has recently launched its next generation servers, including the PowerEdge™ R720, which is designed for performance. The support for the powerful processors, high-memory capacity and the front loading PCIe SSDs makes it highly desirable for high-performance-demanding application deployments. Microsoft® SQL Server® is one of the most popular databases that runs many performance-critical applications worldwide. SQL Server database applications may benefit by having this powerful server as the backend. This white paper explores the performance benefits of the PowerEdge R720 for a standard database workload. The CPU performance and the PCIe SSD performance are evaluated using specific OLTP (Online Transaction Processing) test configurations.