[GE users] Followup project
stephane.teletchea at univ-nantes.fr
Fri Aug 20 10:21:55 BST 2010
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andy a écrit :
> There's certainly quite some risk for anyone who is responsible for
> running clusters where every hour hundreds, thousands or tens of
> thousands CPU hours are waiting to kept busy and keep the company behind
> running. So is the assumed zero price tag worth the money you will lose
> if the DRM system of your choice does not work? Our customers are giving
> us figures which say that hardware, electricity, cooling,
> administration, OS licenses, DRM system licenses only make up one third
> of their costs. The remaining money goes into the licenses of the
> software which runs in the grid. Not talking about the labor costs for
> the engineers using the Grid. So can the license and support costs of a
> DRM system have any cost saving potential when you compare it with the
> value it adds to the bulk of hardware in a data center?
To sum up, I'd say we all know the price and efforts needed to maintain
softwares in good shape, for a long period of time. For those managing
huge datacenters, I think the Oracle support is by no means a problem
(or should not), however i assume we are a lot of scientists out there
using only single/few multiple-core workstation(s), and cannot afford
it. This is not a "philosophy" problem but a financial one.
Provided for now Oracle is not providing clear directions about the
future (mysql, solaris, openoffice.org, and the rest?) and it seems even
employees do not also have a clear vision, i think the decision to
"fork-first" is wise, at least we know there is a "gold standard" we can
still use (even if frozen). I'm not sure about the future, but the lack
of Oracle clear position on all of these is more freakening than
I hope to see those projects staying open-source (at least up to a
certain level of usage?), but for now it's getting more and more closed.
Please let me know if I'm wrong, I'd be happy to.
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