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ORACLE SUN EXADATA DB LINUX SW IMAGE is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 15.
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fully compatible with RHEL and provides free binaries and errata. Valuable Features:* The preinstall packages for Oracle RDBMS.* Single vendor support, as my customers mostly have Oracle Applications, Oracle cluster stack and Oracle RDBMS running on top of it.* It is fully compatible with RHEL. (Considering Red Hat is a widespread distribution, it is a valuable thing, as we can run a wide range of applications that are developed for RHEL). So, any application that runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux will run the same on the corresponding Oracle Linux version.* Ability to have Oracle Support. (It is a sophisticated support environment.)* Having Oracle Community for additional support.* Free binaries and errata.* Tested and verified by Oracle.* Ability to check the Oracle Validated Configurations, which offers documented tips for configuring Linux systems to run Oracle database.* It is a Linux OS but it comes with management and HA tools that are integrated and included for free. Oracle prefers to use Oracle Linux in its Engineered Systems. This also makes Oracle Linux more valuable for me. So, at the end of the day, if you know Oracle Linux, then you automatically get familiar with the Oracle's various Engineered Systems.* Oracle Linux comes with 2 kernels: 1) UEK, 2) Base kernel. We mostly use UEK because it is Red Hat compatible, modern, current, tested and reliable. But in case of a problem, we can always boot with the base kernel. Offering the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) as part of Oracle Linux alongside what we call the Red Hat-compatible kernel gives us the ability to provide current, modern, tested code to customers without reducing reliable and availability.* Oracle Database Smart Flash Cache is a key feature for those who use Oracle Databases. It allows us to extend the Oracle Buffer cache using flash-based storage.* “cgroups” are also a key feature which let us create resource groupings based on CPU, memory or disk parameters.* Ability to use Oracle YUM server, which gives us a free and convenient way to install the latest Oracle Linux packages.* New Oracle product patches are firstly available in Oracle Linux... Also, Oracle Linux is quite frequently updated (even the DST patches are directly released).* Ksplice lets us update the Linux operating system (OS) kernel, while it is running, without a reboot or any interruption.Improvements to My Organization:* We use Oracle Linux templates for Oracle VM Server to provision our clone environments quickly.* We installed Oracle RDBMS almost without any effort in the OS layer,(thanks to preinstalled rpms, yums, and an easy Oracle Linux installation). It is always good to use Oracle Yum, for easing the installation of additional OS packages when needed.* We are supporting lots of critical customer environments that are mostly Oracle EBS or Oracle RDBMS running on Oracle Linux and we did not get any unexpected reboots or OS problems.* Oracle Linux is interoperable almost with every Oracle product, and this interoperability comes built-in by default.* Oracle Linux is well known in the community and that means quick information access when needed, for example, when data is lacking on administration or a requirement to diagnose a component.Room for Improvement:* Oracle should increase the interaction between Oracle Linux and Oracle RDBMS. (Oracle RDBMS can be packaged into Oracle Linux; a tight integration will bring advantages.)* File recovery should be added to Oracle Linux. (When you delete a file, you should recover it easily.)* The RDBMS know-how that Oracle has, should be used to also develop Oracle Linux. (Oracle RDBMS has lots of features; why not mimic some of them in the OS tier?)* Oracle Linux documentation should be enhanced.* Oracle Linux clustering should be enhanced and made widespread. (Oracle should certify it in its products.)* We need a file system other than ASM or ACFS. We need a file system which can be used for replication; maybe integrated Oracle databases.* We need an Oracle Database-aware GUI but with a consolidated administration console added to the distribution.* A GUI-based performance analysis tool should be added to the distribution.Use of Solution:I have used it for 5 years. I have used Oracle Linux for hosting several critical Oracle Databases and Oracle Application Servers. 90% of my customers are using Oracle Linux for hosting their Oracle E-Business Suite environments. Also, in the past 5 years, I have migrated lots of Oracle Databases and EBS environments from other OS vendors to Oracle Linux. I have also done several Exadata and ODA administration, which have Oracle Linux in their OS tier.Deployment Issues:We did not encounter any deployment issues.Stability Issues:We did not encounter any stability issues.Scalability Issues:We use Oracle Real Application Clusters for RDBMS-level scalability. We also use engineered systems, which are by default scaled out. All these environments are based on Oracle Linux and we didn't have any issues on the OS layer.Technical Support:Technical support is 8/10.Previous Solutions:We were using Red Hat Linux before. We started to use Oracle Linux, because it is free and supported by Oracle (owner of almost all the products that we are using or administrating). It has stabilized as time goes by and compatible with RHEL.Initial Setup:Initial setup was straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:There is no license required for Oracle Linux; however, we recommend having an Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) license for getting at least basic level support.Other Solutions Considered:We are using Oracle products including Oracle RDBMS, Oracle FMW applications and Oracle EBS, so this is why the strongest option is always Oracle Linux.Unless there is a hardware-OS relationship (i.e., IBM AIX and IBM Power Systems), we always use and we always recommend that people use Oracle Linux as the operating system.Other Advice:* Check out the validated configurations.* Read the guide to get the considerations (such as basic security considerations).* Check the certification matrix for ensuring your applications and hardware are compatible with Oracle Linux.* Get at least basic ULN support.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Our company is a Gold Partner of Oracle.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from With the licensing, it was clear what we had to pay for it, what we got, and what we can get in the future. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature of Oracle Linux is that it's a very stable product. It seems to be based on Red Hat. We waited for a few years before adopting it, but now that we've adopted it, it's been very stable for us. The license and adaptability of it is probably be the biggest selling point for us.In this day and age, we'd be very cautious in terms of licensing, but with the Oracle Linux it's very clear how you license it, and also it's the flexibility of it. Sometimes we find with the Oracle licensing it's quite vague in some of the products. With this here, it was very, very, clear what we had to pay for it, and what we got, and also what we can get in the future.Room for Improvement:Oracle's products are quite expensive. The reason why they're expensive is probably the reason why we purchase them, in terms of the stability, and we know that even though we're paying heavily for the product, we can't afford to be going with other inferior products.Deployment Issues:We want to run -- we do run -- a High Availability environment. The documentation in and around Oracle Linux and the hosting of WebLogic on Oracle Linux from a clustering point of view was, at best, average. We had to search for many, many articles and get MyOracle support involved to get to the point where we actually ended up with the High Availability solution that our business needed. Again, when they put these products on the market, their documentation needs to be an awful lot clearer about how you get to the places you want to be.Stability Issues:It's incredibly stable. We've had little to no issues with instability.Scalability Issues:Before any major software releases or major changes to our infrastructure, everything is tested to a really, really high level. We would never actually go live with anything without being stable, but it took us longer than it should have to get there.Previous Solutions:The reason why we went for Oracle Linux ahead of even Red Hat or, originally HP-UX, was because the product licensing was very, very, clear, whereas it was a little bit vague with the other products. In this day and age, there's very much a focus on cost, keeping the costs down, and spending wisely.Initial Setup:The initial setup was difficult. We wanted High Availability, and it was that part in particular that was giving us severe problems. It uses a repository to holder details between the High Availability instances, and we found that that was quite complicated to set up, and even now it's a little bit buggy.It would have been difficult. We try to have high availability, and in particular the high availability part of it gave us severe problems. It uses what's known as a repository to hold details between your high availability instances, and we found that they're quite complicated to set up, and even now a little bit buggy.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review about Oracle Linux Valuable Features:Quick SupportImprovements to My Organization:Faster ResponseDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of the box it's already pre-optimized and pre-configured. Having that marriage between the OS and the database is critical. Valuable Features:What I like about Oracle Linux is that out of the box it's already pre-optimized, pre-configured, has all the right RPMs, has checking packages. It's basically all the stuff I would have to do with a different distribution manually. It probably saves me a couple of hours on each time I do a database install, and that's worth a lot. Plus, the performance is better because it's been highly optimized or tuned. The kernels been optimized. The memory management specifically is better, so it makes for a very stable platform.Improvements to My Organization:Performance and stability. I can get maximum performance with the least amount of effort, and stability-wise, I never have a crash. I've yet to have one.Room for Improvement:One of them is because I'm lazy, and most people wouldn't admit that, but when you go from version 6 to version 7 of Linux, a lot of commands changed, and even some file locations have changed. I wish they would keep the compatibility mode, or the stupid mode for me for a couple of years. I hate to learn new commands right away, but it is what it is.Just keeping up, keeping the pace with the Red Hat main distributions, so if Red Hat's on 7.3, I'd like to see Enterprise Linux on 7.3, at the same time. On one occasion, I think they actually beat Red Hat. I think they came out with their point release first. That's what I would kind of like, is for them to stay very aggressive on that, because kernel modifications typically end up being performance. They have taken the best of Solaris and put it into it. They keep adding tools that are necessary for doing performance optimization and monitoring. It's very mature.Stability Issues:What's really nice about the stability is that even when you have situations that might cause issues with other OSs, other variants of Linux, Oracle Enterprise Linux seems to do a better job of catching and handling those exceptions. An example would be, maybe I'm doing a wrap-cluster or I'm using ASM, automatic storage management, there are some cases where those products can cause an error that might cause a different distribution of Linux to maybe hang or lock or get confused. With Enterprise Linux it seems to be a non-issue. It's very stable.Scalability Issues:I love the scalability. Because of the fact that it's already optimized for performance, I can scale it to whatever maximum numbers I need very easily. The only time I have to make any adjustments is if I'm doing RAC, real application clusters, I may want to tune a little bit differently based on the number of nodes, but it's very minimal.Technical Support:Oracle technical support is like most companies with technical support. It's either great or horrible. It sort of depends on the phone call. Generally speaking, it's great. A lot of times though, if you're in a mission critical situation, you need to get them to escalate you to level two so that you can get beyond the first level and typically you can get an answer quicker. I would say the most interesting interaction I had with them was, one time I was patching an Exadata machine and I did a step wrong because I didn't read all the directions. Did an incorrect step. Ruined my Exadata box. Made sure that they got me to second level support, and then it took us about eight hours working together but we got it recovered. Very few vendors would have spent eight hours, midnight to eight AM, just on a phone call.Previous Solutions:I was an early adopter of Linux, long before companies saw the light, and before it went mainstream. I would say I got into the early adopter, sort of experimental stage, so that I would be prepared when my companies were positioned to take advantage of it, I would already be an expert.I actually started using Linux, probably about the time that Red Hat was Red Hat version 3, so more than a decade ago, probably closer to 15 years, and part of that was because I could see that the commoditization of hardware was going to mean that server rooms were going to be predominantly Intel, and they were going to predominantly be Windows and Linux, and you'd better know both of them. With Linux being a much lower cost OS, and also hosting databases like Oracle really well, you just knew it was going to end up in the Enterprise environment, and it just made sense to work with Enterprise Linux. Now I worked originally with Red Hat and CentOS, but it very clearly became evident to me that Oracle Enterprise Linux, starting at version 5.8, was just as good, just as stable, offered more with very few differences in the learning curve.Oracle does have a few additional tools that are not on the standard distribution, but they actually make your job a lot of easier, like for example, one of them is an RPM check. It just checks to make sure we have all of the pre-loaded or the pre-required RPMs loaded, and there's nothing to do other than to activate it, and it just gives you a message. It's not very hard to learn these additional features.Implementation Team:Honestly, if you've done any Linux installation of any distribution, and specifically if you've done CentOS or Red Hat, all that really changes are some of the images and backgrounds and colors and labels, but other than that, it's probably 98% identical, but Oracle does have some optimizations and some additional RPMs already installed. It's a very small difference, but if you know Linux, and even if you're with a different variant, say like a Ubuntu, you'll still be okay. You won't be a fish out of water.Cost and Licensing Advice:I think that the licensing model is fair. It's reasonable. What's nice is that if you have the database tech support or maintenance, and you have the Linux support or maintenance, for them it's one phone call. Now you may switch a person on the phone, but you're not having to call and get back in the queue again, so it's nice to deal with one company, especially for a critical asset like a database.Other Solutions Considered:The marriage with the database, to me is the most critical or most important item. Now I know that sounds like I may be pandering to Oracle, since they make the database and they make the OS, but it's just a natural. The same as with Microsoft SQL Server. Why do you run it on Windows? Now, I know it's coming on Linux, but where will it probably run best for a long time? Probably on Windows.Having that marriage between the OS and the database is critical, and Oracle really understands their database, better than anybody else, and they seem to understand Linux as well as anybody else, and they were an early contributor, so it's just a natural progression to put the database on their Linux.Other Advice:Rating: It’s a 10, because even though there are free alternatives, I mean totally free alternatives, like CentOS, I've quit using them. For me to quit using something that's totally free, with no even maintenance charges, must mean that what I've chosen is worth every penny of whatever costs there are. Oracle Linux is clearly there.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I like that it can run on generic hardware, which is definitely a plus over the proprietary hardware that we had on previous Oracle installations. Valuable Features:The most valuable aspect of Oracle's flavor of Linux is that there's a one-stop shop for support to which I can go. I can get support for our Oracle basket of products that includes Linux and Database.Improvements to My Organization:I like that it can run on generic hardware, which is definitely a plus over the proprietary hardware that we had on previous Oracle installations. This mean that we have a tremendous cost savings when we're able to run Linux on hardware for which we don't have to pay a premium. We'd rather spend our money on the software.Room for Improvement:There are some features that might be in Red Hat Linux that aren't in Oracle Linux. I can't think of anything specific, but we had that issue about a month ago.Deployment Issues:It's deployed just fine for us. We've had no real issues there.Stability Issues:It's been very stable. We've very rarely had any issues with instability.Scalability Issues:It's been scaling just fine for what our needs are.Technical Support:The support is pretty good. There are some issues with first-level support providing just basic, generally not-very-helpful advice, but they're generally responsive and help us to resolve smaller issues.Initial Setup:The initial setup is straightforward, if you know what you're doing. It's not that difficult or unnecessarily complex, but you should have some experience with previous installations for best results.Implementation Team:We implemented it ourselves with our in-house team.Other Advice:Be sure you follow the instructions for installation, setup, and configuration.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-05-18
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