Based on recent announcements from Oracle, they are at least trying to dispel doubts over their intentions for the Sun hardware business, and poking a finger in IBM’s eye while they are it. This is a welcome sign from Oracle, especially with the additional doubts created by the EU decision to review the merger (see here), a solid statement of intent was increasingly critical to prevent continued hemorrhaging of Sun’s hardware business. The first ad (see below) can be found here,
On the face of it, this is a pretty clear statement of intent and I hope they mean it. But, I’m left wondering how they intend to make good on these promises and still make decent money on SPARC hardware.
The second ad is more direct competitive statement related to IBM’s DB2 business (see here), something that used to be a Sun stronghold.
Today, the king-of-the-hill for a single system database benchmark (TPC/C) is IBM hitting 6,085,166 tpmC, but Oracle seems to be implying that their result will be greater than 10,000,000 tpmC. The question is, will this be an apples to apples comparison of two single boxes or will this be a cluster to single box comparison? My guess is that Sun doesn’t have a single system capable of a result of this magnitude which leaves them with using a clustered version of Oracle for the benchmark.Whatever the case, it should be interesting to see how they do and what hardware they use. Anyway, I’m looking forward to October 14th to see just what they have to say.
Posted by: Nik Simpson