Just putting out four new entry and midrange servers based on its new eight-core SPARC T4 processor is not sufficient to get SPARC/Solaris customers fired up about buying gear from and paying system maintenance to Oracle. Every CIO wants to know – in fact needs to know – that there is headroom in their systems in case their …
Expensive...yes....unless you are Larry
Here is our standard Oracle database load...and why we are not interested in Larry's scale out strategy. If and when we do RAC it is only 3 notes. We cannot afford to have four nodes with the performance of 3 and all the software costs.
Look at this pricing SPARC T4-4 compute nodes = 4systems*4processors*8cores*.5 core factor table = 64 licenses required.
Oracle EE $47,500
Oracle RAC $23,000
Oracle Dataguard $10,000
Oracle Database Vault $23,000
Oracle Advanced Security $11,500
Oracle Advanced compression $11,500
Oracle Partitioning $11,500
Grand total is $10.7Million with only one year of support
If you add in the software costs of those exadata servers and I think $10K per harddrive you will see this is insane and why Larry likes to only compare against the most expensive enterprise system from IBM with his 4 socket boxes.
Thanks but we prefer the buy IBM Power and virtualize it as much as possible to avoid buying more Oracle software licenses.
DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition on 4 socket power7 will cost 450*6*4*100 = $1,080,000.00
now you can compare hardware costs ...
"...why Larry likes to only compare against the most expensive enterprise system from IBM with his 4 socket boxes..."
But if Oracle's offering is much faster than the biggest IBM P795, then there is not much of a point to compare to an entry level IBM server, is it? They both play in the same league. Better to compare them against each other then. It would be unfair to compare to a small server. If Oracle would do that, then you would scream about Oracle doing unfair comparisons! "How can Oracle compare against the smallest IBM POWER server? Of course Oracle wins! Oracle should compare to the biggest server to make it fair"