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Pick a Unix Flavor for Progress

By TechManager ·
We are implementing a Progress based database system. The vendor is recommending Unix for this app instead of NT because of number of users. We are currently an all NT shop and no one here has any unix experience. The vendor doesn't care if we gowith HP or Sun or whatever.

So I have two issues. 1) Which flavor of Unix and 2) How easily will it Integrate into our NT network? This box will only be a database server, no other apps running on it.

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by cpfeiffe In reply to Pick a Unix Flavor for Pr ...

You will probably want to stay with HP, Sun or AIX (IBM's risc based Unix). These are the three major players. They have the best support and the hardware/software is available at many different resellers. They have the most user group access andthe most OS specific books at your local book store so they make good choices for first timers as well. Different flavors of Unix seem to do certain things a little bit better. My experience is that HP is better with databases (I've only used Oracle and Sybase on multiple platforms so I can't say that will definitely be true for Progress, but I suspect it will). Solaris is the most portable and has the widest selection of easy to install freeware with good documentation. Solaris is the easiest to learn for most people, however HP and AIX have better management GUIs and tools. AIX is the best for network activity. Solaris is the best for file services. Due to the nature of your installation I would recommend HP, but I'll let you comeup with your own solution based on the information I've provided. If you think you will use Unix more in the future I would change my recommendation to Sun. You will probably save some money with Sun if unix becomes a mainstay in your shop.

Now you could also go with FreeBSD and save a lot of money, but if you don't have any Unix savy people this may cost you more in the long term as you bring in consultants and developers to fix the problems. Support and user groups for FreeBSD are not going to match support from a certifiable vendor like Sun, HP and IBM. I just thought I'd throw it out there as another option.

Good luck.

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by TechManager In reply to Pick a Unix Flavor for Pr ...

After doing a little more research, we can get a better deal on a Sun over HP. Both are fully supported by our software vendor.

Thanks for the help.

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