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SPARC T5-2 Servers Prevail over x86 Alternatives for Cost and Performance Based on Independent Analysis

Enterprises can save more than US$1.2 million over five years by running Oracle’s SPARC T5-2 servers versus HP Proliant DL380P equipment, according to a comprehensive cost analysis by the Edison Group, an independent research organization.

The Edison Group reported its findings in “Advantages of Oracle’s SPARC Servers Running Oracle Solaris over Commodity Alternatives".

The evaluation also found that Oracle’s SPARC systems offer additional advantages in performance, scalability, dependability, and virtualization strength compared to x86 systems.

The head-to-head comparison used Oracle’s SPARC T5-2 server running Oracle Solaris 11, Oracle Virtual Networking, and Oracle VM virtualization versus Proliant hardware with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus.

“Oracle offers a sole-source solution for server virtualization—a single company manufactures and integrates the entire application-to-disk stack,” the Edison analysts write. “This single-part accountability has been found to be conducive to operational savings and to alleviate concerns of interoperability, operational consistency, and maintenance.”

The authors also note that while x86 architectures are considered to be a safe and cost-effective option for virtualization, “the performance and value of Oracle’s suite of SPARC processor-based servers, and the Oracle Solaris operating system and virtualization software should prompt enterprises to explore the Oracle stack.”

Clear Cost Savings
To compare the financial impact of the Oracle and x86 servers, Edison Group estimated the total cost of acquisition (TCA) and total cost of operation (TCO) over five years. “TCO shows a price advantage on the Oracle side of US$1,208,768, or 28.4 percent,” the authors write.

The study also compared the workloads each server is capable of running, and determined that 20 of the Oracle servers handle loads that would require 51 of the HP devices. “For both TCA and TCO calculations, most costs scale in some way with the size of the installation,” the analyst wrote. “Because the Oracle solution runs with both fewer servers and physical cores, it is dramatically less expensive even in terms of components and services that have approximately equal unit prices in both systems.”

A Choice with Less Risk
In addition to economic advantages, the Edison Group says the Oracle technology stack is a unified data center solution engineered for efficiency and economy, and one that reduces enterprise risk compared to x86 architectures. “With a track record of reliable, robust server virtualization, Oracle Solaris continues to gain notice for its performance, scalability, and value.”

Read the full report and learn more about Oracle’s SPARC T5-2 servers.

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