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Re: Article about supposed "murky" future for Oracle

From: Niall Litchfield <>
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 21:03:04 -0000
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"Joel Garry" <> wrote in message
> "Niall Litchfield" <> wrote in message
> > "Sybrand Bakker" <> wrote in message
> >
> > > At least Oracle *WORKS AND IS SCALABLE*
> >
> > The problem for Oracle is that at the very least DB2 and MSSQL also work
> > are scalable. I rather suspect that mySQL will join them very shortly.
> >
> > Don't get me wrong I do think that Oracle is a superior product, but for
> > nearly all enterprises the competitor products are almost certainly
> > perfectly acceptable.
> You really think the MSSQL locking and consistency is acceptable for
> nearly all enterprises? Maybe I missed something, but it seems to
> foment lots of strange ideas about those subjects, and I don't mean
> just from the O point of view (in fact I think the "rdb way" is most
> "correct" and O is a bit oddball, but I've become convinced the "O
> way" is generally better for business apps - don't know much about DB2
> besides what I see here).

Yes I do. Is it as good as Oracle's - of course not. Can you successfully run business critical software in an affordable and performant way on the platform, absolutely. The test for an RDBMS isn't down to locking models and number of machines you can have in a cluster and stuff like that. it is can I run my business on it. you can certainly do that on db2,Oracle and mssql my take is that mySQL will be there shortly if it isn't already. Migrating from one to another on the other hand is as they say a non-trivial task.

> I'm halfway in agreement about MSSQL scalability. It appears to me
> one must go fairly large to start seeing an O advantage - I'll
> arbitrarily pull 3 digits of contemperaneous users out of my hat, just
> to be trollish. will do way more than that (tesco takes 1 in 8 of all retail spend in the UK - the online arm is a big part of that).

Niall Litchfield
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