Despite the relative newness of corporate applications running on Linux, attendees at an Oracle database user conference last week said a growing number of companies are evaluating or moving into production with database servers running the open-source operating system.
"Linux is on fire," said Rich Niemiec, president of the Chicago-based International Oracle Users Group (IOUG). In a recent survey of about 100 IOUG members, roughly half indicated that they were interested in running mission-critical Oracle databases on Linux, Niemiec said at the independent user group's annual conference. That's up from only about 15 percent in a survey conducted a year ago, he added.
Niemiec, who is also CEO of Lombard, Ill.-based TUSC, an Oracle consulting and services firm, attributed the increase in user interest to Oracle Corp.'s alliance with Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. and its support for clustering Linux machines via its Real Application Clusters (RAC) technology.