Dell Takes Performance and Price Lead on TPC-W

Dell Computer Corp. this week publicly claimed the performance lead over IBM Corp. on the Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-W benchmark for transactional Web e-commerce.

At the end of January, Dell published a performance count of 7,783 WIPS in the 10,000-item category. The result edges a score of 7,073 WIPS posted by IBM in mid-December.

Meanwhile, Dell continues to do the benchmark cheaper than IBM. Dell was already the price/performance leader in the segment at $25.7 per WIP compared with $34.47 for IBM. This time, in improving its raw performance by more than 1,000 WIPS, Dell also dropped its cost per WIP to $24.40.

Dell's latest result follows IBM's lead on using more than one Web cache server and using an overall configuration of 21 servers instead of Dell's previous 18.

The back-end database on the latest Dell result was a four-processor server running Windows 2000 Advanced Server and SQL Server 2000.

When IBM and Dell published on the benchmark in December, it was the first time any vendors had run TPC-W benchmarks in the 10,000-item category in about nine months.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.