Informatica Corporation, a leading provider of data integration software, released the results of a two-month benchmark study demonstrating the outstanding performance of the newest release of the Informatica PowerCenter data integration platform running on Intel Itanium 2 processor-based platforms and HP Integrity Superdome servers utilizing the robust HP-UX 11i v2 operating system.

A data integration platform optimized for 64-bit performance, PowerCenter 7 delivered throughput increases of up to 211 percent over 2003 PowerCenter 6 benchmark results as well as near-linear scalability. This benchmark study demonstrated PowerCenter's ability to support large-scale data integration implementations, helping customers derive business value from real-time access to increasing volumes of data.

The benchmark test included loading one-terabyte data sets into an Oracle-based data warehouse while performing complex transformations. PowerCenter 7 across 64 CPUs loaded in one hour and 35 minutes, representing a 211 percent performance improvement over last year's PowerCenter 6 benchmark. In addition, in load tests run using 16-, 32- and 64-CPU HP Integrity Superdome server configurations running HP-UX 11i v2, PowerCenter 7 exhibited near-perfect linear scalability. Throughput per CPU remained consistent with no more than three percent variance across all data sets, indicating that PowerCenter made optimal use of each CPU's processing power for predictable performance.

Performance testing for PowerCenter 7 was accomplished using a 64-CPU HP Integrity Superdome server equipped with 1.5 GHz Intel Itanium 2 processors. CPU configurations varied from 8, 16, 32 and 64 CPUs for specific tests. Data sets for the tests were generated by the industry-standard TPC Benchmark H (TPC-H) utility with representative business data being loaded into an Oracle 9i database. Disk storage was provided by an HP StorageWorks XP128 Disk Array.

 

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