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A Principled Technologies report: Hands-on testing. Real-world results.

Executive summary

Serve more online customers and gain business
insights faster with new Dell EMC servers
and Microsoft SQL Server 2017 software
A Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd server with Microsoft SQL Server
2017 Standard and Windows Server 2016 processed more orders and
analyzed data in less time than a legacy solution
Successful businesses have the vision to stay one step ahead of the crowd. Why not apply that
same visionary thinking to your datacenter? Your legacy servers and SQL Server® database
environment could be lagging when it comes to order processing and data analysis. Replacing
those servers with new hardware and software could help you support more online customers
and reach data insights quicker.

In hands-on testing, we ran order processing and data warehouse workloads on a legacy Dell
EMC™ PowerEdge™ R720xd server with older software, as well as the new 14th generation
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Testing the new Microsoft-Dell EMC solution
We used the DVD Store 2 benchmark to gauge how many online transactions each solution could process,
as measured in orders per minute. We then assessed how fast each solution could answer complex database
queries using HammerDB, a tool that generates various benchmarking workloads.

Our testing revealed that the new Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd server with Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard
delivered markedly better transactional database performance than the legacy solution, processing 6.7 times as
many orders per minute and lowering average application latencies by 88 percent. Business analytics performance
also improved: the updated Microsoft-Dell EMC solution completed a query set in 90 percent less time and
decreased drive read latency by 99 percent. If your database is running on legacy hardware and software, it might
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Our testing showed that a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd server with Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard and
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Windows Server 2016 Standard handled significantly more orders per minute and reduced application latency
versus a legacy solution—benefits that can directly translate into a better customer experience. The new solution
also processed database queries in less time than the legacy solution, helping your business quickly get the
insights it needs to stay competitive and profitable. With a new Microsoft and Dell EMC solution, your business
could stop worrying about whether your legacy servers will support customer growth and data analysis, and
focus on increasing revenue.

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