Tag: Pythian

Pythian Celebrates Re-implemention of Industry News

Pythian News is now using WordPress to transform our Industry News section into a group blog of articles relevant to the DBA community at large. We hope this will allow readers from throughout the DBA industry to get involved and not only view our blogs, but also be able to contribute to the discussions.

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Oracle’s Multicore Pricing: Right direction, not far enough

Oracle seems to be scaling its pricing very loosely to the performance boost that comes from the additional cores in multicore processors, keeping in mind that performance may sometimes be as much as double, but often not.

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Oracle Confirms Licensing Change For Multi-Core Chips

Oracle has now confirmed that as of July 8, each core of the new multi-core processors from AMD and Intel will be licensed as if it were 75 percent of a CPU. Still, many in the industry feel it isn’t enough. Ron Zapar, CEO of Oracle partner Re-quest has been getting substantial pushback from his customers. He says of the new policy “This is a step in the right direction, but they’ll have to do better.”

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Oracle Bends A Bit On Multi-Core Licensing

Thus far Oracle has been counting each core as a full processor, but now it will count each core of a multi-core chip as three-quarters of a processor. Both Microsoft and IBM have already made licensing concessions for multi-core chips from both AMD and Intel.

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Oracle Charges Premium For Dual-Core Software

Intel and other companies are upset over an Oracle software licensing scheme that could potentially hinder the adoption of new dual-core processors and raise the price of software for customers. Many customers pay for software based on the number of processors in the system. Since these new chips have two cores, Oracle wants to charge customers for two licenses per dual-core chip.

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Competition will Force Rethink on Licensing.

Martin Veitch writes about licensing cost dynamics and how hardware advances faster than licensing schemes.

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