Full pricing of the HP SPECjAppServer2004 874.17 JOPS@Standard Submission

As you will see from my other blog entries on the subject of SPECjAppServer2004 there is a part of the submission which is called the bill of materials (BOM). This is included in all of the published results so that users/customers or others can see exactly what components are required to enable the benchmark score to be achieved. The BOM includes all part numbers or names for the tested components and hence allows end users to do pricing of the submission. Depending on the vendor this pricing will be either a straight forward exercise or will take a little work. At Sun it appears that we are happy to publish all of our prices at http://www.sun.com but this isn't always the case with all vendors, however as you can see below using the BOM and the part numbers in the BOM you can get a pretty good idea of the full price of the submission even if the vendor isn't actively publishing all prices on their web site or in their performance claims. So the BOM is a great tool to keep the claims that vendors make regarding their benchmark results more honest, complete, accurate and relevant to your business.

I noticed the price/performance claims HP is making in recent posts and documents about their integrity servers, certainly the pricing information at the bottom of page 2 in this document seems a little incomplete. So I have used the BOM from the HP SPECjAppServer2004 result to give a “more complete” picture of the price of the HP benchmarked system.

Methodology

I have used the HP web site as the primary source for HP hardware prices and a TPC-C result from HP to price the operating system and several other components also being used on the SPEC submission. For some components where the price is not listed by HP I have found 3rd party suppliers and included these prices, generally 3rd party suppliers are cheaper than the original equipment manufacturer so that using these 3rd party prices is very likely to yield a lower overall system price.

Conclusions/Observations

  1. The full price of the HP 874 JOPS result is $US 187,701.52
    The price performance therefore on this submission is 187701.52/874.17 =
    $US 214.72/JOPS

  2. HP is not leading price performance because Sun's has (far) superior price/performance proof points such as the recent submission with Sun Application Server Glassfish and MySQL 5 on Solaris 10. The result is 720 SPECjAppServer2004JOPS@Standard\* and the price performance is $US 82.24/JOPS. All the pricing details for this result can be found on this blog at http://blogs.sun.com/tomdaly/date/20070618


HP 874 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard / 2 \* 2 CPU (4 core) Itanium servers
(2 servers total)

http://www.spec.org/jAppServer2004/results/res2007q2/jAppServer2004-20070410-00060.html#bill_of_materials

source for price

Component

Part#

Price/Unit

Units

Total


Server HP Integrity rx2660 1.6Ghz 18GB 4-core

AD245A-003

$8,770.00

2

$17,540.00

http://aztekcomputers.com/detail.php/part_num/38120G

Integrity 3 slot cage option

AD246A

could not find price

2

$0.00


4GB DDR2 memory pair

AD275A

$1,542.88

4

$6,171.52

http://aztekcomputers.com/detail.php/part_num/38109G

8GB DDR2 memory pair

AD276A

$3,486.00

3

$10,458.00

http://www.earthcommerce.com/cgi-win/dream55.exe/~i035000M12874

36GB 10K RPM drives

AD140A

$382.00

6

$2,292.00

http://www.tpc.org/results/individual_results/HP/tpcc.hp.rx6600.es.pdf

Dual port 1000BaseT LAN adapter card

A7012A

could not find price

2



Dual Port 4Gb Fibre Channel Adapter

AB379A

$3,995.00

2

$7,990.00

http://www.tpc.org/results/individual_results/HP/tpcc.hp.rx6600.es.pdf

HP-UX Integrity FOE w/Sys 2 Proc PCL LTU

B9430AC

$995.00

8

$7,960.00

http://www.tpc.org/results/individual_results/HP/tpcc.hp.rx6600.es.pdf





$0.00


Modular SAN Array 1000

201723-B22

$6,499.00

2

$12,998.00

http://www.hp.com

72GB 15K drives

286778-B22

$439.00

28

$12,292.00

http://www.hp.com




HW Total:

$77,701.52








Oracle Database 10g Enterprise Edition


$40,000.00

2

$80,000.00

http://oraclestore.oracle.com

Oracle Database Horizontal partition option


$10,000.00

2

$20,000.00

http://oraclestore.oracle.com

Oracle Application server 10g Java Edition (processor perpetual)


$5,000.00

2

$10,000.00

http://oraclestore.oracle.com




SW Total:

$110,000.00











Total:

$187,701.52








JOPS




$874.00


$US/JOPS




$214.76




\*Footnote

The HP result can be found at http://www.spec.org/jAppServer2004/results/res2007q2/jAppServer2004-20070410-00060.html
The referenced Sun result can be found at http://www.spec.org/jAppServer2004/results/res2007q2/jAppServer2004-20070411-00063.html



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