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July 7, 1993


By CBR Staff Writer

Oracle Corp, as reported briefly, is shouting Cods at a small-town Cape Cod market research company, The Standish Group, Yarmouth, Massachusetts, claiming defamation, trade libel and interference with prospective economic advantage over claims that Oracle cheated in Transaction Processing Council benchmarks. The Standish Group report The Foul Flag Flies For Oracle alleged that the Oracle7 TCPA benchmark results were invalid, seriously misleading and abused TPC ethics. The bone of contention for both companies is the use of the discrete transaction option, a function which in effect disables parts of the database that aren’t used in transaction processing. Standish claims this misleads users about the database’s true performance capabilities in real life scenarios. It also alleges Oracle has fraudulently advertised benchmarks to gain competitve advantage. Oracle says it carried out the benchmarks in accordance with TPC rules and is justified in using the discrete transaction option to obtain benchmarks for users specialising in the on-line transaction processing market. The twist to the story and one which might add weight to Standish’s claims is the group’s rumoured financial backer: fault-tolerant specialist Tandem Computers Inc: Tandem, like Standish, is calling for a review of Council policies.

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