’s free.* Kernel 4.x.* RPM-based.* RedHat clone.* Support for Spacewalk.* Easy and stable upgrades.Improvements to My Organization:We use Oracle Linux for all Oracle database servers.Room for Improvement:Updates are very slow in our part of world (Slovenia). Now, we use Spacewalk for distribution of updates, but replication to Spacewalk is slow.Use of Solution:I have been using Oracle Linux for seven years.Stability Issues:We have not encountered stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have not encountered scalability issues.Technical Support:I have never used support for Oracle Linux.Previous Solutions:We are still using RHEL 5.x, 6.x and 7.x, SLES 9,10 and 11 and CentOS 6.x and 7.x.Initial Setup:Setup is straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:I recommend Oracle Linux to everyone who needs the stability of RHEL and the newest kernel.Other Solutions Considered:We did not evaluate alternatives.Other Advice:Just use it.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are an important Oracle Partner.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from We use it to implement a virtualized environment. The documentation can be improved. Room for Improvement:The documentation of the product can be improved. It often lacks a lot of documentation, but so do a lot of Oracle solutions.Use of Solution:I am not the end customer, but I have been supporting the product for a year now.Stability Issues:There were a few stability issues because of the hardware that we used. For the most part, it is a very stable solution.Scalability Issues:There were no scalability issues.Technical Support:I do the technical support with the help of Oracle.Initial Setup:The setup was a straightforward implementation.Cost and Licensing Advice:The product is a part of an Oracle Enterprise Solution. You only pay for support to use the product. It is a free product.Other Solutions Considered: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.Other Advice:It is a great product to have. It is even better to run it on Oracle hardware.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:We are Oracle Gold Partners and field delivery partners, i.e., one of the two in the country.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from With Ksplice, which is provided free, it can be patched without downtime. Valuable Features:Ksplice is a really cool feature. The availability is maximized because it can be patched without downtime. Oracle Linux provides free Ksplice.Improvements to 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 maintained.Room for 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.Use of Solution:I have used it for five years.Deployment Issues:We have not encountered any deployment issues. Deployment was done quickly and easily. We used distribution tools like Ansible and Puppet.Stability Issues:We have not encountered any stability issues. It was very stable. Safety is at the highest level and there has never been a problem.Scalability Issues:We have not encountered any scalability issues; scalability was also very satisfactory.Customer Service:Customer service is wonderful.Technical Support:Technical support is very skilled and stable. However, in Korea, 24-hour call service is only available in English.Previous Solutions:I switched some of my UNIX systems to x86. As a result of the U2L project, I chose the OS as Linux.Initial Setup:The installation was very simple. Installation was quick and easy with a few clicks.Implementation Team:We used to use UNIX. And I'm using some Red Hat and CentOS. I switched some of CentOS to Oracle Linux. We do it directly. We have many engineers with various levels of experience.ROI:* Service continuity through zero downtime and low-cost subscriptionCost and Licensing Advice: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.Other Solutions Considered: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.Other Advice:If you convert UNIX to Linux... and if stability and service downtime are to be minimized, Oracle Linux is the solution.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ASMLib is pre-installed. All Red Hat-certified applications are also certified on this platform, by default. Valuable Features:As a DBA, I prefer Oracle Linux as it is fine tuned to run Oracle databases. I can easily install pre-requisite packages using pre-install rpms. ASMLib is pre-installed with Oracle Linux.Improvements to My Organization:Most of the patches are publicly available and free via public repositories. Any application that is certified in Red Hat Enterprise Linux is certified in Oracle Linux by default, as they both share the same source code.Room for Improvement:Desktop environments should be designed better. Red Hat Enterprise Linux's desktop environments are much better.Use of Solution:I have been using Oracle Linux for 3.5 years.Stability Issues:We have never had stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have not had scalability issues.Technical Support:Technical support gets 3.5/5.Previous Solutions:I was using AIX, Solaris, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The main reason for switching was that Oracle Linux is much cheaper compared to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.Initial Setup:Setup was straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:Oracle Linux itself is free. But, if you need support, you need to purchase a support license. Following is the price range:* US$500 for a 2-socket server.* US$1600 for unlimited number of CPUs in a machine.Other Solutions Considered:I have worked on AIX, Solaris, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.Other Advice:The UEK kernel is optimized for Oracle databases, Oracle applications, and Oracle engineered systems. So, go for it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like the Operating System alignment with Oracle Database. Valuable Features: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.Improvements to 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.Room for 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.Use of Solution:I have used Linux since 1997 and Oracle Linux since its availability in 2007.Stability Issues:We have never encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have never encountered any scalability issues.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.Previous Solutions:I used Red Hat Linux ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/rhel ) solutions before, but Oracle Linux is better engineered to run Oracle products.Initial Setup:The initial setup is not complex. If you understand Linux basics, it won’t be a problem.Cost and Licensing Advice: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.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated Red Hat Linux ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/rhel ) 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.)Other Advice:If you are searching for an operating system build to run your Oracle products, then Oracle Linux is the best product to do that.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-15
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