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From: Hostetter, Jay M <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2004 14:14:30 -0400
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  Our sysadmins are spec-ing out some new hardware. We currently have 2 DEC/Compaq/HP GS80s running Tru64. Each has 6 cpus (733 Mhz EV6 Alpha processors) and 8 Gb of memory.
I am told that a new IBM p650 with 4 cpus (split into 2 partitions of two cpus) and 9 Gb of memory (on each partition) will be at least as good as our current system. The p650 has 1.45 Ghz processors and will run AIX.
One of our GS80s runs about 13 Oracle databases (varying in size, number of users, amount of transactions, etc. - nothing extraordinary). The other runs our Oracle Applications (around 60 users). Performance has been satisfactory, with the exception of some bottlenecks at the SAN controllers, but that is another story.   I am being asked if the new configuration will handle our workload - and as far as I can tell this will just be an educated guess. I can look at vendor numbers all day - what I need is some real life experience. I know that there are lots of variables involved, but I am hoping that somebody with a little more experience with Oracle on the IBM platform can tell me:

a) yes - that's a smokin' configuration 
b) chances are it will work for you 
c) that configuration isn't even in the ballpark
d) run away screaming from this hardware and OS
or some variation thereof  


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