Oracle on Red Hat on Intel Saves 85%

In the race for a best value, traditional Unix vendors have a hard time competing with RedHat on Intel running an open source database.Image Source

Oracle on Red Hat on Intel Saves 85%

MYRA is about solving your problems in the best way possible.

In the past this meant taking a best-of-breed approach using Sun Microsystems' hardware/software combination of SPARC/Solaris - which provided excellent performance at a competitive cost. With Oracle acquiring Sun Microsystems and improvements in other products (such as Intel hardware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux), the SPARC/Solaris platform is no longer as competitive, when compared to modern solutions.

Today this means that we are changing our ways. After 20 years of recommending to our customers one way to do business, we are changing our approach. We are doing this to offer the best service to our customers. When the environment changes, we change as well and below is the reason why we have changed.

Better Processors

By 2008 the Nehalem architecture from Intel was faster and better performing than Sun SPARC. This gap has only widened since then. With Intel CPUs now outperforming SPARC, the mainstream server vendors HP, IBM, Dell and Fujitsu are building rock solid platforms that rivaled the RISC-based systems that traditionally held the UNIX market.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

On much the same timeline as Intel, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) evolved into a credible option as a replacement for traditional UNIX operating systems. Red Hat is now a software company that generates over a billion dollars in subscription revenue annually and is enjoying incredible growth. The Red Hat/Intel combination is a formidable competitor to UNIX/RISC offerings. This reality is really two-fold. Firstly, RHEL is an enterprise class operating system that is supported by all mainstream independent software vendors. Simply speaking, enterprise-class applications will run on RHEL. RHEL is also very closely-modelled on UNIX - making it a familiar and accessible environment for experienced UNIX administrators. This makes the operating system a useful alternative to proprietary UNIX (e.g. Solaris, HP-UX, AIX). Secondly, RHEL can be run on mainstream x86 hardware, eliminating the need for expensive proprietary RISC hardware.

Reducing Costs

This is where it gets really interesting, and why we at MYRA are excited. For the purpose of comparison, let’s consider a traditional SPARC/Solaris environment, running Oracle Enterprise Database.

  • The fastest Intel Xeon cores outperform the fastest SPARC cores by approximately 4:1, meaning you will require 75% fewer processor cores to achieve the same performance. Because Oracle charges by the core, this reduction in core count means reduced license costs and reduced software support costs. A supported Enterprise Oracle Database License typically costs $25,000 per core per year for SPARC (up to $50,000 for AIX/POWER and HP-UX/Itanium) - and that is the biggest driver in cost reduction for undertaking a migration to Intel. Replacing a 32-core M5000 with an 8-core Intel server can therefore reduce your expenditure with Oracle by $600,000 per year. But the savings don't stop there.
  • Oracle/SPARC server capital costs are exponentially higher than equivalent-performance Tier 1 (e.g. HP, IBM, Dell, Fujitsu) Intel servers. A machine the equal of a fully-populated M5000 worth $500,000 can be purchased for less than $20,000. Hardware support operating costs are trivial in mass-market Intel equipment - compare $50,000 per year for that M5000 with $500 a year for the equivalent Intel machine.
  • And for those customers who are tight on power, cooling or rackspace in their datacentres, Intel can handily bring a 10-fold decrease. The 4,950W 10U M5000 can be replaced with a 460W 1U Intel industry-standard server. Depending on your power and cooling costs, this can save more than $40,000 per year.
  • Finally, getting 24x7 instant telephone support for your operating system saves more than $10,000 per year with RHEL compared with Solaris.
  • Of course, RHEL comes with fully-supported open source databases (such as MySQL or PostgreSQL) - but making that migration is a story for another time.

Perfect Timing

The emergence of the Intel/Red Hat story has provided MYRA the opportunity to take a very credible message to our customers. MYRA spent the last 20 years providing SPARC/Solaris solutions to customers. We honed our skills in enterprise UNIX. We apply the same skills and best practices to a Red Hat solution as we always have. As we have come to recognize, the only constant in this industry is change. Customers look to MYRA to provide unsurpassed service delivery that keeps the best interest of the customer front and centre. This is why we are now recommending the Intel/RHEL approach.

With cost savings that can be recognized in lower hardware, maintenance, operating, power/cooling and Oracle Database licensing. These savings are substantial and can be as high as 85% of what you are paying now.

MYRA will be leading a presentation to the Vancouver Oracle User’s Group on May 9th that will include presentations from Intel and Red Hat. Registration and event details can be found at: