Oracle Corp. today announced the creation of a Linux Test Lab to experiment with its software on the Red Hat and Novell SuSE Linux operating systems, as well as the mainline Linux kernel.
The announcement was made at the Linux World Conference & Expo being held this week in Boston.
Oracle said it will run various workloads on the Linux 2.6 kernel and fix operating system issues as they are discovered. The fixes will be released to the Linux community and to Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc., Oracle said.
"This test lab will take Linux to the next level, helping ensure that the operating system is as secure and stable as possible," Wim Coekaerts, director of Linux engineering at Oracle, said in a release. "This testing lab will help prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Linux can run mission-critical systems today."
Coekaerts and Paul Cormier, executive vice president of engineering at Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat, will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss further details about the test lab.
Oracle has been quick to market its products on Linux. Last year, the company saw gains in its Linux business, grabbing $207 million in sales, accounting for 69.1% of the overall Linux database market. Oracle has seen huge increases in Linux sales in data warehouse environments, according to Kevin Strange, a vice president and research director at Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc.
While IBM's DB2 database management system has achieved strong growth in the small and midsized markets as a result of its independent software vendor program, Big Blue has not been as successful converting customers to DB2 on Linux, Strange said.
Oracle also has been trying to take market share away from Germany's SAP AG in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software market. It has been quickly working to certify its ERP products on Linux. In January Oracle ramped up its efforts to battle SAP by officially taking over PeopleSoft Inc. and combining PeopleSoft technologies into its E-Business Suite.
SAP last week announced that its mySAP Business Suite has been certified on Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 operating system. SAP has also been running a Linux lab where it tests its products on Linux operating systems and provides support for customers running SAP on Linux.
Oracle also said it will continue to provide a single point of contact for technical support for Oracle products running on Red Hat and SuSE operating systems.
In a separate announcement, Oracle said its products have been certified to run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. Oracle infrastructure and application software, including Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, Oracle Collaboration Suite and Oracle E-Business Suite have been are supported on the open source operating system, which uses the Linux 2.6 kernel.