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IT-Director: Linux for high-end database implementations

Mar 10, 2000, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The positioning that has allowed Linux to become accepted by the corporate computing world has largely been that of the single-function server."

"So it is entirely in character for Red Hat to deliver a new version of Linux specifically optimised for a particular purpose, and entirely understandable in commercial terms that it should chose Oracle8i. Oracle8i has a very high penetration in the Linux environment (as well as most other environments) and the specific demands that a dbms makes on the operating environment mean that this is where there is most to gain. It is unclear, though, how specific the enhancements are to the Oracle product."

"Now that we have a lightweight operating system that is capable of delivering the performance and functionality of proprietary Unix implementations we should seriously consider the viability of a shrink-wrapped database appliance. ... Perhaps one of the other large dbms vendors could be cheeky enough to take Oracle's idea and deliver an appliance kit that can be implemented on a number of platforms?"

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