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Oracle Touts Linux As Grid Foundation For Next Decade

Jan 21, 2004, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

By Jacqueline Emigh
Linux Today Correspondent

"We're really bullish about Linux," contended Dave Dargo, VP of Oracle's Linux Program Office, during a keynote speech at LinuxWorld today. Over the next decade, he predicted, Oracle will achieve as much success on Linux as it showed on RISC/Linux during the 1990s. Linux will now form the basis for Oracle's grid computing architecture.

Oracle first started offering its product on the Linux platform back in 1998, Dargo noted. At that point, though, Linux represented just one of a number of different OS supported by Oracle.

About two-and-a-half years ago, Oracle had a positive change of heart about Linux. The main reason? The responsiveness of Red Hat and SuSE Linux whenever Oracle commented out a development fix.

Then Oracle implemented a no charge, code level support program for Linux. Dargo described the tech support as a "tremendous catalyst" for Oracle on Linux.

Actually, success will come sooner for Linux than it did for Unix, he predicted. During the 1990s, mainframe database developers faced the need to build new skill sets in order to use Linux.

The Linux platform won't face the same problem, he pointed out. Instead, it's Microsoft developers who are now in the same shoes as the mainframe prograammers of the past. "Skill self-dispossession is very expensive," Dargo observed.

Others current conditions that will contribute to the success of Linux include an increasingly enterprise-strength architecture, customer wins, and growing hardware commoditization, for lower operational costs, Dargo said.

To support its grid initiative, Oracle will place a new emphasis on configuration management over the year ahead, the Oracle VP told the LinuxWorld crowd.

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