Eye on Oracle

Aug 20 2007   12:16PM GMT

Oracle on Linux vs. SQL Server on Windows?

Beth Pariseau Beth Pariseau Profile: Beth Pariseau

Jack Loftus at the Enterprise Linux Log asks, “Does Oracle 11g mean more Linux?” I.e., why did Oracle choose to release the new Database 11g on Linux first? Sure, Linux is “here to stay” (blah blah), but can we dig a little deeper?

Loftus spoke to an analyst about whether Oracle is just “making bank off Linux” (a “huge moneymaker” for Oracle) or if it’s positioning itself against Microsoft (whose SQL Server offering is hot right now). According to Forrester Research analyst Noel Yuhanna, Windows customers are a “lost cause” to Oracle – they’re happy with SQL Server and aren’t likely to switch. So Oracle may be angling for more Linux customers (and more Unbreakable Linux support revenue), while at the same time avoiding any more lost market share to Microsoft SQL Server.

Read Loftus’s full post.

And if you’re not totally sick of 11g yet, check out Eddie Awad’s list of 40+ links to blogs on Oracle 11g.


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  • Markus Perdrizat
    I would assume the reason that they release on Linux first is that they develop on Linux. Everything else only gets recompiled / ported to the respective platform once they know that the Linux version works well. And of course a lot of the other reasons apply to the question why they chose Linux as the primary development platform...
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  • Brian Fedorko
    Releasing Oracle 11g on Linux before windows is a very smart move for two reasons: If you want to showcase the reliability, scalability and affordability of the DBMS, Linux is the platform to do it on. Oracle's architecture benefits greatly in an environment that can handle multiple processes, each with their own memory area. In addition, Linux is notoriously stable (allowing for huge uptime numbers by leveraging 11g's new hot-patching) , and on a 64 bit machine, the resource cielings are ridiculously high. Simply put, Oracle can reap more impressive numbers on Linux. The other reason relates to where the growth will come from. Budget concious CIOs are beginning to realize the money pit that is OS licensing. If your capital replacement cycle isn't tied into a migration to Linux, you'll have similar migration issues, AND have substantial licensing fees. Legacy systems may stick with SQL Server or Oracle on windows, but Oracle is positioning itself to catch all of the new Business Area expantions, replacement cycle implementations & migrations. In summary, debuting 11g on Linux was the right answer. 11g will shine & start reaping fresh installs.
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  • Don McLeish
    I've been a beta tester for Oracle for a while now. They have always release the Unix/Linux versions before Windows. I'm guessing this is because traditionally the majority of their installations are on non-Windows platforms, or perhaps it's easier to develop in XXnix (more stable environment). But even in the beta stage, the XXnix's come out well before the Windows versions. Larry may well want to snub MS whenever possible, but I don't think this is one of those times. IMHO.
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