RE: Is Oracle for Solaris x86 ready for prime time?

  • From: "Jim Newman" <jim.newman@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <James.Foronda@xxxxxxx>, <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 14:27:41 -0800

Thanks, this is all very comforting to know.

Jim Newman

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Subject: Re: Is Oracle for Solaris x86 ready for prime time?


A few points:

- Solaris SPARC and Solaris x86/64 are all built from the *same* source 

- Inside Sun, Solaris x86/64 is regarded as a first class citizen. :) 
Almost all engineer's laptops are now running Solaris x86/64.  I have 
Oracle running on Solaris x64 on some production systems (however, these

are systems internal to Sun so they may not be as heavily used as 
internet-facing systems).  I can say that these systems running Solaris 
x64 are every bit as stable as the ones running Solaris SPARC.

- We have customers running Oracle on Solaris x64.  I don't know at the 
moment which can be referenced but I can check it out if it matters that

much to you (send me private email).

- And from Oracle's website:



> From: *Jim Newman* <jim.newman@xxxxxxxxxxxx 
> <mailto:jim.newman@xxxxxxxxxxxx>>
> Date: Nov 20, 2006 1:58 PM
> Subject: RE: Is Oracle for Solaris x86 ready for prime time?
> To: Alex Gorbachev <gorbyx@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:gorbyx@xxxxxxxxx>>
> Cc: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Thanks, though it's too late on our release decision.  We've been on
> 10gR2 in Solaris for about 9 months now, and it has been a
> stable environment.  I am concerned that Solaris x86 might not be as
> solid.  I remember a lot of ORA-600s from the 8i days on that
> I'm not hearing any recent negatives about Oracle on Solaris x86, so
> maybe my fears are unfounded.
> Jim Newman
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alex Gorbachev [mailto:gorbyx@xxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Sunday, November 19, 2006 8:01 PM
> To: Jim Newman
> Cc: oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: Re: Is Oracle for Solaris x86 ready for prime time?
> My reply might be a bit aside from the question. But...
> If you are looking at 10gR2 for critical production systems than you
> are amongst pioneers anyway. One can argue that they are running 10g
> in production for a year or more but definitions of criticality vary.
> I also saw the speculations flowing that it was a political decision
> to step away from Solaris x86 starting with Oracle 9i and than Sun
> realized that this was a lousy decision.
> All IMHO.
> On 11/16/06, Jim Newman <jim.newman@xxxxxxxxxxxx 
> <mailto:jim.newman@xxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>  > We are looking into switching from Sparc Solaris to Solaris x86 due
> the allure of "cheaper faster" hardware.  I'm a little concerned about
> running our mission critical databases on Solaris x86.  Oracle's
> offering for this platform went away entirely for 9i, and I heard the
> issue was that there were just too many different chips to support.
> It's back, but I wonder if it's really a safe bet.  We'll be running
> R2 with most of the goodies, Streams, Data Guard, partitioning, and
> possibly RAC.  Anyone running Oracle Solaris x86 that can relieve (or
> confirm) my fears?
> --
> Best regards,
> Alex Gorbachev
> The Pythian Group
> Sr. Oracle DBA
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