Exploring RISC migration for its mission-critical databases, the British Columbia Assessment Authority (BCA) found that servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family could double its Oracle Database* performance and reduce annual operations costs by 82 percent compared to its previous environment based on Sun SPARC* platforms and Solaris*.
BCA undertook a proof of concept (POC) to study the performance and cost implications of a RISC migration to HP ProLiant* servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family and Red Hat Enterprise Linux*. BCA uses Oracle Database to generate property value assessments for properties across British Columbia.
Working with MYRA Systems, BCA found that RISC migration could increase database performance while reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO) for the property assessment database environment. In this case study, Brent Chan of BCA and Eric White of MYRA Systems describe the results of the POC. The Intel Xeon processor-based solution maintained transactional performance and doubled batch processing. Some database workloads saw even greater improvements.