The Linux

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-01-17 Print this article Print

-Grid Connection"> How do Linux and grid computing fit together? Linux serves as a great base platform for grid. Benny [Souder, Oracles vice president of distributed database development] has talked about grid control and our ability to manage large numbers of standardized servers. We think we can provide higher support in Linux. Its inexpensive, and [it enables companies to deploy low-cost, high-performance] Intel servers that allow us to drive commoditization into these standard building blocks that can be configured together in a grid environment.
To check out Benny Souders article on grid computing, click here.
One thing weve done, last month we released Oracle for Linux on IBMs PowerPC line. Customers whove been running on AS/600 can now run Linux on that hardware. That opens another opportunity for Oracle customers. As IBM starts looking at where theyll take the PowerPC line—which is a price-sensitive market—it provides customers choice in terms of 64-bit computing. Oracle has said its moving all of its developers over to Linux. Whats the status of that initiative? Now, all Oracles application developers develop on Linux. As soon as we release 10g as a production product, our database developers will move to Linux as their base development program. We re seeing a tremendous adoption curve of Linux at Oracle, for base and development systems. That represents great news for the Linux community, when a company like Oracle starts using Linux as its development platform. So that will be something like 8,000 or 9,000 developers moved over to Linux. Was that a tough migration? Over a weekend in October we transformed them to be developing on Linux. It was an extremely smooth migration. We did a lot of planning. Youre talking about 5,000 (application) developers, so that takes a lot of planning. We had no downtime, no issues. There was no second-guessing at all. They were working on Unix RISC on Friday, and on Monday they were on Linux on Intel. And the 3,000 to 4,000 database developers will be moved over after 10g goes production, which is when? 10g is imminent. Next page: What benefits are grid customers seeing?

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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