eWeek: Is Linux Ready for the Database?
Aug 25, 2003, 20:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Vaas)
"As Oracle Corp. girds for the upcoming release of its Oracle
10G database next month, the company is cranking up the G-for-grid
part of the message for this major update.
"According to beta users, the update will feature
easier-to-configure grid capabilities. But a big part of Oracle's
RAC (Real Application Clusters) message for the past year has been
about Linux, which may shave the cost of the platform by up to
five-sixths, according to Wim Coekaerts, director of Linux
engineering for Oracle, of Redwood Shores, Calif.
"One question remains: Is Linux really
enterprise-database-ready? Some experts say no, pointing to the
fact that the operating system was designed as a version of Unix
that would run on a 486 PC, not as the platform for an
enterprise-level database, never mind a whole grid of enterprise