|Date: ||Fri, 22 Apr 2005 10:17:29 -0700|
|Sender: ||"SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>|
|Subject: ||Re: Dual-core processors and licensing?|
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This is editorial, but I think SAS licensing is behind the times and
moves slowly. For example, many people are using VMWARE which
technically is a machine in itself with a maximum of 1-CPU, but SAS
wants to license the entire box, be it 4-CPU, 8-CPU, or 16-CPU. And
there's no such thing as a site license, at least not in our
dealings... so what's to do when in a pharma company, you need to set
up 3 identical environments, dev/test/prod ... you have to pay 3
licenses when 2 of the machines are not really used except for testing.
So I would say SAS won't have an official opinion on this one for a
while. It was refreshing to talk with SAS people at SUGI and realize
that they're thinking about these issues though.
Larry Bertolini wrote:
> With AMD and Intel announcing their new "dual-core" x86 CPUs,
> does anyone know how SAS intends to treat these machines,
> with regard to licensing and "work units"?
> Apparently, Microsoft and IBM consider one "dual-core" x86
> as one CPU, but Oracle considers one "dual-core" x86 as two CPUs.