ASM on Linux 6

From: Gillfillan, Marianne J. <>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 06:54:17 -0500
Message-id: <A3B9C0813C0D1B4B85D3FD90D7995F0803E84F5AB1_at_cais16.cuis.local>

Did anyone else see the announcement from Oracle that they will not be providing ASMlib for kernels distributed by RH as part of RHEL 6, only for Oracle kernels? See Metalink Note 1089399.1:

"For RHEL6, Oracle will only provide ASMLib software and updates when configured with a kernel distributed by Oracle. Oracle will not provide ASMLib packages for kernels distributed by Red Hat as part of RHEL6. ASMLib updates will be delivered via Unbreakable Linux Network(ULN) which is available to customers with Oracle Linux support. ULN works with both Oracle Linux or Red Hat Linux installations, but ASMlib usage will require replacing any Red Hat kernel with a kernel provided by Oracle."

To me, this sounds like Oracle is forcing all ASM Linux sites to buy into their support structure and drop RH support. When we investigated the cost between RH and Oracle Linux support, we found Oracle Linux to be more expensive than RH (when comparing apples to apples). For those on an already tight budget, this is not going to sit well.

I had also heard that this may have something to do with RedHat's decision to pre-bundle patches in the kernel, making it more difficult for Oracle to provide Red Hat support (and take away customers from Red Hat support):

If that's the reason, it's going to backfire on RedHat as all those running ASM on Linux will have to flip to Oracle Support just to be able to download ASMlib updates. They'll end up losing customers anyway. The only other option is for ASM customers to drop the use of ASM and lose all the great functionality it provides. Tough decisions ahead, I believe.


Marianne Gillfillan, OCA
CAIS Technical DBA

Received on Wed Apr 20 2011 - 06:54:17 CDT

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