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