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Welcome to Outrun!


Outrun is an Open Source toolset for Enterprise Linux (CentOS, Red Hat, Oracle) that automates the installation and management of Oracle databases.

It is bundled as a modified CentOS install image but can be applied to the other distributions as well. It is specially pre-configured for automatically deploying an Oracle Database on a Linux VM with minimal skills and effort required. It is intended to serve different purposes:

  • Training tool for people learning Oracle
  • Performance testing tool (using pre-configured test kits)
  • Deployment tool for staging VMware environments (Database-as-a-Service)

Outrun is packaged and compiled by Bart Sjerps who works for EMC but Outrun is not EMC software. EMC provides no support on this tool.

The full name is "Outrun for Oracle" - inspired by the eighties racing game Out Run and the primary use case (performance testing).

From Webster's Online Dictionary - Outrun:

out·run verb \ˌau̇t-ˈrən\

 : to run or move faster than (someone or something)
 : to be or become more or greater than (something)

Happy racing !


  • Outrun is still in Beta phase and may contain bugs and other limitations (actually I'm pretty sure there are a few). If you want to help with further development and testing, please let me know.
  • Running Oracle requires an Oracle Support userid/password (to download licensed Oracle software which I cannot include because of copyright)


Currently Outrun supports:

  • CentOS 6.8 when installed via the Outrun ISO image
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Oracle Enterprise Linux versions 6.3 - 6.8 if using the PXE install method
  • Oracle and, Oracle (currently Enterprise Edition only)
  • VMware (vSphere, Fusion, Workstation)
  • Physical servers (with some limitations i.e. hardware support, requires PXE install or physically burning of the ISO image)
  • Reported to be working with KVM, Cisco UCS and Dell PowerEdge rack servers (physical)
  • Fully controlled networks (subnets) as well as behind NAT routers or "crippled" name servers etc.

Quick Links

You can find the manuals here: Outrun Manuals

An overview of all categories: Categories


Outrun and this site are currently maintained by Bart Sjerps.

More info about myself is on my blog Dirty Cache or my LinkedIn Profile