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24 Sep 2013
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Oracle Exalytics T5-8 Scales Up to Deliver Customers with Analytic Insights [33002]
In-Memory Engineered System Helps Organizations Answer Critical Business Questions

With the ever-increasing volume, scale and scope of business data, organizations need to quickly turn high-velocity data into actionable insights to gain a competitive edge. To extract the maximum value from this very dynamic data, organizations must process data faster and take timely action. Oracle Exalytics In-Memory MachineT5-8, the new engineered system with 4TB of memory per machine, delivers extreme performance for business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance management (EPM) applications, helping organizations drive better efficiency by speeding answers to complex business scenarios.
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24 Sep 2013
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New World Record with SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark in Virtualized Environment [33004]
Demonstrates Extreme Performance of Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database Running on a Virtualized SPARC T5-8 Server

Further demonstrating extreme performance, Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Database running virtualized on a single Oracle SPARC T5-8 server have achieved a new world record result with the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark beating IBM's Power7+ benchmark result also running on a single virtualized server.

Oracle announced that Oracle WebLogic Server, a part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, and the #1 application server across cloud and conventional environments, outperformed the competition to achieve a new world record in a virtualized environment with the industry-standard SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark.

The record breaking result was achieved with Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle Database 12c running on Oracle's SPARC T5-8 server with Oracle Solaris 11 virtualized with Oracle VM Server for SPARC. The configuration delivered the overall highest virtualized result with 36,571.36 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS, delivering 3.3 times more performance than IBM's comparable 8-chip benchmark result.
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10 Sep 2013
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Oracle ZFS Storage Outperforms IBM and HP [32831]
World Record Industry-Standard SPC-2 Benchmark Results

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 Delivers Greater Throughput and Better Price/Performance for Data Mining and Business Intelligence than High-Performance Systems from IBM and HP

New Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 achieves the highest ever Storage Performance Council SPC-2 Result for processing throughput and beats the price/performance ratio delivered by the IBM System Storage DS8870 and HP P9500 XP Disk Array by over 3x.

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 sets a new world record with aggregate throughput of 17,244.22 SPC-2 MBPS with SPC-2 Price Performance of $22.53. The SPC-2 benchmark consists of three application-oriented sequential I/O performance tests, which include large file processing, large database queries and video on demand.

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 has 11 percent higher throughput and 5.8x better price/performance than the IBM DS8870, which is IBM's best SPC-2 Result.

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 has 31 percent higher throughput and 3.9x better price/performance than the HP P9500 XP Disk Array, which is HP's best SPC-2 Result.

These world-record results demonstrate the performance and lower TCO possibilities that organizations using high-throughput business analytics and reporting can achieve with the new Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3 Series to realize real-time business advantage.
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10 Sep 2013
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Oracle ZFS Storage Sets World Record with Fastest Response Times on SPECsfs2008 NFS Benchmark [32832]
40 Percent Faster than NetApp

Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 and ZS3-2 Storage Systems Deliver 2x Better Throughput and 3.5x Better Value than Comparable Dual-Node High-End and Mid-Range NetApp Systems

Oracle's new ZS3 storage delivers world-record SPECsfs2008_NFS overall response times, plus the combination of extreme throughput, and exceptional value to enable customers to run database systems faster and at lower cost than comparable NAS systems from NetApp.

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 storage system sets a new world record for dual-node NAS system throughput with 450,702 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec, delivering 2.3x the performance of the best dual-node NetApp NAS system, the FAS6240 storage system, which offers 190,675 SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ops/sec, and supporting more transactions per storage system to increase operational value.

The Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-4 storage system sets a new world record with a SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ORT (overall response time) of 0.70 milliseconds, beating by 40 percent NetApp's best reported ORT, achieved on the 2-node FAS 6240 which has a SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 ORT of 1.17 milliseconds, and shortening critical I/O wait times to help improve database responsiveness and business value.
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01 Jul 2013
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IBM "per core" comparisons for SPECjEnterprise2010 [31693]
By John L. Henning

John Henning writes, "I recently stumbled upon a blog entry from Roman Kharkovski (an IBM employee) comparing some SPECjEnterprise2010 results for IBM vs. Oracle.

Mr. Kharkovski's blog claims that SPARC delivers half the transactions per core vs. POWER7.

Prior to any argument, I should say that my predisposition is to like Mr. Kharkovski, because he says that his blog is intended to be factual; that the intent is to try to avoid marketing hype and FUD tactic; and mostly because he features a picture of himself wearing a bike helmet (me too).

Therefore, in a spirit of technical argument, rather than FUD fight, there are a few areas in his comparison that should be discussed...:

  • Scaling is not free
  • Choosing the denominator radically changes the picture
  • SPEC Fair use requirements
  • Substantiation and transparency
  • T5 claim for "Fastest Processor"

Read on for details...
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20 Jun 2013
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A closer look at the new T5 TPC-H result [31496]
By Stefan Hinker

Stefan Hinker writes, "You've probably all seen the new TPC-H benchmark result for the SPARC T5-4 submitted to TPC on June 7. Our benchmark guys over at "BestPerf" have already pointed out the major takeaways from the result. However, I believe there's more to make note of.

TPC doesn't promote the comparison of TPC-H results with different storage sizes. So let's just look at the 3000GB results:

  • SPARC T4-4 with 4 CPUs (that's 32 cores at 3.0 GHz) delivers 205,792 QphH.
  • SPARC T5-4 with 4 CPUs (that's 64 cores at 3.6 GHz) delivers 409,721 QphH.

That's just 1863 QphH or 0.45% short of 100% scalability if you'd expect a doubling of cores to deliver twice the result. Of course, one could expect to see a factor of 2.4, taking the increased clockrate into account. That would set the bar to 493901 QphH, and the SPARC T5-4 would be at 83% of that. So what didn't scale? Most likely the storage! Let's look at that a little closer:.."
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