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Oracle's Linux Server Slant

Mar 31, 2010, 11:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Based on Oracle's recent actions, it seems the company is hell-bent on driving as many of its potential customers as possible away from the UNIX offerings it acquired from Sun and into the arms of Red Hat and other enterprise Linux vendors.

"I've talked before about how UNIX is a sinking ship as increasing numbers of workloads are moved off the operating system and onto Linux. This should not be surprising: Linux can handle increasingly "high-end" workloads, and it can run on far lower cost hardware. Running Red Hat Enterprise Linux on standard Intel hardware can end up being 90 percent less expensive than running Solaris on SPARC machines, not to mention three times faster.

"What is surprising then is Oracle's behavior. Given the threat from Linux you'd expect Oracle to be doing everything in its power to discourage customers from moving away from UNIX."

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