Oracle Goes One-Up on Red Hat, SUSE With Ksplice Acquisition

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-07-21 Print this article Print

Oracle, which has customized its own Linux kernel for use in its middleware, said it will add the new software to its Oracle Linux Premier Support.

Oracle on July 21 announced that it has acquired Ksplice, whose software enables Linux administrators to perform system updates, bug fixes and security patches without having to take a system offline.

Ksplice is a privately held company based in Cambridge, Mass. Oracle did not disclose terms of the deal.

Oracle, which has customized its own Linux kernel for use in its middleware, said it would add the new software to its Oracle Linux Premier Support package. It expects Ksplice's IP to bolster sales of software and services against longtime enterprise Linux competitors Red Hat and Novell SUSE Linux.

"The Oracle Linux Premier Support subscription applies [only] to Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel," Oracle said in a statement. "Oracle does not plan to support Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Enterprise Linux."

Oracle said it believes it now will be the only enterprise Linux provider that can offer zero downtime updates.

"System administrators are forced to choose between known best practices and added operational costs when administering Linux updates," said Ksplice CEO Jeff Arnold.

"Ksplice's technology will be able to take Oracle's kernel updates and transform them into zero downtime updates that provide always-accessible systems with no reboot necessary. This results in improved system availability and security as well as reduced operational costs for the customer."

Ksplice, founded in 2008, has about 700 customers in a number of vertical segments.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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