Database "Big Guns" Back Linux

One by one the big enterprise database publishers are lining up behind Linux, lending it credibility in the eyes of big company information technology departments.

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Oracle, Informix, IBM (DB2), Sybase and Inprise (Borland) have all announced immediate or impending release of Linux versions of their flagship products. This group comprises nearly the entire enterprise database industry. These products are the software big business runs its most critical systems on. This is as clear a statement as can possibly be made that Linux is a serious business operating system.

An Informix spokesperson described the process by which the database company ported the Sun Solaris version of Informix SE to Linux. "We typed 'make'". Not a single line of code needed to be changed. After considerable testing, the Linux product was released.

Microsoft is, of course, prominently absent from this list - their product (SQL Server) only runs on Windows NT. NT's lack of scalability and 24/7 reliability relegates SQL Server to the very lowest margin of enterprise data structures.

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