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

  • From: "Jim Newman" <jim.newman@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Alex Gorbachev" <gorbyx@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 10:58:48 -0800

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 surprisingly
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 platform. 

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
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.

On 11/16/06, Jim Newman <jim.newman@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> We are looking into switching from Sparc Solaris to Solaris x86 due to
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 10g
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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