wouldn't it be an idea to optimise stuff instead of throwing ram at the problem? (generally i mean)
You've not met my DBAs or the code the developers write. Its usually cheaper to buy more hardware than to get them to properly normalise their data and improve their packages. Ooer.
They're moving from a 32-core POWER6 server with 256GB memory which isn't fast enough apparently, to a dual-RAC cluster on three DL9880s each site running RHEL 6 with 64 cores on each server and throughput of 40GB/s from storage. The things are frighteningly fast (still not sure if can run Crysis or Vista ).
And they *still* complain.