LinuxWorld: Is Windows 2003 Server Really Faster than Linux?
May 12, 2003, 14:30 (28 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft funded and released a new set of benchmarks to follow
the debut of its often-renamed Windows 2003 Server. The boys in
Redmond are proud as punch of their new baby, whatever its name.
They would have the world believe that Windows 2003 Server is twice
as fast as Linux, at least when it's used for file serving.
"Microsoft hired VeriTest to conduct benchmarks using hardware
and software configurations provided by Microsoft. VeriTest shares
Microsoft's penchant for name changes. VeriTest used to be known as
ZD Labs, and has also been known as eTesting Labs. The benchmark
results VeriTest produced for Microsoft showed Windows Server 2003
to be faster than Red Hat Linux/Samba on both uniprocessor and SMP
HP servers--a stunning 66-to-95 percent faster, at that. Given the
many configuration options for Linux, Samba, and Windows, I had
questions about the validity of VeriTest's results..."