Re: RAC on Windows or Linux

  • From: "Niall Litchfield" <niall.litchfield@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Yuval.Arnon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2006 07:37:35 +0100

On 10/25/06, Arnon, Yuval <Yuval.Arnon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


We are planning to move our production from Windows 32bit (2003) Oracle9i
( 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

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