The BM Seer blog reports benchmark results for the Sun FireTM X4100 M2 server on the TPC-H @300GB Performance test, showing that the Sun Fire X4100 M2 has 50 percent better price performance than the HP DL585.
Sun achieved this result using only 14 disks. Other vendors used anywhere from 104 disks (the IBM x3650 result) to 208 disks (the HP DL585 G2 result). The Sun Fire X4100 M2 is the only 1U system ever submitted for a TPC benchmark at the 300GB scale-factor.
The Sun Fire server ran the Sybase IQ database manager. By using only 14 disks, this test shows how the Sun Fire provides advantages for a data warehouse such as "ease of management, lower probability of admin errors, a much lower probability of disk failures and a true reduction in the total cost of ownership over the life of a system."
This benchmark result shows an improvement on Sun's previously published world-record $/performance result at 300GB by six percent.
The Sun Fire X4100 M2 achieved a 55% QphH@300GB improvement upon previously published 2-socket Single-core RevE Sun Fire X4200 result, i.e., 7641 QphH@300GB versus 4936 QphH@300GB.
There is a table on the blog with result details for the Sun, HP and IBM server tested, and which DBMS was used and the sockets/cores/threads CPU GHz.
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