Oracle acquires Ksplice to support Linux technology

Friday, July 22, 2011

Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) has closed the acquisition of US IT company Ksplice for an undisclosed amount, the former said in a statement.

Ksplice is the creator of zero downtime update technology for Linux, and the combination of Ksplice technology and Oracle Linux premier support is expected to be the only enterprise Linux provider that can offer zero downtime updates, the statement said.

Ksplice has a customer base of more than 700 companies in verticals such as the public sector, utilities, media and entertainment, and high tech.

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According to Oracle, customers will now be able to introduce and remove diagnostic patches without business disruption and make Oracle Linux easier to manage and more secure, as the Ksplice technology is expected to improve the uptime of Oracle Linux-based environments.

Additionally, Oracle does not plan to support Red Hat enterprise Linux or SUSE enterprise Linux, the company said in the statement.

Oracle saw its Americas revenues surge 12.3% year-on-year in fiscal 4Q11, ended May 31, hitting US$5.49bn.