On 10/25/06, Arnon, Yuval <Yuval.Arnon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
We are planning to move our production from Windows 32bit (2003) Oracle9i (188.8.131.52) and Oracle Fail Safe to RAC. One major decision we need to make is do we stay on Windows environment or move to Linux. Our plan is also to migrate to 10gr2. One company we consult with recommended that we move to Linux as the support and user base of Windows RAC is very small.
Who supports the OS? (Yes smart alec's Oracle will). I.E would this be your only linux boxes? I haven't seen figures for RAC installations and would indeed imagine that linux RAC outsells Windows RAC considerably, however approaching half of Oracle's sales (by volume not value) last time I saw them (from an Oracle presentation) were to Windows customers. If you already have good linux skills in house then the platform move probably isn't a big deal, if you don't it is. Again if you have a support issue that is specific to RAC on Linux it will get fixed likely quicker than one that is specific to RAC on Windows, both classes of problems I suggest are rather smaller than problems specific to RAC or problems specific to Linux. Actually I'm seeing more PORT-SPECIFIC bugs in my current Linux role than my previous Windows one but that is just anecdotal, When assessing the supportability of a given platform I'd say, look first at your own staff, then at the vendor and then at the sorts of people who consult. You want to be resolving 80-90% of issues in house is my guess.
-- Niall Litchfield Oracle DBA http://www.orawin.info