Dealing with the Itanium Fallout – Part 2 [IBM]

Oracle’s decision in March to end software development on in Intel Itanium-based systems has a lot of IT decision makers taking another hard look at ways to improve their environment, lower costs and reduce the risk of future disruptions.

For those who want to stay on UNIX and remain loyal to Oracle software, moving to IBM Power/AIX is proving to be the clear choice.

IBM Power7 has the industry leading UNIX solution, offering better price for performance than comparable systems from Sun. Power Systems has over a 20-year history of technology innovations, and IBM has built a steady track record in Power’s road map during the past five years, gaining steady market share – in fact, IBM has gained 12 points of market share in the $14 billion UNIX space since 2005 and saw its server revenues grow 22.1% in the first quarter.

When it comes to performance, results on the new Power7 benchmarks such as Transaction Processing Performance Council Benchmark C (TPCC), SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) and SPEC rates (integer and floating-point) range from 1.5 time to 2.5 time better than its closest competition.

In addition to performance, [Read more…]

Dealing with the Itanium fallout [IBM]

Oracle Database customers look to IBM DB2 to reduce costs and risk. 

Oracle’s decision this spring to stop supporting Itanium has, not surprisingly, forced a lot of customers to take a look at their Itanium-based systems providers. But the announcement is also forcing IT decision makers to reevaluate their dependence on Oracle software too, particularly Oracle Database. After all, few want to feel like they’ve had the rug pulled out from under them again in the future.

The good news is that organizations that want to preserve their HP investment can easily switch their database thanks in large part to how much more straightforward database migrations have become with IBM DB2 – something that just wasn’t viable a few short years ago. IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows, for instance, now offers an out-of-the-box database compatibility layer for Oracle’s PL/SQL and Sybase ASE, which allows many applications to run against DB2 without code changes. It’s not completely foolproof but users can expect about 90% or more compatibility with just a few minor code changes. That means migrations now take days or weeks instead of months or longer. Plus, because developers are still coding with tools and language they’re familiar with, there’s less chance of bugs being introduced.

But it’s not just ease of migration and reduced risk [Read more…]