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IBM POWER8 Server and IBM Flash System 840

IBM introduced two new key technologies: the POWER8 processer and all-flash storage arrays. We benchmarked the POWER8 S822 server together with the IBM Flash System 840. Compared to previous POWER7 servers with conventional storage systems, this excellent 4U rack space Oracle platform can save more than 50% of CPU cores to get comparable throughput but much better Oracle transaction service times. This may have tremendous impact to Oracle license and support costs.

Large Oracle Server farm with HDS VSP G1000

 

Large Oracle Server farm with HDS VSP G1000

Gartner ranks the HDS VSP G1000 as one of the leading high-end storage systems. We benchmarked the VSP G1000 in a large Oracle server farm consisting of 16 servers with a total of 256 Intel cores. The HDS VSP G1000 scales very well, provides excellent I/O performance numbers and delivers a new dimension in enterprise storage for large consolidated Oracle platforms.

Exadata X4-2 Full Rack

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SRV Performance

STO Performance

DBL Performance

 

Exadata X4-2 Full Rack

The Exadata is now available in its fifth generation. Oracle is improving Exadata software and hardware regularly.

The benchmark results for the new X4-2 system are really impressive: the Exadata scales up to 8 RAC nodes, provides an extreme database scan rate of 100 GBps for data warehouse application and delivers more than 3.6 million Oracle 8 kByte IOPS within 400 µs service time for OLTP applications. All in a single system.

SPARC T5 Performance

CPU Performance

SRV Performance

 

SPARC T5 Performance

Oracle recently introduced the SPARC T5 processor for servers and engineered systems. Oracle claims that the SPARC T5 is currently the fastest processor. CPU performance has two components: speed and throughput. In the last years SPARC was never a very fast processor in terms of speed, but the T5 provides now competitive speed with other RISC processors. Systems based on the T5 chip are ideal for in-memory processing, because they support very large RAM capacities up to 32 GByte. With their high degree of parallelism SPARC T5 servers are real throughput workhorses.

HP Proliant Server

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HP Proliant Database Server

Hewlett Packard offers a wide range of x86 server with 2, 4 and 8 sockets. We benchmarked three popular Proliant systems (DL380 G8, DL560 G8, DL980 G7) with Oracle 11.

The 2 socket server is the fastest system; the 8 socket server provides much more scalability for large monolithic applications. The 4 socket server delivers nearly the speed of the 2 socket server (-20%), but scales much better than the 8 socket server based on per core throughput. The 2 and 4 socket server can be used with Oracle Standard Edition.

Oracle on HDS Converged Platform for Oracle

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HDS UCP Select for Oracle

The HDS Converged UCP Select for Oracle has some interesting features like hardware virtualization and automatic (cold) failover. It offers a tight integration into the Oracle world with OEM and RMAN plugins. We benchmarked the smaller (2 sockets) and a medium sized SMP (4 socket) configuration with Oracle 11.2.

Oracle on HDS HUS VM All Flash Array

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Oracle 11.2 on HDS HUS VM All Flash Array

The HDS HUS VM All Flash Array combines the best of all worlds: seamless integration into existing SAN infrastructures, proven scalability and performance for all workloads, highly efficient DRAM storage cache in addition to flash technology, extremely high I/O throughput with microseconds service time and rich and mature storage management software.

Oracle on server internal PCI attached Flash

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Oracle on PCI attached Flash

PCI attached flash modules within database servers provide the fastest access to Oracle database blocks. HDS offers its UCP servers for Oracle with such an architecture. The results are impressive for all kind of OLTP and DWH operations.

Oracle 11.2 In-Memory Performance

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Oracle 11.2 In-Memory Performance

The Oracle RDBMS provides in-memory features for fast SQL processing, which are part of our representative and systematic benchmark approach. Some of these tests can be compared with TimesTen.

Exadata Write Back Flash Cache

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Exadata with Write Back Flash Cache

Starting with Exadata Software 11.2.3.2.0, Oracle provides a write back flash cache with a transparent automatic tiering technology for read and write operations. In particular the throughput for random writes increases by factors and make the Exadata really suitable for OLTP systems with a high volume of mutating transactions. This software upgrade is also available for Exadata V2 and X2 systems.

Oracle 11.2 on Sun/Violin

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Oracle 11.2 on Sun/Violin

We benchmarked a best-of-breed Oracle platform with enterprise class Solaris 11, fast x86 cpu’s, cost-effective 2 socket server with moderate Oracle SE licenses, and Violin flash technology with excellent I/O throughput and low I/O service times.

Exadata X2-2 HR HC

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Exadata X2-2 half-rack (HR) high capacity (HC)

Oracle promises extreme performance of the new engineered system Exadata X2-2 for both online transaction processing as well as data warehouse applications. We benchmarked an X2-2 half-rack system in its high-capacity configuration.

Oracle Database Appliance

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Oracle Database Appliance

The Oracle Database Appliance is another engineered system announced in autumn 2011. It has built-in high-availability features (RAC), uses the newest Intel processor generation but conventional disk technology. And it supports a pay-as-you-grow licensing model.

Oracle 11.2 on HP/Violin

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Oracle 11.2 on HP/Violin

Hewlett-Packard and Violin introduced a new platform, based on Proliant DL 980 server and Violin flash storage technology. The DL 980 provides high scalability within one box. The Violin flash storage not only supports huge amounts of I/O throughput but also very fast I/O service times.

Oracle 11.2 Flash Cache

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Oracle Flash Cache with M5000

With the release of Oracle 11.2, Oracle introduced the flash cache technology for its Solaris and OEL Server. The flash cache serves as a second-level buffer cache. This technology may be useful for systems with limited I/O performance.

SPARC T4 versus SPARC VII

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SPARC T4 Processor

Oracle recently released the SPARC T4 processor. Through benchmarking, we compared the new T4 processor with a SPARC-VII processor.