Oracle chief Larry Ellison has taken several potshots at his company's rival IBM, denigrating the power efficiency of IBM's hardware and opening fire on its blanket 'Smarter Planet' marketing campaign.
During his keynote speech at Oracle's OpenWorld conference in the US on Sunday, Ellison said Sun hardware running Oracle software had claimed the top spot in the TPC-C performance test from an IBM Power 595 server running AIX and DB2. Ellison claimed the Sun/Oracle system had 25 percent more throughput, consumed six times less power, eight times less floor space, and had the added advantage over its IBM rival of being fault tolerant.
"IBM's chip is called Power and now we know why," Ellison told the audience.
In the speech, Ellison also attempted to dispel any speculation that Oracle would be abandoning technology gained in its pending acquisition of Sun.
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