Oracle opened its user conference in Copenhagen this week championing the combination of its renowned database technology with its application server. But some of the claims fail to stand up to scrutiny.
The explosion in the amount of data that businesses are generating has forced firms to look at how this data will be stored and managed, explained Sergio Giacoletto, European executive vice president at Oracle.
This is prompting enterprises to "consolidate data on database servers [and] consolidate applications on application servers", he said.
Oracle has been keen to push the latest version of its application server, released earlier this month.
Oracle 9iAS will provide users with the tools to rapidly build compelling web services, according to Mark Jarvis, Oracle's chief marketing manager.
Giacoletto claimed that the latest market figures for application server sales in Europe would show that Oracle had doubled it sales, moving into third place. "It is the fastest and cheapest application server available," he said.
The claims are based on Ecperf Benchmarking tests, the standard test for application servers.
Giacoletto showed that 9iAS Release 2 performs at 51,007 business operations per minute. This compares favourably with BEA's and IBM's best efforts of 37,791 and 32,581 respectively.
Oracle also argued that it was the best in terms of price performance, maintaining that its results of $7 per business operations per minute made it cheaper than anything rivals could offer.
But these price performance results come from an entirely separate test, with Oracle's software running on Hewlett Packard hardware.
When Oracle released its performance data, it had been using Sun Fire servers. The price performance results for this were $38 per business operations per minute.
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