We are defining the hardware configuration for a new Dell 2950 that
will run IDS 10 to serve a traditional OLTP database of about 10-20 GB
with ~100 -150 concurrent users or so. OS will be RHEL 5,
architecture is Intel-64, 8GB of RAM.
Given the choice between:
1) Two Dual Core Intel?Xeon?5130, 4MB Cache, 2.00GHz, 1333MHZ FSB
2) Two Quad Core Intel?Xeon?E5310, 2x4MB Cache, 1.60GHz, 1066MHz FSB
would make 8 processing cores available to IDS instead of just 4, but
as you can see they woud also run at ~20/30% slower clock and FSB
speeds. Curious about the thoughts of the people in this illustrious
Well I certainly wouldn't buy a Dell for a start. Do you like speaking to
"support technicains" who can barely speak your language, are reading from a
script, and are courteous and useless in equal, deep measure?
From a technical point of view Option 2 is far superior. Clock speeds are
the great lie of IT performance metrics, right up there with "The cheque is
in the post", "This gives 8 Mbps download speeds" and "I'll tap you on the
side of the head when I'm almost there" in other spheres.
However Option 2 is likely to be double that of Option 1 in licensing cost
terms. If you're in Europe, Middle East or Asia (or even if you aren't I
suppose) mail me on XXXX@XXXXX.COM and I'll explain why, and sell
you the licences cheaply.