Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server: High Performance and Flexibility for Virtualized SAP Business Suite Deployment

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Cisco’s benchmark result for the Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server show support for up
to 5530 concurrent users and a SAP Application Performance Standard (SAPS) score of
30,270 derived from the processing of 605,330 order line items per hour and 1,816,000
dialog steps per hour. This result demonstrates that a Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server
configured with a LSI 400-GB SLC WarpDrive can deliver high scalability and low latency
in virtualized SAP Business Suite deployments

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Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server: High Performance and Flexibility for Virtualized SAP Business Suite Deployment

  1. 1. © 2013 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 1Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server:High Performance and Flexibility forVirtualized SAP Business Suite DeploymentBusiness organizations gain the flexibility ofdeploying virtualized SAP landscapes whilemaintaining excellent performance.Virtualization is a critical data center technology that helps business organizationsincrease utilization levels, more rapidly deploy and scale applications, and reduce costby reducing server inventory. The Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®)is a platform optimized for virtualized environments, and it helps give organizationsthe same flexibility to virtualize their SAP landscapes that they have for their lesscritical applications. Many organizations run their SAP Business Suite applications oncostly RISC processors, using proprietary operating systems and expensive databasemanagement systems, but Cisco’s first virtualized SAP Sales and Distribution (SD)Benchmark result demonstrates the benefits of a solution that uses intelligent Intel®Xeon® processors, open source operating systems, and Sybase Adaptive ServerEnterprise (ASE).Cisco’s benchmark result for the Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server show support for upto 5530 concurrent users and a SAP Application Performance Standard (SAPS) score of30,270 derived from the processing of 605,330 order line items per hour and 1,816,000dialog steps per hour. This result demonstrates that a Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Serverconfigured with a LSI 400-GB SLC WarpDrive can deliver high scalability and low latencyin virtualized SAP Business Suite deployments.SAP Sales and Distribution BenchmarkThe SAP SD Benchmark is designed to stress the solution architecture and determinewhether a consistent response can be delivered as more users consume systemresources. Focused on testing components that influence the sizing of deployments, thebenchmark exercises the processes that handle a sell-from-stock transaction, includingbusiness processes such as order creation and delivery, the movement of goods, andinvoice creation. As a result, infrastructure platforms experience conditions similar tothose found in two-tier SAP Business Suite application deployments.Benchmark ConfigurationThe tested configuration consisted of a Cisco UCS chassis equipped with one CiscoUCS B200 M3 Blade Server running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.4 on KVM. Theserver was configured with two 2.90-GHz, 8-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2690 CPUsand 256 GB of 1600-MHz memory. The blade server ran both the SAP Business Suiteapplication software and the 64-bit Sybase ASE 15.7 in a single virtual machine. SAPEnhancement Package 5 for SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) 6.0 was used inPerformance BriefMarch 2013HighlightsDeploy a Solution with the Best2-Socket Virtualized Result• As of the date of this brief, Ciscodelivered the best 2-socketvirtualized SAP Sales and Distribution(SD) Benchmark result in a Linuxenvironment.Use Virtualization to IncreaseFlexibility and Reduce Costs• Using the Cisco Unified ComputingSystem™ (Cisco UCS®), ITdepartments can run virtualized SAPBusiness Suite applications with theflexibility, scalability, and lower cost ofvirtualized environments.Support a Growing User Base• Cisco UCS running Sybase AdaptiveServer Enterprise (ASE) and configuredwith an LSI 400-GB SLC WarpDrivedelivers a scalable foundation fordeployments of SAP Business Suitesoftware.Standardize on an Industry-LeadingSolution• When used with enterprise-class,open source operating system andvirtualization software, Cisco UCSservers provide an excellent foundationfor any standards-based infrastructuresolution.Scale to Meet Demand• Results show that Cisco UCS B200 M3Blade Servers can support up to 5530concurrent users in a virtualized RHELand Sybase ASE Server environment.Simplify Data Center Infrastructure• Cisco UCS dramatically reducesthe number of physical componentsneeded to support demanding SAPBusiness Suite application workloads,enabling IT departments to makeeffective use of limited space, power,and cooling resources.
  2. 2. © 2013 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 2Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server: High Performance and Flexibiltyfor Virtualized SAP Business Suite Applicationsthis scenario. One LSI 400-GB SLCWarpDrive, a mezzanine card deployedwithin the blade server, provided solid-state disk capacity for database log filesthat require low-latency write access.The Cisco UCS B200 M3 server wasconnected to a pair of Cisco UCS6120XP 20-Port Fabric Interconnects.Two high-performance Cisco Nexus®5548 Switches provided access todata stored on a NetApp FAS3170storage system. Figure 1 depicts thebenchmark configuration.Cisco Unified Computing SystemCisco UCS is the first data centerplatform that integrates industry-standard, x86-architecture IntelXeon processor–based servers withnetworking and storage access intoa unified system. Server, networking,storage, and intelligent managementresources work together in a self-awareand self-integrating system. This designdelivers greater computing density andnetwork simplicity in a smaller footprint,which reduces operating costs.Cisco fabric interconnects bring ahigh-bandwidth, low-latency, 10-Gbpsunified fabric to each server that carriesIP, storage, and management trafficover a single set of cables. The systemrepresents a radical simplificationcompared to traditional architectures,resulting in lower capital and operatingcosts.Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade ServerThe Cisco UCS B200 M3 is a bladeserver without compromise. Poweredby the Intel Xeon processor E5 family,the half-width blade server offers 24DIMM slots (up to 768 GB total capacitywhen equipped with 32‑GB DIMMs) tosupport large virtual machine footprints.It is the first blade server anywhereto provide built-in programmable I/Oconnectivity, delivering outstanding I/Obandwidth and flexibility.Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SAPSybase ASE ServerOptimized to work together, RHEL,KVM, and Sybase ASE delivera robust foundation for SAPapplications. Support for large memoryconfigurations and processor countsand caching optimizations in theoperating system combine with SybaseASE storage optimizations and textmanagement efficiencies to deliveraccelerated access to SAP businessapplications and information.UCS B200 M3CONSOLECisco UCS 6120XP Fabric Interconnects Cisco Nexus 5548UP SwitchesNetApp FAS3170 Storage1 Controller37 450-GB Fibre Channel Disk DrivesCisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis1 Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server1 Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card 12401 LSI 400GB SLC WarpDrive10-GbpsUnified Fabric(80 Gbps Total)10 Gigabit Ethernet (40 Gbps Total)8-GbpsFibre Channel(16 Gbps Total)Figure 1. SAP SD Benchmark System Under Test
  3. 3. © 2013 Cisco Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. Page 3Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server: High Performance and Flexibiltyfor Virtualized SAP Business Suite ApplicationsFabric InterconnectsTypically deployed in redundantpairs, Cisco® fabric interconnectsprovides uniform access to networksand storage. With many ports in onerack unit (1RU) and equipped withan expansion module, Cisco fabricinterconnects offer high port density,reduced port-to-port latency, andcentralized unified management withCisco UCS Manager. The benchmarkconfiguration used Cisco UCS 6120XP20-Port Fabric Interconnects equippedwith a Fibre Channel expansion model.The Cisco UCS 6248UP 48-Port FabricInterconnect is available when greaterport density is required.Cisco Nexus 5548UP SwitchThe Cisco Nexus 5548UP Switchprovides a unified converged fabricover 10 Gigabit Ethernet for LAN, SAN,and cluster traffic. This unificationenables network consolidation andgreater utilization of previously separateinfrastructure and cabling, reducingby up to 50 percent the number ofadapters and cables required andeliminating the need for separateinfrastructure.LSI 400-GB SLC WarpDriveThe LSI 400-GB SLC WarpDriveenables storage performance to bedecoupled from storage capacity. Usingsolid-state disk (SSD) technology andintelligent caching software, the LSI400-GB SLC WarpDrive integratesa powerful new memory tier that isuniquely designed to accelerate in-server application performance fordatabase workloads. Offered as a SmallForm-Factor (SFF) PCI Express (PCIe)card that uses a Cisco blade server’smezzanine card slot, the deviceprovides low-latency access to 400 GBof high-performance SLC NAND flashstorage that is excellent for low-latencydatabase log file write operations andonline active (“hot”) database tables.Benchmark ResultsAs shown in Table 1, the Cisco UCSB200 M3 Blade Server recorded thebest two-way virtualized SAP SDBenchmark result on SAP EnhancementPackage 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 and SybaseASE 15.7. In the test, 5530 SAP SDBenchmark users were supported whilea consistent application response ofless than one second was maintained.By using the LSI 400-GB SLCWarpDrive adapter, the server wasable to accommodate the low latenciesrequired by Sybase ASE databasesoftware. In combination with the high-performance NetApp FAS3170 storagesystem for data access, the integratedflash storage tier and fast processingand interconnect technology in CiscoUCS enabled the Cisco UCS B200 M3to deliver 1,816,000 dialog steps perhour, or 605,330 fully processed orderline items per hour: the equivalent of a30,270 SAPS score.ConclusionMany business organizations currentlystruggle with the cost of maintainingRISC processor–based servers runningproprietary operating systems andthird-party database managementsystems. Cisco UCS both enablesorganizations to use lower-costindustry-standard x86-architectureTable 1. SAP SD Benchmark Results (Certification Number 2013007)Number of SAP SD Benchmark users 5530Central Server: CiscoUCS B200 M3 server,2 processors (16 coresand 32 threads), IntelXeon Processor E5-2690, 2.90-GHz, 64 KBL1 cache and 256 KBLayer 2 cache per core,20 MB Layer 3 cacheper processor, 256 GBmain memory.Operating System:Red Hat Enterprise Linux6.4 on KVM. RDBMS:Sybase ASE 15.7SAP Business SuiteSoftware: SAPEnhancement Package5 for SAP ERP 6.0Average dialog response time 0.96 secondFully processed order line items per hour 605,330Dialog steps per hour 1,816,000SAPS 30,270Average database request time0.021 second (dialog)0.045 second (update)CPU utilization (central server) 97 percent
  4. 4. Cisco has more than 200 offices worldwide. Addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers are listed on the Cisco Website at www.cisco.com/go/offices.Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to thisURL: www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnershiprelationship between Cisco and any other company. (1110R) LE-38602-00 03/13Americas HeadquartersCisco Systems, Inc.San Jose, CAAsia Pacific HeadquartersCisco Systems (USA) Pte. Ltd.SingaporeEurope HeadquartersCisco Systems International BV Amsterdam,The NetherlandsCisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server: High Performance and Flexibiltyfor Virtualized SAP Business Suite Applicationsservers, open source operatingsystems, and database managementsystems and allows organizations torun SAP Business Suite applications invirtualized environments. With CiscoUCS, organizations can easily balanceworkloads across a pool of servers tomanage service levels according tobusiness priorities, scale environmentsup and down as needed, and containcosts by consolidating workloads onto asmaller number of servers.By deploying SAP Business Suite onCisco UCS configured with LSI solid-state storage and running SybaseASE Server, IT departments cansupport more users and accelerateresponse times. Many users canbe supported—up to 5530 in thebenchmark configuration—with littlehardware, and even with virtualization.IT departments can choose froma broad range of Cisco UCS bladeand rack server models to scaledeployments further using largerservers or additional servers to createscale-out deployments with a smallfootprint. These innovations and thedramatic reduction in the numberof physical components requireddemonstrate Cisco’s commitment todelivering systems that provide value toSAP deployments.For More InformationFor SAP benchmark results, pleasevisit http://www.sap.com/campaigns/benchmark/index.epx.For more information about Cisco UCSservers, please visit http://www/cisco.com/go/ucs.For more information about Cisco UCSperformance, please visithttp://www.cisco.com/go/ucsatwork.

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