Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

It Really Does Take Two to Tango, Oracle

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10x better, 95% reduction, 60x increase.

I saw these claims recently in press releases from Oracle.

Sounds rather nice. Until you start thinking about what a comparison really is.

A comparison involves the consideration of two things. You must have something to compare to something else. In mathematics, an inequality is a relation that holds between two values when they are different. Not just empty promises.

When you throw around “comparisons” about complex issues of application deployment, you really should mention what data you are comparing to. Rather than leaving it in thin air.

Are you comparing the performance of your newest processor with one from 10 years ago ? Are you comparing the deployment of your system with a competitor’s truck ?

That’s why it makes sense to look at real data. Like here. And here. And here. And here.

Remember that 60 times a very small number still comes out to be a very small number. And of course, as we know from the multiplicative property of zero, 60 times 0 is still 0.


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Written by benchmarkingblog

December 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

Posted in Cloud, Exalogic, Oracle

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