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What’s Really Behind an Oracle “World Record” ?

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It’s so sweet. Oracle is really trying.

They realize how important it is to have industry standard benchmark proof points. They realize that these proof points should use important workloads. Like SAP.

But that’s where it ends.

In Oracle’s latest press release, they claim a “world record” on the SAP for Utilities Standard Application Benchmark. Here’s what you need to know:

  • This Utilities benchmark is brand spanking new; the predecessor for this benchmark is the SAP Customer Care and Service benchmark, which was retired in January. What’s interesting is that there hasn’t been a result published on this benchmark for almost 10 years. Yes, you heard it, 10 years. Some might question the relevancy here.
  • For the Utilities benchmark that Oracle just published on, some might say that Oracle indeed has a world record. When you are the only one publishing, it’s extremely easy to do this.
  • This benchmark result is announced by Oracle. But it’s not even run on an Oracle system. It’s not run on SPARC. It’s not run on Exadata. It’s on Fujitsu Xeon hardware. Another case of a lack of proof points on the hardware that Oracle is touting.

Is Oracle really trying?

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Results as of June 6, 2012. Source: http://www.sap.com/benchmark
The SAP for Utilities standard application benchmark: 2-node Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S6, each with two six-Core Intel Xeon X5690 processors, 3.46 GHz, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Real Application Clusters on Linux, 590,035 fully business processed assembly orders per hour. Certification #2012024. The SAP for Utilities standard application benchmark: single-node Fujitsu Primergy RX300 S6, with two six-Core Intel Xeon X5690 processors, 3.46 GHz, Oracle Database 11g Release 2 with Oracle Real Application Clusters on Linux, 298,644 fully business processed assembly orders per hour. Certification #2012025.

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June 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

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