v880 test in customer context
By John Clingan on Dec 19, 2004
I was in a discussion with a customer last week about buying a couple of 1 or 2U x86-based servers and replacing some ISV packages with open source LAMP-like packages for some non-critical departmental applications. The customer asked my opinion.
I asked some probing questions and it sure sounds like an opportunity to save some up-front money. But I also commented that this cost-saving measure can be taken further because big savings come with simplifying the environment. One thing I know for sure is that my customer's system administrators are \*busy\*. Why add two more servers to the environment when they have headroom to spare on the servers they already have? Yeah, you all probably know where I am going with this :) So did my customer.
This is one of the reasons this v880 test is so important to me. I want to show to my customers an (admittedly baked) scenario of application consolidation. This results in simplified patching. And fewer moving electrons. And less power consumption. And fewer servers to upgrade. And less floor space. And more sleep.
You probably noticed my comment on saving "up-front" money. As Jamie correctly pointed out in a comment I can't seem to locate, big cost savings come from refactoring the whole darn environment. Fewer application instances to manage is a good thing (but harder to accomplish IMHO).
Word of advice to ISVs. Re-examine the hard-CPU-based pricing model. To get down to an affordable model in a consolidated Solaris Container environment, customers are being forced to deploy software that doesn't have a CPU-based licensing model. That includes MySQL, Apache and more.