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RE: Hardware / OS recommendation

From: Goulet, Dick <>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 10:33:59 -0500
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        Personal opinion here, but for one I would NEVER endorse the use of anything from SCO. They've burned that bridge very badly in my view with their assault against Linux. So I would recommend a Compaq/HP Dl series running Red Hat. Their not cost prohibitive, around $10K with two processors, HP support of them on the hardware side is very good, and their damned reliable. Red Hat is going to be around for a VERY long time, in my view, and will probably become Oracle's premier OS pretty soon. Heck, right now if your running Red Hat and Oracle 9i you've already got a RACable setup with no add-ons.

Dick Goulet
Senior Oracle DBA
Oracle Certified 8i DBA

-----Original Message-----

From: John Flack [] Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 8:54 AM
Subject: Hardware / OS recommendation

We are currently running 8.1.7 databases on a 4 year old Dell Pentium machine, under SCO UnixWare. This is the last supported version of Oracle under UnixWare, and since the hardware is getting old in internet years, we're thinking of getting new hardware running a supported OS for Oracle 9i R2 or 10g. I'm the official DBA, but my system administrator has been wearing an Asst. DBA hat doing much of the day to day work.

The SA wants to get a low-end Sun SPARC machine running Solaris, since the price of these has come down to around the same price as the sort of high end Intel or AMD machine that we would normally use as a server. I would normally vote for the Intel/AMD solution running Red Hat or SUSE Linux, since we already run several of those. And maybe there are some low-end machines from HP or IBM (or someone else) that we should consider.

One thing I'd definitely like is an OS that Oracle will support for a long time. We started on old SCO Unix, moved to SCO Openserver when Oracle stopped supporting it, moved to UnixWare when Oracle stopped supporting Openserver, and now have to move again. Oracle is Oracle, and we've never had much of a problem with the database stuff - an export and an import, and we've been good to go. But the shell scripts, COBOL and C programs have required tweaking every time we moved. Nothing major, but just enough to have to field user complaints for weeks after each move, despite testing.

Suggestions, anyone?

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