-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.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 linewhich is a price-sensitive marketit 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?
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