"For less than $1 million, the eight-CPU system chewed through 110,000 transactions per minute. "This is the kind of thing I was hinting at," Gray wrote in the message, sent earlier this month. "This is mainframe performance and engineering at commodity prices." Gray admits a $900,000 system isn't everyone's idea of a commodity, but the cost is, at minimum, "half the cost of competing systems.""
"While Gray is busy demonstrating SQL Server's scalability in scientific and lab environments (he says Microsoft Research has 15 terabytes on SQL Server), the marketing folks at Microsoft have a harder time coming up with business customers who are using their relational databases in such impressive, or at least sizable, ways."