It would appear as though the mild momentum we reported on earlier in the month regarding Oracle’s support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux has not subsided. Today, Oracle announced that several leading independent software vendors (ISVs) and infrastructure partners have announced their applications work out-of-the-box with Oracle Enterprise Linux.
Companies such as 170 Systems, AppWorx Corp., Egenera, EMC, Emulex Corp., Hitachi Data Systems, QLogic and Synoran (all members of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, mind you), now include Oracle Enterprise Linux among the operating systems they support. Additionally, open source companies including KnowledgeTree and SugarCRM will also support the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Support Program.
Monica Kumar, Oracle’s senior director of Linux and open source marketing, told me in a phone call Monday that Oracle is seeing growing interest from its partners to support their products with Oracle Enterprise Linux and ensure compatibility for their customers. This announcement appears to support that claim. Kumar also said Oracle has maintained full compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
And still there’s no news from Red Hat on price cuts for support. That’s not really a shock, given the fact that there’s only been 9,000 downloads of Oracle Enterprise Linux, but I can’t imagine that still being the case if, in six months, we’re still getting weekly updates and customer wins from Oracle (Kumar called me roughly two weeks ago with the ‘Yahoo is now an Oracle Enterprise Linux user’ pitch).