Issue #4 February 2005

Oracle Products certified for
Enterprise Linux 4

The Red Hat® and Oracle® partnership has continued to develop since the companies began collaborating on engineering and testing well before the first release of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®. We spoke to Monica Kumar, Director, Linux Program Office, Oracle Corporation, about the release of Enterprise Linux 4, the Red Hat and Oracle relationship, and the value it delivers for enterprise customers.

Also be sure to watch our interview with Oracle's Robert Shimp, Vice President Technology Marketing about Oracle and Enterprise Linux.

Q: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 was just launched, and Oracle Database and Oracle Applications have already been certified on it. How were you able to accomplish the certification to coincide with the launch?

A: Oracle and Red Hat have a long-standing partnership. We have been collaborating to create a core set of enhancements in the areas of performance, reliability, clustering, and manageability. The goal is to help enable Linux to address the growing demands from customers looking for mission-critical business infrastructures that are cost-efficient and offer lower total cost of ownership.

With Oracle's Unbreakable Linux strategy, Oracle has made a unique commitment to the Linux platform; a single point of support for Oracle and Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as simultaneous certification of Oracle products with the new releases of Enterprise Linux are the cornerstone of that strategy.

Oracle has invested considerable resources in pre-testing and certifying Enterprise Linux 4 for enterprise-class applications and grid computing. Working closely with Red Hat's engineering team starting from the design phase to the general availability of Enterprise Linux 4, Oracle's engineering team pre-tested and certified Oracle software and applications, including Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, Oracle Collaboration Suite and Oracle E-Business Suite to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.

Q: What are the benefits of running Oracle Database and Oracle Applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4?

A: Organizations will realize significant benefits from enhancements in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 optimized for the Oracle environment, including better support for large servers and larger number of CPUs. Additionally, customers can rely on Oracle to provide a single point of contact with world-class, seamless technical support of both Oracle and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4--available on the same day that Red Hat unveiled the new platform.

Together, Oracle and Red Hat have set a number of industry-leading performance benchmarks. Oracle was the first to exceed 1 million transactions per minute with world record performance on Linux of 1.18 million transactions per minute on a sixteen-node HP Integrity server cluster running Oracle Database 10g and Oracle Real Application Clusters. With the distribution of the new 2.6 kernel in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, Linux brings the same performance and reliability its known for on low-end servers to large SMP boxes.

Q: Oracle just announced plans to send one lucky developer into Space. Can you elaborate on this "Space Sweepstakes" and how it relates to the Linux developer community?

A: Sure, Oracle recently announced a Space Sweepstakes for developers, and the grand prize is literally a trip into space. The winner earns a commercial suborbital space flight -- a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel 62 miles above the surface of the Earth. The Sweepstakes, which is already underway in North America and will launch in Europe, Asia, and Latin America next month, also includes other prizes developers might be interested in such as a PowerBook, iPods, and Star Wars Trilogy DVD set.

The idea behind the sweepstakes is to draw developer attention to Oracle's recently updated family of Java, J2EE®, and BPEL developer tools and associated middleware products, all of which support Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a primary operating environment. Oracle's combination of Java, J2EE, and BPEL technologies such as JDeveloper, BPEL Process Designer, TopLink, and Oracle Application Server offer a best-in-class development and deployment environment for Web Services and applications based on a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA). These technologies are all available for free download from the Oracle Technology Network.

Also, Oracle Application Server is optimized for deployment on a grid infrastructure using low-cost, high-performance servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux. See recent SPEC benchmark results based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3.

Q: Can you provide a few examples of how Oracle is being used on Red Hat Enterprise Linux?

A: There are thousands of Oracle customers using Linux for mission-critical environments; ranging from applications like supply chain to online transaction processing to data warehousing. Today, Oracle with Enterprise Linux is found in web infrastructure, ERP, point-of-sale systems, high-end servers, databases, security systems, and, in systems running critical applications at large companies.

A leading national clothing retailer is using Linux-based systems for the company's gift registry, inventory control, and receiving functions. With the success they've had with this Linux implementation in their point-of-sale system, they are now rolling out Linux-based ERP applications. Another example is a financial firm using Linux based systems to deliver scalable, secure, and reliable online brokerage services to their customers including, 24-hour client service, convenient account access, and secure online trading.

With Oracle's robust, proven products along with world-class support for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system; and with additional opportunities to minimize costs through hardware commoditization, customers can realize the true opportunity Linux represents.