Oracle Beats IBM with Nearly Three Times Better Throughput

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Oracle SPARC Supercluster with SPARC T3-4 Servers Demonstrates Better Response Time and Low Cost Per Transaction with Record Breaking TPC-C Benchmark Result

Redwood Shores, Calif. – December 02, 2010

News Facts

Today, Oracle ( announced a world record TPC-C benchmark result for Oracle® Database 11g ( Release 2 on a SPARC Supercluster with SPARC T3-4 servers(1), beating the fastest IBM TPC-C result with DB2 running on IBM’s POWER7-based server cluster(2).
Achieving 30,249,688 transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of $1.01/tpmC, the winning SPARC Supercluster with SPARC T3-4 servers consisted of 27 SPARC T3-4 servers with flash storage technology using Sun Storage F5100 Flash Arrays.
Oracle Real Application Clusters allowed the SPARC Supercluster with SPARC T3-4 servers to scale performance by nearly 3 times compared to the highest level ever recorded with the TPC-C benchmark while ensuring high availability and better response times(3). Oracle Real Application Clusters is in production use at thousands of customers, enabling transparent scaling of real-world business applications.
Oracle now holds the TPC-C world record in both major categories – performance(1) and price/performance(4).
Also today, Oracle unveiled the SPARC Supercluster based on SPARC T3-2 servers. Built using the same innovations that delivered the OLTP performance demonstrated in the TPC-C benchmark, it features the latest software and hardware from Oracle, including Oracle's Sun FlashFire storage, InfiniBand networking and Oracle's ZFS Storage Appliance products.

Supporting Quotes

“Independently audited results are now available showcasing the latest technologies from IBM and Oracle. The comparison couldn’t be more clear. Oracle demonstrated a huge advantage on all the important metrics including performance, response time, and cost,” said Juan Loaiza, Oracle Senior Vice President, Systems Technology.

Supporting Resources

Oracle Database 11g (
Oracle Solaris (
Oracle Benchmarks (
Oracle Exadata (
About TPC-C (

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As of December 2, 2010: Source: Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), ( .

(1) Oracle Sun SPARC T3-4 server cluster, 30,249,688 tpmC, $1.01/tpmC, available 6/1/11.

(2) IBM Power 780 Server Model 9179-MHB, 10,366,254/tpmC, $1.38/tpmC, available 10/13/2010 (Best IBM DB2 TPC-C result).

(3) Based on average response time of New Order transaction in TPC-C benchmark.

(4) HP ProLiant ML350 G-6, 290,040 tpmC, .39/tpmC, 4.22 Watts/tpmC, available 8/16/2010.

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