A few weeks ago I went apple picking. There is just something so satisfying, twisting the apple off the tree and placing it lovingly into your bag. Crunching on one or two as you pick. And watching the dog eat the rotten cores lying on the ground.
Sometimes there are too many wonderful choices. Do I pick Cortlands for the pie, Jonathans because they can be cute and juicy, or Golden Delicious because they're not red? Or maybe I even go over to the vines adjacent to the orchard and pick grapes for jam.
And that's how I felt today looking at all the exciting announcements:
Today IBM announced new Storage Systems that are designed to increase efficiency and are optimized for workloads such as Transaction Processing and Analytics. The extensive list of storage innovations announced today builds on technology such as IBM System Storage Easy Tier software, which was invented by IBM Research and can improve performance significantly by automatically moving active data to SSDs.(1) Today the IBM Power 795 achieved the highest result ever published on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark. The 128-core Power 795 handled 79 percent more users than a 256-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (Oracle's largest system) and over 1.8 times more users per core than a brand new HP DL980.(2) Today IBM also announced everything from a new version of PowerVM with industrial-strength virtualization to IBM Smart Analytics System enhancements to a new Power 740 8-core server.
That afternoon we picked 32 pounds of apples and made two batches of apple rings, an apple pie, apple slices -- and squid in red wine sauce without apples. I was exhausted -- but I'm hoping to make it to the orchards this weekend because I surely can't miss the Melrose.
(1) Storage Performance Council SPC-1 benchmark, IBM System Storage DS8700 Release 5.1 (Easy Tier with SSDs), 4/13/10. Source: http://www.storageperformance.org/results/benchmark_results_spc1#a00092
(2) Configuration and results of the IBM Power System 795 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode): 16 processors / 128 cores / 512 threads, POWER7, 4.0 GHz, 2048 GB memory, 70,032 SAP SD benchmark users, dialog resp.: 0.93s, line items/hour: 7,686.670 Dialog steps/hour: 23,060,000, SAPS: 384,330, DB resp. time (dialog/ update):0.015s / 0.028s, CPU utilization: 99%, OS: AIX 7.1, DB2 9.7, cert# 2010042; vs. Configuration and results of the Sun SPARC Enterprise Server M9000 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP ERP 6.0, 64 processors / 256 cores / 512 threads, 1024 GB memory, 39,100 SAP SD benchmark users, SPARC64 VII, 2.52 GHz, Solaris 10, Oracle 10g , cert# 2008042 vs. HP SAP SD 2-tier result of 18,635, Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition, SQL Server 2008, SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode), Certification number: 2010040, HP ProLiant DL980 G7, 8 processors / 64 cores / 128 threads, Intel Xeon Processor X7560, 2.26 GHz, 64 KB L1 cache and 256 KB L2 cache per core, 24 MB L3 cache per processor, 512 GB main memory.
Sources: www.sap.com/benchmark, http://www.storageperformance.org. Results current as of 10/7/10.
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