"When Oracle9i on Linux is released, business apps built on
it will be able to run on Linux "supercomputer" clusters, and a
large part of the gap between Linux and the high-end proprietary
Unices will be closed."
"What's it take to get Linux into the high-end,
mission-critical, enterprise level for things like high volume
financial transaction processing and corporate data centers? The
2.4 (or 2.6) kernel? High-end proprietary Unix code from SGI's Irix
or IBM's AIX? Enhanced clustering capabilities added to the OS by
Turbolinux or Red Hat?"
"While all of the above will probably bear fruit as those open
source development efforts proceed, a surprise advance in Oracle's
database lineup promises to catapult Linux into the corporate high
end without waiting for any changes in the Linux code -- as long as
the apps are built on Oracle9i, that is!"
"And forget "five nines" (99.999% uptime) as the standard for
high availability. Oracle is prepared to guarantee 100% uptime with
Oracle9i -- and it's prepared to back ASPs (application service
providers) that use Oracle9i in guaranteeing 100% uptime for
applications that they host for their customers. And, oh, by the
way, Oracle also says you'll also get "infinite scalability" with
that -- above four servers, each additional server added will boost
"Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, let's look at the
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