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Whose clunker do you want cash for?

Thank you Oracle for buying that front page (albeit small) ad in the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago. It gave my first chuckle for the day, which is always appreciated. But what gave me a bigger lift, was for providing another opportunity to tell our HP customers (and Oracle’s) the real difference between HP Superdome 2 and Oracle M-Series SPARC Enterprise Servers. Before the Christmas break, Oracle’s Larry Ellison took a shot at HP and calling HP machines “vulnerable” and “slow” and likening our servers to “a turtle.” I covered this statement with a blog about Ninja Turtles are back!!, It turned out to be a popular read.


But as before, (although it’s hard not to get emotional when these types of comments), I will continue to keep with to the facts:


Actually in this case, I think these numbers speak pretty much for themselves:


But if you really want to compare numbers:


  • HP Superdome 2 was 3.5 times faster than Exadata for a synthetic benchmark at a large commercial organization. By tuning the database and application, HP optimized the real world application and reduced total runtime by 85%.  This convinced the customer that HP Superdome2 with proper Oracle tuning was the right solution for their automatic replenishment application.
  • A large European financial institution chose a combination of HP solutions (Superdome 2 servers running HP-UX, 100 TB StorageWorks XP systems and 3 years of critical service) over Oracle Exadata. This deal was won based on overall solution, which was positioned to address workload performance and system resilience, in addition to providing a price advantage.

I am not sure why Oracles continue to want to throw stones at HP, maybe it’s because they are fed up with shouting at IBM. But hopefully when they do in the future, they will base their statements around facts, as I think that’s what really matters to customers. I still think Oracle is a great company providing best in class industry leading database solutions. It is also a great partner to HP and our customers alike continue benefit from it.



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