32 vs 64June 4 2012 at 10:59 AM
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We are getting new servers! Yay!
Our current servers are 32 bit and the new ones will be 64 bit. We currently have 32 bit Essbase installed.
In order to migrate our EPM System (11.1.2) to the new servers, do I need to install 64 bit Essbase? Can I run 32 bit Essbase on a 64 bit server? Can I migrate my current applications from 32 bit to 64 bit without any issues? All feedback appreciated!
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I don't even play an infrastructure consultant on TV, but install the 64 bit releaseNo score for this post
|June 4 2012, 12:02 PM |
You'll get the ability to address way more memory if you install the 64 bit version. That's the big reason to go 64 bit. Think of what you can do with caches and (if BSO) block size.
From what I've seen, most if not all databases come across just fine. Once in a while there are databases that performed better in 32-bit and need some rejiggering but it isn't all that common.
Often there is a big speed bump although I think that is hard to separate from the (usually) faster drives and CPUs that come with new boxes. Of course if you go from DAS to a SAN that may not happen.
I'm sure the more infrastructurally-inclined will chime in.
Win64 + plenty of ram = cache mem locking?No score for this post
|June 4 2012, 3:06 PM |
I always wanted to ask this as we run essbase on 64bits with 36gb of ram : can I then enable cache memory locking database setting on critical apps? I mean is it safe now or still risky?
|John A. Booth|
No to cache memory locking.No score for this post
|June 4 2012, 5:50 PM |
I would not suggest using cache memory locking -- I've had bad luck in 11.1.2 with this. This being said if you have enough memory you shouldn't need to worry about that. Especially conflicts with Direct I/O (yes there are good reasons to use it with really slow disk).
John A. Booth
Re: No to cache memory locking.No score for this post
|June 5 2012, 11:11 AM |
I had a customer try direct I/O with an 126.96.36.199 install (64 bit) and we found restructures crashed the application. In talking with one of the lead internal support people, she said, Direct I/O was the leading cause of database corruption and they will be pulling it from the product at some point. With Exalytics changes, I'll bet it is sooner than later.
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|June 4 2012, 9:07 PM |
EIS is NOT fully supported in ANY 64-bit O/S. Although it will function for the most part - building cubes - but you cannot import/export your models/outlines. So you will need to keep a 32-bit PC running somewhere, install the 32-bit version of 188.8.131.52 (or 184.108.40.206) on it and connect it to your EIS repository. From that system you will be able to import/export your models from dev to test to prod.
The issue is with the 64-bit Datadirect ODBC data drivers and there does not appear to be any plans on resurrecting this service. So, you may want to dust off your EPMA or Essbase Studio skills.
|John A. Booth|
Very true and annoying <EOM>No score for this post
|June 4 2012, 10:09 PM |
Re: 32 vs 64No score for this post
|June 5 2012, 11:13 AM |
You should be able to migrate the applications from 32 bit to 64 without too much issue. Once there, you will most likely want to look at performance as a stright migration may not give you boost you are expecting.