New Oracle-Optimised Linux Kernel

Oracle Launch New Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel

Jessica Thornsby

Oracle launch new Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel as part of Oracle Linux.

Oracle have announced a new Linux kernel optimised for Oracle software
and hardware: the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is part of Oracle Linux and
offers fine grained CPU and memory resource control. It supports
the Data Integrity Extensions and T10 Protection Information Model
in an effort to stop corrupt data from being written to storage,
and has been built and tested to run Oracle hardware, databases and
middleware. According to the Press Release, third-party applications that
run on RHEL 5 should also run on Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable
Enterprise Kernel.

The latest edition of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine and
the new Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud rely on the Unbreakable
Enterprise Kernel.

“Today’s hardware innovations are fast and frequent — making it
very important that the Linux distributions evolve quickly to
leverage the latest hardware,” said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice
president of Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle. “With
the combination of Oracle Linux and the Unbreakable Enterprise
Kernel, customers gain fast access to optimizations, new
enhancements, and bug fixes. This new offering is a result of
Oracle Linux kernel development efforts, on top of the current
mainline kernel, and further distinguishes Oracle Linux as the best
choice for enterprise customers.”

Oracle Linux will continue to include Oracle’s existing Red Hat
Compatible Kernel, and customers can choose to run this Kernel, if
they so wish.


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