Linux Updates without Rebooting

Oracle Purchase Linux Company Ksplice

Oracle have purchased Ksplice Inc, the company behind software that allows Linux kernel updates without rebooting. According to the announcement, Oracle will make the Ksplice technology a standard feature of Oracle Linux Premier Support, and customers are expected to be able to introduce and remove diagnostic patches, without business disruption, thanks to the Ksplice technology. Ksplice technology is also expected to improve the uptime of Oracle Linux based environments. Oracle Linux premier support customers will receive access at no additional cost to their subscription.

"System administrators are forced to choose between known best practices and added operational costs when administering Linux updates," said Jeff Arnold, CEO of Ksplice Inc. "Ksplice's technology will be able to take Oracle's kernel updates and transform them into zero downtime updates that provide always-accessible systems with no reboot necessary. This results in improved system availability and security as well as reduced operational costs for the customer."

Oracle has no plans to support the use of Ksplice technology with SUSE Enterprise Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Jessica Thornsby

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