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Change is hard enough without your software vendor changing the rules

So you spend your time in the IT world to make your business hum.   It seems every day is another opportunity to enable your business to grow, overcome a competitive obstacle, or reduce operating costs to be more competitive.   At times, you may feel like a one armed paper hanger trying to balance all the priorities coming at you.    You try to plan the best you can, but you should not expect one of the obstacles to be your software vendor changing the landscape in a way that may negatively impact, or derail, your best laid plans.  

Since purchasing Sun, Oracle has made a number of changes with adverse affects to you in IT:


1)      MySQL pricing remained constant
          Not anymore.


2)      Doubles price of Oracle database on Itanium 9300 processors .   
         Oracle doubles the license price for Integrity servers, while reducing the software pricing for
         Sun SPARC servers.


3)      Oracle abandons OpenSolaris .  
         Attributing the lack of help from Oracle, the OpenSolaris group disbands.


4)      Changes in Solaris on x86 pricing.  
         Oracle no longer allows 3rd party support for Solaris on x86.


5)      Oracle stops development on Integrity servers.  
         This, in spite of Integrity servers having large stable installed base, vs. Sun SPARC who
         continue to see double digit decline in marketshare.


6)      Cancelled rebate program for federal partners .
         The rebates available to Sun resellers in the federal space to help clients with testing and

         installation were killed by Oracle.


A “good business decision” is one that benefits both you (the client) and the vendor.  A “selfish business decision” is one that primarily benefits the vendor.   Just ask yourself if the aforementioned changes were “good” or “selfish”.  If you answered “selfish” to most, then you should be asking yourself – what’s next?  What other decisions will be made that will primarily benefit your software vendor?  


A segue in to “a good business decision” would be pointing you to other companies that have reduced their TCO while increasing their IT agility with HP’s Converged Infrastructure.  Click here for more information.



Selecting a Database Intelligence Solution

About a week ago, Sybase announced that along with HP, it had released a new Sybase Business Intelligence on ProLiant DL785 G6 reference architecture [PDF]. Like all good reference architectures, it makes selecting and sizing the hardware as well as figuring out the correct configuration and best practices much easier. I've spoken with customers about other reference architectures, and while their end deployment is usually a little different than the reference architecture, having a tested starting point greatly simplifies their design, sizing, and testing processes.
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