Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

More March Madness with Oracle Exadata

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There’s a basketball play called the elbow pass. The elbow pass is a behind-the-back pass — as the ball crosses the player’s back, the player hits it with his elbow, redirecting the ball back toward the side it started on.  It is rarely used and pretty much never results in points or a win.

This morning, Oracle once again advertised on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. The ad claimed that Exadata is faster. Here is what you need to know on this one:

  • The ad states “up to 20x faster queries.”   There is no data. But if we assume this is true then this could mean that Oracle may have ONE query that is faster. IBM could surpass Oracle on every other query. Sort of like if you are only good at the obscure elbow pass.
  • If the European client that the claim is totally based on is so pleased with Oracle, why are they not allowing Oracle to use their name? Wow, a ghost reference.
  • What system is this even being compared with?
  • If Oracle’s database performance is so great on Exadata, where are the Exadata industry standard benchmarks? Suffice it to say that we’ll probably see an elbow pass before we see one of those.


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Written by benchmarkingblog

March 15, 2012 at 10:20 am

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  1. 🙂 good one.


    March 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm

  2. I wonder if you can provide me with information on IBM’s Purescale. Information on real world use and number of installations. You talk about Oracle’s marketing claims, but to be honest, when I researched purescale a few years back, all I could find was articles from IBM. Or articles from folks who work for IBM. I honest would like to learn more about real world purescale usage and customer feedback but seems like all I can find is information from IBM.
    The company I work for uses IBM (lots of it) and Oracle. I know from talking with other Oracle users the amazing results they have had using Exadata. But I honestly can’t find similar real world information from other users on purescale.

    dan furnier

    April 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    • forgot to check the notify me of follow-up comments via email! 🙂

      dan furnier

      April 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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