Re: Which SQL is the best for servers?

From: Marten Kemp <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 19:36:48 -0500
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hpuxrac wrote:
> On Feb 16, 1:09 am, pg <> wrote:

>> I am involved with a SQL server project. The server would be used in a
>> very heavy duty environment, with hundreds of thousands, if not
>> millions of database enquiries per minutes.
>> The server would run Linux or one of the BSD variant, with at least
>> 32GB of RAM. We are not very certain of the hardware specs yet because
>> we haven't decided on which SQL to use.
>> I know that Oracle, MySQL and PostgreSQL are all designed for heavy
>> duty uses.
>> And I checked all available online resources for a SQL comparison and
>> all I could find is some articles dated 2005 or so !
>> So, here's my questions:
>> 1. Are there any recent SQL comparison article available?
>> 2. Since the server may come with only 32GB of RAM, which SQL can run
>> the "leanest" - that is, not a memory hog?
>> 3. The server might also become a web-server, which SQL can tie itself
>> to the Web-based enquiry they best?
>> Please give me your suggestion / opinion. Thank you !!
> Hundreds of thousands or millions of queries per minute on 1 32 gig
> server?
> Sounds pretty unlikely.
> Oracle or DB2 are probably the only 2 viable choices but it doesn't
> sound like a good plan from the get go.

For that possible transaction rate I'd suggest something other than an x86-based server; an entry-level zSeries running zVM and multiple instances of Linux-for-zSeries comes to mind.

-- Marten Kemp
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