Ksplice Uptrack - Update a Linux Kernel Without a Reboot

July 04, 2009
Each time you update the Linux kernel, your system prompts you to reboot for the changes to take effect.

Not anymore.

Enter Ksplice Uptrack - a technology that allows you to update the Linux kernel in real time.

The main advantage of updating the Linux kernel in real time is avoiding downtime. Each time you reboot, running applications have to be stopped, and services have to be terminated for the reboot to take place - which inevitably leads to loss of time and inconvenience to others.

It is found that Linux distributions require a reboot about once a month to stay up to date with important kernel security updates.

For enterprises running Linux in mission critical situations, reboot-less patching of Linux kernel offered by Ksplice Uptrack will be god send.

The less obvious but equally applicable advantage is timely and automated patching of the Linux kernel to prevent any security breaches.

Features of Ksplice Uptrack

  • Go reboot-less without rebooting the machine even once.
  • Perfectly works in Virtualized environments, or on actual hardware.
  • Instantly reverse any update to the Linux kernel.
  • No negative impact on performance.
  • Proxy support allows Ksplice to patch your kernel through a firewall.
  • A user friendly Web management tool is provided with Ksplice Uptrack.
  • Set access policies for individual or groups of machines.
  • Write your own script using the Uptrack API to monitor and control your machines.

Ksplice Uptrack can be downloaded and used by Fedora and Ubuntu users free of cost. Being an Oracle product, Ksplice Uptrack is also offered freely to Oracle Linux customers with a Premier support subscription.