Comparing the TCO of Running Oracle Database on Intel Versus IBM Power Systems

Prowess analysis finds that Oracle Database running on 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor–based solutions offers lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and better relative performance per TCO dollar compared to running on IBM POWER9 processor–based servers.

Businesses use Oracle Database to run some of their most mission-critical, high-performance, and high-availability workloads. Popular systems for enterprise Oracle Database fall into two camps: servers built around proprietary operating systems, such as IBM Power Systems running the IBM AIX operating system, and systems built around pervasive operating systems, such as industry-standard systems powered by Intel Xeon® processors. Prowess Consulting put these competing system paradigms to the test to see which can provide the best total cost of ownership (TCO) running the industry’s most popular enterprise relational database, Oracle Database. Prowess compared four-socket scale-up and two-socket scale-out IBM processor–based and Intel processor–based systems. For four-socket systems, we found:

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