Oracle to Add Rac Clustering to Linux OS

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-06-03 Print this article Print

Linux will gain another enterprise boost this week as Oracle Corp. announces additional database support for the operating system.

Linux will gain another enterprise boost this week as Oracle Corp. announces additional database support for the operating system.

The Redwood Shores, Calif., company is expected to unveil a bundle that will feature its RAC (Real Application Clusters) database technology running on Red Hat Inc.s recently released Red Hat Linux Advanced Server distribution on Dell Computer Corp. hardware, sources said. RAC is the clustering feature in Oracle9i that the company has trumpeted as part of its "unbreakable" claim. The latest combination will be touted as "unbreakable Linux."

Oracle users, such as database consultant Mike Wessler, said they want to have the capability to use Linux for Oracle database clustering because it offers a less expensive alternative to RAC on other platforms, such as Solaris. "People have been running Oracle on Linux fairly happily," said Wessler, of Perpetual Technologies Inc., in Indianapolis. "If they could go ahead and take a step further and get benefit out of RAC without having to shell out the big price tag, I could see how that would be very attractive to a lot of small and midsize companies."

Giga Information Group Inc. analyst Terilyn Palanca said she expects the companies to announce a certification for using RAC with Red Hat and Dell. Palanca said she will be skeptical of RAC on Linux until Oracle shows some customers. "Weve had a lot of noise from Oracle about RAC moving along and getting certified, yet we dont see a lot of customers," said Palanca, in Cambridge, Mass.

Oracle declined to comment.

Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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