Oracle Sets New World Record Result on SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Parallel Standard Application Benchmark with the SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 with Sun Fire X4470 Servers


(As of Monday, 28 June 2010)

Two of Oracle's Sun Fire X4470 servers, designed to deliver enterprise-class performance in compact 3U space, posted the highest result on the SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Parallel Standard Application Benchmark with the SAP Enhancement Package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0. Oracle's solution, which includes Oracle Database 11g and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) running on two of the newest Sun Fire X4470 servers on top of Oracle Solaris and using Oracle's Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array with Oracle's Sun FlashFire technology, achieved 21,000 SAP SD-Parallel Standard Application Benchmark users.

This breakthrough score demonstrates the superior scalability and performance of Oracle's software and hardware with a pair of Sun Fire X4470 servers (8 processors, 64 cores, 128 threads) and Oracle RAC, delivering a highly available configuration that competitors like IBM and HP are simply not able to match.


SAP maintains a suite of benchmark tests to demonstrate the performance of competitive systems on various ERP application products. 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 Standard Application SD Benchmark represents the critical tasks performed in real-world ERP business environments. The SAP SD Parallel Standard Application Benchmark runs the same workloads as the SAP SD Benchmark and allows to use parallel and distributed databases. 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.


Competitive Comparisons Table (Unicode Results)

  2x Sun Fire X4470 HP ProLiant DL980 G7 IBM System x3850 X5
Space (U) 6 8 4
Processor Intel Xeon X7560 Intel Xeon X7560 Intel Xeon X7560
Number of CPUs 8 8 4
Cores 64 64 32
Threads 128 128 64
Performance (SAP SD Users) 21,000 18,180 10,450
Users per Rack Unit (Higher is Better) 3,500 2,272 2,612
SAP SD Software Version SAP ERP 6.0 EP4 (Unicode) SAP ERP 6.0 EP4 (Unicode) SAP ERP 6.0 EP4 (Unicode)
Operating System (OS) Oracle Solaris 10 Windows Server 2008 R2 DE Windows Server 2008 EE
Database Oracle Database11g SQL Server 2008 DB2 9.7
Certification Number 2010029 2010028 2010012
  • This breakthrough Unicode-based result relies on Oracle Database 11g and Oracle RAC working with the latest version of SAP software to deliver breakthrough performance. Unicode enables seamless multilingual support when running various SAP applications and requires a different version of the software.
  • This result also highlights the optimal performance of SAP ERP applications on Oracle's Intel Xeon-based Sun Fire servers running Oracle Solaris 10 and the seamless multilingual support available for systems running SAP applications.
  • The Sun Storage F5100 Flash Array with Sun FlashFire technology was utilized to further accelerate both the storage and database performance in this solution.
  • This benchmark proves that a cluster of Sun Fire X4470 servers, running Oracle Database 11g on top of Oracle Solaris 10 is well-suited to act as an enterprise-class ERP solution, providing supreme levels of compute density per U while enabling higher system availability.
  • Oracle Database 11g running on Intel-based servers demonstrates superior ERP performance and database scalability leadership which the Microsoft and IBM databases cannot match. Unlike DB2 or SQL Server databases, Oracle Database 11g with RAC delivers this outstanding result on a highly available platform.
  • A cluster of two Sun Fire X4470 servers running SAP ERP application Release 6.0 Enhancement Pack 4 (Unicode) with Oracle Database 11g on top of Oracle Solaris 10 delivered the highest result on the two-tier SAP SD-Parallel Standard Application Benchmark.
  • Compared to other results that used eight processors, Oracle's solution is 15% faster than the result of 18,180 SAP SD Benchmark users on SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode) held by HP ProLiant DL980 G7 (8 processors /64 cores/128 threads) server running Microsoft SQL Server. Moreover, Oracle's scalable solution can support 54% more SAP SD users per U, delivering an unmatched density (see Competitive Comparisons Table).
  • Oracle's eight-processor result demonstrated more than double the performance of the best published four-processor result on the two-tier  SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark, which used Intel Xeon  X7560-based hardware with IBM DB2 running on the IBM System x3850 X5 server. Against IBM, Oracle's solution demonstrated 34% better SAP SD user density per U (see Competitive Comparisons Table)
  • This result represents the largest SAP SD-Parallel Standard Application Benchmark submission using Unicode by any system and highlights the horizontal scalability of Oracle Solaris 10, Oracle Database 11g, and the Sun Fire X4470 server, which ran both the SAP application and database software on the same physical system, making it an ideal SAP ERP platform for customers looking to get seamless multilingual support for SAP applications in the most scalable and available manner.

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