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OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification

Chapter 2 - Oracle Database Architectures

Oracle on LINUX Platforms

  • The cost of highly available LINUX servers approaching the bottom tier prices of enterprise Unix environments that have many fault tolerant features inherent to their architectures.

  • LINUX hardware server platforms not being perceived by some consumers as highly available when compared to competing UNIX hardware offerings from Sun, HP, IBM, etc.

Will LINUX continue to gain in popularity? The answer is absolutely! LINUX growth will continue to be fed by the rapidly improving price/performance ratio of Intel server hardware and the increasing acceptance of LINUX as an enterprise-ready operating system by both corporate consumers and third-party application vendors.

Oracle on Unix Platforms

Unlike LINUX, which has only recently become popular, UNIX platforms have been the perennial favorites of shops desiring to build non-mainframe applications. UNIX platforms were the only alternative to mainframes before Microsoft Windows and LINUX evolved into viable alternatives.

Sun, HP, Data General and Sequent were competing for the corporate consumer’s dollar years before the client/server revolution popularized non-mainframe architectures. As a result, there are a large number of third party tools and applications available for UNIX architectures. In addition, competition between hardware and database vendors in this environment is fierce, resulting in rapid advances in technology and features.

The above text is an excerpt from:

OCP Instructors Guide for Oracle DBA Certification
A Study Guide to Advanced Oracle Certified Professional Database
Administration Techniques

ISBN 0-9744355-3-8

by Christopher T. Foot

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