One of the most common workloads within enterprise environments is SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP); a solution that provides access to critical data, applications, and analytical tools, and helps organizations streamline processes across procurement, manufacturing, service, sales, finance, and HR.  With a demanding workload like SAP ERP, many customers’ natural thought process may be to run the solution on physical servers, and there are a significant number of existing SAP benchmarks that highlight huge scale and performance on a physical platform.

We are pleased to announce, that through close collaboration between SAP, HP and Microsoft, as of June 24th 2013, a new world record for a three-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark, running on a 2-processor physical server,  has been achieved and certified by SAP. The best part?  Not only was SAP ERP 6.0 (with Enhancement Package 5) running on SQL Server 2012, on Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, but the configuration was completely virtualized on Hyper-V.

See Brad Anderson’s blog post, “SAP, HP and Microsoft Set New SAP World Record Using Hyper-V” for all of the details on the configuration used, test methodology, and certification by SAP.

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