Oracle Touts Linux Support
Oracle showcases "unbreakable" eight-node cluster running the company's RAC technology on top of Linux.BOSTONOracle Corp. Vice President of Marketing Rene Bonvanie on Wednesday opened the Enterprise Linux Forum Conference & Expo 2002 by demonstrating a simulation of an "unbreakable" eight-node cluster running the companys Oracle9i RAC (Real Application Cluster) technology on top of Linux. With equipment set up to resemble database servers and four application servers, Bonvanie flipped off various nodes to demonstrate a facsimile of the near-instantaneous redistribution of resources to functioning nodes that is enabled by RAC technology. Besides Oracles familiar claims of unbreakability, Bonvanie took pains to point out the cost benefit of running Oracle on Linux compared with purchasing $50 million IBM mainframes on which to run the free open-source operating system. The hardware for the cluster system set up for the show, his assistant pointed out, cost $3,000 at the most.
Bonvanie also alluded to the work Oracle has been doing to make Oracle "unbreakable" on Linux, including releasing code for Oracle Cluster File system, which Red Hat Inc. made available to enterprise customers last month. Oracles Cluster File system supports database files, archive logs, redo files and control files.