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Gartner claims that Oracle Linux with RAC is hot 

In this great eWeek articles by Lisa Vaas we see Oracle challenging IBM for the top-slot in database management:,1759,1820684,00.asp

Most interesting was the Gartner prediction that Oracle with Linux and Real Application Clusters (RAC) was a significant growth area:

"Few users are acquiring Oracle for the Linux platform without the RAC option," the Gartner report states. "Almost 20 percent to 30 percent of Oracle RAC deployments are estimated to be on the Linux platform."

As expected, Microsoft discounted the growth of Linux as a database platform:

Microsoft, predictably, scoffed at the growth of the Linux database market. "Look at it: It's a small market," said Tom Rizzo, director of product management for SQL Server. "You'd expect some growth there, from such a small base."


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