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Webcast: Options for your Oracle Database Workloads on HP Itanium Servers

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Previously, in the wake of the Oracle Itanium announcement, I blogged about how IBM DB2 Welcomes Oracle Database/HP Itanium Customers. I also relayed the results of an early survey of the HP-UX community about their view on their options in HP-UX Administrators Consider their Oracle Database Options.

Since then I have had a little time to reflect, and have put together a Webcast titled Options for your Oracle Database Workloads on HP Itanium Servers. If you have Oracle Database on HP-UX, make sure to check out the webcast, and please add your feedback in comments so others can benefit from your experiences/opinions.


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July 27, 2011 at 11:23 am

HP-UX Administrators Consider their Oracle Database Options

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IDEAS International have just published an interesting blog post titled HP-UX at Crossroads as Oracle Ceases Development for Itanium. In light of Oracle pulling the plug on Itanium, IDEAS International polled HP-UX administrators on HP’s IT Resource Center Forums about alternatives to Oracle Database on HP-UX. Here are the results of that poll:

Which database are you most likely to consider as an alternative to Oracle on HP-UX?
Source: IDEAS poll of 66 HP-UX administrators from HP’s IT Resource Center Forums

The IDEAS International blog post has a lot more detail. Read the full blog post at: HP-UX at Crossroads as Oracle Ceases Development for Itanium.

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March 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

IBM DB2 Welcomes Oracle Database/HP Itanium Customers

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Oracle dropped a bombshell a few days ago by announcing that it will no longer supportdevelop for Itanium-based systems. It didn’t take long for commentators to realize that this jesture was not aimed at Intel who manufacture Itanium, but at HP whose Unix-based servers use Itanium. I think Paul McDougall at InformationWeek sums it up best in his Itanium Dump Could Cost Oracle Billions when he said that:

Larry Ellison thinks he has found a way to shore up the struggling server business he bought for $7.4 billion last year in the form of Sun Microsystems—force customers to buy Sun hardware if they want to continue to run the latest Oracle software.

This is big news when you consider how many Oracle customers run on HP systems. It is strange to think that one of the basic tenets of business—that the customer is always right—does not seem to apply here. These customers are facing the prospect of being forced off their platform of choice. I imagine Oracle is dealing with quite a few unhappy customers right now. I wonder how much trust those customers have that Oracle will not continue such practices in the future, forcing customers into deeper and deeper levels of dependence on Oracle.

The good news is you have a viable alternative. IBM DB2 is currently replacing Oracle Database in more and more environments. Forrester and Gartner have both covered this phenomenon. You now have the option of protecting the investment in your HP environment, and simply switching the database software. Just a couple of years ago, this would not have been a viable option. But thanks to recent advancements in database migrations, it is now relatively straighforward.

Why are customers moving off Oracle Database and onto IBM DB2? Well, first of all, it costs less to move to DB2 than it does to stay on Oracle Database. Organizations are saving considerable amounts of money by making this move. Consider Reliance Life who determined that, in their case, the total cost of ownership for moving to DB2 is half the cost of staying with Oracle Database. But customers are also moving because database migrations are now more straightforward, taking considerably less time and having considerably lower risk (just look at those Forrester and Gartner links for confirmation). In other words, for many organizations, moving from Oracle Database to DB2 has become a viable strategy for freeing up future IT budget. Not only that, but IT staff can continue to use their Oracle skills after the migration. For instance, I know customers who have migrated from Oracle Database to IBM DB2, and continue to program in PL/SQL after the migration (DB2 supports PL/SQL).

If you want to learn more about moving to DB2, visit the Break Free Web site or attend a free Migration Clinic in your area.

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March 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm

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