Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

Oracle Compares Itself with Itself

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I’m a firm believer in measuring your own improvement.

If you come in last in a race, the real question is did you improve over your last run? If your profit from your latest garage sale was $1.13, was that better than the last time? If you got a C on that math test, did you improve over the last time when you got that C- ? We should feel good if we know we’ve done the best that we possibly can do.

But does that make sense with announcements of new systems? Of course, you are going to have a performance improvement over your last generation, or why would you have announced the system at all? And of course it should be a considerable improvement or why would you have announced the system at all?

Which is the question I ask myself with the new Oracle SPARC Enterprise M3000 server with the SPARC64 VII+ processor announced earlier this week. The press release touts an improvement over the previous generation — as if the server were walking on water. With no comparisons to any other technologies. The big question then should be: Is that really all Oracle can say?

Is that the best they can do?

And do you have a good self-improvement story where you walked on water? Tell us about it here.


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Written by benchmarkingblog

April 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

Posted in M3000, Oracle

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