So how is Oracle doing with its Oracle Unbreakable Linux? Pretty well.
According to Monica Kumar, senior director Linux and open source product
marketing at Oracle, there are now 2,000 customers for Oracle’s Linux. Those
customers will now be getting a bonus from Oracle: free clustering
Oracle’s Clusterware software previously had only been available to Oracle’s
Real Application Clusters (RAC) customers, but now will also be part of the
Unbreakable Linux support offering at no additional cost.
Clusterware is the core Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) software offering that enables the grouping of individual servers together into a cluster system. Kumar explained to
InternetNews.com that the full RAC offering provides additional
components beyond just Clusterware that are useful for managing and
deploying Oracle databases on clusters.
The new offering for Linux users, however, does not necessarily replace the need
“We’re not saying that this [Clusterware] replaces RAC,” Kumar noted. “We
are taking it out of RAC for other general purpose uses as well. Clusterware
is general purpose software that is part of RAC but that isn’t the full
The Clusterware addition to the Oracle Unbreakable Linux support offering is
expected by Kumar to add further impetus for users to adopt Oracle’s Linux
Oracle Unbreakable Linux was first announced in
October 2006 and takes Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux as a base. To date,
Red Hat has steadfastly denied on its quarterly investor calls that Oracle’s
Linux offering has had any tangible impact on its customer base.
In 2007, Oracle and Red Hat both publicly traded barbs over Yahoo, which apparently is a customer of both Oracle’s
Unbreakable Linux as well as Red Hat Enterprise Linux.