Sun Fire X4270 Server Posts Best Two-Processor Windows Result on Two-Tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark

BENCHMARK SUMMARY

(As of Thursday, 10 December 2009)

Oracle’s Sun Fire X4270 server running Oracle Solaris 10 and Oracle Database 10g delivered the highest two-processor, Windows-based result on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark with the new SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode), an industry-standard measure of ERP performance. This score surpasses competing results and confirms the Sun Fire X4270 server (2 processors, 8 cores, 16 threads) as the leading two-processor Windows server on the two-tier SAP SD benchmark.

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTION

The SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark is a two-tier ERP business test that represents full business workloads of order processing and invoice processing, while demonstrating the ability to run both application and database software on a single system. The SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark represents the critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments.

The latest SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode) enables seamless multilingual support, and brings extra overhead related to processing of larger character strings associated with Unicode encoding. Unicode is a computing standard that allows for the representation and manipulation of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems.

SAP maintains a suite of benchmark tests to demonstrate the performance of competitive systems on various SAP products.

BENCHMARK OUTCOME

Competitive Comparisons Table

  Sun Fire X4270 HP ProLiant DL380 G6 HP ProLiant DL385 G6 Dell R710
Space (RU) 2 2 2 2
Number of Processors 2x Intel Xeon X5570 2x Intel Xeon X5570 2x AMD Opteron 2435 2x Intel Xeon X5570
Number of Cores/Threads 8/16 8/16 12/12 8/16
CPU Clock Speed 2.93GHz 2.93GHz 2.6GHz 2.93GHz
Performance (SAP SD Users) 3,416 3,300 2,350 2,900
Users per Rack Unit
(Higher is Better)
1,708 1,650 1,175 1,450
  • The Sun Fire X4270 server, equipped with two Intel Xeon X5570 CPUs using SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode), posted the best two-processor result using the Windows Server 2008 Operating System (OS) on two-tier SAP SD benchmark, supporting 3,416 benchmark users.
  • This benchmark proves that the Sun Fire X4270 server, running Microsoft SQL server database on top of Windows Server 2008 OS, is well-suited to act as a robust entry-level ERP server, providing supreme levels of compute density per RU.
  • This result highlights the optimal performance of Unicode-based SAP ERP applications on Oracle’s Sun Fire servers. Unicode enables seamless multilingual support when running various SAP applications and requires a different version of the software. Sun pioneered the usage of Unicode-based SAP software in several benchmark publications to date and gained significant expertise in lowering the additional resource consumption normally associated with Unicode software.
  • The Sun Fire X4270 server surpassed the best two socket Windows-based result of 3,415 SAP SD users posted by two processor (8 cores/16 threads) HP ProLiant BL460c G6 blade system equipped with with identical CPUs.
  • In 2U of physical space, the Sun Fire X4270 server can support 45% more SAP SD users per RU than the competing HP ProLiant DL385 G6 system.
  • Compared to the Dell R710 server, the Sun Fire X4270 server delivered 18% more SAP benchmark users while using the same number of CPU cores and threads, running at the same clock frequency.
  • This result represents the best Windows-based Unicode benchmark submission by  two-processor system and highlights the vertical consolidation capability of the Sun Fire X4270 server, which ran both the SAP application and database software on the same physical system with seamless multilingual support.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. SAP and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Source: SAP, www.sap.com/benchmark. Sun Fire X4270 server (2 processors/8 cores/16 threads), Windows Server, SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP (Unicode) results: 3,416 SAP SD Benchmark users; 18,730 SAPS. SAP certification number 2009048. HP DL 380 G6 (2 processors/8 cores/16 threads), Windows OS, Microsoft SQL server, SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP (Unicode) results: 3,300 SAP SD Benchmark users; 18,030 SAPS. SAP certification number 2009004. HP DL 385 (2 processors/12 cores/12 threads), Windows OS, Microsoft SQL server, SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP (Unicode) results: 2,350 SAP SD Benchmark users; 12,830 SAPS. SAP certification number 2009019. Dell R710 (2 processors/8 cores/16 threads), Windows OS, Microsoft SQL server, SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP (Unicode) results: 2,900 SAP SD Benchmark users; 16,170 SAPS. SAP certification number 2009047.

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