Oracle Apps Certified on Novell SuSE Linux Servers

Oracle's latest database, clustering, application server, collaboration solutions and enterprise applications are now available for Novell's latest enterprise Linux operating system, SLES 9.

Oracle and Novell announced Tuesday that Oracles latest database, clustering, application server, collaboration solutions and enterprise applications are now available for and supported on Novells latest enterprise Linux operating system, SLES (SuSE Linux Enterprise Server) 9.

In particular, Oracle Database 10g, Oracle Application Server 10g, Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle Collaboration Suite and Oracle E-Business Suite 11i 10 all have been tested and certified for deployment on SLES 9.

"Oracle [Corp.]s support of key products on SLES 9 marks another important step in providing choice to customers," Hal Bennett, vice president of alliances at Novell Inc., said in a statement.

The two companies claim that Oracle on SLES 9 delivers speedy results. Oracle Database 10g running SLES 9 recently set the TPC-C world record on nonclustered Linux, demonstrating that Oracle on SuSE Linux meets the scalability and high-performance requirements of enterprise environments.

The companies also claim that Oracle RAC (Real Applications Clusters) on SuSE Linux bring the scalability, performance and nonstop availability demanded by mission-critical applications and services. Thats because RAC allows Oracle 10g applications to continue running without downtime if a server in the cluster fails.

"Oracle and Novell continue to build out the Linux ecosystem for customers worldwide," Jamshed Patel, senior director of Linux service engineering at Oracle, said in a statement.

"With a proven and robust combination of Oracle products running on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, users can deploy Linux across their data center with utmost confidence in the technology and in the single-point of contact support model," Patel said.

"Novell and Oracle are working together to provide solutions that perform—right out of the box," Novells Bennett added. "We do the integration work so our customers dont have to."

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What does it all mean? According to Dan Kusnetzky, vice president of system software at IDC, it means that Linux is continuing to mature as an operating system platform for database applications.

"IDCs recently completed Unix to Linux migration multiclient study indicates that Linux is still largely being used as a platform for basic infrastructure—DHCP, DNS, firewall, Web server software, file server software, etc.—and high-performance computing," Kusnetzky said.

"The study, however, indicated a large increase in the use of Linux as a platform for database software. That being said, database is not the leading use of Linux-based systems," he said.

"It is clear that Oracle is one of the leading database players on Linux, and Novell/SuSE is one of the leading players in the Linux server operating environment market. The fact that these two organizations would work together in this is good for organizations considering Linux as a platform for database-based applications," Kusnetzky said.

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