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We have many, many happy Oracle Linux customers that use and rely on the Oracle Ksplice service to keep their kernels up to date with all the critical CVEs/bugfixes that we release as zero downtime patches.
We have been working with SAP to certify their products, based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x (specifically on the following OS versions : Oracle Linux 5, Oracle Linux 6, Oracle Solaris 10, Oracle Solaris 11), in a Virtual Compute Appliance Environment. It is also possible to run 2-tier and 3-tier configurations/installations of Oracle Database and SAP applications on VCA.
Getting your storage repositories right is one of the more important aspects of planning and deploying Oracle VM. Throwing everything into one or two different storage repositories is not very robust nor is it conducive to backups, routine maintenance, high availability or disaster recovery. Conversely, allocating a storage repository for each individual Oracle VM guest is not scalable or practical.
So, in my previous blogs I talked about the value of ksplice for applying updates and keeping your system current. Typical use case has been on physical servers running some application or in a VM running some application and it all keeps every system pretty isolated. Downtime on a single server is often, by a system admin, seen as no big deal, downtime of a bunch of servers because of a multi-tier application that goes down, however, by the application owner is a pretty big deal and can take some scheduling (and cost) to agree on downtime for reboots.
My previous blog talked about some cool use cases of ksplice and I used Oracle Linux 5 as the example. In this blog entry I just wanted to add Oracle Linux 6 to it. For Oracle Linux 6, we go all the way back to the GA date of OL6. 2.6.32-71.el6 build date Wed Dec 15 12:36:54 EST 2010. And we support ksplice online updates from that point on, up to today. The same model, you can be on any Oracle Linux 6 kernel, an errata update, a specific kernel from an update release like 6.1,... 6.5,... and get current with CVEs and critical fixes from then on.