Oracle announced this week during the event OpenWorld 2019 held in San Francisco the launch of the “first and only autonomous operating system in the world”, according to the words of Larry Ellison, president of the Council and Chief Technology Officer of Oracle. Ellison explained that this system “provisions, scales and configures itself, without human intervention and is capable of self-patching while it is running, in addition to allowing a literally instantaneous migration”.
Oracle Autonomous Linux has been designed to be used on the servers that manage clouds, with the aim of tackling complexity and eliminating human error. This new system is complemented by the new Oracle OS Management Service. Together, they form a complete and autonomous operating environment. Thanks to advanced machine learning technologies, a set of bots are responsible for making decisions and performing the relevant operations to ensure that the system is safe with no downtime.
Among the main features of this new OS, we can highlight:
Elimination of manual OS management. Patches, updates and tuning are performed automatically, without human intervention. It is based on a preconfigured image of Oracle Linux. Automatic package updates will be released daily, an improved setting of operating system parameters will be made and operating system diagnostics will be collected.
Automatic and comprehensive protection at all levels: 100% automatic daily security updates for the Linux kernel and the main user space libraries. No downtime, protection against external attacks and detection of malicious internal users. Known Exploit Detection technology provides automatic alerts if someone tries to exploit a vulnerability that has been patched by Oracle.
Complete availability. While the system is running, patches and automatic updates are executed, eliminating downtime for users and the system.
Oracle Autonomous Linux and Oracle OS Management Services are included within Oracle Premier Support at no extra cost for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customers.
For more information, see the official press release.