IBM Sets New World Record on Two-Tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark

IBM Power 795 System with AIX 7, DB2 and IBM System Storage Demonstrates Industry-Leading Performance Eclipsing Oracle Sun Fire and Database 11g

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ARMONK, N.Y., - 12 Oct 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the IBM Power® 795 achieved the highest result ever published on the two-tier SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark with a result of 70,032 SAP SD benchmark users.(1) The 128-core Power 795 handled 79 percent more users than a 256-core Sun SPARC Enterprise M9000 (Oracle's largest system)(2), and 75 percent more users than the 128-core Oracle parallel result published in September running four clustered 32-core Sun Fire X4470 servers with Intel's Xeon X7560 chip(3).

"This Power and DB2 benchmark is yet another example of IBM's technology and workload optimization leadership, demonstrating that IBM Power Systems™ are able to deliver more application performance with a simpler infrastructure," said Jeff Howard, IBM Power Systems. "IBM Power Systems deliver not only the raw application performance our clients require, but also deliver on new measures of performance such as the superior economics and higher qualities of service they need in a rapidly changing IT environment."

The IBM Power® 795, which can support up to 256 cores, uses the latest PowerVM™ virtualization software to allow customers to run over 1,000 virtual servers on a single physical system, enabling a substantial improvement in operating efficiency and levels of server, storage and network virtualization beyond commodity virtualization like VMware.  

Throughout 2010, IBM has filled out its POWER7™ lineup of workload optimizing systems, all of which are now available and shipping to customers. These new systems can help customers manage vast amounts of data and gain insight from that data, expand their businesses, and avoid costly downtime. IBM's ongoing investment in research and development and experience through thousands of customer engagements combine to provide superior performing systems at a lower cost.

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(1) Configuration and results of the IBM Power 795 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode): 16 processors / 128 cores / 512 threads, POWER7, 4.0 GHz, 2,048 GB memory, 70,032 SAP SD benchmark users, 0.93 seconds dialog response time, 7,686,670 line items per hour, 23,060, 000 dialog steps per hour, 384,330 SAPS 0.015 seconds/0.028 seconds database response time (dialog/ update), 99 percent CPU utilization running AIX® 7.1 and DB2® 9.7.  Certification #: 2010042.  For more details see Results valid as of 10/7/2010.  

(2) Configuration and results of the Sun SPARC Enterprise Server M9000 on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark running SAP ERP 6.0:  64 processors / 256 cores / 512 threads, 1,024 GB memory, 39,100 SAP SD benchmark users, SPARC64 VII, 2.52 GHz, Solaris 10, Oracle 10g, Certification # 2008042.

(3) Configuration and results of the Sun Fire X4470 on the two-tier SAP SD-Parallel standard application benchmark running SAP enhancement package 4 for SAP ERP 6.0 (Unicode): 4 servers with 4 processors / 32 cores / 64 threads, 256 GB memory, 40,000 SAP SD benchmark users, Intel Xeon X7560, 2.26 GHz, Solaris 10, Oracle 11g Real Application Cluster (RAC)

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