All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis


Oracle tempts Red Hat users with Ksplice kernel security patch trial

23 Feb 2012
Oracle logo

Oracle is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers a 30-day free trial of its Ksplice zero-downtime security patch technology, in an apparent move to tempt them into switching to its own Oracle Linux platform.

Ksplice is a technology that enables customers to apply security patches and updates to the Linux kernel on-the-fly without rebooting, eliminating the need for scheduled downtimes of vital server infrastructure while updates are applied.

Oracle acquired Ksplice last year, and made it a standard feature of the Premier Support package for its Oracle Linux customers. This allowed the firm to present itself as the only enterprise Linux provider able to offer this kind of zero-downtime update capability for security patches.

While Oracle said it would honour existing Ksplice subscriptions, the firm explicitly said at the time it would not support new customers wanting to use Ksplice with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Now, Oracle is offering Red Hat Enterprise Linux customers a free 30-day trial of Ksplice, which it said will allow them to try the zero-downtime update technology without the need for any system reconfiguration.

Red Hat customers can sign up via Oracle's website, but it appears that Oracle is still not prepared to support them beyond the 30-day trial.

"Ksplice is a standard feature of Oracle Linux Premier Support, and when your trial ends, we'd be happy to help you make the switch," the company states on its sign-up page.

At the same time, Oracle announced it has extended the support lifecycle for Oracle Linux from eight to 10 years.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Daniel Robinson
About

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

More on Operating Systems
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus
Poll

Windows 10 poll

What are your first impressions of Windows 10?
13%
4%
10%
4%
22%
4%
43%

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
V3 Sungard roundtable event - Cloud computing security reliability and scalability discussion

CIOs debate how to overhaul businesses for the digital era

V3 hosts roundtable with Sungard Availability Services

Updating your subscription status Loading
Newsletters

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button
hpv3may

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging

ibmv3may

Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Web developer (.NET) - digital agency - Reading - up to £50,000

Web developer (.NET) - digital agency - Reading - up...

IT Development Manager

This is a unique and senior opportunity to establish...

IT Infrastructure Manager

Closing Date: 13/10/2014 Working within a diverse and...

Service Delivery Manager

Imagine a place that’s literally bursting with possibilities...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.