AMD's 12-Core Chip May Cut Software Costs

Monday Mar 29th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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Because of the way most licensing deals work, upgrading to servers with the new chips may allow enterprises to reduce the number of servers they run, and thus reduce their software costs.

NetworkWorld: While the practice isn't universal, Microsoft and many other vendors base their software licensing fees on the number of processors used, not the number of cores. Most enterprises that upgrade to servers with AMD's new 12-core chips could reduce the overall number of servers and processors they use. That means those companies could see lower software prices in addition to performance gains.

Although the 12-core chips cost a little more than their 6- and 8-core competitors, it's "nowhere near as much as a SQL server costs," noted one IT director.

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