Re: OS recommendations / experience

From: Tim Hall <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:31:33 +0000
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Just my opinion here, not the law...

Oracle write the software on Linux, then port it to other OSes. Solaris is obviously an important tier 1 platform for Oracle, but I would suggest Solaris on Sparc is the one of real importance to them. That's where they make their big hardware money. They now offer Exadata with Solaris (x86) on the RAC nodes (still Linux on the storage cells), but someone mentioned recently they they've only shipped one of these. Yes one. If that's true (could be a lie), that does not fill me with confidence. Looking at all their other x86 appliances and engineered systems, they are all Linux-based. I've not seen Solaris x86 mentioned anywhere.

After living through the dying days of Oracle on Tru64, by choice I would no longer run on any platform other than what they are writing the code against. The software is always released on Linux first. The patches are released first on Linux too. Nuff said.

I have nothing against Solaris x86 itself. It's just that it is a minority platform in the industry in general and looking at Oracle's x86 appliances and engineered systems, it seems to be a minority platform in Oracle also.

Times change. Attitudes change. You ask next year I may say something different. :)



On Mon, Mar 12, 2012 at 10:44 PM, ~Jeff~ <> wrote:
> Hi all
> As refugees of the Itanium-Oracle smackdown, we are now evaluating new
> platforms and I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on the following
> for production use:
> - RedHat 4 or 5
> - Solaris 10 x86
> We'd want to run instances from thru to 11.2 on it, and 12g when it
> comes out , so ideally RH4 or Sol10 would let us run a single certified OS
> without resorting to virtualisation.
> For that matter, does anyone consider Oracle VM (x86, not Solaris)
> production ready ?
> We are a VMWare shop on the windows side, but the lack of hard partitioning
> for Oracle licensing poses some problems there.
> Thanks in advance for any comments-
> Jeff.
> --

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