I guess I will chime in. We are running a 4 way 64bit Unysis ES7000 with
16GB of memory on Windows 2003. We are currently using it for an OLAP
implementation, however the RDBMS is on the server is well. The best
benefit is memory, which we will be bumping up into the 30gigish range soon.
You can dynamically adjust memory over 8GB(do not really need AWE) without
rebooting SQL. When we are loading data into the cubes we can give SQL more
and when aggs are being built in the cube give more to OLAP Services.
Beyond that memory ease, we have not really noticed a great difference. In
alot of aspects it is a pain using SQL 64 bit, due to its lack tools and
bugs we have ran into. We have crashed our 64bit many times with the amount
of data we are trying to punch through(billion +). To give you some hard
numbers from our test using it in an OLTP environment, we traced some daily
activity and we ran the delete, insert, updates for the same anount of time
32bit 4 way 8GB memory -- 133 Trans/sec
64bit 4 way 8GB memory -- 613 Trans/sec
32bit 8way 8GB memory -- 493 Trans/sec
Post by Daniel P.
Did anyone use the 64 bit version in production with large databases?
Is it a better price/performance than the 32 bits version?
Any information if highly appreciated.
Thanks a lot!