SAN FRANCISCO: At its OpenWorld 2010 user event in San Francisco, Oracle took the wraps off its Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, a version of Linux optimised for Oracle software and hardware.
The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is designed to be faster, more reliable and more modern than the current Red Hat offering, which Oracle also supports.
Edward Screven, Oracle chief corporate architect, said that the Unbreakable kernel offers a 75 per cent performance improvement over the Red Hat compatible version in online transaction processing testing.
Chief executive Larry Ellison was on hand during his Sunday night keynote to back up the modern and reliable claims, saying that Red Hat relies on Oracle to do the testing for compatibility.
"We spend a lot of time fixing bugs in [the Red Hat version]," he explained, adding that, even when Oracle has done all this work, Red Hat is still very slow to apply the fixes to its own version and is four years behind the current Linux version.
Oracle said that it will maintain Red Hat compatibility for the long term, but Ellison and Screven both urged customers to go with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.
"You can choose to run faster, to run a modern kernel, to run a reliable kernel," Screven said.
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