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Running Oracle 9i/10g on Windows 2003 versus Sun Solaris?

What are the major trade offs associated with running Oracle 9i/10g and Oracle Apps 11.5.9 on Windows 2003 versus Sun Solaris today? In the past, performance issues with more than 5,000 concurrent users existed in the arguments over NT versus UNIX. What are the major considerations today?

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There are many that would still say that the Windows platform cannot scale as well as the Sun Solaris platform. But today's Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 servers perform much, much better than Windows did in the past. The gap between Windows and Solaris is not as large as it used to be. Oracle on Windows can handle a few terabytes of data, and it can handle many more users than before. However, if I was deploying a very, very large database or had thousands of users, I'd still be looking for a Solaris solution. That being said, many new database architectures are looking towards Linux solutions instead. Instead of purchasing a high-end Solaris server, people are purchasing lower-cost Linx servers and clustering them together with Real Application Clusters.

This was first published in November 2004

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