Oracle Closes In on Unbreakable Linux

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-06 Print this article Print

Oracle VP Dave Dargo claims the company has already achieved most of its goals for the Unbreakable Linux initiative.

One year to the day after announcing its Unbreakable Linux initiative, Dave Dargo, the vice president of Oracle Corp.s Linux Program Office, took to the stage at the Enterprise Linux Forum at the Santa Clara, Calif., convention center on Friday to talk about how Oracle has achieved most of its goals for that initiative. "Our partnerships have really filled out there. Along with Red Hat, we are working with the SuSE engineering team on behalf of UnitedLinux, and all our hardware partners are on board with regard to Unbreakable Linux. Were really at a point where everything we talked about in the past is now present tense," he told eWEEK in an interview following his keynote.
Addressing whats in the future for Oracle and Linux, Dargo said the company is laying the groundwork for where it thinks things are moving with regard to grid computing and the areas of automatic provisioning and the allocation and reallocation of compute resources to specific problems and dealing with other capacity in the datacenter.
"We are in a great position because of all the work we had done in the areas of Real Application Clustering (RAC) and 9iAS because the 9iAS product we have is really designed to handle some tremendously innovative load balancing across a large number of small and midtier servers," he said. "Our RAC product then allows us to scale-out on those. "So, as we combine that with what some of our partners are doing in terms of the management space, we see a road map ahead of us where we are going to have tremendous opportunity to drive those types of things we talk about in grid," Dargo said. This includes the ability to dynamically allocate and reallocate compute power to specific tasks. Oracle also feels that its software is "right there ready to go" in terms of enterprise grid, adaptive enterprises and autonomic computing, he said, adding that this is going to be an evolutionary process. With the commoditization and standardization in the high-volume server market and the Linux adoption and support from major companies like Oracle, there will be more investment flowing into the "grid" space going forward. So, while Oracle manages much of its outsourcing environment in terms of dynamic allocation of resources, it is also working on tools that allow it to do a deallocation of resources from one task to another. "We are going to be in some stage of this process starting fairly soon, I just dont know where that end point is going to be, when this becomes part of everything that were doing. Thats the hard part as its going to be an evolutionary process," Dargo said. Oracle is also continuing to work on the scalability of Linux and its graceful degradation under very heavy workloads. And its in the process of making its products able to handle tougher and tougher workloads. While some 75 percent of database applications sit on Linux today, Oracle is trying to get 100 percent of those on Linux and Intel, he said. "So, as we look at the next year of development, its really in certain areas of scalability, manageability and graceful degradation from a product perspective," he said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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