Dell PowerEdge 6950 Sets Record for 4socket Price/Performance in TPC-H Data Warehousing Performance Benchmark

In October of 2006, the Dell™ PowerEdge™ 6950 set a new 4-socket record for database price/ performance in the TPC-H benchmark. • Dell delivers a record-setting 4-socket price/ performance result for high performance databases running Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise x64 Edition. • The Dell/Microsoft partnership enables high performance, record setting results. • A new record in 4-socket price/performance was set with a result of $6.04/QphH@100GB. • This result also demonstrates Dell's new high performance storage solution, the Dell PowerVault MD1000. It uses Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), which delivers high performance for today's mainstream business applications such as Microsoft SQL Server 2005. • Dell provides high performance platforms, for database applications, that also offer high availability and reliability for business critical workloads. Record Setting Database Price/Performance In October 2006, a single Dell PowerEdge 6950 running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 achieved record-setting database 4-socket price/performance in the TPC-H Benchmark. This configuration is designed for high performance as well as high availability with the use of PowerEdge servers and PowerVault™ storage. The TPC-H benchmark is one of the indicators of how well database applications may perform in real world environments.
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 System Dell PowerEdge 6950 Dell PowerEdge 6800 HP Proliant DL585 G1 Dell PowerEdge 6800 Processor AMD Opteron 8220SE Intel Xeon processor 7041 AMD Opteron 880 Intel Xeon processor 7040
QphH@ 100GB $/ System QphH@ Availability 100GB

14,923 9,202 12,600 17,120 8,793

$6.04 $7.40 $7.67 $7.91 $8.17

12/4/2006 5/18/2006 11/7/2005 11/22/2006 1/12/2006

HP Proliant DL580 G4 Intel Xeon processor 7140

Source: Competitive TPC-H benchmark results stated above reflect results for 4-socket nonclustered configurations using a 100GB database and published on as of October 26, 2006. For the latest TPC-H benchmark results visit

Built for the Uncompromising Performance Needs of Business Critical Workloads The Dell PowerEdge 6950 delivers exceptional performance for Microsoft SQL Server 2005, as well as other high performance virtualization and database applications, by utilizing the latest high performance server technologies including 4 dual-core 64-bit AMD OpteronTM processors, DDR-2 memory, and PCI-Express. In addition to the latest high performance server features, the Dell PowerEdge 6950 also delivers high availability features including redundant hot-plug power supplies, cooling fans, and hard drives. By combining the latest high performance technologies, management tools, and storage features with a robust services portfolio, Dell offers a complete solution that is perfect for the most business critical environments. About the TPC-H Benchmark The TPC-H Benchmark™ (TPC-H) is a decision support benchmark. It consists of a suite of business oriented ad-hoc queries and concurrent data modifications. The queries and the data populating the database have been chosen to have broad industry-wide relevance. This benchmark illustrates decision support systems that examine large volumes of data, execute queries with a high degree of complexity, and give answers to critical business questions. The performance metric reported by TPC-H is called the TPC-H Composite Query-per-Hour Performance Metric (QphH@Size), and reflects multiple aspects of the capability of the system to process queries. These aspects include the selected database size against which the queries are executed, the query processing power when queries are submitted by a single stream, and the query throughput when queries are submitted by multiple concurrent users. The TPC-H Price/Performance metric is expressed as $/QphH@Size.

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