Unisys Takes Home Still Another Benchmark Trophy
- By Scott Bekker
Unisys Corp. used
its ES7000 platform to notch yet another benchmark record today, registering
the world’s best results in the Transaction
Processing Performance Council’s (TPC) TPC-W benchmark.
TPC-W is a new TPC benchmark designed to measure
database server performance and price/performance in OLTP
In the TPC-W test, a 16 processor Unisys ES7000 system
running Windows 2000 Datacenter Server and SQL Server 2000 Enterprise served
10,439 Web interactions per second (WIPS) @ 100,000 simulated store items.
“TPC-W is yet another proof point that says we are able
to bring Windows and Intel into the data center and change the economy there,”
claims Mark Feverston, vice president of enterprise serve programs at Unisys.
Feverson says that the new TPC-W benchmark is a more accurate reflection of
real world circumstances than is the older TPC-C benchmark standard.
“TPC-W looks like it’s an up and coming benchmark
because it now more closely represents the modern application architecture.
It’s a Web-based benchmark showing Web purchasing transactions, so it’s more
attuned to a lot of the applications that you see in the market today such as
SAP, Siebel or JD Edwards,” he maintains.
Today’s test results also provide another proof point
for Unisys’ ES7000 platform and for the cellular multiprocessing (CMP)
architecture upon which it’s based, says David Friedlander, an industry analyst
with consultancy Giga Information Group.
In setting the new record, the 16-processor ES7000
system outperformed the previous TPC-W record holder, a 12-processor e-Server
xSeries 430 from IBM Corp. (which notched 7,554 WIPS @ 100,000 simulated store
items) by a margin of 28 percent – demonstrating better than linear scalability
on a per-processor basis. “Even if IBM ran that benchmark with 16 processors,
they wouldn’t have been able to compete with the Unisys results,” Friedlander
notes. “For the Intel platform, at the moment, CMP certainly scales better. It
scales farther and better beyond eight-way than any competing product.”
For his part, Unisys’ Feverston says that the ES7000’s
performance in several major benchmarks – the SAP SD CRM-based transaction
benchmark and the TPC-W foremost among them – makes another strong argument for
Intel-based servers running Windows 2000 in the data center.
“We continue to show via our benchmarks, such as the
SAP SD and now the TPC-W dollars-per-performance value that is significantly
better than mainframes or Unix,” he concludes.
In the end, however, Giga’s Friedlander says that he
takes all benchmarks – especially those involving Windows-based systems – with
a grain of salt. Moreover, he says that although Intel-based servers running
Windows 2000 may be posting benchmark numbers and price/performance ratios that
compete with RISC/Unix, the greater cost associated with managing Windows
systems isn’t taken into account.
“The proof points that Unisys needs for the ES7000
aren’t benchmarks but customer deployments,” he concludes. “They need customers
who are willing to say that [the ES7000] far exceeds the performance of a Sun
[Ultra Enterprise] 10000.” Stephen
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.