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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