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Vol. 5 No. 5 July 2006

Storage apps start down 64-bit path

SERVERS WITH 64-bit silicon and operating systems have been available for some time, but the lack of applications that fully support those configurations is hindering some users in their attempts to run fully 64-bit systems. For new servers, "we try and use x64 [chips] everywhere we can," says Mike Salins, senior system engineer at The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc., an organization of advertising agencies headquartered in New York City. But whether the firm installs the traditional 32-bit Windows 2003 Server or the x64 edition depends on the application software. "Sixty-four-bit application support is still lacking quite severely," says Salins. The applications that do run on 64-bit Windows operating systems perform much better than they would on the same hardware running the 32-bit version. "Two times is a reasonable performance claim," says Salins, largely because 64-bit's expanded memory space lets the application work mostly out of super-fast cache. The amount of cache you can install in a system is also greater. In ...

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