RE: AMD vs Xeon 64 bit

  • From: "Kevin Closson" <kevinc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Oracle-L Freelists" <oracle-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2006 08:14:14 -0700

>>      The savings are tremendous, and instead of doing maintenance
contracts, you just buy a spare machine ;-) One of the things that SUN
is doing is talking about how great Solaris is. Solaris is great but
that is only important to the IT department not to the end users
(business sense?) 
...Jumping machine architecture also mean database migration. There are
still enough databases that people can't take off their current machine
just to benefit from the price/performance (significant) of modern

        >>My take on the RISC - x86 thing is that AMD is pushing Intel
very hard at the moment. 

...and you'll be hearing noise about the newly released Xeon 71x0 series
which fattens up
all the way to 16MB L2 in an attempt to cover the fact that the memory
is still not on chip as it is with Opteron.  There are Oracle workloads
the new Xeaon 7100 will offer about 15% performance increase over
today's Opteron
processors, but to get that you have to endure 150watt versus 90watt
power consumption
and the associated heat dissipation. Not a good tradeoff if you have a


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