--- Niall Litchfield <niall.litchfield@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > On 5/31/06, MVE <mvetmp-ora@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > What edge does Linux on a PC has over Solaris on a Sun Box? > > Adequate performance at a hugely reduced cost. Windows has this as well. As > a rule of thumb, yes I know!, you can now run at least a hundred concurrent > sessions of an erp app on hardware and software costing less than GBP4000 > (oracle license excluded). Is it cast iron guaranteed reliable and > available, well no. Do you need it to be - probably not. > > Niall Litchfield
That hardware cost "reduction" is irrelevant when you figure the rest of the cost to run a fairly decent size shop on ORACLE.
well define fairly decent sized. I'm firmly in the < 5000 employees < 300 concurrent user space here.
not even a drop of water in the bucket.
well I just priced a 4-way opteron based system from HP with 4gb of ram (plenty for the type of customer I had in mind) at just over 5k us dollars. without any corporate deal. Again the list price of Oracle EE + support for this (don't need to buy EE here but lets just inflate things anyway) is 166k USD. again no corporate deal.
of course I could just buy a 4 way sun 440 for 24k and license Oracle at the same 166k.
so on a spend of 190k I just saved 19k or 10%. people like this. especially when they realize that a 4 way opteron likely beats an 8 way sparc 3 and they just saved 187k out of 280 odd.
fluid-always-changing platform (Linux), shoot in the foot, having to work twice as hard for what? For a lousy 8K reduction in the initial cost of hardware that is already obsolete anyway?
Now I agree that linux is a far too volatile base, but compared to apps? - come on. So long as you don't do legal patches, security patches and rollups you are probably in the same ball park.
-- Niall Litchfield Oracle DBA http://www.orawin.info