[thelist] Harware question for enterprise application

Randal Rust randalrust at gmail.com
Thu Aug 3 16:47:59 CDT 2006

I am at my wits' end with our technical people, who are telling me
that we need $50K of hardware to run application.

The current system is an Oracle 6 forms application running on an
Oracle 9i database. We have about 65 concurrent users on a daily

I need to provide the client with an estimate for moving to a total
web-based application. The new system would enable another 2,000 users
to access the system. However, due to the nature of the business,
their usage would not be daily, and distributed so that the peak would
ready about 650 users the first, second and third weeks of any given
month. Of course, not all 650 would be using the system at the same
time. Also, these additional 600 concurrent users don't really do that
much -- they just enter and submit some data. Nothing really

The new architecture would be something along the lines of...

1. Struts Framework
2. JBOSS application server
3. Oracle 10g database

...and my technical people are telling me I will probably need three
clustered webservers, the application server and three clustered
database servers.

Now, I don't know much of anything about hardware, but this seems a
bit overkill to me.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. Even if it's to tell me to
listen to my technical people.


Randal Rust

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