How is Oracle now handling development of both Linux and Solaris? Is there any cross development happening?
To answer those questions, ServerWatch conducted an interview with Wim Coekearts, Senior Vice President of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle. While there are some things that Linux can learn from Solaris and vice versa, for the most part the two efforts remain two separate endeavors.
“Before we acquired Sun, literally everything was Linux except for maybe five big systems where x86 hardware wasn’t capable and we had Sparc hardware for running big ERP systems,” Coekearts said.
He added that with Oracle now having the two operating system architectures, the company didn’t just go out and say, “Oh, we have to replace our stuff.”
“Now when we’re building out new infrastructure we look at which of the two operating systems and two architectures fits the best for a deployment,” Coekearts said. “We’re not Linux only now, and we’re also not Solaris only.”
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