BDPrime writes "Oracle's largest internal database is 101 terabytes large, and it runs Oracle's own email and collaboration software called Beehive. It handles more than 140,000 users and 3.5 million emails per day. Oh, and it runs on nine Oracle Exadatas, the company's big integrated database servers."Link to Original Source
BDPrime writes "New 8- and 12-core x86 processors from Intel and AMD could cause big VMware licensing cost jumps. According to VMware's multicore licensing policy, certain versions of vSphere require an upgrade to pricier versions if the servers are running on chips with more than 6 processing cores."Link to Original Source
BDPrime writes "IT pros say the new memory management features and virtualization capabilities in the latest x86 processors are welcome, but the complexity involved can be challenging. One of them is dealing with VMware's memory management when running on Intel's Nehalem and AMD's Opteron chips, where features become confusing and perceptions can become a problem."Link to Original Source
BDPrime writes "When people think about energy savings, data center air-conditioning fans don't necessarily leap to mind. But choosing the right fan design can save up to $50,000 per fan over a 15-year lifespan.
Up to 37% of a data center's energy costs can be attributed to cooling infrastructure, according to EYP Mission Critical Facilities. A central part of cooling data centers is moving the air, and a big part of air movement is the cooling unit's fans. Incremental changes in the type of fan, airflow direction and fan speed offer opportunities for energy efficiency in the data center."