Oracle Linux Operating System

The Best Linux for your Enterprise

Oracle Linux provides the latest innovations, tools, and features that enable you to innovate, collaborate, and create solutions. And whether in a traditional, cloud-based, or virtual environment, you can also take advantage of Oracle's worldwide, enterprise-class, low-cost support.

  • Oracle Linux 7
Feature Benefit
Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel
  • Developed and tested to support demanding workloads, such as the Oracle Database
  • Tracks Linux mainline closely
  • Allows features such as Btrfs, DTrace, OCFS2, and Linux Containers to be used across multiple major releases (Oracle Linux 6.4 and later)
  • Able to parallelize network and disk IO
  • Efficiently runs on systems with many cores and threads and NUMA nodes
  • Optimized for solid state drives
  • Supports data integrity
  • Provides hardware fault management
  • Enables zero-downtime kernel updates for critical security updates and bug fixes
  • Minimizes security risks by easily keeping system up to date without downtime
  • Improves application availability for users
  • Can be used to provide kernel diagnostics on production systems
  • Easily integrates into your environment’s change management practices with rollback feature
  • Support for Ksplice is included with Oracle Linux Premier Support subscriptions at no additional charge
  • Dynamic tracing feature provides a single view of the software stack
  • Traces kernel, system libraries, and applications
  • Enables you to quickly identify performance bottlenecks on production systems by defining probe points live, at runtime
  • Enables static tracing using instrumentation compiled into kernel and applications
  • Support for DTrace is included with Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Support subscriptions at no additional charge
Linux Containers
  • Enables running multiple instances of an OS or application on a single host
  • Provides comprehensive process and resource isolation
  • Enables you to run multiple versions of an OS on a single server
  • Enables you to quickly set up a sandbox environment
  • Detects and fixes data and file system corruption
  • Enables the creation of lightweight copies/clones of files or entire directory structures with minimal additional disk space requirements
  • Improves backup operations
  • Provides optimized support for solid-state (Flash) storage devices
  • Allows quick rollback of software or OS upgrades in case of software issues
  • Improves file system performance by reducing disk seeks
  • Improves storage capacity and reduces disk I/O operations
  • Provides integrated support for multiple devices
  • Provides an open-source, enterprise-class alternative to proprietary cluster file systems
  • Provides high performance and high availability
  • Provides local file system semantics and can be used with any application
  • Enables cluster-aware applications to leverage cache-coherent parallel I/O for higher performance
Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c
  • A complete solution for managing Oracle IT infrastructure from a single console
  • Provides provisioning and patch management for Oracle Linux
  • Manages systems compliance and executes operational procedures on any number of servers
  • Support for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c is included with Oracle Linux Network, Basic, and Premier Support subscriptions at no additional charge
Unlimited Oracle Linux Virtual Guest Instances
  • Unlimited Oracle Linux guest VMs on virtualization platforms
Spacewalk 2.0
  • Open-source Linux systems management solution
  • Provides tools for installing software updates and provisioning new systems
  • Allows administrators to easily manage and monitor systems across geographical locations
  • Support for Spacewalk 2.0 is included with Oracle Linux Basic and Premier Support subscriptions at no additional charge
Data Integrity
  • Implements T10 PI and Data Integrity Extensions (DIX) to address silent data corruption
  • End-to-end data protection prevents bad data from being written to disk
  • Addresses the gap in logical block checksum checking that is not enough to prevent silent data corruption
  • Addresses regulations such as Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), which mandates controls for the protection of customer data
  • Support library for Automatic Storage Management for Oracle Database
Oracle Clusterware for Linux
  • Provides cluster management for Oracle Linux
  • Included with Oracle Linux Support at the Basic and Premier levels at no extra charge
Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Validated Configurations
  • Delivers pre-tested, pre-validated architectures for software, hardware, storage, and networking components
  • Includes documented best practices
Oracle Linux Preinstall RPMs
  • Protects systems, minimizing exposure to security vulnerabilities by only installing the minimum number of packages needed to support the Oracle application on a minimum system install
  • Supported with Oracle Database 11g, 12c
  • Also available for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Enterprise Manager agent
Database Smart Cache Flash
  • Provides optimizations to increase the effective size of the Oracle Database buffer cache and improve performance
Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)
  • Provides a comprehensive resource for Oracle Linux Support subscribers
  • Includes access to updates and errata, and additional information and support policies
Oracle Public Yum Server
  • Provides free access to updates and errata for all Oracle Linux users
Oracle Instant Client (IC)
  • Allows applications to run without installing the standard Oracle client or having an ORACLE_HOME
  • OCI, OCCI, Pro*C, ODBC, and JDBC applications work without modification, while using significantly less disk space than before
Oracle Linux Test (OLT) Kit
  • Verifies Linux kernel functionality and stability essential for the Oracle Database both in single node and in Oracle RAC configurations
  • Includes stress and destructive tests for network and storage failures
PHP OCI8 Driver
  • Provides new, improved integration between PHP and Oracle Database
  • Allows a server-side connection pool shareable across web servers and languages, significantly enhancing the scalability of web-based systems


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