Oracle to Support 10g on Windows Server 2008 by July
Published: April 9, 2008
by Alex Woodie
Oracle says it will support its older Oracle 10g database product on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 by the end of the second quarter. The company also plans to support the database on Microsoft's new Hyper-V hypervisor, but that will take longer. No word was given on Windows Server 2008 support for Oracle 11g, its newest relational database management system. Currently Oracle 11g only supports Windows Server 2003.
In Oracle's announcement, which it issued in late March as a statement of direction, the company declared that, before the end of the second quarter, it would deliver support for Oracle Database 10g Release 2 on various versions of Windows Server 2008 running both x86 and x64 hardware, including Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter versions without Hyper-V. Microsoft, you will recall, has separate SKUs for Windows Server 2008 versions with and without Hyper-V, which won't ship before the end of August. Oracle says it will evaluate support for the new versions of Windows Server 2008 that will include Hyper-V when they become widely available.
Oracle further declared that Oracle 10g, which launched way back in 2003, would be certified on Windows Server 2008 to run in single instance mode, as an Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), and in database client mode.
What was missing from Oracle's statement of direction was any indication that it plans to support Oracle 11g, which it launched just last year, on the latest Windows Server operating system. The company has extensive resources available to help companies write .NET applications to run on the combination of 11g and Windows Server 2003. But there is nary a word about 11g on Windows Server 2008, which is a strong indication that it's still a ways off.
While Oracle doesn't disclose how many database customers it has running on Windows servers, it is generally understood to be fairly high. The Silicon Valley software company developed the first relational database program for Windows NT back in the 1993-1994 timeframe, and has supported the Windows platform ever since.
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