[Johannesburg, 20 January 2004] - Large-scale enterprises need not pay extortionate amounts of money for high-end databases running on Unix platforms maintained by highly skilled, rare and expensive system administrators. But they do need to pay attention to the underlying system architecture, warns Bernard Donnelly, consultancy services manager: Unisys Africa.
A centralised approach makes sense when seeking performance, scalability and manageability in a large-scale enterprise database deployment, and high-end Unix platforms have successfully achieved this for many years.
But Unix can prove expensive in terms of the hardware and personnel required to support it. The alternative is Intel processor-based hardware with a Windows operating system and a Microsoft-hosted database management system.