12 November 2011

Oracle Unbreakable Linux and Open Source Cost Savings



Oracle Unbreakable Linux Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).


I already made clear that I like open source and Linux and UNIX, Novell and RedHat are amongst the favorite choices together with Solaris and AIX and HP-UX, secure and stable platforms.
Now take a look at this:


Oracle Linux Support is a support program that provides enterprises with industry-leading global support for the Linux operating system at significantly lower costs. 
The support program, which is available for any customer whether or not they’re running Oracle Linux Support currently includes support for three architectures: x86; x86-64 (e.g. the latest Intel Xeon and AMD Opteron chips, as used by most Linux customers); and Linux Itanium (ia64). 
The program offers support for any existing Red Hat Enterprise Linux installations and for new installations of Oracle Linux, an open source Linux operating system that is fully compatible—both source and binary—with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. 




Oracle introduced a Linux TCO calculator to calculate your savings, and by the look at it, Larry Allison and his co-founders turned philanthropic and almost give away the software. (Well it is open source and the goal is free computing and sponsoring the programmers, so inline with open source and freedom principle).



Oracle Cluster File System 2 (OCFS2) Oracle Linux includes full support for the Oracle Cluster File System (OCFS2), an open source cluster file system included in the mainline Linux Kernel. Other Oracle specific packages are available as additional downloads from a separate Unbreakable Linux Network channel, such as Oracle Instant Client, Oracle ASMlib, Oracle Database Express Edition, Oracle SQL Developer. These packages are also freely downloadable from the Oracle Technology Network. 


Starting from Oracle Linux 5.6 and 6.1, both the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and the Red Hat kernel are installed. The Unbreakable Enterprise kernel is booted by default, however you may configure the operating system to boot with the Red hat compatible kernel instead. 



Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) The Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) is equivalent from a user interface point of view to what Red Hat Network (RHN) offers. ULN is a comprehensive resource for Oracle Linux support subscribers, offering access to Linux software patches, updates and fixes, along with information on the up2date program and support policies. Built on open standards, ULN is an easy to use website accessed via linux.oracle.com. 


Now there is even a management pack for Linux:

Oracle Management Pack For Linux


Available exclusively for Oracle Linux Basic and Premier support customers, the Oracle Management Pack for Linux provides an integrated and cost-effective solution for complete Linux server lifecycle management. Based on Oracle Enterprise Manager, the Oracle Management Pack for Linux delivers comprehensive provisioning, patching, monitoring and administration capabilities via a single, web-based user interface—the Enterprise Manager Console, significantly reducing the complexity and cost associated with managing Linux operating system environments.
Using these rich Linux management features along with the complete Oracle Enterprise Manager product set, customers can take advantage of enterprise-scale service level management, automated change and configuration management, and comprehensive system and application performance management.

Key Features
  • Many-As-One Management: Group Management and Reporting
  • Bare-metal provisioning of Linux servers
  • Detailed configuration information collection and analysis
  • Lights-out and ad hoc Linux operating system patching

  • Out-of-box availability and performance monitoring
  • Advanced monitoring and event management features (such as Notifications, Corrective Actions, Dashboards, etc.)
  • Centralized Linux server administration


The Linux cost calculator can be found at the following link:

Linux TCO calculator

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