HP and Oracle 10g top server benchmarks

Hewlett-Packard has taken the top two spots in the Transaction Processing Council's benchmarks with the new Oracle 10g database,...

Hewlett-Packard has taken the top two spots in the Transaction Processing Council's benchmarks with the new Oracle 10g database, making the combination a viable alternative to Fujitsu and IBM.

The latest TPC benchmarks rated the Oracle 10g, running on an HP Integrity Superdome, at 1,008,144 transactions per minute at a cost per transaction of £4.94.

The HP/Oracle system gained the highest performance in the TPC's results for non-clustered servers, although the system costs were higher than Microsoft's entry, which came third.

The Microsoft's 64-bit SQL Server running on Integrity hardware performed 786,646 transactions per minute, which was 28% slower than HP/Oracle, but the cost per transaction was 28% cheaper at £3.85.

Although the cost per transaction showed that the HP/Oracle system costs were in line with the less powerful Microsoft configuration, analyst firm Gartner said HP database servers were a viable alternative to Unix-based databases.

Gartner said HP could now show it could challenge Fujitsu, IBM and Sun Microsystems and that business should exploit the unit price in negotiations.

Ian Brown, Gartner research director, said, "Although such tests are not indicative of real-world performance, they do provide a useful reference for users wanting to know about the price and performance of systems."

Brown said HP and IBM were neck-and-neck when it came to costs, but that Fujitsu was set to make a stronger challenge with some new configurations of its own. Sun Microsystems did not take part in the test.

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