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Solaris vs Windows 2000

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Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 15:13:53 -0800
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Dear List,

Believe me, I am not trying to rehash an old topic, start any flame wars, nor look for supporting evidence for my admitted bias toward unix operating systems.

Now that that's out of the way, what I am trying to do is find objective material comparing the use of MS Windows 2000 Server on Intel HW to Solaris on Sun HW.

This is for an SAP implementation. We are currently running SAP 4.0b on MS NT 4.0 SP 6, on Dell 4 CPU Servers. ( I forget just which server )

As part of our process to upgrade the system to 4.6c and more recent versions of Oracle ( like 8.1.7 ), we are trying to do a comparison of the features, benefits and advantages of using Win2k Server and Solaris.

Please don't refer me to such sites as and The information at is dated and applies to NT, not Win2k. is a nice site, but doesn't really offer comparisons, just information on each OS.

There is quite a bit of material available at


PC Mag has a nice article comparing different platforms for use as a webserver:,4149,6615,00.asp

They actually chose IBM running Windows 2000.

Windows 2000 is in use here as a server platform for one database that is used as the backend to a rather troublesome application. The Win2k server is running Oracle The database has been bounced 2 or 3 times in the last year.

Once was to clear up a strange but non-fatal problem with Oracle. That was
back in July, the previous system restart had been in December 2001. Server
and database were up without interruption for 7 months.

Though I prefer Solaris, I'm having a difficult time coming up with many valid
reasons for recommending it over Win2k.

A few that I do have:

Sun service is superior to Dell service. They've proven this to us. ( We have other
Sun machines in house )

Sun scales better. At least on 32 bits. We're at 4 CPU's. If we need to go past that
I would think we should go with Sun. I don't know about Win2k Advanced Server, as it
is a 64 bit platform, and I think the licensing would go up quite a bit.

I welcome all objective comparisons of Solaris and Win2k Server, whether your own
thoughts, or a link or links to articles you are aware of.




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