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Builder.com: Oracle Linux vs. Oracle Windows: A Benchmark War

Jul 23, 2003, 21:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Donald Burleson)

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"Intel-based servers are now moving out of the realm of personal computing and are morphing into industrial-strength servers. The low cost of Intel-based servers is taking the IT industry by storm. With costs as little as one-tenth of proprietary UNIX such as AIX, HP-UX, and Solaris, companies are saving millions of dollars by migrating to Intel platforms.

"The only shortcoming of Intel-based servers is their 32-bit architecture. For Oracle, the 32-bit architecture means that very large memory regions (e.g., the Oracle System Global Area) cannot grow beyond four gigabytes—a size far smaller than their 64-bit cousins, where Oracle RAM regions commonly exceed 20 gigabytes.

"However, this 32-bit limitation is about to change. The impending availability of Intel 64-bit architecture has caused widespread excitement, and Intel-based servers will soon be able to compete with giant proprietary UNIX servers. IBM has already announced it is abandoning its proprietary AIX UNIX dialect in favor of Linux. While Oracle is quite vocal that Oracle is faster than SQL Server on Intel and has announced a record-breaking benchmark test with the Itanium processors, the company is also very careful not to compare operating system environments..."

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