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New Fujitsu PRIMERGY Server demonstrates world record performance in independent benchmarks

The recently launched new-generation FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY RX4770 M6 has set new world records for performance. Its unmatched processing power is verified both for demanding in-memory environments with the SAP BW edition for SAP HANA benchmark[1] and for large-scale virtual infrastructures with VMware’s VMmark benchmark[2].

In a SAP standard application benchmark using SAP HANA databases and processing 7.8 billion initial records, the PRIMERGY RX4770 M6 achieved top results across the board for the fastest data load, the highest number of query executions per hour, and the shortest runtime for complex query phases. This benchmark outcome validates the server’s outstanding efficiency when running data-intensive in-memory and analytics workloads.

The quad-socket server also attained the world-record scores in VMware’s VMmark virtualisation benchmark out of all matched-pair four-socket server results. The PRIMERGY RX4770 M6 achieved the top VMmark 3.x results among all other matched-pair 4-socket servers as of 22 October 2020. Along with doubled Intel Ultra Path Interconnect (UPI) connectivity, this makes the PRIMERGY RX4770 M6 the perfect basis for large-scale virtualisation environments, where performance, reliability and efficiency are essential.

High-performance server equipped with the latest security technology

The Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX4770 M6 is a 3U quad-socket server that harnesses the AI acceleration features of new, third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane persistent memory technology. Completely redesigned, it delivers exceptional performance and simple administration in a cost-effective form factor, allowing organisations to speed up even the most demanding applications, derive maximum value from their data, and accelerate their business transformation.

To address the rise in cyber attacks, which have seen an increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fujitsu has integrated Intel Platform Firmware Resilience (PFR) into the PRIMERGY RX4770 M6. PFR helps to protect platform firmware, detect firmware corruption, and restore the server to its last-known good state if malware is detected – ensuring the server itself becomes part of an organisation’s strong security defence.

Benchmark details

[1]SAP standard application benchmarks set an industry gold standard that helps customers and partners find the appropriate hardware configuration for their IT solutions by testing the hardware and software performance of SAP applications and components. VMmark is a recognised tool used to measure the performance, scalability, and power consumption of virtualisation platforms. It allows the accurate and reliable benchmarking of virtual data centre performance and power consumption and enables the comparison of different virtualisation platforms.

The SAP BW edition for SAP HANA standard application benchmark version 3 was performed on October 27, 2020, by Fujitsu in Kawasaki, Japan, with 7,800,000,000 initial records, and certified by SAP on behalf of the SAP Benchmark Council on October 28, 2020. It was awarded certification number 2020040. The benchmark configuration included a Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY RX4770 M6 with four Intel Xeon Platinum 8380HL processors, 1,536 GB DRAM and 3,072 GB Persistent Memory, SAP NetWeaver 7.50, SAP HANA 2.0, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15.

[2]The VMware VMmark V3 benchmark in VMmark V3.1 was performed on October 22, 2020, with two PRIMERGY RX4770 M6 systems in a matched pair configuration. Each system was configured with Intel Xeon Platinum 8380HL processors and used the VMware ESXi 7.0 U1 Hypervisor. Under official test conditions measured in the PRIMERGY Performance Lab in Kawasaki, Japan, this configuration achieved a VMmark V3 score of 19.72@20 tiles (Performance Only), 6.3410@20 tiles (Server Power-Performance), and 3.7609@20 tiles (Server and Storage Power-Performance). Full test results including system specification, further details and current results can be found at: https://www.vmware.com/products/vmmark/results3x.html.

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Digital technology brings reasons for optimism

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While 2020 has been a uniquely challenging moment in history, Dell believes that if organisations move quickly to digitally transform, there is reason to be optimistic about the coming ‘data decade’.

This is according to Doug Woolley, Managing Director of Dell Technologies South Africa, who was speaking ahead of the upcoming Dell Technologies digital forum.

“With so much at stake, businesses have shifted their digital transformation into high gear and have already accomplished in a few short months what would normally have taken them years. Now we need to maintain that momentum. The recent Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index shows that 80% of businesses fast-tracked at least some of their digital transformation programmes this year, with a focus on cyber security, remote work capabilities and reinvented digital experiences for customers and employees. There was an increase in Digital Leaders and Digital Adopters and a decline in Digital Followers,” he said. The past year highlighted that agile and scalable IT environments made organisations more resilient, and has helped drive the focus on digital transformation.

Dell Technologies believes that digital transformation is crucial – not only to support business resilience in the face of disruption, but also to transform human progress.

Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, in his vision for the next data decade to 2030, has stated: “We’ve been given a glimpse of the future, and the organisations that are accelerating their digital transformation now will be poised for success in the data era that is unfolding before our eyes.”

Dell noted that currently, 86 petabytes moves across the cellular network in 18 hours, and that this would increase to 86 petabytes in 10 minutes just 10 years from now. “That’s a 52 000 times increase in the amount of data. This is why we call it the next data decade,” he said.

He said that while this tsunami of data held incredible promise to advance humanity more than any force, at any time in human history, without data integration or co-ordination, this data would just be ‘noise and chaos’. “The integration and the security of data are really our biggest challenges going forward. And we believe Dell Technologies is the only company with the capability to do this,” he said.