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Any server consolidation project must be preceded by a well-planned effort to predict the energy consumption and performance capacity of the new platform as compared to the legacy environment. This paper shows how one can use the Oracle Database Replay feature as a reliable tool to help in server consolidation projects. It also showed that PowerEdge 11G servers equipped with Xeon 5500 Series chipsets for I/O and processor interfacing provide an ideal platform to consolidate legacy database environments. The R710 chipset is designed to support Intel's Nehalem-EP processor family, QuickPath Interconnect, DDR3 memory technology, and PCI Express Generation 2. This paper also indicates that 11G servers offer large performance gains when compared to older generations of servers with front side-bus architectures.
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