Released earlier this year, the 12th generation of Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers provides increased power and manageability. The server family includes rack, tower and blade servers to allow your IT environment to accomplish more than ever before. Here we look at test results focusing on the PowerEdge R720xd server, a two-socket, 2U rack server designed with large storage capacity and high memory density.

Consolidating with SQL Server 2010 and PowerEdge R720xd: Better performance, lower cost

Using virtualization to support more load and users with less hardware and resources makes sense in theory. Principled Technologies set out to test the idea by measuring cost and database performance of two solutions: a three-to-four-year-old Dell PowerEdge 2950 III running Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2, and a Dell PowerEdge R720xd server running the same workload in each of five virtual machines with SQL Server 2012.

The virtualized solution on the PowerEdge R720xd server, supporting five instances of SQL Server 2012, delivered a total of 175,787 orders per minute (OPM). That is 462% greater performance than the 31,295 OPM the legacy server delivered.
Total database performance

The figure below summarizes the cost for the two solutions over three years, taking into account hardware acquisition and SQL Server software expenses.

The Dell PowerEdge R720xd solution can deliver $151,747.94 savings over 3 years

Read the entire report for detailed results:


Triple your users with Exchange 2010 on PowerEdge R720xd

IT organizations often follow refresh cycles to keep up-to-date on technology, especially when it comes to Microsoft products and its Exchange Server. Dell examined performance improvements in Microsoft® Exchange Server from the 2007 version to the 2010 version and the benefits of using the latest generation Dell™ PowerEdge™ servers to provide performance improvement per server.

The study used the Microsoft Jetstress tool to simulate Exchange Server workloads. It compared Exchange Server 2010 running on the new PowerEdge R720xd server against Exchange Server 2007 running on a PowerEdge R510 server. Results show that improvements in Exchange Server mailbox performance, combined with increased capacity and throughput of the PowerEdge R720dx, can support up to three times the number of users; and each of those mailboxes is capable of handling up to twice the number of messages as the older configuration.

Exchange performance metrics

Read the white paper for detailed results: