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Performance differences between Windows and Linux-based databases

Are there performance differences among SQL Server databases for Windows 2000, Windows NT and Linux systems?

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SQL Server operates only on Windows, so a comparison to Linux systems would have to be at a database level. I would determine which database you are going operate on the Linux system and try to make an 'apples-to-apples' comparison based on the following:

  • Hardware costs
  • Software costs
  • IT expertise
  • Support costs
  • Maintenance costs
  • Vendor support
  • Ease of use
  • Manageability
  • Scalability
  • Reliability
  • Fault tolerance
  • Third party support

Good luck and choose wisely!


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This was first published in September 2005

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