Core Power - Part 2

How to Switch it On

Our last post explained how more powerful cores, like those in the Fujitsu SPARC M12, can save on expensive licensing costs.  Since then we’ve been asked by several users how that would work in practice given that they already own their licenses.  It’s true that dropping licenses is generally neither practical nor economically beneficial.  The time to save is when it’s time to expand.

When database servers begin to run at capacity and create a bottleneck, a common reaction is to expand the server footprint with additional systems running more processors, and cores.  Those new cores of course require new licenses.

The Fujitsu SPARC M12 processor is the most advanced in production today.  Each of its cores can replace the workload of multiple competing cores, even late model ones, reducing or eliminating the need to add new licenses.  When existing servers are maxed out, regardless of their age, replacing them with an advanced system like the M12 can enable applications to run on the same or lower number of cores, enabling the organization to upgrade server infrastructure with the budget resources that otherwise would have gone to adding licenses.

Beyond saving on licenses other previously noted benefits come with the M12:

  • The M12-2’s system board has integrated liquid-loop cooling, enabling it to run at maximum efficiency and performance in the most challenging environments.  CPU “dial-backs” due to heat stress are rare or non-existent.
  • Advanced “software-on-chip” features accelerate key processes and provide encryption functions with minimal system overhead.
  • Solaris (RTU included) is the most powerful, efficient, stable, and secure operating system in use today, increasing performance and uptime, while minimizing maintenance and support costs.

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