Oracle claims new database recordThe joy of writing your own benchmark is that you can go ahead and claim to have developed the world’s fastest widget and no one can say you are wrong. Which is precisely what Oracle has done with the Oracle TimesTen Scaleout database.

Oracle proudly states that the Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) database can crank out 144m SQL transactions/second and 1.2bn SQL statements/second and these numbers were collated using the Telecom Provider Throughput Benchmark (TPTBM). But who created the TPTBM? Well Oracle did, in response to what it says were: “performance needs from telco customers.”

The company is keen to point out that the benchmark is a valid measure of its database performance. Take a look at the following blog to read up on the process.

Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president, Oracle Database
Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president, Oracle Database

“We are proud to announce the release of TimesTen Scaleout, a new scaleout in-memory database for OLTP workloads,” said Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice president, Oracle Database.

“Since it is based on the mature and time-tested TimesTen In-Memory Database, TimesTen Scaleout has both extensive sophisticated functionality, as well as incredible performance. This scaleout architecture is designed for extreme performance OLTP workloads and further extends Oracle’s in-memory database technology leadership.”

What the customers say

But let’s not just take Oracle’s word for it. Having some customers verify your claims is always a good thing, and not to let us down here are two:

“Our marketing service system was successfully deployed under the new TimesTen Scaleout architecture with almost no application code changes,” said Tang Tang, head of the construction and maintenance department at Chongqing Mobile (China Mobile). “The entire system has not only improved performance by more than three times, but also successfully supported a number of new high concurrency business modules.”

“Processing business transactions with large workloads with speed and agility is critical for making real-time business decisions, particularly those related to connected IoT devices, fraud detection and billing,” said Julian Dontcheff, Global Oracle Technology Lead for Accenture. “Having teamed with Oracle for more than two decades to deliver the latest technology innovations to our joint clients to help them accelerate digital transformation, we look forward to leveraging TimesTen Scaleout as an important component of our data architecture toolkits.”

TimesTen Scaleout offers what Oracle calls ‘always-on operations’ and ‘instant scalability’. It is built upon a highly available architecture which sees multiple active copies of data that are automatically kept in sync. Queries and transactions can be initiated from, and executed on, any data replica, ensuring database users always have access to data. In theory this will enable a company to instantly expand or shrink database instances and resources as and when their business demands change.

What does it mean

Oracle takes pride in its database performance and although it wrote the benchmark, which appears to have no industry recognition other than Oracle’s own say so, you cannot help but to be impressed by the numbers. Such performance makes the TimesTen Scaleout database a rather goods choice for handling immense volumes of data transactions, such as those encountered in real-time trading, real-time telecommunications billing, IoT and real-time fraud detection.

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