Sun/Oracle taking on IBM

Oracle plans to demonstrate their database is faster on Sun’s kit than IBM’s (see snippet below) and the most recent challenge goes like this:

Welcome news if you were a little worried when they killed off the Rock.  Or heard that they were courting HP to buy the Sun hardware.

But you know, the whole Oracle strategy of going after IBM mostly reminded me of this.

Oracle and Sun taunt IBM with Sparcs • The Register

But Oracle threw down the right hand gauntlet at IBM’s feet, suggesting that it would show on October 14 that Sun iron plus Oracle’s databases would be able to deliver many millions of transactions per minute (TPM for short, and two digits of performance at that) compared to the 6 million TPM that IBM’s top-end 64-core Power 595 (using 5 GHz Power6 chips) currently delivers.

It is a fair guess that Oracle and Sun will try to demonstrate that a cluster of quad-socket Sun Fire 5440 servers, using Sun’s latest 1.6 GHz Sparc T2+ processors can deliver a lot more oomph.

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