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Analyze data faster by upgrading to a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5

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Data analytics aren’t just for big enterprises—small and medium-sized businesses accumulate lots of data from CRMs, spreadsheets, and various customer or sales databases.

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Analyze data faster by upgrading to a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5

  1. 1. Analyze data faster by upgrading to a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5* Data analytics aren’t just for big enterprises—small and medium-sized businesses accumulate lots of data from CRMs, spreadsheets, and various customer or sales databases. That data is worthless if businesses can’t make sense of it though, so they need a powerful solution that can analyze information and help them use it to serve customers better. In the Principled Technologies datacenter, we compared how fast a new 14th generation Dell EMC™ PowerEdge™ R740xd running Microsoft® SQL Server® 2017 Standard on Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 7.5 could analyze data versus an older 12th generation Dell EMC PowerEdge R720xd running Windows Server® 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2008 R2. Compared to the legacy solution, a new Dell EMC + Microsoft + Red Hat solution reduced the amount of time it took to analyze data from nearly three hours to just 13 minutes. Plus, the updated Dell EMC + Microsoft + Red Hat solution used fewer resources, leaving room to handle other tasks as business grows. This means that if you upgrade to the new solution, you—and your customers—could get the answers you need faster than ever, which can help make your business more profitable. 1001010111001000100000011010010111001100100 0000110011101110010011011110111010101110000 0101010001101000011001010010000001101111011 0001101110100011011110111000001110101011100 1100100000011010010111001100100000011000010 0100000011100110110111101100110011101000010 1101011000100110111101100100011010010110010 1011001000010110000100000011001010110100101 1001110110100001110100001011010110000101110 0100110110101100101011001000010000001101101 0110111101101100011011000111010101110011011 0001100100000011011110110011000100000011101 0001101000011001010010000001101111011100100 1100100011001010111001000100000010011110110 0011011101000110111101110000011011110110010 0011000010010111000100000010000010111001001 1011110111010101101110011001000010000000110 0110011000000110000001000000111001101110000 0110010101100011011010010110010101110011001 0000001100001011100100110010100100000011100 1001100101011000110110111101100111011011100 1101001011100110110010101100100001000000110 0001011011100110010000100000011101000110100 0011001010010000001101111011100100110010001 1001010111001000100000011010010111001100100 0000110011101110010011011110111010101110000 0110010101100011011010010110010101110011001 0000001100001011100100110010100100000011100 1001100101011000110110111101100111011011100 1101001011100110110010101100100001000000110 0001011011100110010000100000011101000110100 0011001010010000001101111011100100110010001 1001010111001000100000011010010111001100100 0000110011101110010011011110111010101110000 0101010001101000011001010010000001101111011 0001101110100011011110111000001110101011100 1100100000011010010111001100100000011000010 0100000011100110110111101100110011101000010 1101011000100110111101100100011010010110010 1011001000010110000100000011001010110100101 1001110110100001110100001011010110000101110 0100110110101100101011001000010000001101101 0110111101101100011011000111010101110011011 0001100100000011011110110011000100000011101 0001101000011001010010000001101111011100100 1100100011001010111001000100000010011110110 0011011101000110111101110000011011110110010 0011000010010111000100000010000010111001001 1011110111010101101110011001000010000000110 0110011000000110000001000000111001101110000 0110010101100011011010010110010101110011001 0000001100001011100100110010100100000011100 1001100101011000110110111101100111011011100 1101001011100110110010101100100001000000110 0001011011100110010000100000011101000110100 0011001010010000001101111011100100110010001 1001010111001000100000011010010111001100100 0000110011101110010011011110111010101110000 Answer database queries in 92% less time* Cut query times from 3 hours to just 13 minutes† 010000001101111011 000001110101011100 100100000011000010 * when running a business analytics workload, compared to a legacy solution consisting of a 12th generation Dell EMC PowerEdge R720xd running Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 † in our example test Analyze data faster by upgrading to a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard October 2018 (Revised) on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 A Principled Technologies report: Hands-on testing. Real-world results.A Principled Technologies report: Hands-on testing. Real-world results.
  2. 2. Meet data challenges with fast query times The hardware and software solution you employ to collect and sort your data can have a big impact on your business’s bottom line, depending on what you do with your data. If you’re looking to make correlations and discover hidden insights in your data to help plan your next course of action, a speedy and powerful solution can help you do so more quickly. Or perhaps you have an online retail business, where analyzing past-purchase data can offer your customers suggestions to help them find something they’d like to buy, which leads directly to increased sales. Technology improvements happen quickly. In fact, a 2016 IDC study found that by failing to upgrade in a timely manner, “IT organizations can lose up to 39 percent of peak performance and add up to 40 percent in application management costs and up to 148 percent in server administration costs."1 What does all this mean? That if you’re looking to analyze data quickly, updating the hardware and software you use is a simple way to speed up the process. Microsoft SQL Server 2017 now supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux Long-time Linux users now have more options when it comes to choosing a database platform. While previous Microsoft SQL Server releases required a Windows Server operating system, SQL Server 2017 is now supported by Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5. This compatibility gives you one more way to run your datacenter exactly how you want. 010101000110 000110111010 110010000001 010000001110 110101100010 101100100001 100111011010 010011011010 011011110110 000110010000 000110100001 110010001100 001101110100 001100001001 101111011101 011001100000 011001010110 000000110000 100110010101 110100101110 000101101110 001100101001 100101011100 000011001110 0101010001101000011001010010000 0001101110100011011110111000001 1100100000011010010111001100100 0100000011100110110111101100110 1101011000100110111101100100011 1011001000010110000100000011001 1001110110100001110100001011010 0100110110101100101011001000010 0110111101101100011011000111010 0001100100000011011110110011000 0001101000011001010010000001101 1100100011001010111001000100000 0011011101000110111101110000011 0011000010010111000100000010000 1011110111010101101110011001000 0110011000000110000001000000111 0110010101100011011010010110010 0000001100001011100100110010100 1001100101011000110110111101100 1101001011100110110010101100100 0001011011100110010000100000011 0011001010010000001101111011100 1001010111001000100000011010010 0000110011101110010011011110111 New feature alert: Boost data analysis speeds with a new Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 Our tests proved that upgrading to a completely new solution based on the latest technology from Dell EMC, Microsoft, and Red Hat could have you clocking data analysis at speeds you didn’t dream of in the past. We ran 22 queries using HammerDB and a TPC-H-like workload and found that the upgraded Dell EMC + Microsoft + Red Hat solution cut database query time from nearly three hours to just over 13 minutes. Query time (in seconds) 799 10,169 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 110 Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd solution Dell EMC PowerEdge R720xd solution Lower is better Analyze data faster by upgrading to a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard October 2018 (Revised) | 2 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5
  3. 3. The data analysis didn’t tax the upgraded solution—speed increased while drive read latency improved, shortening the wait time by 99 percent (averaged over the course of the test) compared to the 12th generation server and older software. We understand that higher disk throughput numbers are often a sign of stronger performance, but sometimes new features can reduce throughput needs and leave headroom on your drives for other activities, making a decrease in throughput desirable. SQL Server 2017 on Linux has such a feature, Clustered Columnstore Indexes (CCI), which provides higher compression rates and query performance by organizing data in columns. Using this feature with our TPC-H-like workload significantly lowered the load on the drives while increasing workload performance. For instance, we experimented with CCI on the 14th generation solution with SQL Server 2017 on Linux and found that using it reduced throughput from 3,345 MB/s to 160 MB/s. Likewise, moving from the legacy solution running SQL Server 2008 to the new solution running SQL Server 2017 on Linux using CCI reduced throughput by 63 percent. Putting less load on your drives means that ultimately, you can do more work. 0.35 36 0 10 20 30 40 Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd solution Dell EMC PowerEdge R720xd solution Average drive read latency (ms) 1 0 Lower is better About the HammerDB benchmark HammerDB is an open-source tool that tests the database performance of many leading databases, including Oracle® Database, Microsoft® SQL Server® , PostgreSQL® , and MySQL™ . The benchmark includes two built-in workloads derived from industry-standards: a transactional (TPC-C-like) workload and an analytic (TPC-H-like) workload. Our test results do not represent official TPC results and are not comparable in any manner to the official TPC-audited results. For more information about HammerDB, visit www. hammerdb.com. 160 439 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd solution Dell EMC PowerEdge R720xd solution Average drive read throughput (MB/s) Lower is better 000011001010010000001101111011 011011110111000001110101011100 010010111001100100000011000010 110110111101100110011101000010 110111101100100011010010110010 110000100000011001010110100101 001110100001011010110000101110 100101011001000010000001101101 100011011000111010101110011011 011011110110011000100000011101 001010010000001101111011100100 010111001000100000010011110110 110111101110000011011110110010 111000100000010000010111001001 101101110011001000010000000110 110000001000000111001101110000 011011010010110010101110011001 011100100110010100100000011100 000110110111101100111011011100 110110010101100100001000000110 1101111011 0101011100 0011000010 1101000010 0010110010 0110100101 0000101110 0001101101 1110011011 0000011101 1011100100 0011110110 1110110010 0111001001 0000000110 1101110000 1110011001 0000011100 1011011100 Analyze data faster by upgrading to a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard October 2018 (Revised) | 3 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5
  4. 4. Stop sluggish data analysis by refreshing your hardware and software If your datacenter uses 12th generation or earlier hardware and outdated software versions of Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server, you aren’t reaping the benefits that updated tech and new software features can provide. As we found in our tests, a new Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 was able to dramatically reduce the time it took to answer queries during our business analytics workload compared to a legacy hardware and software solution. By moving to a new solution now, you can speed up data analysis, use resources more efficiently, and even plan for future growth. Remember, you can’t wait forever to analyze your data—your customers won’t wait that long. The Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd The 14th generation Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd offers strong database performance with a variety of storage configuration options. It can support up to 24 NVMe drives (we tested with two SAS HDDs and 12 SATA SSDs) and is powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.2 Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 According to Red Hat, the 7.5 release of the open-source OS offers improvements “including enhanced security and compliance, usability at scale, continued integration with Windows infrastructure on- premise and in Microsoft Azure® , and new functionality for storage cost controls.”3 Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard on Linux According to Microsoft, SQL Server 2017 Standard on Linux helps users “find rich programming capabilities, security innovations, and fast performance for mid-tier applications and data marts” with features like end-to- end database security, enhanced in-memory performance, basic reporting and analytics, and hybrid scenarios.4 100101011 000011001 00110010100100000011011110111 10010101110010001000000110100 00001100111011100100110111101 010011010110110101101101011000100110111101 100000010110000100000011000100110000100100 000110010001110101011000100110000100100000 110010001101111011100000001010010000100110 001001000000110010001110101001000000110001 011011110111000000101100001000000110001001 000010010000001100100011101010110001001100 010010000001100100011011110111000000010100 000010011000010010000001100100011101010010 000011000100110111101110000001011000010000 011000100110000100100000011001000111010101 000100110000100100000011001000110111101110 000001010010000100110000100100000011001000 110101001011000010000001111001011001010110 001011010000001010010011010110110101101101 110001001101111011100000010110000100000011 001001100001001000000110010001110101011000 001100001001000000110010001101111011100000 010100100001001100001001000000110010001110 010010000001100010011011110111000000101100 010000001100010011000010010000001100100011 010100100000011001000110111101110000000101 010000100110000100100000011001000111010100 000000110001001101111011100000010110000100 About the new solution 1 IDC, “Why Upgrade Your Server Infrastructure Now?” accessed May 8, 2018, https://www.emc.com/collateral/analyst-re- ports/idc-why-upgrade-server-infrastructure.pdf 2 Dell EMC, “Dell EMC R740xd spec sheet,” accessed May 8, 2018, http://i.dell.com/sites/doccontent/shared-content/da- ta-sheets/en/Documents/poweredge-r740xd-spec-sheet.pdf?newtab=true 3 Red Hat, “Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 released,” accessed May 8, 2018, https://access.redhat.com/announce- ments/3405871 4 Microsoft SQL Server datasheet, accessed May 8, 2018, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sql-server/sql-server-2017 Read the science behind this report at http://facts.pt/1h0f83 Principled Technologies is a registered trademark of Principled Technologies, Inc. All other product names are the trademarks of their respective owners. For additional information, review the science behind this report. Principled Technologies® Facts matter.®Principled Technologies® Facts matter.® This project was commissioned by Dell Technologies. Analyze data faster by upgrading to a Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd running Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Standard October 2018 (Revised) | 4 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5

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