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Dell Retakes TPC-C Price-Performance Lead

Dell Computer Corp. reclaimed the price-performance lead on the Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-C benchmark for OLTP systems.

Dell, Compaq and IBM have been slugging it out on the closely-watched benchmark in recent months to show the best performance at the least cost on Windows 2000/SQL Server 2000 systems.

In February, Compaq became the first vendor to drop below $4 per tpmC (transactions per minute on the TPC-C benchmark). Dell raised, or rather lowered, the bar in March from Compaq's $3.99/tpmC to $3.68/tpmC.

A two-processor ProLiant ML370 anchored the Compaq benchmark run, which churned out 17,078 tpmC. Dell, by contrast, used a one-processor PowerEdge 2500 to get to 11,537 tpmC. Both vendors used 1.26 GHz Intel Pentium III processors.

Dell also holds the No. 3 spot on the price-performance list, with a one-way server at $4.38/tpmC, while IBM is in fourth place with a two-way xSeries 360 at $4.41/tpmC.

Analysts and vendors say the real-world price war for entry-level servers has been between Dell and IBM, with IBM slashing prices to match Dell in several industry segments.

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