Not long ago Oracle lunched the Oracle Autonomous Database which run from the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. This new service provides a database which several tasks are automated for you. From security patching, performance tunning and others…
So what this is all about?
Now the Oracle Linux was added to the Autonomous family as well. This means it is an operation system which runs from OCI which goals are to provide a more secure, cost effective and high reliable system with less manual administrative tasks.
It’s not new that security patches are a must but who has the downtime avaliable or the staff to patch their systems every time a new patch is released?
With Oracle Ksplice you will have kernel patches without having to reboot your instance. zero-day vulnerabilities and overall reduced sys admin manual tasks. But we know that this type of solutions do not replace a professional but insetad free their time to do other more important tasks.
What are the down sides of it? In my humble opinion is that we dont have much option to deny a update once we have it automated. We can use the Oracle OS Management Service to manage the servers separating which we want to automate or to manual control.
Note from the Autonomous Linux page is that The Oracle Autonomous Linux image has been moved. It will no longer be available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace or the Oracle Images catalog. As of this date, it is available from the Platform Images catalog within the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure console, when creating a compute instance.
I got my seft locked out my OCI account (while studying for the free exams, if dont know what I´m talking abuot please see it here) so I wont be able to show scrren on how to create a insatnce useing the Autonomous Linux but for sure this will be done very soon.