One System i user I recently talked to would like to run all his Oracle software — both the databases and the E-Business Suite — on the same hardware and software platform. And seeing as he is a senior System i technical analyst, he would like that hardware platform to be the i5.
Therein lies the problem. The Oracle certification matrix is a guessing game, according to this person. First off, Oracle doesn’t certify its Database Server or E-Business Suite to run on i5/OS. It does certify both to run on AIX, which can be carved into a partition of its own on the System i, but the database team wants to run Oracle applications on Linux. Why? According to this person, that’s what Oracle recommends and besides, that’s what they’re familiar with anyway.
OK, so run them on Linux on Power, right? Wrong. Oracle has certified Oracle Database Server to run on Linux on Power, but not the E-Business Suite. So now this person isn’t sure what to do. Oracle Database Server will likely get migrated off the System i and onto x86 unless IBM and Oracle can come together and figure out how to certify the E-Business Suite on Linux on Power.
Who else out there is dealing with these kind of software certification issues? Let me know about them because I’d like to write a full story.