Oracle Wants to Hold Your Linux-Leery Hand

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2006-06-12 Print this article Print

Oracle is announcing pre-tested architectures for running Oracle on Linux faster and less scarily.

Oracle is catering to the Linux-leery, announcing June 12 the Oracle Validated Configuration program to provide pre-tested architectures for running Oracle on Linux. The free offering includes specs for common mixes of software, hardware, storage and networking. The architectures are designed to lift the burden of pricey testing off of customers backs and get those customers up and running faster, while also helping to improve performance, scalability and reliability.
Wim Coekaerts, the companys senior director of Linux Engineering, said the program is a natural outgrowth of Oracles Linux test lab, which it set up a few years back to test the Linux kernel.
"As weve done the customer advisory board specifically for Linux customers, one thing bigger customers keep bringing up is that for large deployments that dont have Linux in house, to go from there to getting the operating system, the Oracle stack, [etc.], it takes them quite a few months to go from not having anything to getting something like this running in production," he said. "Frequently they came back to us and said It would be really nice if you could spend some of that time we spent putting things together for us, instead of our trail and error work," he said. Oracle hooked up with "pretty much everyone who matters in hardware" as partners in the endeavor. That includes hardware partners Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Network Appliance and Sun. Platform technology partners that took part include AMD and Intel. Novell and Red Hat chipped in on the operating system front, and HBA (Host Bus Adapter) Driver partners include Emulex and QLogic. Read more here about Oracles efforts in the database market. The Oracle Validated Configuration program doesnt mean that Oracle wont support other configurations, Coekaerts said. What it does mean is that customers will be able to roll out Linux and Oracle on some standard configurations much faster. "Were hoping this will reduce the amount of time the more mission-critical setups will need to go live," he said. "Thats the specific target of this: where a customers wants to have a number of months of stability, and if they run into a relatively basic [snag]—or problems they didnt want to see—and they feel less comfortable with what were doing—that will all basically go away." One thing that customers wanted on top of the configurations is a promise that the program wont lag behind current hardware availability, Coekaerts said, as so often happens with these types of programs. So Oracle has made sure, with its partners, that configuration generation for the program lies upstream as they cook up new hardware. "Usually, if it takes a year to start with a certain model from a vendor, a year later you have the configuration and the IT department will say, OK, this is now the standard configuration for the company, but by then there are new drivers and whatnot, and things will break," he said. This program will be different, though. "As new servers, etc., come out, [the new hardware] will be rolled in immediately and validated and available for customers to rely on," he said. The configurations are now available at the Oracle Technology Network site. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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