Oracle Press Release

Oracle’s New x86 Servers Demonstrate World Record 4 Processor Performance on Industry-Standard Benchmark

Optimized for Performance: Oracle’s Integrated Approach to Software and Hardware Delivers Better Results than HP and IBM

Redwood Shores, Calif. – April 5, 2011

News Facts

Building on its commitment to provide hardware and software engineered to work together to optimize performance and improve datacenter efficiencies, Oracle today announced a new benchmark result for its forthcoming enterprise x86 servers based on the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E7 family.
Oracle’s enhanced Sun Fire x86 systems extend Oracle’s industry leadership for running mission critical and enterprise Java applications, as demonstrated by record-breaking 4 processor performance for SPECjbb2005(1) on its upcoming Sun Fire X4470 M2 server.
With up to a 39 percent increase in overall system performance, compared to the previous generation, customers should see significant gains in application-level computing capacity, allowing them to run their software more effectively in the same physical footprint(2).
With up to 51 percent lower three-year total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to multi-vendor alternatives from HP or IBM with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and VMware (3), these highly-scalable servers come standard with Oracle Linux or Oracle Solaris and advanced virtualization including Oracle VM for x86 at no additional cost (terms, conditions and restrictions apply).
Only Oracle can enable cost-effective consolidation with a highly virtualized x86 infrastructure that is fully certified with Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and Oracle Applications all supported with Oracle’s world-class Premier Support.
Oracle’s Sun Fire x86 systems are key components in Oracle's highly successful engineered systems, such as Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. They are also part of Oracle's complete portfolio of cloud-ready technologies and services, supporting Oracle's commitment to provide advanced cloud-computing infrastructure to help reduce the cost and complexity of running enterprise software.

Benchmark Details

SPECjbb2005 benchmark: The Sun Fire X4470 M2 server running Microsoft Windows 2008 OS and Oracle Java 6 Update 25 Virtual Machine (VM) posted a new World record result for all 4 CPU systems on this industry-standard benchmark that emulates the design of real-world, server-side Java applications and provides an accurate reflection of the business logic and objects, while stressing the implementation of the Java VM and the scalability of the system's processors and memory. The updated Sun Fire X4470 M2 server allows customers to deploy Java application services with high levels of scalability and efficiency, surpassing the next best published 4 CPU result posted by IBM Power 750 Express server, equipped with four POWER7 processors and running IBM J9 VM on AIX OS(1).

Supporting Quote

“This record-breaking benchmark demonstrates the powerful performance capabilities of the Sun Fire x86 systems, as well as Oracle’s continued innovation in the x86 server market,” said Ali Alasti, vice president of hardware engineering, Oracle. “Furthermore, it expands Oracle’s unique capability to help lower IT costs and improve operational efficiencies by providing better performing x86-based infrastructure that can be ordered, deployed, managed and supported together with Oracle’s complete software stack.”
“The Intel Xeon E7 processor family is a natural fit for Oracle’s application-to-disk strategy for our mutual Enterprise computing customers, particularly given the processor’s record-breaking performance and new security, reliability and energy efficiency features,” said Boyd Davis, vice president and general manager of Data Center Group Marketing at Intel. “We value our long-standing relationship and collaboration with Oracle and look forward to more exciting solutions to come.”

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SPEC, SPECint and SPECjbb are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive results from www.spec.org as of 04/03/2011.

Sun Fire X4470 M2 (4x Intel Xeon E7-4870 CPU, MS Windows, Oracle Java 6 u25) - 2,703,740 SPECjbb2005 bops, 675,935 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM. IBM Power 750 Express (4x POWER7 3.55 GHz, AIX) – 2,478,929 SPECjbb2005 bops, 77,467 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM.
Sun Fire X4470 M2 (4x Intel Xeon E7-4870 CPU) SPECint_rate_base2006 – 1010 est. Sun Fire X4470 (4x Intel Xeon X7560) SPECint_rate_base2006 – 724.

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