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One of the great keynotes at Oracle OpenWorld last week, was from Microsoft. You can watch the replay here. I think Brad did an awesome job, very engaging and a very positive partner message. There was a lot of Oracle Linux talk in the Microsoft session, just awesome.
I was looking at snmp for a few days and decided to put together a little snmp module (extension) that would work on Oracle VM Server (3.2 and up). In 3.2 we started to include the net-snmp rpms to allow customers to monitor any given Oracle VM server with standard SNMP tools. Whether that be cacti, snmpwalk, even Oracle Enterprise Manager (snmp fetchlets) or whatever tool. The standard net-snmp installation will expose MIBs and return data pretty much exactly the same as what you would get when installing net-snmp on Oracle Linux and monitoring an Oracle Linux server.
A frequently discussed topic inside Oracle and also outside with customers and partners is Oracle Linux versions and how to treat updates and support and certifications and minimum levels. Here's our take on it, from the Oracle Linux side.
When talking about Oracle Linux and versions, there really are 3 major components :
-1- A major new release, such as Oracle Linux 5, Oracle Linux 6,...
It's been exactly two years since we acquired a small startup called Ksplice. Ksplice as a company created the zero downtime update technology for the Linux kernel and they provided a service to their customers which tracked Linux kernel security fixes and providing these fixes as zero downtime Ksplice updates.
Essentially the ksplice technology allows us to create Linux kernel patches that can be applied in an online fashion. We are not talking about the ability to install a patch while the system is running and make it active after reboot.
Someone forwarded a document to me earlier today that had Some Company make a statement that implied that Oracle Clusterware was not free with Oracle Linux. I found it sort of amuzing because I think we've been rather clear on this for quite some time.
So let me spell it out to make sure it's very, very clear.