Sun Fire V20z Server Blazes to 2-way Two-tier SAP SD World Record

5/13/2004 - Delivering on its promise to provide high-performance x86 systems for enterprise-level applications, Sun announced that its Sun Fire(TM) V20z server has achieved a 2-way world record for the two-tier SAP(R) Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark. The benchmark proves that the Sun Fire V20z server, based on AMD Opteron(TM) processors, outperforms comparable systems from HP, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Dell and Hitachi configured with Xeon processors. The Sun Fire V20z server, which supports 32- and 64-bit computing, demonstrates the capability of running SAP applications faster with a 2-way world record for the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark(1).

The two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark is a performance test that is indicative of full business workloads with complete order, delivery and invoice processing. The benchmark also demonstrates the ability to run both the application and database software on a single system with high-performance, and represents the critical tasks performed in real-world e-business environments.

The Sun Fire V20z server achieved the best 2-way, two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark result, surpassing results achieved by a comparable HP server configured with two Intel Xeon 3.2 GHz processors; a comparable Dell server configured with Intel Xeon 3.06 GHz processors by 41 percent; a comparable Fujitsu Siemens Computers server configured with Intel Xeon DP 3.06 GHz processors by 30 percent; and a comparable Hitachi Server configured with two Intel Xeon 3.20 GHz processors by 55 percent(2). Results referenced are current as of May 10, 2004. The benchmarks fully comply with the SAP Benchmark Council regulations and have been audited and certified by SAP AG. For the latest results, visit www.sap.com/benchmark.

The dual-processor Sun Fire V20z server delivers high performance, reliability and scalability in a low-cost, ultra-dense, rack-optimized 1U form factor. The server offers OS choice, including the reliable and secure Solaris Operating System, Red Hat Linux or SUSE Linux, and is Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certified.

In addition to the current benchmark achievement, Sun and SAP offer numerous programs and services for customers to see and experience the economic and performance benefits stemming from this alliance such as the Sun Excellence Center for SAP NetWeaver(TM), SAP's open integration and application platform, Sun-SAP iForce Centers, the Sun and SAP Joint Java Technology Center, and Sun's membership in the SAP LinuxLab.

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(1) Results of the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark are as follows: The Sun Fire V20z server supported 410 SAP SD Benchmark users. The Sun Fire V20z was configured with two AMD processor Model 248 (2.2GHz), 16 GB RAM, Oracle 9i, SUSE Linux Enterprise 8, running SAP R/3 Enterprise Release 4.70; SAP certification number 2004025.

(2) The results of each of the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmarks mentioned are as follows: HP ProLiant Model BL20p G2 server supported 408 SAP SD Benchmark users and was configured with two 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon processors, 8 GB RAM, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, running SAP R/3 Enterprise Release 4.70; SAP certification number 2004012. The Dell PowerEdge 2650 server supported 290 SAP SD Benchmark users and was configured with two 3.06 GHz Intel Xeon processors, 4 GB RAM, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, running SAP R/3 Enterprise Release 4.70; SAP certification number 2003042. The Fujitsu Siemeens Computers PRIMERGY Model BX600 server supported 315 SAP SD Benchmark users and was configured with two 3.06 GHz Intel Xeon processors, 4 GB RAM, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, running SAP R/3 Enterprise Release 4.70; SAP certification number 2004007. The Hitachi HA8000 Model 130 server supported 265 SAP SD Benchmark users and was configured with two 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon processors, 6 GB RAM, Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, running SAP R/3 Enterprise Release 4.70; SAP certification number 2004023.

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