Countering Larry Ellison's claims about DB2 - Q&A

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Countering Larry Ellison's claims about DB2 - Q&A
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As you are probably aware, Larry Ellison made some outlandish claims
about DB2 on the Oracle/Sun Webcast last week. While we all know that
these claims are untrue, there are many that do not have our insight.
As such, IBM would like to encourage you to use your blog or twitter
account to make sure that your followers know the truth. Please absorb
the information below and relay it to your followers in an appropriate
form. IBM appreciates your support in this endeavor. We have all
worked hard to build the DB2 community. We need to ensure that these
insidious comments from Larry Ellison do not harm our community.

ORACLE: "We blew the doors off of IBM. We crushed them." [Referring
to
TPC-C benchmark results] In a machine that took up less than 10% the
floor space, of IBM's record setting computer. We ran faster, we ran
a
lot faster: using a tiny fraction of the floor space, a tiny fraction
of
the power, cost less."


IBM: Until late last year, DB2 enjoyed a massive 49% lead over
Oracle.
With Oracle's most recent result, they have taken the lead by 25%
(and
by the way, they used more than six times as many CPU cores to do
it).
We are confident that DB2 will retain its lead this year. Also,
remember that DB2 has dominated TPC-C performance leadership over the
past seven years, with almost twice as many days of leadership as
Oracle
Database.
Regarding the claim of using less space and power, this is a result
of
Oracle using flash memory and comparing it with an IBM benchmark
using
conventional disk technology. If Oracle compared its benchmark to an
IBM
system using flash memory, they could not make these outlandish
claims.
For a more detailed look at Oracle's outlandish claims, see

< http://www.ibm.com/systems/migratetoibm/getthefacts/powersystem.html >
http://www.ibm.com/systems/migratetoibm/getthefacts/powersystem.html

ORACLE: "SAP chooses the Oracle Database to run under SAP in almost
all
their large accounts."


IBM: SAP themselves favor DB2 for their own systems. They operate
more
than a thousand SAP systems, and all of those systems run on DB2
(www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZNXbqorQU0). Not only that, but the past
couple of years has seen literally hundreds of SAP clients ripping
out
Oracle Database and replacing it with DB2 (
< http://www.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/28403.wss >
http://www.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/28403.wss). They have been
migrating off Oracle Database and on to DB2 to lower costs, improve
performance, and ease administration.

ORACLE: "We have the best Unix in the world"


IBM: AIX has demonstrated performance leadership with 7 of top 10
TPC-C
performance results (
< http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_perf_results.asp >
http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_perf_results.asp). Also, the ITIC
2009 Global Server Hardware & Server OS Reliability Survey Results
reveal that AIX is 2.3 more reliable than the closest UNIX
competitor.

ORACLE: "The Oracle Database scales out, IBM DB2 for Unix does not.
Let
me see, how many servers can IBM put together for an OLTP
application?
Let's see, how many can they group together? Um, one. They can have
up
to one server attacking really big jobs. When they need more
capacity,
they make that server bigger. And then they take the old server out,
put a bigger one in. And when you've got the biggest server, that's
it.
That's all the can do for OLTP."


ORACLE: "They can't scale out, they can't do cloud, they can't do
clusters, the can't do any of this."


IBM: This statement has been false since the inception of DB2. DB2
Parallel Edition was brought to market in 1995, along with the
capability to scale to a system of over a 100 Unix servers. DB2 for
LUW
scalability is proven in many of the world's largest OLTP
environments.
In fact, IBM believes that DB2 for LUW powers one of the largest OLTP
system in the world, if not the largest (
< http://www.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/19698.wss >
http://www.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/19698.wss). As regards
support for clusters, DB2 pureScale was introduced to market in 2009.
For a cluster of 64 nodes, DB2 pureScale maintains 95% efficiency.
At
128 nodes, DB2 pureScale maintains 84% efficiency. This is important
because if you are growing a cluster to handle bigger workloads, you
want your hardware to be doing productive work, not handling system
overhead. On the other hand, Oracle RAC [Real Application Clusters]
has a 100 server limit. And to my knowledge, Oracle has yet to
publish
any efficiency numbers.

ORACLE: "You would've thought, years ago, that IBM would have come
out
with a database machine. I mean its so obvious, they've got
hardware,
they've got DB2. Why in the world didn't they come out with a
database
machine? It's fascinating."


IBM: Remember that IMS and DB2 have made System z a database machine
for
more than 40 years. In recent years, IBM has also brought "database
machines" to market. In 2005, IBM introduced an integrated offering
for
data warehousing that has evolved into the IBM Smart Analytic System.
In
2009, IBM also introduced DB2 pureScale, an integrated
hardware/software
stack for OLTP.

ORACLE: "IBM doesn't have the same assets, and that's a big problem
for
them. They don't have Java, they don't have the Oracle Database.
What
they've got is a problem."


IBM: He's right. IBM does not have the same assets as Oracle. We
have
more. Oracle does not have System z, the world's top performing,
most
reliable and secure server; does not have business consulting arm
such
as 4,000 business analytics consultants with industry specific
expertise
and IBM Research - a leader in developing patents for the 17th year
in a
row.

ORACLE: "They're so far behind, I don't think they have any chance at
all. I'm serious. I mean they've been working on this DB2 thing for
I
don't know how long, and they still can have up to one. I would say
in
database, they're a decade or so behind us. I'm serious. "


IBM: IBM has led the industry in developing patents for the last 17
years. In 2009, IBM produced 4914 patents while Oracle did not even
place in the top 50 patent leaders. A search of the US Patent office
database reveals 1588 patents with "database" in the patent
description
while Oracle produced only 184 patents. (
< http://www.ificlaims.com/IFI%202009%20patents%20011210%20final.htm >
http://www.ificlaims.com/IFI%202009%20patents%20011210%20final.htm)

ORACLE: "They are not competitive in the database business, except on
the mainframe. The IBM DB2 product on mainframe is a good product.
In
fact the two best databases on the planet are IBM on mainframes and
Oracle. The trouble is that Oracle runs on modern computer systems
and
IBM on mainframes runs on mainframes.


IBM: Larry is on record saying, "Our vision for 2010 is the same as
IBM's in the 1960." IBM has added 50 years of experience in
hardware
software and services since then. Oracle is giving IBM the sincerest
form of flattery by attempting to imitate IBM.

Also, please note the following early coverage of this topic:

ComputerWorld:
<http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9149883/Database_wars_IBM_Oracle
_s_Ellison_trade_zingers>
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9149883/Database_wars_IBM_Oracle_
s_Ellison_trade_zingers
eWeek:
<http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Data-Storage/IBM-Snaps-Back-with-Response-to-E
llisons-Ignorant-Remarks-about-DB2-758156/>
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Data-Storage/IBM-Snaps-Back-with-Response-to-El
lisons-Ignorant-Remarks-about-DB2-758156/
DB2 News:
<http://db2news.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/are-larry-ellison-and-oracle-ou
t-of-touch-with-the-market/>
http://db2news.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/are-larry-ellison-and-oracle-out
-of-touch-with-the-market/



Conor O'Mahony

Program Director, Competitive Marketing

Information Management

IBM Software Group


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