REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 18, 2002 — The publication of four new Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) benchmarks from HP, NEC Corp. and Unisys demonstrates the power and performance customers can achieve by building solutions on the data management platform of Microsoft® SQL Server (TM) 2000 and Windows®
.NET Server 2003. Leading business decision-makers rely on the information provided by independent, industry-standard organizations such as the TPC to compare platforms offered by competing software and hardware vendors. The TPC-C benchmark, which measures transaction processing and database performance in terms of the number of transactions a given system can perform per unit of time, is a vital proof point in the purchasing process. The combination of Windows Servers and SQL Server 2000 has achieved the top positions in key industry benchmarks, showing that customers can place their trust in Microsoft data management software.
Together, the new TPC-C benchmarks confirm that customers of all sizes can benefit from the performance and scalability of Microsoft software, which scales from one to 64 processors with the introduction of Windows .NET Server 2003.
HP published record performance results on four-processor systems by using Microsoft 64-bit software on an HP server. 1 This result shows that on identical hardware — a four-way Itanium 2 server with 48 GB of memory — SQL Server 2000 on Windows .NET Server 2003 Enterprise Edition outperforms Oracle 10i on Linux by 9 percent, with a better price/performance ratio. 2
HP captured the performance record on eight-processor systems by using SQL Server and Windows .NET Server 2003 Datacenter Edition on an HP ProLiant DL760 G2 with 115,026 tpmC and a price/performance ratio of $7.69/tpmC. 3 In contrast, the best eight-way Oracle result is three times more expensive ($23.45/tpmC). 4
NEC achieved a Windows and SQL Server platform record for performance and scalability at 342,764 tpmC with SQL Server 2000 (64-bit) and Windows .NET Server 2003 Datacenter Edition 64-bit software on a 32-way system, 5 ranking fifth among the world’s top TPC-C single-server performance leaders.
Unisys combined the low total cost of ownership (TCO) and dramatic performance improvements of SQL Server and Windows .NET Server 2003 Datacenter Edition in delivering the sixth-best TPC-C nonclustered performance record along with the best price/performance ($11.59 tpmC) of any system in the top-10 performance list, using a 32-bit, 32-processor system. 6
These new benchmarks also show that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are relying on Microsoft SQL Server and Windows .NET Server 2003 to achieve top performance at the best price. In the past year, 13 OEMs submitted 51 TPC-C results, 39 of which, representing the work of eight vendors, were running Microsoft Windows and SQL Server. This investment in solutions built on the Microsoft platform delivers better scalability and lower cost of ownership for customers. In 2001, Windows and SQL Server had the best price/performance of any result in the TPC-C top 10 nonclustered performance list, at $21.33/tpmC. 7 One year later, Microsoft still has the best price/performance among that elite group, but it has slashed that price roughly in half to $11.59/tpmC. 6 Moreover, Microsoft is not driving down the costs of just the high-end solutions, but at all points on the spectrum. Last year, SQL Server and Windows Server held the record for best price/performance on TPC-C at $4.38/tpmC. 8 Today, the SQL Server 2000 and Windows .NET Server 2003 platform continues to hold the price/performance record, but at a price of $2.78/tpmC, or close to one-half the price of a year ago. 9 Microsoft is committed to working with OEMs to continue this progress in enterprise scalability as the best value for businesses of all sizes.
About SQL Server 2000
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1 An HP result of 87,741 tpmC 5.03 $/tpmC, using an HP server rx5670 running Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, Windows .NET Server 2003 and Intel Itanium 2 processors, available Feb. 12, 2003. Details are available at http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_result_detail.asp?id=102121601 .
2 An HP result of 80,494 tpmC, 5.30 $/tpmC, using an HP server rx5670 running Oracle 10i Standard Edition, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server IA64 and Intel Itanium 2 processors, available May 11, 2003. Details are available at http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_result_detail.asp?id=102111202 .
3 An HP result of 115,026 tpmC, 7.69$/tpmC, HP server DL760 G2 running Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, Windows .NET Server 2003 Datacenter Edition and Intel 2ghx Xeon MP with 2MB cache, available March 31, 2002. Details are available at http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_result_detail.asp?id=102120902 .
4 An IBM result of 105,025 tpmC 23.45 $/tpmC, using an IBM eServer pSeries 660 Model 6M1 running Oracle 9i Database Enterprise Ed. 9.0.1, IBM AIX 4.3.3 and IBM RS64 IV 750MHz , available Sept 21, 2001. Details are available at http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_result_detail.asp?id=101091001 .
5 An NEC result of 342,764 tpmC, 12.86 $/tpmC, using a 32- NEC Express5800/1320Xc Server environment running Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, Microsoft Windows .NET Server 2003 Datacenter Edition and Intel 1.0-GHz Itanium 2 processors, available March 31, 2003. Details are available at http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_result_detail.asp?id=102121201 .
6 A Unisys result of 234,325 tpmC, 11.59$/tpmC, using a Unisys ES7000 server environment running Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, Windows .NET Server 2003 Datacenter Edition and 32 Intel 2.0-GHz Xeon processors MP and 64 GB of memory processors, available March 31, 2003. Details are available at http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_result_detail.asp?id=102120901 .
7 A Unisys result of 165,218 tpmC, 21.33 $/tpmC, using a Unisys ES7000 server environment running Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition and 32 Intel 900 MHz Pentium III Xeon processors, available March 10, 2002. Details are available at http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_result_detail.asp?id=101111102 .
8 A Dell Computer Corp. result of 11,314 tpmC, 4.38 $/tpmC, using a Dell PowerEdge 2500 server environment running Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition, Windows 2000 Server and one Intel Pentium III 1130 MHz processor, available Dec. 14, 2001. Details are available at http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_result_detail.asp?id=101121401 .
9 A Dell result of 16,757 tpmC, 2.78 $/tpmC, using a Dell PowerEdge 2650 server environment running Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Standard Edition, Windows 2000 Server and one Intel Xeon 2.4 GHz processor, available Sept. 12, 2002. Details are available at http://www.tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_result_detail.asp?id=102091101 .
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