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Oracle 9i on Linux vs Windows 2000 Server

Oracle 9i on Linux vs Windows 2000 Server

Linux author Don Burleson edits a popular Oracle database journal, so when he writes that 32-bit limitation of Intel-based servers being 'about to change,' it commands the interest of the entire Linux community.

'The impending availability of Intel 64-bit architecture has caused widespread excitement,' Burleson writes, 'and Intel-based servers will soon be able to compete with giant proprietary UNIX servers.'

The main breakthrough, Burleson explains, is this: 'Oracle professionals now have a choice: They can use the Intel-based server on Oracle with Linux or Microsoft Windows.'

There is a huge debate about which OS is best, he adds, noting that Linux advocates are rushing to make Linux accessible to preexisting Windows applications. (One example he gives is the WINE emulator -- that’s Wine as in Wine Is Not an Emulator).. WINE threatens Microsoft because you can run Word and Excel on it using a Linux operating system. You can also run Oracle for Windows, using Linux as the underlying OS.

Burleson also draws the attention of the Linux community to a great study on the speed of Oracle 9i on Linux vs Windows 2000 Server – using identical hardware – which makes it clear, he says, that Linux has significant advantages over Windows, not just in performance, but also in flexibility of administration and management.

The author of that paper, Roby Sherman, concludes: "From [the] perspective of performance, RedHat Linux 7.2 demonstrated an average performance advantage of 38.4 percent higher RDBMS throughput than a similarly configured Windows 2000 Server in a variety of operational scenarios." He also notes that, in comparison to what DBAs are already used to in many mainstream UNIX environments like Solaris and HP-UX, Windows wasn’t consistent between many database administrative functions such as automated startup, shutdown, service creation, and scripting.

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br 07/25/03 07:17:25 AM EDT

you know, this 38.4% RDBMS throughput might have been about 50% on reiserfs. I think