Oracle's Sun Server X2-8 Server Delivers New x86 World Record on SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark


(As of Wednesday, 11 July 2012)

Oracle's software and Sun x86 servers set a new x86 world record with Sun Server X2-8 server (formerly Oracle's Sun Fire X4800 M2 server) running Oracle WebLogic Server 12c and Oracle's Sun Server X2-4 server (formerly Oracle's Sun Fire X4470 M2 server) running Oracle Database 11g Release 2 across four of Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash arrays.

This complete Oracle hardware and software solution beat IBM's best single node offering by 1.63 times and delivers 5 times better performance per rack unit compared to IBM Power server.

Oracle's solution demonstrates that Sun x86 servers, running Java HotSpot 64-Bit Server VM, the industry-leading Oracle Java implementation on top of Oracle Linux, along with networking and storage components, are well suited for running demanding application software at every tier in the enterprise, from web to database.


SPECjEnterprise2010 is an end-to-end, industry-standard benchmark that exercises all parts of the underlying infrastructure that make up the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition, (Java EE) technology-based application environment, including server hardware, Java Virtual Machine (JVM), database, operating system, and storage and network subsystems.

The SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark was developed to aid potential users in understanding the capabilities of different solutions and uses a realistic scenario that incorporates ERP, manufacturing and supply chain management business cases. Because it describes an end-to-end business process and provides a realistic opportunity to incorporate all of the key Java EE 5 technologies, the benchmark should be familiar and relevant to all users of Java EE 5 applications. The primary metric is the number of SPECjEnterprise operations per second completed during the test.


Table: Top Single Application Server Results on SPECjEnterprise2010 Benchmark

Solution EjOPS* Application tier Database tier Storage Other Hardware
27,150.05 Sun Server X2-8
(5U), 8 x Intel
Xeon E7-8870
CPUs, 80 cores
Oracle WebLogic
Server 12c
Sun Server X2-4
(3U), 4 x Intel
Xeon E7-4870
CPUs, 40 cores
Oracle Database
11g Release 2
Four Sun
Flash arrays
Two Sun
Storage 2540
M2 (4U)
Four Oracle's Sun
Fire X4270 M2
servers (8U)
Sun Network
10GbE Switch
72p (1U)
16,646.34 IBM Power 780
(16U) 8 x
POWER7 3.86
GHz CPUs, 64
Application Server
IBM Power 750
Express (4U) 4 x
POWER7 3.55
GHz CPUs, 32
Database 9.7
IBM System
DS5300 (4U)
Modules (24
Four 3Com
Switch 4200G 48-
Port (4U)
  • Oracle posted x86 world record SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark result of 27,150.05 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS.
  • The Sun Server X2-8 server and Oracle Weblogic Server 12c running on Oracle Linux posted the highest single node result on SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark.
  • This benchmark result delivers 1.6 times more performance than IBM, shattering their best result achieved on POWER7 servers running IBM WebSphere and DB2 database (see table), showcasing the outstanding performance and scalability of the entire Oracle stack, from web server software to storage hardware.
  • Compared to IBM's best result, this x86 world record also demonstrates the outstanding performance of Intel Xeon E7-series processors used in Sun Fire servers which delivered 63 percent more work per socket than POWER7 across the configuration (see footnote).
  • Put side by side, Oracle's solution delivered higher performance across the configuration using less than a half of the rack space compared to IBM's best single node solution with POWER7 processors (see table).
  • Comparing application server hardware, Oracle's solution delivers 14 times better price/performance over IBM's solution. The calculated price does include the licensing cost of operating system for both systems, while a one year support cost is only included for Oracle's server (see footnote).
  • At the application tier, Oracle WebLogic Server 12c, a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM for Linux, the industry-leading Oracle Java implementation, delivered over five times the performance per rack unit over IBM's solution (see footnote).
  • Oracle's end-to-end solution utilized 16 instances of Oracle WebLogic Server Standard Edition Release 12.1.1 and Java HotSpot 64-Bit Server VM for Linux, thus demonstrating over 3 times performance advantage per application server instance when compared to IBM's result which used 32 WebSphere instances.
  • The Sun Storage F5100 Flash arrays used in this benchmark hosted database files using Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM). The Flash array delivers outstanding performance in a compact 1RU form factor, which enables reduced power consumption and helps free up valuable data center floor space. In fact, Oracle's solution, which includes Sun Storage 2540 M2 arrays, offers a significant reduction in storage footprint compared to IBM's Power 780 benchmark configuration (see table).
  • This new x86 world record on the industry-standard SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark demonstrates that Sun Server X2-4 server outperforms IBM's Power 750 Express server on a per socket basis at the database tier.
  • Oracle's complete, open, and integrated solution delivers the fastest ever x86 result in the industry, and uses Oracle's portfolio of products engineered to work together from application to disk: Sun Fire x86 servers, Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays, Sun Storage 2540 M2 arrays, Oracle Linux, Java HotSpot 64-Bit Server VM for Linux, Oracle Weblogic Server 12c, part of Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Database 11g.

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. SPEC and the benchmark name SPECjEnterprise are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Competitive data obtained from as of the date located at the top of this report. See the Website for latest results. Sun Server X2-8 and Sun Fire X4470 M2 server: 27,150.05 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; 2,262 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS performance per processor across the configuration. IBM Power 780 and IBM Power 750 Express: 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS; 1,387 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS performance per processor across the configuration. SPECjEnterprise2010 models contemporary Java-based applications that run on large JEE (Java Enterprise Edition) servers, backed by network infrastructure and database servers.

The Application tier cost of acquisition for Sun Server X2-8 server with Oracle Linux is $148,490.40 or $5.47/SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. Oracle pricing includes support and was obtained from on 3/20/2012. Price for Sun Server X2-8 server in Large Configuration ($148,804.00) was adjusted to reflect the actual amount of RAM and additional PCIe devices used in benchmark that were disclosed via Bill of Materials. The Application tier cost of acquisition for IBM Power 780 (3.86GHz Power7, 512GB RAM, AIX 7.1) was calculated by Oracle to be $1,297,956 or $77.97/SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. IBM system pricing does not include any discounts or maintenance costs and was obtained from the publicly available document:, adjusted to license 64 cores (w/o TurboCore). AIX 7.1 pricing is from $77.97/$5.47=14.25x, rounded down to 14x. Oracle app. tier configuration occupies 5U of space, 27,150/5=5430 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS/U. IBM app. tier configuration occupies 16U of space, 16,646.34/16=1040 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS/RU. 5430/1040=5.22x, round nearest 5x.

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