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In August 2008, DB2 became the first database to ever break the 1,000,000 tpmC barrier on an x86-64 processor in a published TPC-C Benchmark™ result. In this benchmark, DB2 also broke new ground in the price/performance arena, being the first database software to come in lower than 2.00 US$/tpmC for a result with more than 1,000,000 tpmC.
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In June 2008, DB2 delivered a record breaking TPC-C Benchmark™ result on IBM Power that surpassed Oracle Database's best result at that time on an HP Superdome by 49% using 1/2 the number of processor cores.

Database Manager IBM DB2 9.5 Oracle Database 10g
TPC-C Throughput 6,085,166 4,092,799
Price/Performance 2.81 USD 2.93 USD
Availability Date 12/10/08 08/06/07
Total # of Processors 32 64
Total # of Cores 64 128
Total # of Threads 128 256
Full details Details (link resides outside of ibm.com) Details (link resides outside of ibm.com)

When DB2 outperforms another vendor's database product, it means that you can typically run DB2 on less expensive CPU hardware and enjoy better performance. Of course, this not only saves you expenditure on hardware, it can also potentially reduce the amount you spend on software licenses, software maintenance, and software support.

In addition, DB2 has sophisticated workload management capabilities that help you optimise DB2 performance on your server hardware. For environments that are looking to virtualisation and cloud computing as strategies to cut costs, DB2 supports a number of virtualisation and cloud computing options.

For environments that are looking to virtualisation and cloud computing as strategies to cut costs, DB2 supports a number of virtualisation and cloud computing options.

* All TPC results are copyright of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. TPC Benchmark is a trademark of the Transaction Processing Performance Council.

DB2 leads several key industry performance benchmarks. But, industry benchmarks can be like a game of leapfrog, with vendors often passing one another. A more telling statistic is the overall amount of time a vendor is in the lead. The following diagrams were drawn from information on the TPC Web site and show the numbers of days of leadership in a couple of key industry benchmarks between 1 January 2003 and 23 March 2009.

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