Elisabeth Stahl on Benchmarking and IT Optimization

IBM eX5 with E7 Vrooms

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I may need to buy a new car in the next few months. Of course, I’m going to look at price, miles per gallon, and how fast it goes. But I also care about how safe it is, whether it looks good, and I may even consider a hybrid or electric model. The point is, I need to think about the whole picture.

Yesterday, Intel announced the Xeon® processor E7 family. Many benchmark results were announced with these new processors. Take a look at the outstanding leadership results with the new IBM eX5 systems on the TPC-H BI benchmark and SAP SD.(1)

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to consider other requirements including:

  • How many systems can I manage efficiently?
  • What skills does my organization already have?
  • What about security and availability?
  • Do I have energy or floorspace constraints?
  • What level of virtualization sophistication do I need?
  • How will my software costs look over time?
  • Any suggestions on a cool-looking small but safe green car with high RAS and low TCO will be greatly appreciated.


    (1) TPC-H result on IBM System x®3850 X5 (8 processor chips/80 cores/80 threads) of 173,961.8 QphH @ 1000GB, $1.37 USD / QphH@1000GB, availability date 5/20/11.

    SAP SD 2-tier result of 14,000 SAP SD benchmark users, IBM System x3850 X5, Intel® Xeon® E7-4870 (4 processors / 40 cores / 80 threads), IBM System Storage™ DS4800, IBM DB2 9.7, SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP application Release 6.0., 0.92 seconds average dialog response time, 99 percent CPU , Certification number 2011015.

    Sources:, Results current as of 4/06/11.

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    Written by benchmarkingblog

    April 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

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