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ZDNet: Take that! Linux beats MS in benchmark test

May 16, 2001, 15:05 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli, Mary Jo Foley)

[ Thanks to Henrik Carling for this link. ]

As reported here yesterday, an SGI machine running Linux and IBM's DB2 took top honors in the TPC-H database benchmark recently. This story provides some background and a brief response from the head of the Microsoft team, who maintains Linux doesn't have "a legacy of accountability like SQL Server or Oracle or DB 2 have..."

Jeff Ressler, lead product manager for Microsoft's SQL Server team said it was "interesting to finally see someone else finally playing in the 100GB category, which we have dominated with no competition for some time."

While he accepted the results, the tests did not compare "apples to apples in the sense that the amount of computing horsepower there is not the same," Ressler said. "You do have to take into consideration things like the management requirements around a cluster of four machines versus a single machine."

Ressler also downplayed the Linux role in the benchmark, saying it was important also to remember that this was a database test and not an operating system evaluation. While benchmarks are important as customers look at them as a validation that a product will perform and scale, the real validation comes from experience in the field with running mission-critical systems, he said.

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