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William McKnight

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I will periodically be sharing my thoughts and observations on information management here in the blog. I am passionate about the effective creation, management and distribution of information for the benefit of company goals, and I'm thrilled to be a part of my clients' growth plans and connect what the industry provides to those goals. I have played many roles, but the perspective I come from is benefit to the end client. I hope the entries can be of some modest benefit to that goal. Please share your thoughts and input to the topics.

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William is the president of McKnight Consulting Group, a firm focused on delivering business value and solving business challenges utilizing proven, streamlined approaches in data warehousing, master data management and business intelligence, all with a focus on data quality and scalable architectures. William functions as strategist, information architect and program manager for complex, high-volume, full life-cycle implementations worldwide. William is a Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a frequent best-practices judge, has authored hundreds of articles and white papers, and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars. His team's implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. He is a former IT Vice President of a Fortune company, a former software engineer, and holds an MBA. William is author of the book 90 Days to Success in Consulting. Contact William at

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Late last year, just before the holidays, Oracle announced it would treat core licensing differently than it has in the past - and more in line with competitors Microsoft and IBM.

Specifically, it will apply a multiple (less than 1) to the number of cores to determine the equivalent processor number for licensing purposes. These multiples appear to be .25 for UltraSparc T1, .5 for AMD/Intel and .75 for other multicore chip servers.

Oracle customers with these server technologies know that a core does not provide a processor level of service, so this pricing strategy should be viewed as more "fair" to these customers. If I recall right, chip makers went to dual- and multi-core strategies in order to more efficiently utilize fans and cooling because they run very hot.

Microsoft and IBM have been doing something similar to this with their DBMS pricing since early 2005.

Posted January 6, 2006 8:19 AM
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