In the race between vendors and teams of vendors to see who can deliver the fastest applications for processing information, Oracle and Sun Microsystems claim to have taken the lead -- at least for now. On April 19, Oracle and Sun Microsystems reported to the trade press and industry research analysts that they have achieved the first three-terabyte TPC-H result with 10,764.7 queries- per-hour for ad-hoc decision support (QphH)@3,000GB and a price performance of $1,222/QphH.

Three thousand gigabytes, or three terabytes, of data is approximately equal to the amount of information contained in 18 miles of stacked books. Oracle states the size and scalability of the three-terabyte decision support benchmark surpasses the previous record of one terabyte. The new standard was achieved running Oracle9i and two Sun Enterprise 10000 servers.

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