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Dell's Quad-Socket PowerEdge R920: Made For Databases

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Dell has announced the latest server in its PowerEdge line: the PowerEdge R920. The R920 is a 4 socket server based on the new Intel E7 v2 processor series.

The PowerEdge R920 has the following specifications:

  • 60 cores
  • 6TB of memory
  • 8 PCIe flash drives
  • H730P PowerEdge RAID controller
  • Support for up to 24 local storage drives

In addition, the R920 can handle up to 16,800 application transactions with response times of less than 200ms. It can support up to 18,000 database users.

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SAP published a Standard Application Benchmark report on the PowerEdge R920 using 24,150 benchmark users. The results showed an average dialog response time of 0.96 seconds, an average database request time of 0.043 seconds for dialog and 0.017 seconds for updates. This meant a 71 percent improved performance over the previous E7-4800 best 4 socket SAP SD benchmark.

Targeted at relational databases such as Oracle and its Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) option, and Microsoft SQL Server, the PowerEdge R920 aims to help with scalability and performance issues often found in these environments.

"Achieving performance boost is a broad quest and can lead to different approaches. It may be about packing in more users to process more business requirements in the same amount of time. Or it may be about lower latency and throughput so as to reduce the response time for each query," says Satheesh Iyer, senior product manager in Dell's Enterprise Solutions Group "The reality is a periodic spike will become the normal load in the near future, and IT administrators are trying to get ahead of that curve."

Compellent all flash storage arrays allow for twice the number of queries than the previous generation of server configurations and significantly reduce latency. Scalability problems are also being targeted with this line of servers by allowing up to 12 large SQL virtual machines to be present on a single R920 unit without sacrificing processing power.

For more information visit the PowerEdge R920 information page.

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