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HP bumps up 3000 performance ratings
New measurement units don't make systems faster, but compare high-end better
HP 3000 product planning manager Dave Snow explained that HP is restating the performance rankings for much of its hardware, starting with this months rollout of the Series 989 systems. The new rating is an HP 3000 Performance Unit, not based on Series 918 performance. And the new numbers are between 29 and 52 percent higher for all systems except HPs largest ones, the Series 996 and 997 units.
For the last year we have realized the measuring techniques for our midrange and high-end platforms were producing results that were not consistent with each other, Snow said. You had a 918 performance for the midrange and a different relative performance for the high end, but the two relative performance numbers werent the same.
The discrepancy was a big deal, he added, but it was a big deal we could sort of live with, so long as the 9x9 and 99x performances were dramatically different from each other, Snow said. As we added performance to the 9x9 platform, it is approaching the 99x. Thats caused us to have this quandary. In some sense weve had two different sets of 918 numbers. We had to bite the bullet and reconcile the numbers.
For example, the performance rating of the Series 969/320 system was increased by 52 percent, from 11.5 to 17.5. Even the lowly Series 918 had its number adjusted to 1.3 from 1.0. Its no longer the baseline for the 3000, in part because it wont be around forever
There will come a time when the 918 wont exist anymore, sometime in the future, Snow said. Its not imminent, but theres no guarantee there will be a 918 around 10 years from now.
HP decided to rename its speed measure the HP 3000 Performance Unit, much like Digital came up with the VAX Performance Unit several years ago. Its a common move in markets like the 3000s where a large installed base hasnt seen an industry-standard benchmark in years, but upgrades between boxes often.
Snow was straightforward about the actual impact to the customer. It doesnt mean theres been an increase in performance, he said. The performance of all these platforms is still the same. Only the numbers have been changed, to portray the actual relative speed of HP systems.
The numbers explain one significant change for HP
added. Core user license pricing for the Series 9x9 and Series
99x systems are the same. You have the opportunity to
to the same on the midrange as you do on the high
end, he said.
Deciding on a purchase between the top of the 9x9 line and 99x
systems is now more clearly a matter of IO expandability using
the new numbers a point HP made previously in its