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Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

Oracle Confessions

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The right way to use technology: On Monday evening I was in class and some of the students had questions. The instructor pulled out her iPad and successfully answered the questions in real time.

The wrong way to use technology: Attend a funeral via live-streaming, or give a confession using an iPhone app – unless you have a really good reason.

The right way to make a performance claim: Highlight all hardware and software used and give a result that can be compared to something in order to know whether it is a good result.

The wrong way to make a performance claim: Oracle published three press releases today claiming "extreme performance" using their financial services software on Exadata X2-2 systems. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Remember that these press releases focus on Oracle software running on Oracle hardware with no discussion of implications when you use anything else.
  • Note that the Exadata system highlighted only handles the database tier of the configuration. Oracle didn’t exactly focus on the fact that a Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 is required for the application tier.
  • We are presented with performance results in these press releases that we are supposed to be impressed with. 69 minutes, 1 hour 29 minutes, "only 4 hours 45 minutes." How in the world do we know if these are even good results? Did the 4 hours and 45 minutes take 2 hours or 10 hours last week? And on what configuration?
  • Forgive me, for I have doubts.

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    Written by benchmarkingblog

    February 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm

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