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Is Solaris worth the additional hardware costs?

Could you please suggest whether the benefits from Sun Solaris can justify the additional hardware costs? Also, what is the stability of each platform in reality? Is Windows likely to have more problems, or are both much the same for Oracle9i?

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A number of years ago, Solaris was a much more stable platform than Windows. As such, it was easy to justify the higher hardware costs for mission-critical systems. Today, this thinking is no longer true. Today's Windows 2003 servers have proven themselves to be very stable. So now one questions why they should pay higher costs for Solaris hardware. Again, this is old thinking. Today, you can purchase servers from Sun that are very comparable to Intel platforms. Just check out the new Sun X4100 servers, and my favorites, the new T2000s.

And you do have the option of running Solaris on any Intel platform. So the hardware costs may not be as high as you think!

This was first published in November 2006

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