Are 64-Bit Databases a Cost-Effective Solution?

June, 2003


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.