We are at the preliminary stages of designing a data mart/data warehouse for a large government organization. They currently have a UNIX Server to house their Oracle Financials database, as well as a NT server to support their operational data store. As the data warehouse is anticipated to grow to 1 TB during the next year, we are attempting to determine the best hardware architecture/solution for a new database server. The burning question is, UNIX or NT? Several believe UNIX is the only true enterprise server out there, but I'd like to hear whether you think NT is a viable choice or not.
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