Oracle's Vertical Integration Carries the Day, Edison Group White Paper Finds July 27, 2011,
Volume 161, Issue 4
The Edison Group's white paper, "Oracle x86 Infrastructure: The Optimized Stack: Reducing Total Cost of Ownership through Vertical Integration" examines the cost structures across a range of system sizes and deployments for the core x86 system stack by comparing Oracle's integrated complete infrastructure with alternatives from HP and HP, all deployed with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and VMware vSphere, both together and separately. Among the findings is that TCO with an Oracle solution is as much as 57 percent lower than comparable deployments. Edison evaluated two, four and eight socket systems over three and five year periods using the Oracle Sun Fire X4170 M2 server for the two socket study and the Sun Fire X4470 M2 for the four socket system. For the eight socket study, Edison Group used the Sun Fire X4800 M2, and for a ten two socket study of blades with networking Edison used the Sun Blade X6270 M2 server module in a Sun Blade 6000 chassis with Sun Blade 6000 10 gigabyte (GB) switched NEM 24p. Equipment from IBM and HP was comparable in every case. The white paper concludes that, "By engineering the entire infrastructure with service and support in mind, Oracle can deliver lower TCO in the design and operation of its system, in the ease of deployment enabled by VM Templates and Validated Configurations ... and in the efficiency and effectiveness of its ... Premier Support package."