Linked by Rahul on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 14:25 UTC
Linux ServerWatch writes about the slow but sure death of UNIX by the onslaught of Linux and customers moving from older proprietary UNIX systems to commercially supported open source enterprise Linux distributions. "Linux does have one killer feature that is driving the switch: lower cost. Many companies are discovering Linux to be extremely attractive from a cost perspective. Take the experience of Sabre, a travel company that replaced Solaris with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) running on x86 machines, resulting in lowering costs 90 percent (with a three-fold speed gain to boot). These potential cost savings, which include hardware maintenance costs savings, are not to sniffed at."
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speed gain?
by project_2501 on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 16:58 UTC
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What speed gains? article says "3 fold speed gain".

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RE: speed gain?
by segedunum on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 17:42 in reply to "speed gain?"
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The article is referring to a case study of Sabre, if you had cared to read it, or even just the summary.

For lots of applications x86 platforms surged ahead of SPARC and other platforms in terms of performance and people realised this around eight years ago. I saw a 1.4Ghz desktop Athlon thoroughly cream an UltraSPARC III running Zope at an organisation at the time, and that was a sign that they'd move. Despite saying they never would, two years later they moved to a x86 server and Red Hat because they had no choice.

PowerPC was generally insulated from this because it was a high-end niche and used in different workloads, and still is, but Sun sold a lot of kit to dot com companies and in areas where x86 and Linux then took over. They refused to put Solaris on x86, or improve it, because it harmed their hardware sales. However, in the long-run it is debatable whether the costs of maintaining AIX and HP-UX can be justified even in areas where such high-end platforms are sold.

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RE[2]: speed gain?
by HammerToe on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 19:56 in reply to "RE: speed gain?"
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Was the zope stuff you saw related to the Zope on Solaris stuff I did?

This was why I was so excited when Sun started x86 servers as it meant you could get x86 performance for things like this, yet a Sun logo on the front to keep them happy ;)


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RE: speed gain?
by Kebabbert on Fri 24th Oct 2008 07:17 in reply to "speed gain?"
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This is plain FUD.

"3 fold speed gain" means that they have thrown out a couple of 10 year old SUN servers and instead brought in 5 times as many cheap state of the art x86 servers. I suspect.

I remember reading an article where they said the same thing "Our Linux solution is much faster than our Solaris solution". Upon closer scrutiny, the company had got rid of 800 old SUN servers for 3000 shining new x86 servers.

No wonder you have 3 fold speed gain. Pure FUD. If you run Solaris on the same new x86 servers you would also see major speed gain.


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