The System z9 EC Servers Versus Other Big Iron
Mainframe   System i5 #1 System i5 #2   Windows #1 Windows #2 Windows #3   Linux #1 Linux #2   Unix #1 Unix #2 Unix #3
Vendor IBM   IBM IBM   HP Unisys IBM   Fujitsu Siemens   HP Sun IBM
Make System z9   i5 595 i5 595   Integrity ES7000 System x   Primequest NA   Integrity Sun Fire p5
Model EC S18/716   Standard Edition (0941) Enterprise Edition (0941)   rx8640 ES7000/one x3950   480   rx8640 E6900 595+
Processor "Danu"   Power5+ Power5+   Itanium 9050 Intel 7041 Intel 7041   Intel Itanium 2   Itanium 9050 UltraSparc-IV+ Power5+
Active Cores 16   16 16   16 32 32   32   16 32 16
CPU Speed 1.7 GHz   1.9 GHz 1.9 GHz   1.6 GHz 3 GHz 3 GHz   1.6 GHz   1.6 GHz 1.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cache per Core Unknown   950 KB 950 KB   9 MB 2 MB 2 MB   9 MB   9 MB 1 MB 950 KB
OLTP TPM 343,319   507,450 507,450   900,000 749,839 650,000   792,102   900,000 770,000 1,194,282
CPW Rating 34,504   51,000 51,000   90,450 75,360 65,300   79,600   90,450 77,400 120,028
Memory 32 GB   32 GB 32 GB   32 GB 32 GB 32 GB   32 GB   32 GB 32 GB 32 GB
Disk NA   2 * 35.2 GB, RAID 5 2 * 35.2 GB, RAID 5   2 * 36 GB, RAID 5 2 * 36 GB, RAID 5 2 * 36 GB, RAID 5   2 * 36 GB, RAID 5   2 * 36 GB, RAID 5 2 * 73 GB, RAID 5 2 * 36 GB, RAID 5
Tape NA   200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium   200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium   200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium   200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium
OS z/OS 1.7   i5/OS V5R4 i5/OS V5R4   Windows 2003 DE + 4,000 CALs Windows 2003 DE + 3,300 CALs Windows 2003 DE + 2,900 CALs   Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 AS   HP-UX 11i v2 EE Solaris 10 AIX 5.3
DB DB2 for z/OS   DB2/400 DB2/400   SQL Server 2005 EE SQL Server 2005 EE SQL Server 2005 EE   Oracle 10g EE   Oracle 10g EE Oracle 10g EE Oracle 10g EE
Hypervisor LPAR   Virtualization Engine Virtualization Engine   VMware ESX Server EE VMware ESX Server EE VMware ESX Server EE   VMware ESX Server EE   Virtual Server Environment Solaris Containers Virtualization Engine
System List Price $17,802,060   $1,696,946 $2,746,946   $694,212 $953,157 $523,637   $1,928,487   $886,620 $2,046,770 $1,498,188
Cost Per TPM List $51.85   $3.34 $5.41   $0.77 $1.27 $0.81   $2.43   $0.99 $2.66 $1.25
         
         
Vendor IBM   IBM IBM   HP     HP Sun IBM
Make System z9   i5 595 i5 595   Integrity Superdome     Integrity Superdome Sun Fire p5
Model EC S38/732   Standard Edition (0943) Enterprise Edition (0943)   "Pinnacles"     "Pinnacles" E25000 595+
Processor "Danu"   Power5+ Power5+   Itanium 2     Itanium 2 UltraSparc-IV+ Power5+
Active Cores 32   32 32   32     32 72 32
CPU Speed 1.7 GHz   1.9 GHz 1.9 GHz   1.6 GHz     1.6 GHz 1.5 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cache per Core Unknown   950 KB 950 KB   9 MB     9 MB 1 MB 950 KB
OLTP TPM 594,798   915,400 915,400   675,000     725,000 950,000 2,240,777
CPW Rating 59,779   92,000 92,000   67,839     72,864 95,477 225,204
Memory 64 GB   64 GB 64 GB   128 GB     64 GB 64 GB 64 GB
Disk NA   2 * 35.2 GB, RAID 5 2 * 35.2 GB, RAID 5   2 * 36 GB, RAID 5     2* 36 GB, RAID 5 2 * 73 GB, RAID 5 2 * 36 GB, RAID 5
Tape NA   200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium   200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium     200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium
OS z/OS 1.7   i5/OS V5R4 i5/OS V5R4   Windows 2003 DE + 3,000 CALs     HP-UX 11i v2 EE Solaris 10 AIX 5.3
DB DB2 for z/OS   DB2/400 DB2/400   SQL Server 2005 EE     Oracle 10g EE Oracle 10g EE Oracle 10g EE
Hypervisor LPAR   Virtualization Engine Virtualization Engine   VMware ESX Server EE     Virtual Server Environment Solaris Containers Virtualization Engine
System List Price $29,530,612   $3,277,549 $4,397,549   $2,592,931     $2,639,763 $4,027,585 $2,612,188
Cost Per TPM List $49.65   $3.58 $4.80   $3.84     $3.64 $4.24 $1.17
         
         
Vendor IBM   IBM IBM   HP     HP Sun IBM
Make System z9   i5 595 i5 595   Integrity Superdome     Integrity Superdome Sun Fire p5
Model EC S54/754   Standard Edition (0943) Enterprise Edition (0943)   "Pinnacles"     "Pinnacles" E25000 595+
Processor "Danu"   Power5+ Power5+   Itanium 2     Itanium 2 UltraSparc-IV+ Power5+
Active Cores 54   64 64   64     64 144 64
CPU Speed 1.7 GHz   1.9 GHz 1.9 GHz   1.6 GHz     1.6 GHz 1.5 GHz 2.3 GHz
Cache per Core Unknown   950 KB 950 KB   9 MB     9 MB 1 MB 950 KB
OLTP TPM 884,225   1,830,800 1,830,800   1,231,433     1,400,000 2,000,000 4,033,378
CPW Rating 88,867   184,000 184,000   123,762     140,704 201,005 405,365
Memory 128 GB   128 GB 128 GB   128 GB     128 GB 128 GB 128 GB
Disk NA   2 * 35.2 GB, RAID 5 2 * 35.2 GB, RAID 5   2 * 36 GB, RAID 5     2* 36 GB, RAID 5 2 * 73 GB, RAID 5 2 * 36 GB, RAID 5
Tape NA   200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium   200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium     200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium 200 GB LTO-2 Ultrium
OS z/OS 1.7   i5/OS V5R4 i5/OS V5R4   Windows 2003 DE + 5,500 CALs     HP-UX 11i v2 EE Solaris 10 AIX 5.3
DB DB2 for z/OS   DB2/400 DB2/400   SQL Server 2005 EE     Oracle 10g EE Oracle 10g EE Oracle 10g EE
Hypervisor LPAR   Virtualization Engine Virtualization Engine   VMware ESX Server EE     Virtual Server Environment Solaris Containers Virtualization Engine
System List Price $43,901,796   $6,126,765 $7,246,765   $4,523,739     $4,760,403 $7,887,465 $4,824,088
Cost Per TPM List $49.65   $3.35 $3.96   $3.67     $3.40 $3.94 $1.20


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