Oracle is one of the most popular database management systems (DBMS) in the world. Many crucial enterprise applications such as financials, human resources, ERP and CRM run on Oracle Database. These applications contribute to a great extent to generate revenue, increase efficiency, and thereby improve profitability. Thus, it is imperative for IT departments to provide an optimal infrastructure to the Oracle database that delivers high performance, optimal security, and ‘always-on’ availability. The infrastructure must also support fast database server provisioning, allowing transaction capacity to be added easily and deployed into production quickly. In addition, it should be easy to manage and scale.
Which is the best supported OS for Oracle Database?
This is a very common question and the answer is Oracle Linux. It is optimized for Oracle database i.e. the database performance and scalability are greatly increased as Oracle’s applications, middleware, and database products are developed on Oracle Linux!
So, when you deploy Oracle Database on Oracle Linux, you’ll be deploying on the most extensively tested solution, both on-premise and on the cloud. You can be certain that you are deploying your databases on an OS backed by accomplished development teams that work closely with you to optimize the overall performance.
Why Oracle Linux?
There are several reasons but if I had to pick my top 10, it is as below:
1. Oracle Database is developed on Oracle Linux and it is also the principal OS for Oracle middleware as well as applications. Oracle Cloud Applications, Oracle Cloud Platform, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure run best on Oracle Linux. It is the development standard across the Oracle Database product portfolio and is used extensively by thousands of Oracle Cloud customers worldwide.
2. Oracle Linux includes the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK), which is specifically optimized for the best performance of Oracle software. The Oracle Database and Oracle Linux development teams collaborate on UEK performance enhancements, tuning system calls and “C” library interfaces that accelerate applications and query processing times.
3. Oracle Autonomous Linux is the first and only operating system to deliver automated patching, updates, and tuning—without human intervention.
4. Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager is the server virtualization management platform that can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle.
5. With Oracle as your Linux support provider, you have a single point of contact for all your support needs. Oracle delivers enterprise-class support for Oracle Linux and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, including premier backports, indemnification and testing.
6. Oracle Support for Oracle Linux installations comes at a significantly lower cost as compared to competing vendors’ Linux support. You are free to decide which of your systems should be covered by a support subscription, and at which level each of them should be supported.
7. Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Support subscriptions also include Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c for end-to-end Linux lifecycle management.
8. DTrace, the dynamic tracing facility, allows you to explore your system to understand how it works, to track down performance problems across many layers of software, or to locate the causes of aberrant behaviour.
9. Advanced security features found in Oracle Database 12c and available on Oracle Linux provide a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions to ensure data privacy, protect against insider threats, and enable regulatory compliance.
10. Oracle Linux customers have access to the Oracle Linux Preinstall rpm packages, allowing administrators to seamlessly install Oracle Linux (physical or virtual) for the Oracle Database 12c. This eliminates several manual steps and allows the administrator to move immediately to the database installation.
Who should opt for Oracle Linux?
Oracle Linux is a perfect choice if:
• You are running Oracle workloads on Red Hat Linux
• You are running legacy UNIX Platform like SUN/Solaris
• You are running critical applications on commercial Linux Distribution like SuSe, CentOS
• You are preparing your applications to migrate to Oracle Cloud in near future
Now, move to Oracle Linux from any other Linux environment as mentioned below and significantly enhance the performance of your applications and the underlying databases without having to incur huge costs.
- Any Linux platform to Oracle Linux
- Red Hat Linux to Oracle Linux
- Oracle Solaris to Oracle Linux
This can be done without having to re-install the operating system or any application. The technical consultants at Clover Infotech can take over support for your existing systems and complete the migration for you. Feel free to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to know more about Oracle Linux and how it can add value to your business.