Larry Ellison don't need no stinking benchmarks to prove the Exadata V2 database cluster recently announced with his minion Sun Microsystems has more oomph than IBM's "fastest computer". Well, Oracle's chief executive doesn't need standard benchmarks. But he is willing to shell out $10m to a company that can demonstrate that an …
Ellison is AWESOME!
This is great! Sun was boring and bland for the last 6-8 years, or least since McNeally left. Glad to see someone with balls back in charge of making extreme claims and loud proclamations.
I only need to do two transactions.
I'll set it up. It's doubtful that Oracle can do two in the time anything else can do one - voila, ten million. Right?
Eh? What about Teradata?
Since Teradata's Partners conference is just 2 weeks away, it will be interesting to see what their response is to Oracle's rather limited challenge, given the ability of @ctive data warehouse to run both OLTP and BI against 3rd normal schemas simultaneously. With lower TCO, on Intel hardware.
Reminds me that Oracle and IBM were all hot about TPC-D a while back, until everyone discovered that the TPC benchmarks were all about how well you could cheat on a test...
Here's a real $10M challenge
Only Fortune 1000? – who would offer their good name to this goat rodeo
What is $10M when you have “Customers over a barrel”?
Here is the $10M challenge. If Oracle does not do the following in 2010
1) Increase Sun prices significantly - similar to BEA WebLogic?
(Oracle increased BEA prices 47% six months after acquisition)
2) Kill Sun products and force migrations to other Oracle products?
.Oracle is moving customers from their application server to
WebLogic and requiring new licenses. Oracle also bought
Virtual iron in May and killed the product in June.
3) Lay off 20% to 50% of the Sun workforce.
How else is Oracle going to turn Sun from “Bleeding $100M per month” into
a “$1.5B in profit engine in year one and $2B in year two”
4) Force services from partners to direct to increase profit margins
and maintenance costs?. Oracle cut off maintenance revenue from BEA partners.
5) Force customers to use low performance, low quality hardware
to increase software license and software maintenance revenue?
One Exadata v2 rack with “commodity” hardware costs $7M!!!!
6) Stagnate MySQL so they don’t bleed billions from Oracle EE
(What ever happened to WebLogic Lite?)
Only the Fortune 100 can enter, they cannot talk about their entry, and all data can be publicize freely by anyone but the customer.
Leisure Suit Larry is looking more like Crazy Larry as his prices are
fine print * reserves the right to decide to pick who if any would get a challenge
See you at OOW!
Pick and Choose
Ludicrous nonsense, anyone with an ounce of intelligence can identify 10 ways which any 'comparison' can be weighted in which ever direction the organiser wants it to go.
"The server can't have any kinds of caching or other server appliances hooked into it to goose performance. I wonder if solid state disk counts..."
Why, is it a caching appliance?? It is secondary memory.
I thought you said Alpha Male
As in who's the Daddy kinda mode.
Sorry 10 mill in worthless US greenbacks, sorry nah, lets have a real challenge Larry, how about you go "all in", you'll get plenty of takers then. Make the bet worth someones while at least.
Even IBM are going 10mill, pifffffft, what a cheapskate.
As poorly as most customers lay out their databases this is not a bad bet on Larry's part.
If it's were me, slip in
if ($arch == sun)
Easiesy $10M of my life :)
As it's not a bad bet, it's hardly brimming with confidence, is it now?
I mean surely for an opening bet on a big pair or even a JQ or even a 7,8 suited, for the money involved in this game, 10 mill is but a spit in the ocean.
It's more of a fishing expedition, to see who's got what, surely market research, or even GASP behavioural targetting gives more info. And for Larry, probably cheaper too.