We already know how Linux can perform very well in the enterprise, where big data and IPv6 intersect, but have you ever considered running Linux at home? Or, maybe, in your small office?
Now that Oracle Linux is offering so many great application features for free, I think a strong case could be made for running Oracle Linux on your own home or office network.
Let’s look at a couple reasons why you may want to explore this option.
CostCost has always been a big factor for users who choose Linux over Windows. Most Linux distros are free to use, and as long as you do not require a premium support package and have some computer know how, your upgrades and patches will remain free of charge.
With Oracle Linux, you not only get free access to the core Linux system, but you also get access to a number of pre-packaged applications that were currently only available on a subscription basis or fairly difficult to implement through a number of smaller coding projects. Oracle Linux brings a number of monitoring and VM apps together under one package so distribution is much more manageable than before.
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Virtual MachinesHave you ever considered running your home or office network off a number of virtual machines?
One of the reasons why this was not really an option is the past is due to licensing. Red Hat, for instance, allows you to run a single virtual machine at no charge, but if you want to spin up several you will have to pay a yearly subscription fee.
With Oracle Linux, all virtual machines spun up with its virtual machine management software is free of charge. The way you could do this is to purchase a single server (computer) and install Oracle Linux on it. Then spin up a virtual instance for each of the home computers you have on your home network. They do not even have to be other versions of Oracle Linux. You could run Windows or any other operating system you would like. You could then manage the hardware resources such as processor and RAM from your central server running Oracle Linux and your other computers become thin clients that remotely connect to their own virtual instances. For instance, this gives the second life to less powerful computer equipment.
This could be a great way to save on having to upgrade several computers every year if you are running a sizable computer park.
SecuritySecurity patches are easy to install and update through the Oracle Linux network. By connecting to http://public-yum.oracle.com you can get free access to errata, bug fixes and security patches. This is essential if you are running any self-hosted external web hosting servers.
StorageAccording to all Linux distribution packages, Oracle Linux has a much smaller footprint than the Windows Server operating system. This means that if you want to maximize your storage space on a server, Oracle Linux could be a good option for you.
While it does not run on many older x86 machines like some of the really small Linux distributions, there is an Amazon E3 Cloud package for Oracle Linux that can be used if you are planning on using Amazon's very capable cloud based storage environment.
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