[UCI-Linux] SuSE vs. Redhat / 2-CPU Recommendations
Tue, 20 Apr 2004 15:46:07 -0700
Here's the background: I'm interested in setting up Oracle on a 2-processor
Linux box with hardware RAID 0+1 so the Registrar Office can compare it to
Webster, our production Sun 450 running Solaris. Webster is using Sun's
Solstice software to implement RAID 0+1 in software, and updates to the
database are far, far slower than they are on my old single disk Pentium 3
development computer running RH 6.2 (we wanted to get a hardware RAID card
for Webster, but now we're leery because Sun stopped making them for their
450 line). If the new, higher-powered Linux box is a lot faster (while
obviously cheaper), we might consider migrating our Oracle applications
away from the Sun 450 .
So here's my question: How does SuSE compare with Redhat? I'd love to go
with Debian, but Oracle is only certified for recent Redhat and SuSE
versions, so I could end up with an iffy Oracle installation.
I'm unhappy with Redhat because it seems like they drop security patch
support for old versions fairly quickly now. That's a problem for me
because once Oracle is installed, I try not to upgrade major O/S versions;
installing Oracle is a lot of work, and I can't take a chance that a new
O/S version will mess it up. Redhat makes this situation even worse
because of their non-GNU installation directories: once Redhat drops
support for an old version, I have to re-install newer versions of the
software myself, and then it gets weird trying to decide whether to re-use
Redhat's locations or to uninstall the Redhat version and then re-install
the software in the GNU default locations. Is SuSE any better in this regard?
Also, any vendor recommendations for 2-CPU systems? I'm not sure whether
Oracle supports dual Opterons, but for this application the CPU's probably
don't have to be top of the line. I was able to price out a full system
online at Monarch Computer Systems with dual Athlon MP 2400+, a 3Ware RAID
card, and four 120GB SATA drives, installed with SuSE 9.0 Pro (or RH), for
less than $2900. That price would work for us, but I don't know anyone who
has actually ordered from Monarch.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
UC Irvine Office of the Registrar / SAIS
215-D Administrative Bldg, Irvine, CA 92697-4975