Blog Authors: ELISABETH STAHL 0600029JQ8 is Chief Technical Strategist and Executive IT Specialist, IBM Systems and Technology Group, and has been working in systems performance for over 25 years.
Oracle and Sun's New TPC-C Claim, Part II
This week, we mourn the death of Ted Kennedy. Whatever your politics you have to agree that he was a great legislator, compromiser, negotiator. And through these leadership skills he made significant social progress working with even his opponents in many areas, notably health and education reform.
And that's what we would like to think happens in all places of legislation, whether it's the Senate or a place like the Transaction Processing Performance Council. Individuals working together for the greater good.
I've been asked by a lot of people if Oracle and Sun were really allowed to make their "wait and see" TPC-C performance claims that have shown up this week in prominent locations. The answer is absolutely NOT. Oracle has been a member of the TPC for many years and knows very well that they are not allowed to make a claim that they cannot stand behind with publicly available benchmark results. Apparently, Oracle feels that they are above the rules that they helped the TPC to form. We all know where that can go; we've spent the last year recovering from financial decisions made by others with a similar attitude.
The attitude we need to promote is unity. Only as an alliance will we be able to make progress. And as Ted Kennedy said in his 1980 Democratic convention speech, “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
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