Due to Oracle licensing costs for one of my new applications, I need to buy a beefy SINGLE socket quad-core rackmount server, max 2U, with 16-32GB of RAM, RAID-10 or dual RAID-1, SATA or SAS. RAID 5 is not an option. Will run Linux x64.
I have decent hardware in-house but Oracle initial license plus recurring cost will outweigh the benefit of having the Poweredge 2900 for this particular application.
I have several Dell 2900's and 1750s that I will be selling, these are all dual socket and Oracle Standard Edition One licensing is double for a dual socket x dual core, so I need to replace with a single socket quad core.
I am willing to buy Dell, IBM or Sun, but was hoping someone knew a good suggestion quickly. I'm pricing through some options right now, but most of my experience is that the servers with decent drive subsystems (RAID 10 controller + hot swap) are all coming with dual socket now. I need to stay under 5k.
I am also willing to trade for an equivalent single socket system if anyone is interested in one of my 2900s (2x Xeon dual core core2 w/8gb RAM, 4x160GB SAS 10k rpm).