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In an Industry First, Oracle Brings Autonomous Operation to Linux

Julie Wong-OracleSep 14 2019 — edited Jun 19 2020

Oracle is excited to announce the availability of Oracle Autonomous Linux, which extends autonomous capabilities to the Linux operating system. Oracle Autonomous Linux, along with the new Oracle OS Management Service, is the first and only autonomous operating environment that helps greatly reduce complexity and human error to deliver unprecedented cost savings, security, and availability for customers.

Introducing Oracle Autonomous Linux

Patching and securing operating systems is an ongoing challenge for IT. Tasks can be tedious, error prone, and difficult to manage in large-scale cloud environments. With Oracle Autonomous Linux, you can rely on autonomous capabilities to help you keep your systems highly reliable and more secure.

Oracle Autonomous Linux is based on the proven Oracle Linux operating environment—a high performance, highly secure, reliable, and scalable Linux distribution for demanding enterprise workloads. Oracle Linux powers Oracle Cloud and Oracle Engineered Systems, is used extensively by tens of thousands of customers globally, and is certified to run software from thousands of ISVs. Even better, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure includes Oracle Autonomous Linux and Oracle Linux Premier Support, at no additional cost to you.

More Secure

Oracle Autonomous Linux provides continuous threat monitoring and exploit detection, continuous configuration compliance checks, and prompt fleet-wide operating system security patching and remediation. Oracle Autonomous Linux performs patching and updates while systems are running. We test patches to help ensure that updates don’t break application compatibility. The system also automatically collects diagnostics to check that patches and updates are deployed successfully.

With Oracle Ksplice technology, Oracle Autonomous Linux provides hands-off, automatic security updates every day to the Linux kernel and key user space libraries, with zero downtime, and protects them from external attacks and malicious internal users.

Highly Reliable

Automated patching and upgrades, while the system is running, reduce unnecessary and costly downtime. Reducing human errors means achieving higher availability and increasing system and application reliability.

Cuts Costs

Oracle Autonomous Linux saves labor costs by delivering automated patching, updates, and tuning—including performing routine OS maintenance tasks while the system is running.

Introducing Oracle OS Management Service

Oracle is also introducing Oracle OS Management Service, a highly available Oracle Cloud Infrastructure component that helps you manage which of your servers to automate or control manually. OS Management Service, via the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console or APIs, and resource governance policies, also enables you to automate capabilities that will execute common management tasks for Linux systems, including patch and package management, security and compliance reporting, and configuration management. It can be further automated with other Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services like autoscaling, as workloads need to grow or shrink to meet elastic demand. OS Management Service lets you free up resources to enable you to focus on value-added activities and projects important to your business.

With OS Management Service, you can view operating system details, all available updates, and the status of automated management tasks.

OS Management Service lets you create a logical grouping of instances for common tasks such as package updates, and schedule them for immediate, future, or recurring execution.

You can also search by CVE data and information, and determine the packages involved and affected instances.

Drill down to view details and dependencies and install the package.

Cut Your IBM Red Hat Bill to Zero

Oracle Autonomous Linux, which is based on Oracle Linux, is 100% application binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Applications that are certified to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux can run on Oracle Autonomous Linux, unmodified. Oracle Linux binaries are provided for patching and updating Red Hat Enterprise Linux installations. No additional support costs for Oracle Autonomous Linux in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure means that if your Red Hat Enterprise Linux installations are supported with Oracle Linux updates, you can effectively cut your IBM Red Hat bill to zero.

Getting Started

To explore how your organization can achieve greater operational efficiency at the lowest cost, start by registering for your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure account and free trial cloud credits, and download Oracle Autonomous Linux from the Oracle Cloud Marketplace today.

To get started with OS Management Service, refer to the documentation.

December 17, 2019 update:

The Oracle Autonomous Linux image has moved. It will no longer be available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace or the Oracle Images catalog. As of this date, it is available from the Platform Images catalog within the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console, when creating a compute instance.

June 19, 2020 update:

A list of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions where the OS Management Service is currently available can be found here.

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Added on Sep 14 2019