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."