Showing posts from May, 2010

PHP on Oracle Linux

I've had a long feud at work with business units who work with outside contractors who insist on writing web apps using the very latest version of PHP, Apache and MySQL. While I welcome the use of open source, state-of-the-art technology, the one thing these contractors often overlook is the need for stability and continuity in enterprise-grade applications. Even web applications.

It's useless to use the latest greatest feature set in PHP or MySQL, if the organizations you're targeting are all running RHEL 4u8, 5u2 or even RHEL3! And many do. The Enterprise Distributions for Linux lag behind public version for up to 18 months! And they won't easily upgrade just because you ask or because your application was built using the most recent version of an open source package. The company may be able to give you a special server in some DMZ but you may lack access to certain key servers, because the security status of your app and server have not (yet) been approved.


Oracle VM for SPARC

Oracle's Virtualization Blog informed me that they've expanded the use of Oracle VM (OVM) significantly by supporting visualization on the SPARC platform.

"Oracle VM Server for SPARC, previously called Sun Logical Domains, leverages the built-in SPARC hypervisor to subdivide supported platforms' resources (CPUs, memory, network, and storage) by creating partitions called logical (or virtual) domains. Each logical domain can run an independent operating system. Oracle VM Server for SPARC provides the flexibility to deploy multiple Oracle Solaris operating systems simultaneously on a single platform. Oracle VM Server also allows you to create up to 128 virtual servers on one system to take advantage of the massive thread scale offered by the CMT architecture."