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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