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Consolidating Legacy OLTP Application Servers with the Dell 12 th Generation PowerEdge R720 Server

Consolidating Legacy OLTP Application

Servers with the Dell 12

th

Generation

PowerEdge R720 Server

Luis Acosta

Solutions Performance Analysis

Group

Consolidating Legacy OLTP Application Servers with the Dell 12 th Generation PowerEdge R720 Server

This document is for informational purposes only and may contain typographical errors and technical inaccuracies. The content is provided as is, without express or implied warranties of any kind.

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Contents

Executive Summary ................................................................................................. 4

Introduction .......................................................................................................... 4

Test methodology ................................................................................................... 4

Test Results .......................................................................................................... 6

Consolidation Improvement factor ............................................................................. 7

Conclusion ............................................................................................................ 8

Appendix - test configuration................................................................................... 9

Tables

Table 1.

System Configuration ................................................................................... 9

Figures

Figure 1.

Hardware Configuration ................................................................................ 5

Figure 2.

RAID Configuration ...................................................................................... 5

Figure 3.

Database Latency ....................................................................................... 6

Figure 4.

CPU Utilization .......................................................................................... 7

Figure 5.

Input/Output Operations Per Second ................................................................ 7

Figure 6.

Consolidation Scenario ................................................................................. 8

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Executive Summary

With the introduction of the Dell™ 12 th generation server product line, customers have an opportunity to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) by consolidating their legacy database application servers. Reasons to consolidate database servers include: system underutilization, hardware/software end of life (EOL), reducing costs associated with power and cooling, or improving overall performance.

Dell strives to reduce the complexity of migrating from legacy database production environments to the latest generation hardware and software while maintaining application performance needs. The purpose of this document is to evaluate and highlight the performance benefits of consolidating legacy online transaction processing (OLTP) database applications running on Dell’s 9 th generation PowerEdge™ 2950 server onto Dell’s 12 th generation PowerEdge

R720 server.

Introduction

OLTP database applications are characterized by processing a large numbers of concurrent transactions at a given time. For example, today’s banking institutions provide online access to their customers where they can access account information, transfer funds, and pay bills.

Online banking applications rely on processing thousands of transactions in a time-sensitive manner. The database server hosts where these transactions are processed require sufficient resources in terms of CPU, memory, and fast data access for results to be generated instantly.

Legacy servers with lower performing CPUs and slower storage are no longer capable of servicing the increased demands within reasonable response time.

Dell’s Solutions Performance Analysis team simulated an OLTP database workload to measure the performance of legacy and current generation PowerEdge server, storage, and software stack. This white paper provides customers with a performance comparison of a Microsoft SQL

Server ® database solution running on a legacy 9 th generation Dell PowerEdge 2950 and

Microsoft SQL 2005 to the new 12 th generation Dell PowerEdge R720 server and Microsoft SQL

2012 RC1.

Test methodology

Quest’s Benchmark Factory for Databases (BMF) is a database build and workload simulation tool that measures database performance. To test the performance, a 200GB database modeled after the industry-standard TPC-C benchmark was built on each of the solutions.

To characterize the legacy environment, we configured a PowerEdge 2950 connected to 2 Dell

PowerVault™ MD1120 storage arrays, running Microsoft Windows® 2003 Server R2 x64, and

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise x64. Using the Quest’s Benchmark Factory TPC-C workload profile, we populated the database with a scale factor of 3000. BMF simulates users issuing

TPC-C like SQL transactions that exercise each database’s storage sub-system with a random read and write I/O data access pattern in user increments of 250. During each database user simulation, BMF collected the total number of I/Os per second (IOPS), Average Query Response

Time (AQRT), and CPU utilization. The test was stopped after the average query response time reached 2 seconds.

To characterize the R720 Solution environment, we configured a PowerEdge R720 server connected to 2 Dell PowerVault MD1220 storage arrays, running Microsoft Windows 2008 Server

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R2 Enterprise, and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 RC1. Figure 1shows the test configuration

topology for each of the tests.

Figure 1.

Hardware Configuration

Figure 2 is a physical representation of the RAID configuration layout where the database was

built.

Figure 2.

RAID Configuration

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Test Results

Latency

Average Query Response Time (AQRT) is the time it takes for SQL Server to respond to the query. This metric establishes the performance criteria for our Service Level Agreement (SLA) of 2 seconds. At 14,750 concurrent users, the legacy environment met our maximum SLA of 2 seconds AQRT, while the R720 has an AQRT of just 508 milliseconds at the same user load. To put this into perspective, the R720 is able to respond to the same query nearly 4 times faster than the legacy environment. Figure 2 shows the AQRTs recorded during the tests.

Figure 3.

Database Latency

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Average query response time at 14,750 concurrent users

Maximum SLA 2 Secs.

R720 PE2950

System Performance - CPU Utilization

Figure 4 shows the CPU utilization on both solutions while simulating 14,750 concurrent users.

The R720 reached a maximum of 2.6 % CPU Utilization compared to the legacy environment, in which 26.5% CPU was utilized.

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Figure 4.

CPU Utilization

CPU Utilization at 14,750 concurrent users

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20

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Storage Performance - I/Os per second (IOPS)

When measuring a storage system’s performance, Input/Output operations per second (IOPS) is the most commonly used metric. The legacy environment achieved an average of 6,760 IOPS

while the PowerEdge R720 was able to achieve 11,110 IOPS: a 60% improvement. Figure 5

illustrates these results.

Figure 5.

Input/Output Operations Per Second

IOPS at 14,750 concurrent users

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10000

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R720 PE2950

Consolidation Improvement factor

After reviewing the results, we can conclude that a PowerEdge R720 server running Microsoft

SQL Server 2012 can process OLTP queries nearly 4x faster when compared to a legacy server running Microsoft SQL Server 2005 while maintaining an SLA of 2 seconds.

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The R720 at 26% utilization is able to handle the OLTP workload of 10 Legacy PowerEdge 2950

Servers, a 10:1 Consolidation at 26% Utilization.

The R720 paired with two PowerVault MD1220(s) can do 60% more IOPs than the legacy

PowerEdge 2950 / 2x PowerVault MD1120 solution.

Figure 6.

Consolidation Scenario

Conclusion

A consolidation project is not a simple task. The customer needs careful planning to predict the performance capacity requirements of the new platform. The focus of this white paper is to encourage organizations to consolidate legacy database environments on Dell’s PowerEdge 12G servers. Based on the results, we can conclude that a 12 th Generation PowerEdge R720 server populated with two eight-core CPUs would be able to consolidate the workload of a ten-node legacy environment, provided that the system is not constrained by the storage subsystem, network bandwidth, or memory resources. Customers running Microsoft SQL environments on legacy servers and storage can follow the guidelines and procedures outlined here to consolidate or upgrade their existing solution into fewer, faster, and more energy efficient solutions.

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Appendix - test configuration

Table 1 describes the software and hardware configuration that was used throughout testing on

both the simulated legacy production environment and the 12G test environment.

Component

System

Processor

Memory

Internal Disks

Network

External

Storage

RAID

Controller

OS

Database

System

Table 1.

System Configuration

Legacy environment PowerEdge R720 environment

PowerEdge 2950 III

Two Intel Xeon X5460, 3.16 GHz quad core

64 GB DDR2 (8 GB DIMMs)

Two 73 GB 2.5” 15K SAS

Broadcom BCM5708C NetXtreme II

2x PowerVault MD1120 48 x 73 GB

2.5" 15K SAS

PowerEdge R720

Two Intel Xeon E5-2670, 2.70 GHz eight core

64 GB DDR3 (8 GB DIMMs)

Two 300 GB 2.5" 15K SAS

Broadcom BCM5720 NetXtreme II

2x PowerVault MD1220 48 x 146 GB

2.5" 15K SAS

PERC 6/E

Windows 2003 R2 Ent. x64

Microsoft SQL 2005 Ent. x64

PERC H810

Windows 2008 R2 SP1

Microsoft SQL 2012 Ent. x64 (RC1)

Workload

Quest Benchmark Factory TPCC workload

• Scale factor: 3000

• User connections: 250 – 18000

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Key Features

  • Intel® Xeon® E5 Family E5-2609 2.4 GHz
  • 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3-SDRAM
  • DVD-RW
  • Rack (2U) 750 W

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