March 30, 2012
This week, Oracle claimed x86 “world-record” performance with the Sun Fire X4800 M2 on industry standard Java middleware and transactional database benchmarks. Oracle compares their brand new result with an IBM result from over a year ago.
Elisabeth Stahl writes her thoughts on the new Oracle benchmark results in her blog: http://benchmarkingblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/is-oracle-fleecing-you.
Oracle conveniently forgets to include cost of the database in their configuration. If you do include the Oracle database cost, then you get back to similar numbers I have discussed in my earlier benchmark posts: SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark questions answered and Which is faster – WebSphere or WebLogic?
March 13, 2012
In my last post I have discussed Oracle Exalogic as the emperor who has no clothes. In that post I have discussed what Oracle Exalogic was not. That was easy. But the more interesting question is this – what should the next generation of systems really be? What do enterprises need from their systems today? Oracle talks about engineered systems, “optimized for performance levels that are unmatched in the industry”. Having worked with hundreds of large and small clients over the years I think what is needed today goes further than that. It goes well beyond merely engineering a fast system to run a vendor’s software stack. Performance is important, but it is not even the most important factor. Enterprises I work with are yearning for a whole new approach to computing.
Read the full article here: It’s not just about engineering a system. It is about the expertise to make the most of it..
March 12, 2012
The TIOBE Programming Community index is an indicator of the popularity of programming languages. TIOBE has released new version of its index: http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/content/paperinfo/tpci/index.html. While their methodology can be debated, it is still interesting to see the results.
March 9, 2012
Just a little over a year ago Oracle manufactured the first official Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X2-2 box. There is a lot of hype around Exalogic and in this post I will try to separate that hype from reality and answer the questions about Oracle Exalogic.
- What exactly is Oracle Exalogic?
- Is Oracle Exalogic a true appliance?
- How is Exalogic different from any other x86 server hardware sold by HP, Dell, IBM and others?
- Exalogic is a lot of hardware – can it be virtualized?
- Exalogic is called “Elastic Cloud” by Oracle. What makes it cloud enabled?
- Is Oracle really first to market with the hardware and software engineered system?
- How many customers are using Exalogic today in production?
- How can Oracle claim 2-3X improvement in performance with Exalogic over traditional hardware?
- Is it true that Oracle Exalogic is “Open and Standards Based”, while IBM’s 795 server is proprietary?
- What kind of a solution would you recommend to customers who want to adopt cloud technology today?
- Summary – comparison of IBM System z, Power7 System and Oracle Exalogic
Read full article here: Oracle Exalogic – the emperor has no clothes!.