Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

War and Peace with HP’s New Gen9

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I love my book club. We vote on what books to read and we always choose interesting and enlightening fiction and non-fiction. We always serve great food and drink. And, best of all, you don’t even have to read the book.

So I was really excited last month to hear about the book we would be reading. My good friend said she liked the book and the cover showed a woman in an olive grove. What could be better? Until I actually read the book and realized that there was nothing really that thrilling behind the cover.

And that’s exactly how I felt this week reading about HP’s newest announcement on their x86 HP ProLiant Gen9 servers. I mean, for goodness sake, we are at Gen9 — I’m sure we’ve come so far and there must be some thrilling new features and performance behind them.

But alas, once again, my excitement was thwarted by what I actually read.

There were 3 claims for these new systems:

  • Better TCO, optimization, and automation — but only comparing this new Gen9 to G6. I should hope there would be improvement.
  • Faster provisioning — The footnote says “Based on anonymous customer results” — hmmm. Plus the software isn’t even available yet for Gen9.
  • Improved performance — all it says is “equivalent controllers” in a “controlled environment.” — really hard to say what that means.

When I see claims like these with no real data all I can think is what real data looks like and how IBM Power Systems continue to surpass in performance.

And it reminds me that the olive grove book is no Pride and Prejudice.

At least HP tried to address performance — unlike Cisco, where it was totally ignored.

For next month we are reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez – so at least I will know to expect magic realism.


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Written by benchmarkingblog

August 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

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