Until last week, the Oracle Database was not certified to run on the latest version of Oracle Linux or the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 release that it is based on. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 was first released in November of 2010. The road to certification was a long one for Oracle, and it involved a non-trivial amount of effort.
“Certification means that Oracle has gone through significant amounts of testing and is confident that customers can run our products in mission-critical production environments with a level of comfort right from the start,” said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle. “Aside from running tests, in some cases we also may need to do Oracle product modifications, such as changes in how upstart is used in Oracle Linux version 6.”
The certification process was done entirely by Oracle, Coekaerts added. Red Hat Enterprise Linux went through a similar process with SAP, which was certified for RHEL 6 in September of 2011.
The Oracle certification process includes what Coekaerts referred to as a comprehensive test suite. It’s not just a simple install test, but a set of tests that includes workload testing and stress testing.
“For example, we make sure that when servers lose power we have no data corruption. If we pull the network our High Availability code kicks in,” Coekaerts said.