Oracle Press Release

Oracle Extends Performance Leadership with x86 World Record on TPC-C Benchmark

Oracle Database 11g and Oracle’s Sun Servers Hold Best Overall and Best x86 Positions on Industry-Standard OLTP Benchmark, Trump HP’s and IBM’s Best Results in the Respective Categories

Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 17, 2012

News Facts

Demonstrating the power and value of Oracle’s software and hardware portfolio, the Sun Fire X4800 M2 server has set an x86 world record, beating the best x86 results from IBM and HP on the TPC-C benchmark(1). This adds to Oracle’s overall TPC-C world record result(2).
Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2, running Oracle Linux with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2, Oracle Tuxedo, and Oracle Database 11g Release 2, achieved 4,803,718 transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of $.98/tpmC.
In this benchmark, the Sun Fire X4800 M2 server equipped with eight Intel® Xeon® E7-8870 processors and 4TB of Samsung’s Green DDR3 memory, is nearly 3x faster than the best published eight-processor result posted by an IBM p570 server equipped with eight Power 6 processors and running DB2. Moreover, Oracle Database 11g running on the Sun Fire X4800 M2 server is nearly 60 percent faster than the best DB2 result running on IBM’s x86 server(3).
With just eight processors, Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2 server surpassed the best published HP result posted by a 64-processor HP Superdome server and delivered nearly 3x better price per TPC-C transaction. Compared to HP’s best x86 score with the Proliant DL580 G7, running Microsoft SQL Server, the Oracle solution is over 2.65x faster(4).
Based on the Intel Xeon processor E7 family, Oracle’s Sun Fire X4470 M2 and Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers, along with networking and storage components engineered together with an industry leading software portfolio, enable Oracle to deliver complete business solutions that can be managed and supported via a single pane of glass interface using Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c.

Independent Report Confirms that Oracle’s x86-Based Solutions Provide High Performance and Lower TCO

Oracle’s Sun Fire x86 systems with Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris and Oracle VM Server for x86 deliver up to 51 percent lower three-year total cost of ownership (TCO) than comparable HP and IBM servers deployed with third-party operating systems and virtualization products, according to independent, third-party analysis documented in “The Optimized Stack: Reducing Total Cost of Ownership Through Vertical Integration” white paper.
The Sun Fire X4470 M2 and Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers are part of Oracle Validated Configurations which enable easier and faster deployment of Oracle Linux and Oracle VM-based solutions via pre-tested, validated architectures that improve the reliability and TCO of enterprise-class Linux deployments.

Supporting Quotes

“This benchmark demonstrates that Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2 server together with Oracle Database 11g delivers the best performance in the x86 market segment,” said Juan Loaiza, senior vice president, Systems Technology, Oracle, "Oracle's performance is roughly 60 percent higher than the second place x86 TPC-C result published by IBM.”
“Oracle has engineered a platform to capitalize on the strengths of the Intel Xeon E7 processor, delivering record-breaking performance, reliability and energy efficiency. The combination of Intel technology and Oracle innovation creates significant value for our mutual customers,” said Boyd Davis, vice president and general manager of Datacenter Infrastructure Group at Intel.
“By utilizing Samsung’s advanced 32GB Green DDR3 RDIMMs, the Oracle X4800 Server can deliver an ultra-low-power system that contributes to an optimal TCO for data centers with record-breaking performance, as underscored by Oracle’s benchmark result. Samsung’s Green memory solutions deliver the industry’s best performance and lowest energy consumption with the highest density server DIMMs for the greenest server platforms,” said Jim Elliott, Vice President, Memory Marketing and Product Planning, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

Supporting Resources

Oracle’s Sun Fire X4470 M2 and Sun Fire X4800 M2 servers
Oracle InfraRed blog, LinkedIn, Facebook

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Footnotes

As of January 17, 2012: Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), www.tpc.org.
(1) Best x86 result: Oracle Sun Fire X4800 M2 server (8 chips/80 cores/160 threads) - 4,803,718 tpmC, US$.98/tpmC, available 06/26/12.
(2) Best result overall: Oracle Sun SPARC T3-4 server cluster, 30,249,688 tpmC, US$1.01/tpmC, available 6/1/11.
(3) IBM System p 570 server (8 chips/16 cores/32 threads) -1,616,162 tpmC, US$3.54 /tpmC, available 11/21/2007. IBM System x3850 X5 (4 chips/40 cores/80 threads) - 3,014,684 tpmC, US$.59/tpmC, available 09/22/11.
(4) HP Integrity Superdome-Itanium2/1.6GHz/24MB iL3 (64 chips/128 cores/256 threads), 4,092,799 tpmC, US$2.93/tpmC, available 8/6/2007. HP ProLiant DL580 G7 (4 chips/32 cores/64 threads), 1,807,347 tpmC, US$.49/tpmC, available 10/15/10.

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