ORLANDO -- Despite the relative newness of corporate applications
running on Linux, attendees at an Oracle database user conference last
week said a growing number of companies are evaluating or moving into
production with database servers running the open-source operating
"Linux is on fire," said Rich Niemiec, president of the Chicago-based
International Oracle Users Group (IOUG). In a recent survey of about
100 IOUG members, roughly half indicated that they were interested in
running mission-critical Oracle databases on Linux, Niemiec said at
the independent user group's annual conference. That's up from only
about 15% in a survey conducted a year ago, he added.
Among the companies that are using Linux-based Oracle databases is
Aventis Behring LLC, a maker of pharmaceuticals in King of Prussia,
Pa. Jesse Crew, manager of global systems at Aventis Behring, said the
subsidiary of Paris-based Aventis SA is running more than 10
Hewlett-Packard ProLiant servers equipped with Red Hat Linux and
Oracle8i or Oracle9i databases.
For example, Aventis in February went live with a Linux system that
supports accounts receivable and electronic data interchange
applications. It's saving thousands of dollars in hardware, software
and administration costs compared with using high-end Unix boxes, Crew
"We're not sacrificing reliability or availability," he noted. "We
haven't had any issues with performance. It runs just as well as
William Maguire, CIO at Legato Systems Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-
based maker of data storage software, said he's currently testing
Oracle9i on Linux. "The reliability and performance is proven now,"
said Maguire, although he has not set any rollout plans yet.
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