If data is the new electricity, a mighty power grid that can carry and deliver it is a must-have

 

In today´s Idea economy, data is often compared to what electricity meant to society in the early 20th century. If we agree with that comparison, we can argue that for data to have a similar impact, we need the “power grid” to go with it, in the way of infrastructure that can carry and deliver it—so it can be consumed as intended.

Often times, data itself has very little value. To gain value, the data needs to be cleansed, aggregated, analyzed and presented in way that makes it possible to act on it. In other words, data has to be converted into actionable insights. Research shows that companies that transform data into intelligent action, outperform their competitors. And just last week our partner Microsoft made a significant announcement in this area, with their “Empowering the data-driven journey” strategy. In this announcement we learned how you can use SQL Server 2016 to harness and transform data into actionable insights.

This announcement should be very exciting to you as the promise of SQL Server 2016 is to enable you to get more value out of your data. It is also very exciting for us in Hewlett Packard Enterprise because we have the x86 platform that will make sure you can realize all of the SQL Server 2016 benefits –– the mighty power grid that will carry the new electricity everywhere, without delay or outages.

SQL Server 2016 in-memory OLTP and in-memory DW promises faster transactions and faster queries; its “Always Encrypted” technology will help protect data at rest and in motion; and support for 12TB of memory with Windows 2016 will mean real-time analytics for large amounts of data can become a reality. But to fully realize all of this value, you will need a high-performing, powerful system with a vast pool of memory. And what better platform to match these capabilities than Superdome X? Check out my previous blog on the remarkable strength of this combined solution, which your peers are already benefiting from.

With Superdome X and SQL Server we are powering trillions of dollars in foreign exchange in Japan, hundreds of thousands of students in one of the largest school districts in the U.S., and the largest gaming system on the planet. We have also attained leadership benchmark[i] results, proof of the exceptional performance of this joint solution:

  • Leading SAP Performance: Superdome X is the highest performing 16-processor platform on two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark, and attains record-setting results running Microsoft SQL 2014, latest Intel® Xeon® technology, and SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0[ii]
  • Leading Data warehouse performance: Superdome X advances with two world records on TPC-H benchmark, and achieves #1 overall performance and #1 overall 8-socket price/performance @ 10000 GB scale factor on non-clustered TPC-H benchmark[iii]

Check back next week when I will be blogging about joint HPE and Microsoft customer MAGLITE®, and their transformation journey from older business processing technology to Superdome X and SQL Server to run their critical ERP system.


[i]  Benchmarks based on SQL Server 2014. We plan to publish new benchmark results with SQL Server 2016 once the product reaches General Availability

[ii] HPE Integrity Superdome X (16P, 240c, 480 threads, Intel Xeon processors E7-8890 v3) with Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition, SQL Server 2014, SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, certification # 2016002. HP Integrity Superdome X (16P, 240c, 480 threads, Intel Xeon processors E7-2890 v2) with Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition, SQL Server 2012, SAP enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0, certification # 2015036. Source: SAP. Based on the two-tier SAP SD Standard Application Benchmark Results, sap.com/solutions/benchmarks/sd2tier.epx. The “as-of date” is 02-23-16. Intel and Xeon are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

 [iii] Read the performance brief at hpe.com/V2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=4AA6-4093ENW&cc=us&lc=en. Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. TPC and TPC-H (TPC-C, TPC-E, TPC-VMS, TPC-DS, and TPCx-BB) are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. TPC-H results show the HPE Integrity Superdome X with a result of 780,346 QphH @10000GB and $2.27/QphH @ 10000GB with system availability as of February 3, 2016; see tpc.org/3317. The TPC believes that comparisons of TPC-H results published with different scale factors are misleading and discourages such comparisons. Please see tpc.org for up-to-date information. Results as of February 23, 2016.