IBM x86 System Breaks TPC-C Benchmark Record

x86 servers have received a lot of industry attention as of late, and as IBM continues to enhance its own line of the model – the company has released exciting news this morning.  IBM achieved the highest TPC-C benchmark performance score ever for an x86 server.

“Leveraging significant investments in x86 technology, IBM continues to push the envelope in terms of innovation, scalability and performance,” said Alex Yost, vice president, IBM System x and BladeCenter systems in a company press release.  “At the end of the day, it’s about the customer, about delivering highly scalable, cost-effective, energy-efficient solutions that help clients differentiate themselves in their chosen markets.”

The server tested was the single rack non-clustered IBM System x, running DB2 and achieving more than three million transactions per minute.  These results top the industry record—also set by the same IBM x86 system—by 66 percent.

The winning combo comprising the system used the technology of IBM’s 5th generation Enterprise X-Architecture, DB2 9.7, IBM MAX5 on system x, and the latest Intel Xeon E7 processors running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.  The IBM x3850 X5 was housed in a single 42U rack.

The benchmark tests leading to the record simulated the environment of a wholesale supplier’s order entry processes, including: entering and delivering orders, recording payments, checking the status of orders and monitoring the level of stock at the warehouses.

The company says clients who choose to deploy the system can “expect to see more orders entered, as well as faster monitoring, distribution and delivery.”

Hamilton Rentals is a preferred rental partner of IBM, supplying IT departments with trials for POWER6 and POWER7, System x, BladeCentre and Mid Range storage.  Contact us to learn more about our server rental fleet.

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