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By philip.royes ·
I will be using BEA's WebLogic to interface with an Oracle 8.X backend. In terms of the web server and the application server should I use NT 4.0, Sun Solaris or a combination of both ?

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by Aaron V In reply to Sun Solaris VS. NT 4.0 (S ...

I think in terms of stability, I would choose Solaris. The only issue I have seen is a memory leak of similar products on Solaris. This only required stopping and restarting the app.

If initial cost is your primary concern, NT 4 is probably going to be less expensive.

In the long run?? Depends on the hardware requirements, staffing and experience...

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by mightyduk In reply to Sun Solaris VS. NT 4.0 (S ...

Here are the issues in choosing a platform for web apps:

security
stability
performance
scalability
price??? perhaps

I doubt that anyone would argue that nt 4.0 will beat out Solaris 7 or 8, on any of these except <em>possibly</em> price. I'm both WebLogic and Oracle are well supported on Solaris. Perhaps Windows 2000 will close the gap on these issues.

The only time I would recommend NT for a web server/application server is when it is a small application that needs to be managed by a novice.... if that's your circumstance, I would highly recommend a 3rd party hosting service. They can offer far better support than a small internal IT shop. Judging by the Oracle and WebLogic choices, i would guess you are talking about arelatively large e-commerce site.

Good Luck.

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by insatiable In reply to Sun Solaris VS. NT 4.0 (S ...

I highly recommend the Solaris for your Webserver for security and stability.
I've run both and Solaris is definately less work and much more secure. Just make sure it's kept up-to-date with patches and installed as a secure server.
You can find more information about it at this site, as well as many, many others:
http://www.sunworld.com/common/security-faq.html

This is really intended to build a firewall, but there are some links to pdf documents for minimizing solaris that I found helpful.
http://www.enteract.com/~lspitz/armoring.html

As for the application server, I haven't run one from Solaris or NT. My better judgement would say to stick with Solaris, but if you already have NT servers up and running, go ahead and build a secure NT App server.

Good luck!!
Melissa

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by drahbany In reply to Sun Solaris VS. NT 4.0 (S ...

I would chose Sun's Solaris (especially if you're running on a SPARC instead of an Intel box) for the application server. WebLogic IS a JAVA app server, and I'd trust Sun's Java support over Microsoft's any day! In terms of performance, reliability, and support, Sun is the clear leader. My company has had two Sun app servers supporting our e-comerce site, neither or which has been even warm-booted since they went "live" in November 1999! Can anyone say that about a Microsoft NT implementation?

If you can afford it, I'd separate the application server from the http server. That way you can tune each machine for its specific purpose. If that's a possibility for you, check out Linux/Apache as a http platform. You can get a lot morebang for the buck with that combination over a Wintel or a Sun/Netscape solution.

Best of luck!

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by CPFman In reply to Sun Solaris VS. NT 4.0 (S ...

Neither. Ask yourself, What's more stable, secure, and scaleable?

Stable ? How about 99.97% uptime(this is real life), Rebooting a couple of times a year only if you want to.

Secure?, Never a reported virus ever. Object based security. (BTW, the World Court in the Hague, 100% of the casinos in Atlantic City, and over 60% of the casinos in Vegas use them)

Scalability? Who holds the Benchmark records for Java?

Volano Benchmark? How about the only platform to break a six digit number(108,283 messages per second) Or how about 23,942 messages per second with 20,000 concurrent connections on a 12 way with 8GB memory? Sun Solaris's best was 4847 messages per second with 9000 concurrent connections on a 22way with 30 GB of memory(http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/java/benchmarks.html). It's the record holder in both categories.

Specjbb2000 benchmark? How about 80,348 transaction per second? The record holder for this benchmark too(http://www.spec.org/osg/jbb2000/results/res2000q2

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