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HPE has given its GreenLake cloud the power to control the numbers of cores that are active on servers and pay for usage depending on the number of cores a customer presses into service. The new service, dubbed “Silicon on-demand”, only works with Intel-powered boxes and uses technology that Chipzilla and HPE cooked up …

  1. Morten Bjoernsvik

    Maybe new on intel

    IBM calls it Capacity On Demand:

    https://www.ibm.com/support/pages/capacity-demand-users-guide

    Same with oracle Exadata:

    https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E80920_01/DBMLI/exadata-capacity-on-demand.htm#DBMLI147

    And Azure,GC,AWS,Facebook etc surely have this in their datacenters.

    But this is becomming commodity:

    1. Snake Silver badge

      Re: Maybe new on intel

      Essentially "Lease the processing power level you require".

      So they're pushing 1960's mainframe marketing, but we're expected to swallow it because it's "New and Improved!".

      1. P. Lee

        Re: Maybe new on intel

        "You'll own nothing and be happy about it."

        - World Economic Forum/Davos Billionaires' Club: "Build Back Better"

    2. Sparkus Bronze badge

      Re: Maybe new on intel

      Yup, IBM has been doing on mainframe forever, iSeries (or whatever it's called now) for almost forever, and on Power (AIX) since at least 2004.

      I think that DEC could do it on Alpha, but not sure.......

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Maybe new on intel

      Yes IBM do it, but that's for Power CPU cores only (which these days mean boutique)

      Yes Oracle do it with Exadata, but you can only run an Oracle database on that and nothing else (increasingly boutique as well)

      Yes this is effectively how you pay for services in public cloud.

      What about on-premises general purpose x86 compute? No-one does it in that space yet, so this is meaningful and interesting from that perspective.

      I agree with the other comments that I suspect anyone wanting to use this to reduce their Oracle license costs had probably better lawyer-up.

      1. P. Lee

        Re: Maybe new on intel

        Checkpoint used to do it for their firewalls. I'm not sure what the current state is.

  2. EricM

    Is this meant to be Oracle-safe?

    As Oracle (among others) demads that all "installed" Cores must be licensed, Cores inactived by the scheme would still fit the description.

    Other ways of soft-separating Cores from licenses like vCPUs (practically everything short of physical removal) are not accepted by Oracle outside of their own HW.

    Legal counselling might need to be required before really calculating any license fees based on that feature.

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge
      Gimp

      Re: Is this meant to be Oracle-safe?

      The best way to be Oracle safe is not to use them. Otherwise they have you in a financial gimp suit for Larry's pleasure.

  3. Dippywood

    Silicon-On-Demand

    Too many cores for your wallet?

    Ah, SOD it!

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