Why Oracle on Linux?
Linux that is running Oracle offers the
Lower costs via GPL licenses
and suppresses additional license costs for the OS
Stable OS and a huge
community for support
Higher availability, flexible
Excellent support from Oracle
Therefore, Linux and Oracle is an
outstanding choice to support the IT systems.
Linux has a long history at Oracle
Corporation. The first commercial version started in 1998
and developed so well that Oracle provided a code level
support on Linux and had an 80% share of the market. All key
Oracle products are run under Linux. Oracle itself runs all
the following business applications only on Linux:
Oracle.com, Oracle financial system, Oracle demo system and
Oracle On Demand.
Oracle RDBMS systems require from an
operating system the following characteristics:
Asynchronous I/O management
that enables I/O to be handled without waits as the
processing continues, thus avoiding I/O bottlenecks. With
synchronous I/O, the requests are submitted to the OS and
the writing processes are blocked while they wait until the
write is confirmed as completed.
Memory support, more than 4
GB to be allocated
Ability to run on servers
with multiple processors so tasks can be dedicated to two or
Support cluster technology
Large support of hardware
platforms and components such as network cards, disk
controllers and such
Robust I/O support; for
example, RAID, SAN
or NAS controllers
All those needs are covered by Linux, and
especially in the newest kernel, the support of
multiprocessing is further enhanced.
Potential Users of Linux and Oracle
Linux started in the internet arena as a
platform for web servers and other internet applications
running the web server Apache. Linux is now on its way to
replacing all UNIX servers and it is a strong competitor of
The following organizations and people
are using Linux for their IT systems:
Small enterprises and
personal users who are willing to have cheap IT systems and
standard solutions to support their small businesses. They
need accounting, email, spreadsheets and word processors.
All those applications exist under Linux and furthermore,
Oracle can be used as repository storage for the
Medium enterprises that are
looking for simple and efficient IT systems to support the
business and are willing to buy designed software. The IT
people in those corporations have a general knowledge of IT
Corporations and service
providers, like power suppliers and hospitals, are big users
of IT systems; they have critical systems that need to be up
seven days a week and 24 hours a day. With solutions based
on Oracle and Linux, they will be able to get those IT
systems up to that level.
Universities, education and
research institutions that need a platform for
administrative work but also need a platform for scientific
computing or research. Obviously, the benefit of a
free-of-charge OS and a database that is stable and
efficient is a must-have solution.
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