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Quick Takes: ProLiant server running SuSE sets new Oracle benchmark

Michael S. Mimoso, Editorial Director

HP, SuSE Enterprise Server 8 set clustered Oracle benchmark

Hewlett-Packard announced last week that it has achieved the first clustered Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark (OASB) using ProLiant servers running SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8. A two-node HP ProLiant DL580 cluster running SuSE, Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.6 and Oracle 9i database with Real Application Clusters (RAC) v9.2.0.1 achieved 6,832 concurrent users and an average response time of 1.24 seconds. HP said its configuration beat a single-node Sun eight-way database server by 31%. The Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark is focused on ERP applications and represents a mixed workload intended to model the most common transactions operating on the seven most widely used enterprise application modules.

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SGI on Linux configuration sets scientific application records

SGI announced that its SGI Altix 3000 servers and clusters running Linux have set a 64-bit application benchmark for the Itanium 2 processor and high-end technical applications. Using a configuration of an SGI Altix system running four 1.5 GHz Itanium 2 processors, SGI said its results topped IBM eServer pSeries systems running four IMB Power4 processors. The tests measured real-world application performance of the following scientific applications: Gaussian, the Amber molecular simulation application; Blast, which identified DNA sequences; and adapco Group's Star-CD computational fluid dynamics test suite.

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Opalis supports Linux

IT process automation software developer, Opalis Software, announced that its OpalisRobot v4.06 product will support Linux and Sun Solaris. Version 4.06 now includes daemons written for Linux and Solaris and once installed the server can be administered with an OpalisRobot client interface on a Windows server or workstation. Administrators will be able to schedule batch jobs, scripts, production jobs and maintenance tasks. It automates processes like file replication, database queries and reporting jobs. OpalisRobot 4.06 is priced from $995.

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Red Hat appoints scholar to board

Red Hat Inc. announced the appointment of W. Steve Albrecht, Associate Dean of the Marriott School of Management and Arthur Anderson Professor at Brigham Young University, to its board of directors. Albrecht is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor and certified fraud examiner.

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Mandrake Linux 9.1 packs available

MandrakeSoft has released Mandrake Linux 9.1 retail packs. The release includes a simplified graphical installer, new themes and fonts and the new KDE 3.1 and GNOME 2.2 desktop environments. MandrakeSoft has three packs available: Mandrake Linux 9.1 Standard Edition which includes 30 days of installation support; Mandrake Linux 9.1 PowerPack Edition, a customized version for power users; and Mandrake Linux 9.1 ProSuite Edition for small & medium-sized businesses.

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