Sun Fire(TM) Servers Running Sybase IQ 12.5 Achieve World Records in TPC-H Price-Performance Sun and Sybase Combination Outperforms Competing Systems at 100GB, 300GB and

1000GB (1 Terabyte) Levels By 11, 30 and 50 Percent, Respectively



    SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) today announced three record-breaking
 benchmarks for its Sun Fire(TM) systems, further validating its superior
 price-performance and storage efficiency on the TPC-H benchmark.  Benchmark
 tests of the Sun Fire V240 and V880 Sun StorEdge(TM) 3310 array running Sybase
 IQ(TM) 12.5 RDBMS and the Sun ONE platform, were conducted using three
 different configurations -- 100GB, 300GB and 1000GB (1 Terabyte). In all three
 circumstances, the Sun Fire systems outperformed the previous world record
 holders in their respective TPC-H categories, including the Dell 6650, the HP
 Proliant DL760G2 and the HP 9000, yielding the best price-performance, highest
 storage efficiency and lowest total system cost.
     As reported by the Winter Corporation in its just-released white paper
 titled Demonstrating Efficiency in Large-Scale Data Warehousing, the new TPC-H
 benchmark results "reveal a compelling value proposition for partnering Sun
 servers and storage systems with Sybase IQ database software to address
 large-scale data warehousing needs. The combination yields three primary
 resource efficiencies -- storage efficiency, remarkable I/O efficiency, and
 laudable query processing efficiency -- that together yield unparalleled
 price-performance and low cost systems that are easier and less expensive to
 maintain."  Additionally, the report notes, "these benchmark results further
 reveal that Sun systems running Sybase IQ software provide business leaders
 with the tools needed to meet the "do more with less" challenge of many of
 today's large-scale data warehouses."  (See full white paper, "Demonstrating
 Efficiency in Large-Scale Data Warehousing," at:
 www.sybase.com/tpcwhitepaper).  For more information on Sun's leadership in
 business intelligence, please visit Sun's iForce Business Intelligence Network
 at http://www.sun.com/partners/tmo/bi/ .
 
     100 GB Configuration and Results
     The Sun Fire V240, powered by two 1002 MHz UltraSPARC(R) IIIi processors,
 8 GB of memory, the industry-leading Solaris[tm] 9 Operating System (OS) and
 the Sybase IQ 12.5 RDBMS, achieved a price-performance result of 40US
 $/QphH@100GB at the lowest total system cost of $45,021.  This result is an
 11 percent improvement in price-performance over the previous world record of
 45US $/QphH@100GB held by the Dell 6650.  In addition to price-performance
 leadership, the Sybase IQ 12.5 and Sun Fire V240 system combination provides
 reductions in the cost and amount of disk storage needed to support a 100GB
 data warehouse, requiring only 0.41 TB of storage at a cost of $8,565.  Other
 competitive systems on the market require anywhere from 1.2 TB to 5.6 TB of
 storage at costs ranging from $36,356 to $568,708.
 
     Competitive TPC-H @100GB
 
                                                                       Storage
     System       CPUs Clock/CPU      Price     QphH $/QphH  Database   Ratio
 
     Sun Fire V240 2   1002MHz JP     $45,021   1124   40    Sybase IQ   4.1
     Dell 6650     4   2GHz xeon mp   $89,748   1984   45    SQLServer   16.8
     HP DL580 G2   4   2GHz xeon mp   $99,545   2106   48    SQLServer   12.5
     Sun Fire V480 4   900MHz US III  $105,382  1760   60    Sybase IQ   4.1
     HP DL760      8   2Ghz xeon mp   $216,782  3346   65    SQLServer   31.5
     HP DL580 G2   4   1.6GHz xeon mp $111,460  1695   66    SQLServer   12.4
     IBM 440       8   2GHz xeon mp   $392,523  3861   102   DB2 8.1     19.7
     IBM 440       8   2GHz xeon mp   $436,680  3342   131   DB2 8.1     25.2
     HP ES45       16  1GHz Alpha     $2 Mil    5578   357   Oracle9iR2  56.5
 
 
     300 GB Configuration and Results
     The Sun Fire V240, powered by two 1002 MHz UltraSPARC IIIi processors, 8
 GB of memory, the industry-leading Solaris 9 Operating System (OS) and the
 Sybase IQ 12.5 RDBMS, achieved a price-performance result of 49US $/QphH@300GB
 at the lowest total system cost of $50,297.  This result is a 30 percent
 improvement in price-performance over the previous world record of 71US
 $/QphH@300GB held by the HP Proliant DL760G2.  In addition to
 price-performance leadership, the Sybase IQ 12.5 and Sun Fire V240 combination
 provides reductions in the cost and amount of disk storage needed to support a
 300GB data warehouse, requiring only 0.93 TB of storage at a cost of $12,985.
 Other competitive systems on the market require anywhere from 3.6 TB to
 10.8 TB of storage at costs ranging from $155,458 to $957,268.
 
     Competitive TPC-H @300GB
                                                                      Storage
     System      CPUs Clock/CPU     Price     QphH  $/QphH  Database   Ratio
 
     SunFire V240 2   1002MHz JP    $50,297   1026    47    Sybase IQ   3.2
     HP DL760 G2  8   2Ghz xeon mp  $235,058  3334    71    SQLServer  11.0
     HP DL760     64  900MHz xeon   $2.6 Mil  12995  203    DB2 7.2    22.6
     UNISYS       16  1GHz Itanium  $988,328  4774   207    SQLServer  20.1
     HP ES45      16  1GHz Alpha    $2.4 Mil  5976   400    Oracle9iR2 36.0
 
 
     1000 GB (1 Terabyte) Configuration and Results
     The Sun Fire V880, powered by eight 1050 MHz UltraSPARC IIIi processors,
 32 GB of memory, the industry-leading Solaris 9 Operating System (OS) and the
 Sybase IQ 12.5 RDBMS, achieved a price-performance result of 104 US
 $/QphH@1000GB at the lowest total system cost of $232,206 vs. $5.2 Million on
 HP 9000.  This price-performance result is almost a 50 percent improvement
 over the previous world record of 203US $/QphH@1000GB held by the HP 9000
 Superdome Enterprise.  In addition to price-performance leadership, the Sybase
 IQ 12.5 and Sun Fire V880 system combination provides reductions in the cost
 and amount of disk storage needed to support a 1TB data warehouse, requiring
 only 3.7 TB of storage at a cost of about $48,523.  Other competitive systems
 on the market require anywhere from 22.7 TB to 23.3 of storage at costs
 ranging from $1.1 Million to $3.3 Million.
 
     Competitive TPC-H @1000GB
                                                                       Storage
     System      CPUs  Clock/CPU       Price    QphH  $/QphH  Database   Ratio
 
     Sun Fire V880 8   1050MHz USIII   $232,206 2240   104    Sybase IQ   3.7
     HP 9000      64   750MHz PA-RISC  $5.2 Mil 25805  203    Oracle9iR2 22.7
     HP DL760     128  900MHz PIII     $5.7 Mil 22361  253    DB2 7.2    23.3
 
     About TPC-H
     Established by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), the
 TPC-H benchmark is an industry-standard Decision Support test designed to
 measure systems' capability to examine large volumes of data, execute queries
 with a high degree of complexity, and give answers to critical business
 questions. The TPC-H benchmark evaluates a composite performance metric
 (QphH@size) and a price/performance metric $/QphH@size) that measure the
 performance of various decision support systems by the execution of sets of
 queries against a standard database under controlled conditions.
     TPC-H, QphH and $/QphH are trademarks of the TPC. For additional
 information on the TPC-H benchmark, please visit the Transaction Processing
 Performance Council's Web site at http://www.tpc.org/ .
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the
 World Wide Web at http://sun.com
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire, Sun
 StorEdge, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered
 trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc., in the United States and other
 countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an
 architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
     CONTACT:  Olivia Horoshko                     Jo Chun-Wood
               For Sun Microsystems, Inc.          Sun Microsystems, Inc.
               310-248-6183                        650-786-5543
               Olivia.Horoshko@ogilvypr.com        jo.chun@sun.com
 
 
 

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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