SQL Server Enters Race for Performance

SQL Server 2000 is the first version of Microsoft's database software to challenge IBM DB2 and Oracle on transaction processing performance. The graph above summarizes two years' worth of scores on Transaction Processing Council's TPC-C order entry benchmark. The graph shows absolute performance in transactions per minute (horizontal axis) and performance per thousand dollars of total hardware/software cost (vertical axis). SQL Server 7.0 lags behind Oracle and DB2 on absolute performance but scores well on performance per dollar.

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