Oracle Announces Record Benchmark Results on Intel Itanium 2 Servers

November 14, 2002

Results Prove Oracle Beats Microsoft on Performance and Price/Performance on Entry Level Intel-based Systems

Oracle today announced four record benchmark results, measuring Oracle database performance for on-line transaction processing (OLTP) on Hewlett Packard (HP) systems using Intel Itanium 2 processors. With these results, Oracle beats Microsoft SQL Server on both performance and price-performance on single-system TPC-C benchmarks on 4 processors. Both Oracle and SQL Server results were on identical HP rx5670 servers. These results further expand Oracle's leadership in database performance, and demonstrate that Oracle database is the platform of choice for organizations choosing to deploy their mission-critical environments on entry-level Intel-based configurations.

Best Single System TPC-C result on Linux
With this announcement, the first TPC-C result ever published on a single system running Linux, Oracle outperforms Microsoft SQL Server's best result on 4-processor systems, with a superior price/performance ratio. Oracle Database technology on an Itanium 2-based Hewlett Packard rx5670 Server, running Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1, achieved 80,494.98 tpmC with a price/performance of US $ 4.84/tpmC. SQL Server's best result on 4-processor systems was also achieved on the HP rx5670.

Best Single System TPC-C result on 4 processors
Oracle is also announcing a new TPC-C benchmark record on 4-processor systems, achieving 80,570.81 tpmC at a price/performance of US $13.26/tpmC. Oracle database technology, running on an Intel Itanium 2 based Hewlett Packard rx5670 Server with HP-UX 11i, outperforms Microsoft SQL Server's best result on 4-processor systems, also on the HP rx5670.

Both TPC-C record results further illustrate Oracle's unique ability to provide consistent and price-competitive performance across all types of operating systems and hardware configurations.

IBM DB2 UDB has not published any TPC-C result on single systems running Unix, Linux, or Microsoft Windows-based operating systems. The TPC-C is an OLTP benchmark developed by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). The TPC-C benchmark defines a rigorous standard for calculating performance and price/performance measured by transaction per minute (tpmC) and $/tpmC, respectively.

Record Result for SAP Sales and Distribution 2-tier Standard Application Benchmark
With this announcement, Oracle establishes a new world record for the SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) 2-tier Standard Application Benchmark on 4-processor platforms. Oracle's record result of 600 SD users (4) is 27 percent better than the best Microsoft SQL Server result on 4-processor platforms, with 470 SD users, providing more proof of Oracle's performance leadership. Both results were achieved on the HP rx5670 and Intel Itanium 2 platform.

SAP Standard Application Benchmark was developed by SAP to provide comparative load analysis of the mySAP.com solution. The SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark was established in 1993, and has become the de-facto standard for measuring SAP performance.

Record result for Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark
This announcement establishes a new world record for the Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark on 4-processor systems. The result achieved 3,640 concurrent users, with an average response time of 0.916 seconds, also using the HP rx5670 platform as the database server.

HP, a strategic Itanium 2 development platform for Oracle, has supported Oracle in delivering Oracle technology for Itanium 2 to the market in record speed. Through combined expertise with a broad range of architecture, operating systems and support for Itanium, mutual Oracle and HP customers reap the benefits of an optimized platform.

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