Remember back when talking about quality time was in vogue? It's not just the quantity of time you spend with kids, grandparents, pets, and others -- but the quality of the time that matters as well.
Cisco's newest press release on data center announcements makes a claim about "nine performance world records, including two benchmarks with the new UCS B230 M1 Blade Server." Here's what you need to know:
Nine is fine. But if you want to talk quantity, IBM leads in over 100 key benchmarks concurrently. And there is even a web page with all the details. If you want to talk quality, the IBM leadership spans across a wide portfolio of industry standard and ISV benchmarks. Not just a small handful of selected applications. It's also very exciting that the announcement referenced two new B230 benchmarks -- I wish I knew which ones. Without a footnote or web page it's really hard to second guess which quality benchmarks these are. I know that I didn't get any notes about a TPC or SAP result. I searched the SPEC site and didn't see the results there. So what are these mystery benchmarks anyway and why were they not announced with fanfare?
On Saturday I took my Black Lab to an annual event here known as the Doggy Dip. My dog made about a thousand friends, got dunked in the community pool twice, and even found a doggy treat on the ground. We only stayed thirty minutes. Now that was quality time.
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