In a previous post, Common SQL Server Myths by Paul Randal (now in PDF form), we discussed how important it is to make sure that the information you "know" is really the truth.  Often when you hear people talk about SQL Server, a common misconception is that it doesn't scale well... that SQL Server is fine for medium-sized businesses, but is not an enterprise-level database platform.

This is quite simply another myth that has been proven to be wrong time and time again.  The "Benchmark Results for Temenos T24 with SQL Server 2008 R2" report describes the results of the TEMENOS T24 (T24) R10 Highwater Benchmark performance test conducted at the Microsoft Partner Solution Center (MPSC) in Redmond, Washington on the NEC Express5800/A1080a 8-CPU Server System with the Intel® Xeon processor 7500 series, from July 14 to August 27, 2010.

Here are some quotes from the report...

"At peak performance, the system processed 3,437 transactions per second (TPS) in online business testing and averaged a record-breaking 5,203 interest accrual and capitalizations per second during COB testing, processing 25 million accounts in less than two hours"

"The 64-bit architecture of SQL Server 2008 R2 lets customers take advantage of up to 2 terabytes of RAM in Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system."

"SQL Server 2008 R2 supports up to 256 logical processors. This scalability makes it ideal for dataintensive and mission-critical applications."

This report is just another example of how well the SQL Server database platform can perform and scale in your enterprise envrionment.  If the banking industry's leading application (TEMENOS T24) showed record-breaking results when using SQL Server, what do you think it could do for you?

Check out the Benchmark Results for Temenos T24 with SQL Server 2008 R2 on Intel-based NEC Servers report for more information.