Special announcements mark major life events. “Mom, I’m getting married,” or “You’re going to be a grandmother,” are the kinds of special announcements that warm hearts and bring texture to the tapestry of life.

There’s another kind of announcement that puts people on the edge of their seats, too. Business leaders live for announcements that reveal hard work and perseverance, especially when it comes to the performance of premier product offerings. Yesterday at SAPPHIRE NOW, the annual SAP event in which SAP unveiled its “simple-as-a-service” roadmap, the corporate software giant also made a special announcement that makes us at Lenovo proud: the achievement of the industry-first ever result on the SAP® Business Warehouse-Enhanced Mixed Load (SAP BW-EML) standard application benchmark* @10Billion records!

At this gem of an event, SAP described this achievement, one of SEVEN new number one benchmarks unveiled this week by Lenovo. X6 enterprise servers continue to deliver impressive performance benchmark results in a host of areas -- analytics, transaction processing, virtualization, SAP applications, business intelligence and decision support. The other results posted this week add to the momentum and emphasis Lenovo and its Performance Team place on continually benchmarking products to achieve the kind of world class capabilities that enterprise customers demand.  

The benchmark stats on this impressive SAP BW-EML benchmark speak for themselves*.

For business leaders, this particular SAP benchmark brings with it three key considerations that we’ve also detailed in a previous blog. They bear repeating:

Lenovo System x3850 X6 solution for SAP HANA (also known as the X6 SAP HANA workload optimized solution) now can deliver “better than linear scalability:”** To understand what “better than linear scalability” means, first it is crucial to make the distinction between performance and scalability.  Steve Haines, author of Pro-JavaEE***, is quoted in a blog by Nati Shalom**** as distinguishing between the two this way:

"The terms “performance” and “scalability” are commonly used interchangeably, but the two are distinct: performance measures the speed with which a single request can be executed, while scalability measures the ability of a request to maintain its performance under increasing load. For example, the performance of a request may be reported as generating a valid response within three seconds, but the scalability of the request measures the request’s ability to maintain that three-second response time as the user load increases.".

Translation -- what this means to you: X6 is the common building block that enables the better than-linear scaling up and out. Add SAP HANA memory capacity to an X6 SAP HANA workload optimized solution – more load -- and you’ll continue to realize extremely fast response times. This benefit is particularly valuable in running analytics workloads and business queries to support business intelligence initiatives.

X6 SAP HANA solutions eliminate the need for SAN storage, something that competitive vendor solutions typically don’t do: Lenovo x3850 X6 servers feature a highly modular design. The innovative design of the workload-optimized solution for SAP HANA enables seamless growth to keep pace with growth in the software environment. Thanks to the capabilities of IBM General Parallel File System™ (GPFS™) software, the solution is designed so that each of the servers in the cluster includes only internal storage – either within the chassis or within an expansion JBOD. This eliminates the need for the SAN storage that often is required in other vendor offerings.

Translation -- what this means to you: Eliminating the need for SAN storage means simplifying the management of the data center environment, reducing rack space, and saving money on power and cooling. (There is an additional point that is noteworthy here, too, although it is not specifically tied to the benchmark. Lenovo System x3850 X6 solution for SAP HANA also features built-in high availability and synchronous disaster-recovery capabilities using IBM GPFS™ software. Read more about this in an ITG Study.

There are many different kinds of performance benchmarks that can help data center leaders make more informed infrastructure choices. Per the SAP benchmarks page, the SAP BW-EML standard application benchmark was developed with three requirements in mind: near real-time reporting, ad-hoc reporting capabilities, and reduction of TCO in mind.” The first two clearly facilitate business intelligence needs. Business trends can change rapidly, so the ability to make instantaneous fact-based decisions is crucial. Near-time reporting provides the factual basis for these necessary changes in business direction. Ad hoc query capabilities enable users to sort through massive quantities of data in a variety of ways, slicing and dicing to meet varied needs that arise.(Read a blog on ad hoc queries here.) As for TCO, an ITG study provides an analysis and additional details.

Translation -- what this means to you: If you are in a business in which trends morph rapidly and customer preferences frequently drive changes in direction, then this benchmark is relevant to you. The quicker you can make timely fact-based decisions, the more likely you are to gain competitive advantage. X6 systems serve as a flexible platform that adapts dynamic and ever-changing business needs.

For more information about the X6 family of servers, contact your Lenovo sales representative, or visit www.lenovo.com

For more information about newly announced Lenovo System x3850 X6 solutions for SAP HANA click here.


*Performance results of the Lenovo System x3850 X6 on the SAP BW-EML standard application benchmark as of May 5, 2015. This benchmark fully complies with the SAP Benchmark Council regulations and has been audited and certified by SAP SE . Certification Number: 2015018) More details can be found at the following web page: www.sap.com/benchmark.

Details can be obtained from Lenovo  and SAP. For the latest SAP benchmark results, visit: http://www.sap.com/benchmark.

**Per SAP press release and keynote speech May 6, 2015 at SAPPHIRE 2015, Orlando, FL.

***The ServerSide.com, Steve Haines, http://www.theserverside.com/news/1364275/Pro-Java-EE-5-Performance-Management-and-Scalability July 8, 2007 (March 18, 2015)

***Nati Shalom, http://natishalom.typepad.com/nati_shaloms_blog/2007/07/the-true-meanin.html, (March 18, 2015)

Original Art by Kathy Holoman