Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

Case of the Missing Benchmark and Other Cisco Tales

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Whether it’s Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew, it’s hard not to love mystery stories. It’s so great at the end when you realize, oh my gosh, I should have seen that coming. Or, I’m amazing, of course I saw that coming.

This week there was a large amount of hoopla around the announcement of the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v2 product family. Which is all wonderful. But what is really interesting is Cisco’s new claim of 6 world record benchmarks surrounding the announcement.

Now as we know, Cisco has a history of claiming #1 benchmarks by counting not just current #1 records, but records since the beginning of time. Let’s see a few other tricks that Cisco is using in claiming performance “records” :

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Applications R12 Benchmark — It’s not hard to beat a previous generation of yourself.
  • SPECjbb2013 Benchmark (Java server performance) — Again, claim is essentially over themselves.
  • VMware View Planner Benchmark (desktop virtualization performance) — This is great but how hard is it really to be #1 when you are the only one.


But what is really interesting about Cisco’s list of benchmarks is what is missing. You see, Cisco also published an SAP SD 2-tier result but it is noticeably missing from the “world record” list.

Maybe just maybe because it happens to be behind three others — HP, Fujitsu, and IBM.


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Written by benchmarkingblog

September 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Posted in Cisco, Intel

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