Chapter Seventeen. Database Servers

By Ruth Forester and John Tran

Introduction

More and more businesses are looking to Linux as a possible platform for their database servers. The low cost of maintaining a Linux server makes it appealing to small- and medium-sized businesses, and even to enterprise businesses that want to reduce operational costs. Improvements in the kernel's reliability and performance, better hardware and device driver support, and an abundance of third-party tools to help businesses maintain their servers make Linux a viable and effective solution for database systems. (A distinction is made here between a database server, which is vendor-specific software that maintains a database, and a database system, which is the incorporation ...

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