Its not much, but just for information: we are having customer using HP DL 585 ( 2 x CPU 1.7 Ghz, 4 GB RAM) , RHEL 4 EE, Oracle 10g . They are using the internal SCSI controller (U160), 4 x 72 Gb in RAID 5. The database size is around 50-60 Gb and its growing by 3-4 Gb / month. The database is not generally loaded, but at the beginning of the month when they are parsing around hundred of 3 Mb files on a minute. Initially they were having 2 Gb RAM and they were suffering from some bottle-neck and after that they put another 2 Gb RAM. Average server load is below 30%. They are using the server for more that eight months, working without problems for that period and they are really happy with it.
Anjo, but why if the hardware is special it breaks often, yes it needs special manufacturing skills/lines and that's why it's more reliable where in MASS produced hardware no one cares if the particular unit is working and especially for that its MASS produced and its cheap. Anyway, x86 is good, but what if you have a mission critical databases where you need huge calculating power, a lot of RAM, performance, scalability and flexibility ? And Jurijs I think these are the reasons why people are still buying RISC and EPIC based platforms.
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