Robert Stackowiak at O'Reilly Broadcast – Oracle Set-up & Management of HP Oracle Database Machine:
"Much of the advertising for the HP Oracle Database Machine is about performance speedup. In real workload tests, many of Oracle's customers are seeing far more than ten times performance improvement.
[…] Essentially, buyers of the platform need to choose what to name the database and SID, what national character set is used, and whether the database is set up using ARCHIVELOG or NOARCHIVELOG. Other database settings, including common initialization parameters, tablespace layout, and sizes of standard components […] are pre-set based on Oracle best practices."