E-Business Suite 12 Now Available on Linux on IBM System z

The Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 is now available on a new fully certified EBS platform - Linux on IBM System z.

"Every new E-Business Suite release, patch, roll-up patchset, Family Pack, Consolidated Update, or technology stack certification needs to be tested on every platform that we support for the E-Business Suite. This is a lot of work," writes Steven Chan, senior director in the Oracle Applications Technology Group, in a recent blog post. "My teams test on the base Oracle Enterprise Linux platform, and Terri Noyes' Applications Platforms Group tests everything on all of the other operating systems that we support."

The Linux on System z platform was previously a "database tier only'" platform (for EBS 11i and 12.0) and will continue to be supported as such on those releases, notes Chan. But with this new announcement for 12.1, Oracle is supporting the platform as a fully certified EBS platform (i.e., for both application and database tiers).

"The release is based on the 12.1.2 EBS codeline and includes a Rapid Install wizard to support new installations as well as 11i upgrades (from a certified EBS 11i platform) to Release 12 on Linux on System z. This first release includes the Oracle Database 10gR2 on the database tier, and Application Server versions 10gR2 and 10gR3," says Chan.

In addition, various technology certifications are planned for the currently available versions of technology products on the platform (such as OID/SSO, Discoverer, AS 10gR3 Patchset 5, etc.) or those expected at some point in the future (such as Oracle Database 11gR2), and separate announcements for these certifications will be made as they become available, Chan advises.

The operating systems certified with EBS on this platform include Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 5 (64-bit); Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 9 (64-bit); and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) version 10 (64-bit)

The release is available now on Oracle's public E-Delivery website for download.