After running ORACLE on SUN for over 7 years and being the big proponent of it I have finally said enough is enough. Starting this summer our shop made a switch to Linux (HP) and so far I could not be happier. I just don’t get it with SUN anymore they keep digging a deeper whole by separating themselves further and further from ORACLE. And with ORACLE now offering Linux support I just don’t see why would someone not yet invested in SUN hardware would want to choose them over Linux.
Vitaliy Mogilevskiy August 7, 2008
Posted In: Linux
Tags: SUN vs Linux
Very nice to see others adopting the Linux route. One issue though Sun offers a 64bit which allows for 64bit addressing to occur. If you go with linux that 32bit addressing is a terror unless you have an SA who isn’t afraid of working the solution. It is possible to have access to all of the memory abilities of the box. I found those boxes to be very sweet and actually easily configurable. I Love sun due to the level of support I had with them. Yes they are expensive. No doubt and depending on your size if you have a good relationship with them you should look for a cheaper alternative. There was a vendor I found that actually made a faster cheaper version of any sun equipment but with the DOT com burst they didn’t survive. Those machines were very sweet.
With linux, you have a choice for a 64bit or a 32bit OS. For the backend/RDBMS, we went with 64bit and on the middle-tiers we stayed with 32bit due to Oracle Application Server not supporting 64bit mode — you can still run OAS on a 64bit OS but you’d have to startup OAS procs in a 32bit shell mode.
These days you have very solid choices with Linux, both for OS and the hardware (I prefer HP), it’s no longer the trend — it’s the reality. In fact, I will go as far as to say that if you are not on Linux, you are working much harder then you should be. With Oracle ULN backing (linux.oracle.com) Linux support just became that much more easier. I just love that “up2date oracle-validated” and in 60 seconds you have your Linux box ready for ORACLE install, just like that!