Oracle(R) Unbreakable Linux Support Demonstrates Exceptional Momentum 1,500 Customers in Less Than Nine Months



    ORACLE OPENWORLD, SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Oracle today announced an exceptional first year for the Oracle(R)
 Unbreakable Linux support program, with 1,500 customers adopting the
 program after the three-month free trial period. Additionally, the program
 has experienced significant partner participation through certifications
 and the Oracle Validated Configurations Program. As a result of the
 program's strong growth, a testament to the demand for enterprise-quality
 Linux support, Oracle has created a dedicated Linux sales team. The Oracle
 Unbreakable Linux support program has also helped Oracle drive growth and
 advancements in Linux as bug fixes are provided back to the Linux
 community, in addition to the company's on-going new features and
 functionality contributions.
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     "The phenomenal adoption of the Oracle Unbreakable Linux support
 program has exceeded expectations and clearly demonstrates that Linux users
 seek better quality support -- the same support Oracle offers its database
 customers," said Oracle's Oracle Chief Corporate Architect, Edward Screven.
 "Oracle continues to be fully committed to Linux with a sharp focus on
 meeting customer demand, growing its already strong partner ecosystem and
 most importantly, continuing its technical contributions to advance Linux
 as an operating system for mission-critical applications. The growth of the
 program is validation that Oracle is meeting a real customer need."
     Oracle Unbreakable Linux Support Program Customers
     Providing a single source for enterprise-quality support for Linux, and
 the entire Oracle software stack, the Oracle Unbreakable Linux support
 program has been the choice of 1,500 customers and continues to grow
 rapidly as customers experience the benefits of the program.
     Early customers who helped shape the Oracle Unbreakable Linux support
 program include: ABC Stores, Abercrombie and Fitch, Acuity Brands, Centre
 de Services Partages du Quebec, City of Las Vegas, Cox Enterprises, Dell,
 Deseret Power, Diebold, Fulcrum Analytics, GlobeCast, Hays Medical Center,
 IHOP, Knife River Corporation, KPN, McKessen, Mitsubishi, Mutual Materials,
 New York State Insurance Department, Nissan, Primavera Systems, Powell
 Industries, Raley's, Replacements, Ltd., Spaulding Equipment Company,
 Stanford University, Stemilt Growers, Stuart Maue, The Cobalt Group, The
 Gem Group, Timex, Yahoo!, William Beaumont Hospitals, ValueCentric and
 Vcommerce.
     "Delivering business value through the utilization of innovative and
 cost-effective technology is a cornerstone of Abercrombie & Fitch's
 leadership in the retail industry," said Kristen Blum, CIO and VP IT,
 Abercrombie & Fitch. "We selected Oracle as our strategic partner because
 they were the only company that could support our entire retail footprint
 through their integrated suite of Oracle Retail applications and with the
 Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program, we can make one call and receive
 support for our entire solution."
     "The Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program was extremely compelling
 to Acuity Brands as we are a full-stack Oracle customer, running Oracle
 Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware and the Oracle E-Business Suite," said
 Pat Quinn, vice president, Information Systems & Technology, Acuity Brands.
 "With the addition of Linux support, all our software infrastructure bases
 are covered in one stop, with the same high-quality support we've always
 had from Oracle."
     "At Beaumont Medical Hospitals, our predominantly Linux-based IT
 infrastructure supports more than 2,400 physicians representing well over
 91 medical and surgical specialties," Paul Dillard, manager IT, Beaumont
 Hospitals. "The Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program has provided us
 with the confidence to expand our Linux deployments to mission critical
 applications while lowering our overall IT costs."
     "As a market leader in providing on-demand data management and
 performance analytics for critical pharmaceutical supply chain information,
 ValueCentric requires a flexible and highly reliable IT infrastructure,"
 said John LoFaso, Director, Technical Operations, ValueCentric. "With the
 Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program we know our Linux investment is
 protected and that enables us to dedicate our resources to adding value for
 our customers."
     Oracle PartnerNetwork's Linux Initiative Delivers Extended Value
     Rounding out the Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program is the strong
 backing from Oracle PartnerNetwork members who have certified their
 solutions with Oracle Enterprise Linux; providing customers with the
 assurance that their environments have been fully tested and work
 out-of-the-box. In addition to technology providers supporting their
 products on Linux, the Oracle Validated Configurations program includes
 more than a dozen infrastructure companies working with Oracle to provide
 pre-tested, validated and supported architectures -- software, hardware,
 storage and networking components -- and best practices, to further ease
 the deployment of Oracle solutions on Linux.
     Through the Oracle Validated Configurations Program, Oracle has worked
 closely with partners to design and test complete stacks on Linux.
 Companies working with Oracle on this on-going effort include: AMD,
 Brocade, Cisco Systems, Compellent, Dell, Egenera EMC, Emulex, Hitachi Data
 Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Liquid Computing, NetApp, Pillar Data, QLogic, Sun
 and Unisys. To date, more than 30 Oracle Validated Configurations are
 available on the Oracle Technology Network at:
 http://www.oracle.com/technology/tech/linux/validated-
 configurations/index.html.
     Additional partners such as 170 Systems, AppWorx Corp., LSI, Patchlink,
 Pervasive Rackable Systems, Symantec and Synoran, all members of the Oracle
 PartnerNetwork (OPN), certified with and include Oracle Enterprise Linux
 among the operating systems they support. Open source companies including
 KnowledgeTree and SugarCRM are also among those supporting the Oracle
 Unbreakable Linux support program. Partners are finding that they can
 easily and rapidly support their applications on Oracle Enterprise Linux
 because it is fully source and binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise
 Linux.
     Key channel partners have also signed up as distributors and resellers
 of the Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program, including, CDW, Dell,
 Ingram Micro, Insight, and Tech Data.
     Oracle Software Stack Experiences Strong Growth on Linux
     In 1998, Oracle released the industry's first commercial database for
 the Linux operating system. Since then, all Oracle software is available on
 Linux and most are also developed using Linux as a base platform. In
 addition to the long history of Oracle Database running on Linux, strong
 growth has been experienced across the Oracle software stack. Oracle Fusion
 Middleware and the Oracle E-Business Suite 11i application shipments on the
 Linux platform have risen to more than 30 percent and 50 percent
 respectively.
     With the strong growth of Oracle software running on Linux, Oracle has
 established a dedicated sales force focused on the Oracle Unbreakable Linux
 support program. This team includes Oracle software and Linux experts who
 can help customers stay up-to-date, help ensure their Linux systems are
 running at peak performance and keep their businesses moving forward.
     Enhancing Linux Through Technical Contributions to the Linux Community
     Further demonstrating its dedication to helping ensure enterprises'
 success with Linux, Oracle has made significant code contributions to the
 Linux community. Over the past year, Oracle has led the following Linux
 enhancements: development of a new file system, btrfs, designed for
 superior scaling; continuing advancements to clustering via Oracle Cluster
 File System (OCSF2); leading an open source interface project to expose the
 T10 Data Integrity Field (DIF) standard to help reduce system downtime;
 open sourcing tools to streamline testing; collaborating on an interface
 for comprehensive data integrity and developing a new asynchronous I/O
 interface to reduce complexity; virtualization; and much more.
     For more information on Oracle's Linux and open source contributions,
 please go to http://oss.oracle.com/.
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 http://www.oracle.com.
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