|FROM ||Ruben I Safir
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] Lost oppurtunities in our back yard
Where is that database of componies in our area?
Microsoft Corp. is pushing out a 64-bit database with performance it
boasts will rival those of Unix-based systems along with greater ease of
use and lower cost.
The company today announced it is shipping SQL Server 2000 Enterprise
Edition as part of its launch of the Windows Server 2003 platform,
following in the footsteps of Oracle Corp. and IBM, which have offered
64-bit versions of their databases for the Unix and mainframe platforms
Oracle also announced the availability of an optimized version of its
Oracle9i Database Release 2 for 64-bit Windows Server 2003.
This 64-bit Microsoft database now gives customers who need an
enterprise-strength database a choice other than the Unix platform, said
Sheryl Tullis, product manager for SQL Server. "For customers that need
high-powered computing, this makes it attainable without the upfront
maintenance and management costs of Unix systems."
Tests indicate the database will have 512GB of addressable memory,
double what was available under 32-bit SQL Server.
A couple of SQL users already are or have plans to bring up 64-bit SQL.
At Forest Hills, N.Y.-based airline JetBlue Airways Corp., IT staff have
been live since December on a 64-bit SQL Server database that supports
the company's frequent-flier application, said CIO Jeff Cohen. His staff
is also in the process of building a 64-bit SQL Server-based data
warehouse to run customer analytics.
Simultaneously, the airline is running 32-bit SQL Server to support
internal business applications, as well as an Oracle database for
special aviation applications. Cohen said that when using the 32-bit SQL
Server for the frequent-flier application, JetBlue had to keep adding
more servers and processors to maintain performance. With a 64-bit
architecture, the company was able to shrink a three-box Proliant system
with 12 processors to one four-way Hewlett-Packard box.
"We were very thrilled by performance," said Cohen, who said that 64-bit
SQL requires only 10% to 20% CPU utilization, as opposed to as much as
60% with 32-bit SQL.
A couple of analysts had mixed views about the release. Outside of a
very few organizations that have a need for "serious number crunching,"
there will be a limited demand for 64-bit SQL Server, said James
Governor, an analyst at RedMonk, a consulting firm in Hollis, N.H. "It's
the same as ever with 64-bit. It's a technology in search of a mass
market application. Sixty-four bit is a 'nice to have,' not a 'need to
have' in many cases." He also wondered how many of Microsoft's
application partners have optimized their software to exploit 64-bit
According to Tullis, Microsoft has already has signed business software
vendors Siebel Systems Inc., PeopleSoft Inc. and SAP AG.
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