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Delivering on its SPARC roadmap, Oracle announced SPARC T5, the world's fastest microprocessor, and introduced a portfolio of newly integrated systems that deliver better performance than the IBM Power Series.

Live SPARC Launch Event on March 26

Larry Ellison Quote

This is way faster. Period.
Larry Ellison
Oracle CEO

Oracle’s new SPARC T5 servers set 17 world records and are the world’s best platforms for enterprise computing at any scale. The SPARC T5-8 system beat IBM Power 770 and 780 systems in recent benchmarks and is currently the fastest single server for Oracle Database, Java, and middleware in the world.

Building on the success of its SPARC T4 servers, Oracle has now completely refreshed its SPARC server family and the response by analysts and the press has been overwhelmingly positive. Still, some inaccurate comments from IBM have surfaced in the press, so Oracle would like to set the record straight.

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Fact #1: 94% of our 17 world-record benchmarks were audited, and 12 of them are SPEC, TPC, or SAP benchmarks. The other four were audited and approved by the application owner. IBM submitted and proudly displayed results for two of these, which were audited and approved in the same fashion.

Fact #2: All of Oracle's benchmark performance comparisons can be found at, where we detail performance, price/performance, and other leadership attributes.

Fact #3: Based on IBM’s own performance sizing calculations, IBM achieved on average only a 10% performance gain from Power7 to Power7+.  This is a very poor performance increase in IBM processor generation in 2-3 years.

Fact #4: While IBM has three security accelerator units per chip, they do not show any measured performance results.  Oracle has 16 per chip and shows extremely high performance.

Fact #5: In a few cases IBM had better performance per core, but this did not reduce the total software and hardware cost to the customer, nor did it provide better price/performance.  What customers care about is performance per dollar, not per core.

Fact #6: SAP does not charge per-core but per-user, so IBM's per-core SAP comparisons are pointless.

Fact #7: In some benchmarks Oracle configured servers with more memory than IBM, but Oracle also did this at better price/performance than IBM.

Oracle's SPARC T5 Advantage Over IBM

Oracle’s advantage is the result of its focus on engineering hardware and software to work together.  Our SPARC T5 systems can execute an enormous range of applications that leapfrog the competition with up to a 10x performance improvement over the previous generation. As Oracle continues to execute on its strategy to more deeply integrate its hardware with software, our real-world performance gains will continue to surpass IBM.

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