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Opininons on moving from pa-risc to Itainium2

 
steve_26
Occasional Contributor

Opininons on moving from pa-risc to Itainium2

We currently have a v-class machine dedicated to running Sybase. I was thinking of moving to an rx4640. I have been having second thoughts due to the fact I can't find anyone else running Sybase on HPUX on Itanium (I was told the NASDAQ did a project last year). Also, Sybase hasn't released their newest version yet for Itanium. I don't need it, but it seems to me it's taking a back seat to other platforms. However, I don't doubt Sybase is commited to the platform. The life of the application is only 3-4 more years so parisc is still a valid option. But I can get more bang for the buck with Itanium. The migration process seems to be a simple dump and load. I'm thinking of falling back to an rp4440. Any thoughts?
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Luk Vandenbussche
Honored Contributor

Re: Opininons on moving from pa-risc to Itainium2

Hi Steve,

Before moving to itanium you must be sure that your application is supported on Itanium. If not, then stay on PA-RISC.

For the rest I can say that the performance of 1 itanium2 CPU is almost the same as 2 PA-RISC CPU's

Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: Opininons on moving from pa-risc to Itainium2

Don't forget an Opteron solution is also a possibility. There are now Opteron servers out there if I am not mistaken) that can go 8-way with 4 dual-core CPUs.

However, you will have to change OS. Your options are Solaris, Linux and Win2003.
Hakuna Matata.
HGN
Honored Contributor

Re: Opininons on moving from pa-risc to Itainium2

Hi

Like Luk mentioned you would want to make sure your application will run on itanium, given a chance I would always want to stay with HPUX basically because of the stability and performance, I would not recommend any other OS even other unix may be ok but not windows.

Rgds

HGN
Stan Sieler
Respected Contributor

Re: Opininons on moving from pa-risc to Itainium2

Hi Steve,

I am not associated with any hardware
company, nor Sybase. We've got applications
we sell on PA-RISC and Itanium and, soon,
X86. From outside HP, that application
life of 3-4 years looks like it might
outlast Itanic, er, Itanium :)

It looks like a number of companies
already sell 16-way Opterons (Fabric7
has one for $144,000, which will support
up to 128 GB of RAM!), and a
32-way Opteron chipset is apparently
due next year.

BTW, HGN, a post like "go with Itanium"
is easier for people to evaluate if we
know what company you work for :)

Stan
sieler@allegro.com
Alzhy
Honored Contributor

Re: Opininons on moving from pa-risc to Itainium2

Nor am I.

Since this is an HP owned Forum --one such box actually is offered by HP - the Proliant DL585 which recently broke the 200,000 tpmC record for a 4-CPU system. It was running Win2003 64bit and the newly "officially" released MS SQL Server 2005 64bit.

If you want to stick with Sybase - then you may certainly want to look at shifting to Linux OS or if you've in house Solaris talent - Solaris 10 (although I am not 100% sure Sun supports SOlaris on Proliant at Tier 1).

The days of the RISC systems are numbered. Commodity CPUs are here now and also speak 64bits.
Hakuna Matata.