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Oracle Linux Gains Key Certification

Oracle's Linux offerings are gaining new support today.

The support comes in the form of a string of certifications from Symantec's  Veritas data center software products as well as new support for running Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System with Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle Enterprise Linux.

All told, Oracle  is hailing the new certifications as proof positive that its Linux support offering is working.

"The Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program is continuing to gain traction with end users and we are well on our way to building a solid business around Linux support at Oracle," Monica Kumar, senior director of open source product marketing at Oracle, told internetnews.com.

The Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program first rolled out in October of 2006, as an effort from Oracle to provide support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) customers. Oracle also offers its own Oracle Enterprise Linux which is essentially RHEL, without the Red Hat trademarks included (logo, name etc.).

The new Veritas certifications for Oracle's Linux include: Veritas Storage Foundation 5.0; Veritas Storage Foundation for Oracle 5.0; Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System 5.0; Veritas Cluster Server 5.0, Veritas NetBackup 6.0 Client and Veritas i3

"This is an important milestone for Symantec data center customer as they now have access to support through this program and they can move to Oracle Linux support," Kumar said. "We expect to see an uptake of Symantec customers as a result of this certification and we are hoping that this certification will allow users to realize the potential of Linux while lowering cost by moving to Oracle Linux."

Though Kumar expects growth as a result of the certification she admitted that as of today there is no joint effort by Symantec or Oracle to resell each others solutions.

Since day one of Oracle Linux, Oracle has claimed that their support offering is supposed to be binary compatible with what Red Hat offers.

"If the solution is already certified with Red Hat they don't have to do anything," Kumar noted. "We provide all the documentation to show why."

With Symantec however, Kumar noted that they wanted to go through their own testing to validate the full solution. According to Kumar, Symantec found similar code and that the solution all works well.

When Oracle first announced its Linux support, they were talking about support for RHEL 4, now they are also talking about RHEL 5 which was released earlier this year.

Kumar noted that Oracle provided support for RHEL 5 from day 1 of its release and made its own Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 (based on RHEL 5) available in mid June after some additional testing.

"We did end up fixing a few bugs and making those fixes available to everybody publicly including Red Hat," Kumar said.

In addition to having Symantec certify its solutions for Oracle Linux, Oracle also helped Symantec to certify Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System with Oracle Real Application Clusters on Oracle Enterprise Linux, Red Hat and SUSE.

Veritas Storage Foundation Cluster File System is actually a competitive offering to the Oracle OCFS2 clustered file system which is open source and has been part of the mainline Linux kernel since the 2.6.16 release in March of 2006. Kumar noted that the new Veritas file system support on Linux is a matter of choice for users. She noted that there are users that invested in the Veritas file system and that by certifying for Linux it allows them to carry forward to Linux.

"For us it's about expanding the Linux market," Kumar said. "We're really focused on increasing the footprint of the Oracle support program, the user base and ultimately expanding the Linux market for everyone not just Oracle."