Oracle's Support of OpenStack on Both Linux and Solaris Is Smart Move
NEWS ANALYSIS: Oracle now is supporting OpenStack on both Linux and Solaris. Which one is better for Oracle?In a move that seems somewhat obvious, Oracle May 13 announced OpenStack support for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Oracle had previously announced OpenStack support for its Solaris 11.2 Unix operating system that is currently in beta. The support is coming as a technology preview of an OpenStack distribution that works with Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. "Oracle is working closely with the OpenStack community across many areas," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle, in a statement. "Oracle will continue to help deliver OpenStack capabilities to enable our customers to more efficiently deploy, manage and support their large Oracle data center deployments." Oracle Linux is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which can work with OpenStack as well, and Linux in general has been closely aligned with OpenStack since day one. Oracle's embrace and support of OpenStack on Solaris was in that regard somewhat more innovative, though the impact of Oracle support for Linux is likely to be very meaningful.
Oracle Linux is the operating system that powers most of Oracle's engineered systems portfolio, which includes the Exalogic and Exadata systems. The engineered systems portfolio is leading revenue growth for Oracle. During Oracle's third-quarter fiscal 2014 earnings call in March, CEO Larry Ellison said that some 10,000 engineered systems had been delivered to customers.