* Posts by Rytis

3 posts • joined 23 Aug 2008

Ellison's database customers slip slidin' to x86

Dead Vulture

"VMware sponsored the study"

What surprising findings! Put all eggs in one basket and let the vmware drop them.

And by the way, AIX, Solaris and even linux is doing virtualization as well.


Oracle, Sun speed-launch Exadata V2


Should you read it before comment

@Scott K. Handy;



Sun attempts to whip BEA users out from under Oracle


Just some pricing comments

Sun's 120$ (I guess it is per year) per employee means all company full time staff (academic is different - 1 student = 1/4 full time) and includes some level of support (as far as I recall). It is worth to point out that solaris licenses + virtualisation are free of charge . OS & HW support is covered by same support package (optional but highly recommended)

IBM charges for everything: HW + HW Support + AIX(per CPU or Core) + virtualisation + AIX support (per CPU or Core).

Maybe someone will argue at initial purchase stages, but at the end of the year they realize IBM pricing exactly as I wrote above.

At the price/performance front I would say IBM system price looks higher in

most cases than Sun's comparable performance HW (in my region). Oracle is pricing Power+, UltraSparc VI+, Niagara2 cores with same fractional multipliers and if you put energy costs into equation for the same performance/core, most likely Sun's system will win.

In general, performance tuning depends on apps and admins, but for the time being Solaris tunning tools are more sophisticated, in my opinion.

So, with recent all Oracle SW price increase (~15-17%) I hardly believe in:

"For Oracle products you get about a 6-1 per core advantage vs. SPARCIV+ which is end of life. The Power advantage vs. SPARC64 is 3.7 to 1. The software savings alone makes the hardware purchase free." by Anonymous Coward, that looks like outdated a bit.



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