While there is nothing in the recent 10-Q filing with SEC to suggest Oracle sees any clouds on the horizon, an analyst found that a number of IT professionals plan to reduce dependence on Oracle by switching from Solaris to GNU/Linux but not to Oracle’s version. They are switching to RedHat or Suse. In the process, there is a possibility of switching to a FLOSS database. The obvious motivations are lower costs of licensing. On the other hand, Oracle database does have a reputation for performance and there are lots of dependencies in the applications of large enterprises. Switching databases would have a significant cost but the long-term benefits could be substantial.
I don’t see it. Red Hat, for instance, recommends RedHat to run Oracle database, not to replace it. Oracle’s cash cow is not immediately threatened.
“Your mission-critical CRM, ERP, ETL, or DSS deployments rely heavily on an Oracle database that needs to be reliable, available, and scalable. Historically, database customers sought out the UNIX/RISC platforms to best enable those feature. But today, x86 servers have dramatically increased in performance and availability, making them a more cost effective platform than ever for running Oracle databases. Of course, to fully maximize the performance and availability features of today’s x86 hardware, you will need an enterprise operating system like Red Hat Enterprise Linus.
This paper highlights the benefits of using Red Hat Enterprise Linux as the server platform for your Oracle database implementation. It introduces you to information, customer success stories, and reference architectures that display our scalability, availability, reliability, and manageability.” see Red Hat Enterprise Linux: The Ideal Platform for Running Your Oracle Database