OracleWorld: Oracle driving Linux convergence

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OracleWorld: Oracle driving Linux convergence

Oracle yesterday affirmed its intention to merge several Linux-related projects into a single distribution by partnering with Linux vendor Red Hat.

The projects include the secure Linux under development by the US National Security Agency as well as clustered, datacentre, carrier-grade and database-grade Linux variants, according to Jamshed Patel, senior manager in the Oracle Linux Program Office.

The goal is "to integrate all these different initiatives into a single distribution, such as Red Hat", Patel said. This would make Linux easier to support and assist ISVs in certifying on Linux.

Other goals on Oracle's Linux road map include validation of higher workload levels, support for the Intel Pentium 4 and AMD Hammer processors, architectural changes for clustering, and higher availability and continued contributions to the open-source community.

Patel also touted Oracle's "Unbreakable Linux" project. This effort involves Oracle, Dell, and Red Hat working to build a core set of Linux enhancements in the areas of performance, reliability, clustering and manageability for enterprise-class deployments.

Linux saves customers 45-90% of the costs of deploying on RISC/Unix systems, and now owns 27% of the server OS market as opposed to 1% in 1995, according to industry figures cited by Patel.

"Every OEM out there is experiencing the same kind of exponential growth in Linux as Dell and other vendors," he said.

Oracle is committed to running its entire business on Linux. The company is also pursuing support of Java on Linux with its partners.

"We will continue to push very aggressively on Java in that space," Patel said.

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