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Is 64-Bit Worth the Wait?
After struggling in niche workstation, graphics, and number-crunching segments for the last decade, the 64-bit microprocessor is now starting to gain a foothold in the commodity server hardware scene. While the price/performance curve of the Intel x86 family has served general-purpose computing well over the last decade-plus, the growth in data intensive and CPU intensive applications with large numbers of users is fostering interest in 64-bit outside of its typical domain. Whether 64-bit technology is worth the wait really depends on your needs. This article will help you answer this question and determine your strategy for server technology moving forward. Click here to purchase.
Are 64-Bit Databases a Cost-Effective Solution?
Following dismal sales revenues during 2002, database vendors are eager to convince users that they need to acquire and upgrade their data management systems. In addition to their usual push, vendors are offering products that will take advantage of the 64-bit processors that are coming to market. The outcome of these activities will depend on whether potential buyers can be convinced that migrating to bigger machines can produce positive returns.