Oracle tool helps migration to Linux

In a move to throw further weight behind the company's Linux push, Oracle introduced a new tool Wednesday to help companies migrate from their existing E-Business Suite implementations to Linux.

The Linux Platform Migration Utility, unveiled at the company's AppsWorld conference in London, will be available free to the company's customers from July.

In conjunction with the new tool, Oracle said that it is offering technical support services for customers with product support contracts who use the Linux operating system (OS). However, these customers must also maintain an OS (operating system) support contract with Red Hat Inc. or any of the UnitedLinux founding members, Oracle said.

Speaking at the conference, Mark Jarvis, chief marketing officer and senior vice president at Oracle, told attendees "we strongly recommend that all of you take a look at using Linux. It will decrease costs and increase performance."

Oracle said that it has been working with Linux distribution partners such as Red Hat and UnitedLinux to promote the platform as a cost-cutting alternative for its customers.

AppsWorld London runs through Thursday.

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