Day 2: Morning Keynotes: Oracle
Jon "Maddog" Hall started with a few words. He made an interesting point: it's
cool that there are about 12 million linux users but it's also true that there
are more windows users, but the fact is that on this earth, there are still 5
billion people who don't use computers, and therefore haven't made their OS
If you take an example like China, people don't have that much money to
spend on machines, and they often end up with a 386 or a 486. Do you think they
run windows on those machines? Nope, they run linux (or FreeBSD, or some other
free and lighter alternative).
He then went on to introduce Mark Jarvis, Senior VP of Marketing from Oracle
Here are the key points from the presentation:
- As far as microsoft is concerned, www stands for "windows won't win"
- Barnes and noble is an example of a company with a big web site that runs
with a database on NT. They can't backup their database because NT and MSQL
(or whatever they use) requires the database to be taken offline first.
So they end up never backing up, and they'll be hosed big time the day their
database ever gets corrupted, which surprisingly enough has been known to
happen with ms databases running on NT.
As a counter example, amazon.com runs with Oracle and suffers from no such
- He also made the point that when you use big synchronized databases,
you're much better off with a couple of huge servers like amazon does,
than with a lot of small machines (like NT requires since it doesn't scale)
- Microsoft is focusing in the wrong place: the important side is the server
side. The client is a commodity, so ms' work in MSIE is all for naught.
- Oracle 8i will be shipping in 30 days for free to developers. It has a
very scalable JVM which can handle 10,000 users and 10TB on a linux system
according to them.
The interesting thing is that the whole internet fits in less than
10TB, and that Oracle can scale up to 512 petabytes. Should you ask how much
that is, his answer was: it's 0.5 brontobyte
- He also taked about iFS, a database FS that is secured/indexable/searchable.
Documents stored there are converted on the fly at retreive time depending
on viewer (for instance a word doc can be converted to HTML)
- Last, but not least, he mentionned that they have 1400 linux servers and
120 developpers working on linux.
You can also read
Huub Schuurmans' report and listen to a
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