Ellison at it again DB2 LUW

Philip Gunning

Ellison at it again DB2 LUW
Though I'd share this with you. Could be Oracle is scared of what pureScale
is doing and is going to do to them.

Oracle's Larry Ellison is at it again putting out a lot of trash on DB2 LUW.
He was recently quoted as saying, "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."

In reality, Until late last year, DB2 enjoyed a massive 49% lead over

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).

IBM is 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


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


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