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Which operating system OS is best for Oracle?

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonMay 25, 2015

Question:  We are in the process of adopting Oracle and we have many choices of operating system platforms.  Which OS is best for Oracle and how to I compare operating system environments for Oracle databases?

Answer:  That's a very common question. Oracle dominates the database world in part because it runs on over 60 platforms, everything from a Mainframe to a Mac.

Oracle chose Solaris as their preferred OS in 2005, and later decided to work on their own Linux distro, making a Oracle Linux OS that is custom-tailored to the needs of a typical database.  Oracle leverages on the advantages of all OS platforms with an independent OSI, customized to each platform.

As to which UNIX dialect is "best", it's often related to the server environment.  For example, svmon is only available on IBM AIX. . . .

Some, operating systems are better at managing large volumes of data, such as SUSE, who developed a special kernel, just for Oracle

Today, most folks must decide between UNIX/Linux vs. Windows, and I have a good online presentation on this decision between Linux and Windows for Itanium 64-bit servers.

Don Burleson webcast on Linux vs. Windows
 


 

 

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