Putting Database Performance to the Test
Look for independent confirmation of a vendor's claims, and you're often out of luck. But not anymore, thanks to a huge effort by eWeek Labs West Coast Technical Director Tim Dyck, in conjunction with staff members from sister publication PC MagazineTalk to database vendors, and theyll quickly tell you a companys database is its crown jewels. Ask a database vendor why you should select its product, and itll quickly produce reams of data showing how its system has more capacity and is faster and more secure than any other companys database. Look for independent confirmation of a vendors claims, and youre often out of luck. But not anymore, thanks to a huge effort by eWeek Labs West Coast Technical Director Tim Dyck, in conjunction with staff members from sister publication PC Magazine. Database tests are among the hardest testing a lab can do. Configuration is a nightmare, writing scripts that treat all databases equally is tedious and time-consuming, and tuning hardware is an art in itself. I often wondered which would crash first: the databases being tested or the database tester. Im happy to report Tim made it through in fine shape, although I dont think he wants to hear the word "database" for a couple of months. This is the first time (we believe) a computer publication has published database benchmark results tested on the same hardware since 1993. See our article, "Server Databases Clash", and you can visit our Web site to download the database configuration and tuning scripts, benchmark application source code, and benchmark results data.
The database is the heart of a companys computing infrastructure, and we believe this exhaustive test will help you keep your companys database in shape for an increasing load of digital demands.