The deepening of the partnership between Oracle and Red Hat is good news for customers looking to run Oracles RAC offerings. "Historically, we have had Solaris, and we bought two new Sun [Microsystems Inc.] clusters a couple of years ago because at that stage it would have been brave to run RAC on Linux," said Jamie Shiers, database group leader for CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva. "That is no longer the case. Most likely, we will have two of the three [servers] as Linux-based racks in the first or second quarter of next year."Dave Pool, vice president of infrastructure engineering at VeriSign, of Mountain View, Calif., agreed that Linux is ready for mission-critical applications. The company is migrating several significant databases to Linux, including Siebel Systems Inc.s Siebel Sales Force Automation, Clarify sales support, and business intelligence and decision support applications from Informatica Corp. and Primus, Pool said. Steves said Red Hat is partnering with the National Security Association to develop the next level of security and the ability to do "hardened-down Linux" solutions, which would be similar to Suns Trusted Solaris product. As Red Hat develops Enterprise Server 4, its kernel maintainer will track the progress of the Linux 2.6 kernel. The kernel maintainer will then feed in the incremental changes as they happen, enabling the development of 4 and the kernel to take place in parallel. One challenge facing Red Hat is how to continue to add new hardware support and minor performance upgrades between releases on a quarterly basis while maintaining compatibility with things "that are touching everything in the kernel," Steves said. "That matters to us, and were coming up with models that work with compatibility but dont tie our arms behind our backs," he said. Discuss this in the eWEEK forum.
In another win for Linux and Red Hat, VeriSign Inc. last week said it would be migrating 2,000 of its high-performance Unix servers to Red Hats Enterprise Linux on Intel in a move that will help reduce its operating expenses.