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TPC-H Benchmark Establishes Cisco UCS C240 as the Fastest Two-socket Server for Microsoft SQL Server 2014

…mation on the benchmark configuration. The detailed official benchmark disclosure report is available at the TPC Results Highlights Website. Some of the key highlights of Cisco’s TPC-H Benchmark results are: Best Price/Performance: The Cisco UCS® C240 M3 Rack Server captured the number-one price/performance spot on the TPC-H benchmark at the 1000-B scale factor with a price/performance ratio of $0.73 USD per QphH@1000GB. This result beats 8-sock…

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Innovation Distinguishes Between a Leader and a Follower

Steve Jobs is arguably the most amazing innovator of our times.  I recently read some of his thoughts on innovation. His statement “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” caused me to reflect upon my eight-year association with data virtualization, and consider who in the IT analyst community have been the innovative leaders. Since 2006, I have worked with over one hundred IT analysts to define and advance the data virtualiza…

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XChange 2014 is bringing the heat in San Antonio

Well, I made it into San Antonio on Sunday afternoon. The high was 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and even coming from North Carolina, it was a little warm for me. Of course, the resort was cool and comfortable, even when the Channel Company kicked things off with great speakers and top notch networking. The general session I attended on Sunday afternoon opened up with Joseph Michelli. Joseph is a consultant and best-selling author. He spoke about the…

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Introducing TPCx-HS – first Industry Standard for Benchmarking Big Data Systems

Over the past quarter century, industry standard benchmarks have had a significant impact on the computing industry. Vendors use benchmark standards to illustrate performance competitiveness for their existing products, and to improve and monitor the performance of their products under development. Many buyers use the results as points of comparison when purchasing new computing systems. Continuing on the Transaction Processing Performance Counc…

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500-Seat Reference Architecture with Cisco UCS C-Series and Citrix XenApp 7.5

With the World Cup games recently finished, I’m reminded of how rampantly soccer has swept across the U.S. in the last few years. Kids often start quite young — there are leagues for even five and six year olds! One element that helps younger kids enjoy their first soccer experience is that the balls are sized smaller in line with their height, making it easier for them to kick and control the ball. It’s an everyday example of how there can be b…

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