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Learn how to reduce downtime, increase security, and save money with Oracle Linux support. Plus, learn how to enforce security compliance with zero downtime.
Minimize your business risk by maximizing flexibility. Learn about how to use Oracle with Linux and the tools and offerings from an open source perspective.
Also learn how to reduce risk and exposure while maintaining productivity with Ksplice, learn how to manage your systems using Spacewalk or Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM), and learn how the new Cloud Native can help with your devops.
We’re going to start now. First of all I wanted to say thanks for everybody joining the call, I know all of you are very busy.
My name is Brian Boyd, I’m a sales director for Centroid Systems and co-sponsoring this event with Oracle today.
For the purpose of this presentation, please put your phones on mute. For the presentation, we’d like to encourage you to ask any questions in the chat session. Mary you can put that in the bottom right hand corner as well. At the end of the presentation, we can answer them.
The speaker would like to encourage you though to ask questions during the event at any point, and it’s okay to come off mute and to ask questions if you feel it’s easier as well.
Lastly Centroid and Oracle are having a follow up event at Dallas Cowboy Headquarters in Frisco Texas on February 13th. If you’re local to Dallas area, and you would like more details please email me, my email address is listed here, or your local Oracle rep who may have invited you. You’ll also receive a recorded link of this entire session.
With that I’d like to give you a quick overview of Centroid systems. Centroid is a twenty year old Oracle Platinum Cloud Select partner. We’ve been doing Oracle applications and technology projects as well as in the last 4 years, many Oracle Cloud projects including lifts and shifts, upgrades, disaster recovery as a service etc.
Centroid is well versed in theory and implementations of the products that we’ll be discussing today. Centroid has saved tens of thousands of dollars in helping drive down customers’ Linux OS cost versus traditional vendors.
We’ve also educated and implemented multiple implementations of Ksplice, which will be discussed today enabling them to remove the burden of downtime for OS patching that impacts business frequently.
The other thing I just want to highlight is that Fortune 5000 companies are using these technologies on a daily basis, and they’re proven solutions so there’s no reason not to look at them to drive your cost down.
With that we’d love to work with you and are available at your convenience to work with you to solve these business and IT problems.
With that I’d like to hand it over to our lead presenter Akshaya Shah from Oracle, and we will be doing Q&A at the end so again please don’t hesitate to ask questions either in IM window session of you can come off mute and ask them as well. So Akshaya I’m going to pass it to you.
Thank you Brian. Good morning to everybody. My name is Akshaya Shah. I’m a sales consultant, more like a pre-sales engineer at Oracle, and I work in the Linux and the Virtualization group. This group basically has a lot of tools and offerings from the opensource perspective. Linux and Virtualization being one of the 2 that, of course is part of the name of the group as well.
But there are many other tools that we’ll be talking about such as how can you secure your system using Ksplice without having to reboot your systems. How can you manage them using Spacewalk or Oracle Enterprise Manager for that matter. And then the new offerings such as Cloud Native that can help you do your DevOps related stuff as well.
But before we move forward, I just want to call out and as Brian said let’s make this very interactive, so feel free to ask questions either on chat or come off mute and ask me questions. And before I go ahead I just want to make sure you guys can hear me clearly. Brian was that clear?
Yes, I can see your screen very clearly.
Perfect, sounds good. So I’m going to move in and then here’s the topics that we’re going to cover today.
We’re going to talk about the products that we have, the tools that we’ve got, that we offer as part of our opensource offering. We’ll specifically get into the zero downtime patching using Ksplice. That’s a unique offering and also one of the only products, there are competing products in the market out today, but the only product that we recommend that you can use it in production.
None of the other competing products, the companies who make them, can recommend using it in production. We not only recommend it, we use it in production. We’ll get into the details of what are the benefits and how we can use it.
I mentioned that there’s a Cloud Native offering, so Oracle has this on Cloud Native DevOps environment, so we’ll be talking about that as well.
Very briefly we’ll touch upon if you were to switch to Oracle Linux support, what is the effort from your perspective. Apparently that is not good. And we’ll talk about that.
And then we of course summarize why Oracle Linux and some of the helpful links. We will be sharing this slide back right after this presentation, so I just wanted to call that out.
A safe harbor statement, this is a legal requirement. There are a couple of things that are on the Cloud Native specifically that I’ll be talking about that is futuristic. This is to tell you guys what our development team is working on, what is coming out.
Again, this is not something new, it’s not something that I created. It is all that was declared at the Oracle’s OpenWorld last October, but I still need to go ahead and call this out because anything that I mention for futuristic product development or releases, it could change. So this is something that I need to have you guys understand.
I’m going to move on very quickly and then directly jump into the 4 different pillars that we have to offer from our opensource perspective.
We of course have the operating system, now 1 of the key things about our operating system is it is free to download, free to use. The only time that you would need all these add-ons, that we have added as part of our support, is when you come to Oracle.
You can call in to Centroid or Oracle and then we can work with you to actually identify what would be the support requirements for your environment and then we can come in and talk about that.
Now we’ll get into specific details of what are the different offerings of Linux but a very high level. We have 2 specific kernels that we have as part of our Linux offering. We have Red Hat Compatible Kernel, which essentially is nothing but exactly the same as Red Hat Enterprise Linux. And we have our own kernel that is called Red Hat Compatible Kernel, so it’s bit by bit compatible with Red Hat.
And then there is another kernel called UEK, the unbreakable kernel. That unbreakable kernel is the 1 that we’ve taken the most recent mainline kernel and then we’ve included as part of our offering as well. We’ll talk about the benefits of each as we go ahead.
The second piece of the second pillar that we offer is, if you were planning to set up your own private cloud on-prem then the OpenStack has been the defacto standard for a very long time, trying to set that up as your own private cloud.
Now of course things have changed a little bit, the industry has shifted, and a lot of people are adopting the Container technology and using Kubernetes and then a lot of these CI/CD kind of offering and that’s the far right pillar that we have, that’s the DevOps environment.
We are actively working on it, we already offer and distribute the Container that’s Docker and the Linux Containers. We distribute the Kubernetes as well, and a couple of other things are in up here as well, and we’ll talk about that as we move forward.
One of the other pillars that we have besides the DevOps and OpenStack and Linux, is the Virtualization. Oracle has offered Virtualization solution for about 8 to 10 years now. It is based off of the Hypervisor called Xen, the X E N Hypervisor.
Xen was a very powerful hypervisor, it still is a very powerful hypervisor. It’s been around for a very long time. Recently what we’ve seen is that the industry has moved to where it’s adopting KVM as the default hypervisor.
There are a lot of projects and a lot of new companies and start-ups that are actually not only consuming that as a product for their own defacto virtualization standards, but they’re also contributing projects towards it.
So there’s a lot of interest in the community towards KVM so what Oracle has decided is they have not come out with the product yet, it is something that’s in the works, it is for this calendar year sometime. They are going to come out with the KVM based and oVirt based Virtualization solution. And there will be a choice for our customers, they can actually continue to deploy Xen as their defacto hypervisor, or they can actually move over to using KVM.
There is also Virtualization on the desktop side, which is called Virtual Box (VBOX). One of the interesting facts about Virtual Box is that at times it is one of the most downloaded software in the world, where it helps you use, basically it’s the Type 2 hypervisor. You can actually create it as a process on your desktop and then you can actually create virtual machines inside it for your development purposes.
It’s very helpful for a DevOps kind of a scenario . What Oracle is doing is it’s providing these templates that you can just import it and it might already have the Oracle Linux or maybe in some cases database specific versions already prebuilt. So you really don’t have to spend time in trying to build all these things, you can just import the template and there you go, you just start using it.
It’s really powerful and Oracle still continues to provide these templates for Virtual Box as well. One of the key things as part of our offering is there is zero lock in. I don’t know if you’ve worked with some of our competitors, but they have a lot of lock in language in their contract.
We really don’t have any of that, it’s very simple. We honor the perpetual license from GPL and that’s what we offer in turn to our customers as well. It’s the only support that we provide.
Moving on, just a brief into where we are from the markets race perspective. We are now the number 2 Enterprise Linux provider in the world, we’ve got about 16 000 plus unique customers using our support.
We’ve been shipping our product for almost 11 years. We in turn use it for all of our engineered systems, so if you’ve got Exadata, Exalytics and ODA’s and all these systems, we already prebuilt our images with Oracle Linux in Oracle VM on those engineered systems.
We also use it in our cloud environment. That’s one of the first default operating systems. Of course customers have a choice to go to any other operating system as well in the cloud, but we use it pretty widely. In fact all of the employees, almost 120 000 employees use all the applications in the cloud, so Oracle is a cloud first company in that all the applications are deployed in the cloud.
We all use our applications that are deployed on Oracle in eXo. If you are looking at the level of what is the quality of support, what is the enterprise grading of this software that we distribute, it is foolproof. It is actually being used internally at Oracle, so it’s very good.
Now we talked about the Containers, we’ve seen a shift from Virtualizations and the OpenStack solutions where customers have started adopting Containers as the defacto standards.
Again they’re not exclusive, they can actually work with each other as well where Containers can be deployed in a virtual environment as well as in the OpenStack environment but what we’ve realized is that customer now wants a Container with all our applications.
So there is a registry that we’ve created container-registry.oracle.com, that’s one of the links that is on the last slide. You can actually go and browse what are the different available Containers. There are tons of them for the applications, you can actually download a container with Oracle Linux built into it of a specific version.
We are also distributing a lot of containers and ports for the Kubernetes as well. I think this 1 million is a little bit older number we might have surpassed 1.5 times of that already. It’s a direction in which we see the industry moving as well, so we already made sure that we are also offering the same Docker, downloadable Docker Container that you see to our customer.
Now one of the big things about being a part of the Opensource community is that you not only consume the products that are being distributed by these different projects, you also become a contributor and that’s what we do.
We are platinum board members for the Linux foundation as well as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. We not only actually consume this and distribute it and provide it as part of our support umbrella, we actually have created multiple projects, and we distribute it back into the industry.
It’s good to see that some of the projects that we’ve created are going all the way to the mainline and then coming back to the community as well. That’s where we stand, it’s a commitment, it’s a complete cycle and Oracle is involved all the way.
A brief at a very high level, I did talk about that we have two different kernels, which is something unique to Oracle Linux only. I’m not aware of any other community based Linux provider in the enterprise space that provides these 2 options.
Now the main reason is, I tell a lot of my customers that many of them actually stay on Red Hat because it’s an enterprise grade solution, but they also have Ubuntu or Suse or some of the other ones because they are much closer to the mainline.
Now staying closer to the mainline means there are certain specific improvements that you get as part of the defacto mainline kernel. And now that Red Hat doesn’t have those, Red Hat has to quote them back on the version that where they are.
Currently if I remember, Red Hat kernel is at 3.9 whereas the mainline kernel is 4.4. So you will find the UEK, the unbreakable kernel, to be more closer to the mainline in terms of the version. So by default you will get something that is a little bit more modern. It’s going to have some improvements, sometimes performance, sometimes security whereas Red Hat will have to actually quote it back.
What we’ve realized is that there’s a large install base for our products out there in the market for Red Hat so we’ve created a Red Hat compatible kernel, which as I said before is bit by bit compatible. So if customers wanted to shift over from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to start using Oracle Linux and they wanted to start deploying the products on that, it’s as simple as just switching over and start calling a different support number.
That’s what is the Red Hat compatible kernel. What we do is, we use unbreakable enterprise kernel, the UEK on all of our engineered systems and in the cloud, and we do extensive testing on that as well as on the Red Hat compatible kernel giving a choice to our customers.
I do tell them that this is a consolidation strategy so if you wanted to stay closer to the mainline, use UEK. If you wanted to stay something that is closer to CentOS, Fedora or maybe you want Red Hat because they’re all the same binary at the end of the day, it’s exactly the same thing for Oracle and eXo support. So you can actually just have one single with Oracle support and have multiple different options from your kernel perspective. It’s pretty powerful, it’s very good.
Moving on, Ksplice is a technology that actually allows you to patch your kernel without a need to reboot so this is a very strong capability. Imagine that if there is a patch that is available, like I think if I remember Hublead was something that happened lots last year. It was a userspace patch, and we released a Ksplice patch for that.
A lot of times users would have to provide a fix for that, rectify it and reboot the system. But with Ksplice, you can actually go in and patch not only the kernel, there are two packages on the userspace as well, that will allow you to actually patch it and not have to reboot. What it does is basically patches you kernel in memory. I’ve got a couple of slides that gets into a little bit of detail and then we’ll talk about that as well.
Moving on there is Dtrace, that’s a very powerful tracing tool. If you come from a Solaris world, this was the defacto tracing tool that you provide of you either used it. It was extensively adopted during the Solaris case. So what Oracle has done is because they own Solaris, they have quoted over the entire Dtrace package and made it available to Linux.
It is very resource intensive, but it has parameter setting where you can actually go ahead and use only specific feature, but it traces all the way from the hardware, so you can actually see that if there’s a network issue, you can actually trace that as well all the way to the application. So entire stack from top to bottom can be traced by one single tool. That’s a very powerful tool.
I’ve had a lot of customers who stay on Solaris just because there’s Dtrace availability and when you go talk to them that we’ve taken the entire package and made it available to Oracle Linux, they still upgrade. That’s easy decision for them to move from Solaris to Oracle Linux just because of Dtrace. So it’s as powerful as that. That’s what I wanted to call out.
We talked about Docker Container Technologies, Kubernetes for orchestration of these Containers. From the management perspective we have twice again just like the kernels, we’ve got the OEM. OEM is the defacto management tool for database and applications at Oracle but what we’ve also done is we’ve extended that to be able to include Linux management as well.
So if you were using OEM, great you can go ahead and extend that to Linux management as well, but the community is standing behind Spacewalk. Spacewalk is a Linux management tool. Again a community based project where people have contributed towards it. We’ve taken the project, we’ve created it, we call it exactly the same, it’s a Spacewalk for Linux management. It’s an opensource tool, we distribute it and support it as well.
Again we talked about OpenStack as well for open cloud management. I did mention it is binary compatible with Red Hat and it powers our engineered systems in the Oracle Cloud.
Now at this point I would like to take a break and then see if anybody has a question, comments, anything.
Okay I’ll take that as a no, move on.
Sure go ahead.
No questions, this is Brain Boyd from Centroid.
I just wanted to highlight on the Ksplice, we found this incredibly helpful. We have a top 30 retailer in the country that we put this in front of about 2 years ago.
You know they hade a lot of maintenance windows for a lot of their applications and to be able to basically eliminate the need for all these downtime reboots and impacting business and applications really was helpful for them. They’re a big proponent of it now.
Just a lot of people they’re just aren’t used to understanding these advanced technologies. So I know you’re going to talk about it later on a little deeper but it’s a great tool that is definitely unique in the marketplace.
So back to you Akshaya.
Sure, thank you. I’m going to move on and I’m going to highlight some of the benefits. Now these benefits are just because Oracle Linux development happens internally at Oracle as well as the database development happens at Oracle.
So what we do is basically when we are developing some of the new features, some of the new tools that are going to be part of the database, the defacto testing standard for all of these in the platform perspective is going to be Oracle Linux.
So when the database Smart Flash Cache feature was rolled out from the software perspective, how do we leverage that when the Smart Flash Cache is connected to your hardware level? It’s something that was by default tested with the Oracle Linux.
Similarly, for the data integrity or the encryption, redaction, the Oracle database firewall. All of these features that we come out with from the database perspective or an application perspective, they’re first tested, integrated and made available with Oracle Linux.
We’ve also made these pre-installed scripts, there are like 13 steps that you need to perform before you install the database. That is available on our EM channels so you could actually just code and download a script and execute it and not have to do those 13 different steps because it takes care of all of them for them.
So we’ve kind of made a lot of headway in terms of automation, trying to make life easy for our customers. Not that some of these technologies are not available with the competing Linux offerings, Red Hat can also leverage all of these. But the first defacto standards where we do all of the testing, go through it and make sure it’s all available and tested for our customers is going to be Oracle Linux.
So there is a lot of integration just because both the development teams can talk to each other and then make some adjustments based on that recommendation. Then we go ahead and change the same software to whatever is applicable for that application.
I’ll very briefly talk about the products, I did mention some of these. From management and patching perspective, we’ve got Spacewalk, OEM, we talked about OpenStack, we’ll touch upon Ksplice, we talked about Dtrace.
From high availability perspective, Clusterware has been around for a while. It is the defacto clustering technology that is also used for Oracle stack offering but last year we also introduced Corosync and Pacemaker as well.
Again those are the community based HA solutions for Oracle Linux, we’ve adopted that and we made it available and now we are supporting it as well.
We’ve got Ceph, Gluster, XFS and OCFS2 from storage and file system perspective. If you’ve used RAC and Clusterware in the past, you’ve probably used either XFS or OCFS2 for the file system as well.
All of these offerings are available from us. We talked about the Virtualization, we’ve got Containers from Dockers and Linux perspective, we’ve got Kubernetes and some VM perspective, we already have Xen and KVM is coming.
I also mentioned that Cloud Native technologies which are coming soon. We already offer as I said Dockers and Kubernetes but then the coming soon pieces are the Jenkins X or CI/CD.
We’ll be able to give you a pipelines as well. Istio for microservices, Envoy as the UI, Prometheus for monitoring your Kubernetes environment and a few more other technologies are coming.
They will all be supported as part of our premiere support offering under 1 single as I said 1 single. So imagine so many different products, offerings and we keep on adding more for our customers it’s included just as part of 1 single premiere offering.
So just wanted to call that out. This is in the works, it’ll keep on extending but this is what we offer today.
Moving on, let’s get into the details of Ksplice. First, we talked about it, Ksplice is a rebootless patching. That’s a big thing for a lot of customers because think about it, you’re running your database, you’re running your applications on a system and that system has a kernel defect or a kernel that needs to be patched.
What happens is when you have to patch that, currently in the Yum update kind of scenario, you do a Yum update and then because it is on the file system you have to flash it back into the memory. You have to reboot the system. But that reboot requires you to reboot your application, your database, your middleware. Every individual from that team needs to be made available so that he can actually follow the entire change request process.
And again this happens only on Dev, you have to do it on test, you have to do it on staging and then production. Oh man this is really a nightmare when you have to do this just for 1 small change that needs to be applied on the kernel.
So this product called Ksplice was founded by 6 MIT graduates, it was acquired by Oracle 6 years back, this was founded 10 years back. They realized that okay what we do for Yum update is great and that needs to happen but there should be a way by which we can actually secure and make all the servers compliant as soon as a patch is made available rather than having to wait for the next release cycle of 3 months to 6 months.
They realized that this kernel that they’re patching is available in memory so why not go ahead and patch it in memory and that’s exactly what Ksplice does. What it does is basically it creates a jump for that specific call that is going to be patched and it creates a patch in memory itself. It creates this jump references so that next time the request goes in, it goes in through the new patch that you’ve put in memory itself.
Now again, it doesn’t patch your file system, so if you wanted to patch your file system, you will still want to follow the same Yum update cycle. But if you wanted to bring your systems compliant without having to reboot in memory patching, then Ksplice is the technology that you should be looking forward to. As I said it’s no reboot, huge benefits, it improves your security, it brings your systems in compliance.
Again, the beauty of this product is you can not only just apply it, you can remove it without any reboot required because every patch might have multiple dependencies. If you find that there is certain dependency that you need to backtrack, you can actually go ahead and do that in memory without having to reboot as well.
So it’s a very powerful tool not just 1 way but also be able to back out as well. It’s all been built into it so you don’t have to really plan out. You of course want to do your backups and all that stuff in place but you specifically don’t have to plan it for this activity because it has all the capabilities built into to apply and then back out as well.
Again, it saves you a ton of money because you no longer have to come on the weekends, weeknights to perform these scheduled upgrades and maintenance things that you’re going to perform on its systems. It can take care of you during the weekdays without having to reboot and of course your systems are compliant so no embarrassing exploits are existing in your system.
And then of course people who have the CSO’s on their back, they will really appreciate this tool, how it works. So it’s very powerful. In fact, I have a few slides that kind of talks about what I just mentioned.
Whenever you have existing, the way of patching your system is that you create a change request. You have Linux admin, database person, the middleware application and the business user all lined up. They give you the go ahead, let’s go ahead and do it on a specific weekend.
You schedule the downtime, all the people come in, you perform the shutdown and then the only person who’s going to do the activity is the Linux admin, go ahead and patch it. Then you bring it up and then you go ahead and test all of that.
Then if everything is fine, then you validate and release it into the next environment. As I said this is just Dev. Then test stage in queue and then you might have production. So 4 or 5 times I think she will repeat the entire cycle right.
Then if you plan all of that in 1 single weekend then probably all your weekends, Saturdays, Sundays, weeknights, everything is gone just doing this 1 single activity.
With Ksplice you can actually reduce 60% of your effort because you still want to go ahead and inform all the users that okay, we’re going to apply this patch at a certain time, maybe during the weekday or maybe whatever works for you guys right.
But then there’s no downtime, no shutdown required. You just go ahead and apply the patch and then you just go ahead and validate everything works fine. If not, then just back it up in memory as is.
So it’s really powerful and we’ve seen customers save 60% of their costs, it’s soft savings right. You’re already saving on acquiring these technologies but you’re also saving on operational expenses. So there is long-term benefits and there is immediate benefits in both ways from the cost savings perspective as well.
As well as this is the only tool that we recommend that we can use in production. One of the big things about this thing is that, as I said, we use it in our cloud environment. We test it across thousands of applications, thousands of servers. So before we release it to the industry, it has been tested at the enterprise grid in our cloud and tons of servers have been deployed at that.
In fact there is video on the Oracle website. So if you go to oracle.com/linux, there is a video where Marshall Weymouth who is a senior manager of platform engineering at United Airlines, talks about how Ksplice has enabled them to eliminate the vulnerabilities and enforce a security compliance.
They are now holding out patches without having to reboot their systems. So it is a very powerful tool, I would really recommend looking into it. There is a trial version as well so if you are interested in using that, you can go to ksplice.oracle.com and see how it works, sign it up and then try it out in your environment.
Of course there’s only thirty days allocated so don’t rely on it, it will back it out automatically but if there’s something that you can see how it can allow you to patch your kernel without having to reboot.
So again, I’m going to take a break. I’m going to ask if anybody has a question or a comment on this topic or anything else.
Okay if you have any questions of course you can ask anytime, on chat or just come up and talk.
Let’s talk about the Cloud Native environment. So as I mentioned Oracle has constantly adopted new products that are available in the industry. We see where the industry is moving and we adopted those products. We’ve brought it to our support and we make it available as part of our premiere support to our customers which is again great for our customers because many of our customers go to Enterprise Grade Docker to get their support. They go to Kubernete for another company to get their support. They wanted to do orchestration PIP they can go to Jenkin.
So all of these different tools which can help you do the DevOps and the Cloud Native kind of development, customers are going to different companies to get their support and these have multiple different contracts. Whereas we offer all of that as part of our 1 single premiere support.
So this is really a ton of value and again it is tested at the enterprise grid because we made sure that it is available in the cloud, people are using it, we use it for our deployment and there’s inclusive hand to market with DevOps.
So it is a completely integrated framework. We’ve identified certain set of tools because CNCF has thousands of projects right. We have a very specific curated set of software and tools that we’ve included as part of our DevOps software stack. That allows our customers to do and end to end from DevOps perspective so it is very powerful.
I’ll directly get into journey to DevOps. Basically how we see it. Traditionally in the early 90s everybody used to fault the waterfall model right. It was all SDLC, it was a bit more analytic application with physical servers so if you had to make 1 change, you had to redeploy the entire application or reboot the entire serve. That was very taxing and people would never want to do that.
Since then onwards, we’ve seen that people have started moving towards the agile method where you fail fast and then you come back and fix whatever the bugs were and then actually move on to going to next development or go ahead and fix what you have.
And from that point onwards is what we see now is everything is all about DevOps right. You do your development and everything about DevOps is all about automation. So directly your feedback from user goes to development, you put your product into development and then push it out and then operationalize it for your user.
So your feedback channel from users to your development and back from development to users has become so fast that your time to market has been improved drastically with DevOps technologies.
What enables DevOps is a ton of microservices because and in fact 1 of the examples of microservices I would give is, if you’re using the banking application you might have multiple accounts like a savings account or a checking account and some credit cards attached to the same application that you use on your phone or on your laptop.
At times, some of these features are, I can’t see my balance for my credit card, I can’t see my balance for my savings because these are all microservices. Even though I can log in, I can do everything else, I can make my bill payment, I cannot just look at 1 specific area or module that is available because they are now all created as part of microservices.
So if you had to redeploy something, you don’t have to break down the entire application, customers can continue to do what they are doing for the rest of the pieces and some customers who want to do that very specific activity, they can wait it out because that just take a couple of minutes versus hours of having to reboot the entire application.
So that’s what the power of microservice is. Just very specifically you update 1 feature or 1 module of your entire end-user experience. How do you do that? You use technology such as containers and Kubernetes and CI/CD, Jenkins X and all of those great things that come as part of the DevOps. You use all of these technologies.
Again how we’ve seen the industry has evolved is, now we look at your offerings as a service. So cloud plays a big part in that everything is hosted as a service in the cloud.
But now these days what we look at is, how do you make your products available as a service so that it boasts consumption model. Now it might not be applicable for everybody and every industry but that’s how you’ve got to start thinking.
No matter what the product is, you have to start thinking how you can actually make your product a service based product for your consumers. So that you can actually create these small containers and microservices and cater to their requirements very specifically.
Customization is a big thing right and that’s exactly what thinking of your products as a service really means. That’s the journey of DevOps.
I’m going to move on and very quickly show you guys this 1 screen which has ton of products and I’ll call out. I’ve mentioned that Docker is already there. Kata Containers is something that G8 think so last June, it is supposed to be more secure and it works around some of the resource constraints for Docker.
Oracle is bringing in under the support umbrella. Again it is not available today but is going to be made available very soon.
We already have Kubernete. CRI-O is container runtime orchestration tool. That is something that we are working on. Istio and Envoy is also something that we are working on. They are going to come very soon.
Flannel is already existing as part of our Kubernetes networking platform. Calico is something that we are working on. I mentioned Ceph, Gluster, they are already there.
Docker users the Container Storage interface as well so a part of it is already existing in some of the additional features that we are working on. Jenkins X, we are going to bring, it’s a community based offering for Jenkins.
Helm, MySQL is already there. Helm is a package manager for Kubernetes. That is in developer preview. Spark and Kafka have been around for a while.
For the provisioning, now that is not something that we’ll be supporting and none of these are our products but it is already available, we distribute it. It is available as part of our EM channel.
From the observability perspective, monitoring, we’ve got Prometheus, Fluentd and Cashcart also is going to be added. So I’m not going to spend a lot of time here.
This is something that we can do it as a follow up but I just wanted to throw this out and say that there’s a ton of work that Oracle is doing from DevOps and Cloud Native perspective and then I’m going to move on.
I’m going to also very quickly highlight that. Anything that you do with Cloud Native on your existing environment on-prem that gives you the capability to actually move it as is, lift and shift into the cloud. Now currently I know that it is already working and supported.
If you were on the Oracle Cloud and if you’re using our Cloud Native technologies, but I know that this is not something that limits you, that you have to go to 1 specific cloud because this technology is coming from the community and it is very agnostic so you can actually use our tools, take the stock containers and then just move it on-prem wherever you want to move it in the cloud as well.
So this is very powerful. If it makes you cloud ready, future ready and again as I said, there’s a lot of value because we bring all of this under 1 single umbrella of premiere support and that said we’ve seen the industry is moving as well.
So again I’m going to take a break, I’m going to give an opportunity if anybody has a question or a comment go ahead.
Okay I’m going to take that as a no and then move on.
So I did mention we’re going to talk about how to switch to Oracle Linux now. This is specifically catered towards customers who are using Red Hat. It is as simple as this, as we said Red Hat compatible kernel is bit by bit compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux so there is no different between any binaries that is there in Red Hat Enterprises and next to us is Red Hat compatible kernel of Oracle Linux.
So you can actually stay on Enterprise Linux, you can change your support contract, you can change your EM to point to Oracle Linux and then that’s it. You just start calling Oracle for support. You don’t need to do any reboots, no changes. Nothing is required in your environment, you just start calling a different number, make your EM point Oracle’s ULM and you’re good to go.
It’s as simple as that, it is so powerful. So if you’re looking at bringing all these new things and tools and save cost in turn, this is the most compelling argument out there. You’re getting exactly the same thing from Oracle and you’re getting a lot more where you have to pay less.
I shouldn’t say this but I know that Larry Ellison said this on stage during the OpenWorld that to get all these benefits, you should be willing to pay less. That’s exactly what it is. You should be willing to pay less to get all these benefits out of Oracle Linux.
Okay I’m going to move on and very quickly summarize the things that we’ve seen right now. We’ve got a choice of 2 kernels, we’ve got tools such as Ksplice, HA, Cloud Native, Dockers, Kubernetes, along with some of the other tools like Dtrace, XFS, OCFS2 and much more included as part of our premiere support.
And as I said we keep on adding as well. One of the key differentiators is a lot of our competitors, they charge for individually all of these features. They don’t even have something equivalent to Ksplice. But if you were to do the HA in Red Hat world or if you had to do the Cloud Native, they have something called OpenShift I think som that is a combination of Open Stack and Containers and a couple of other things, which is all included as part of our premiere support. You don’t have to pay anything additional. It is all included.
Again, 1 of the key things Oracle’s Virtualization Solution is also 1 of the only solutions that recognizes hardware partitioning at the database level. So if you’re looking to reduce your database licensing cost, then this is the way to go. Then again as I said you have current solution based of Xen, KVM is coming so there’s going to be more options, more choices and you can choose where you want to be from Virtualization perspective.
I already mentioned this, we test our patches, solutions across thousands of servers and thousands of applications in the cloud because we are all cloud first company and we use it in the cloud so we get an opportunity to test it.
So anything that releases in the community, is tested at the enterprise grid. Then again I’m going to repeat that. It all is available and you should be willing to pay less for all these features.
It’s a very compelling argument if you’re already on Linux and if you’re looking to adopt something that has a lot more features and it costs less so that your organization can save some money, then Oracle Linux is the way to go.
That’s it, I really don’t have a lot more than that. This is all the helpful links, you can always take a look at it when I send it out but if you have any questions you can always email Brian Boyd, that’s his email or call him. He signed up for this so I’m sharing this but again open for questions and answers, comments, anything that anybody has anything.
Yeah this is Brian, again wanted to call out and see if anybody wanted to ask any questions, any of the callers, you can come off mute.
So let me ask a general question Akshaya just to throw a question out to you. Some people are always, everyone use case scenario is different right when it comes to subscriptions and things of this nature. In our experience we’ve had some practical experience on if you were to move from Red Hat to Oracle, are there some general ranges that you’ve seen in just dollars and cost savings in your experience?
Of course as I said I would not be the best person to give you dollar amounts but I can say that the best way to determine what would be your cost savings is to take a look at the list price available for these products on Red Hat website and Oracle website.
You will straight away see that when you include some of these products and tools, your savings could be almost about 50% or even higher than that so very difficult to put it in terms of dollars but I can say it could be up to 50% is what I would say. When you include all these different tools that we include as part of our support.
Yeah I would generally agree with that statement. One of the other features that I know with Oracle Linux versus some other competitor offerings out there are about the number of VM’s and unlimited VM’s. Oracle has no cap on that, when it comes to Oracle Linux whereas some of the other pricing and how they do it and whatnot is much more expensive.
So I would agree with that, generally 30 to 50% is the general situation. The other part about it is with Ksplice, when you’re getting the premium offer, you get both Linux and Ksplice. If you wanted the Ksplice functionality and you were going to Red Hat as an example, you’d have to pay Red Hat subscription plus the Ksplice so why do that if you don’t need to spend those extra dollars. Do you agree with that?
I agree, yes that’s totally true.
Perfect. Okay so that was my general question. Any questions from other callers out there?
All right I think we’re good. So again I will send a copy of this out to anybody that signed up of this so if you had to drop off or you want to review anything. And again a friendly reminder that if you are in the Dallas area, and you’re interested in coming out to Dallas Cowboy headquarters and getting a deeper dive on this stuff, we will be doing that on February 13th. So just send me an email note and we can catch up then.
Again we’re going to wrap up. Thank you very much for your time. Thank you Akshaya and I appreciate the time.
Thank you. Have a great day. Bye.
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