The latest craze from software vendors to companies is to charge for each and every core a machine has regardless of whether or not you’re going to use it.
Get this, if you want to buy a production license for your database/middleware/web server, the vendor (starts with an “S”) wants you to send them the hardware specs of the box. If you tell them it is a Dell superduper server with 8 quad core CPUs and 96GBytes of RAM but you only will be using a single core for the database and devoting the rest to the middleware/webserver, you STILL have to pay the vendor for all 32 cores (8 CPUs X 4 cores). Your software license costs is now 32 times MORE what you should have to pay IMHO.
Lots of software companies are now doing this anti-customer practice just to beef up their short term revenues.
What makes them think that you won’t go to another vendor?
- Their competitors are probably doing the same sales tactic
- They have you by the family jewels, vendor lock in, and it will cost you far too much $$$ to migrate
- They think that you’re too stupid and/or timid to call their bluff
- FUD that is spread by well meaning and well known folk that don’t know jack about the open source alternatives
Who the hell do they think they are?