SQL Server 2017 achieves top TPC benchmarks for OLTP and DW on Linux and Windows

Once again, SQL Server 2017 has led the pack with three new TPC benchmarks published in April 2019, ranking SQL Server 2017 as the fastest database for online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehouse (DW) workloads on Windows and Linux.

Together with our partners, SQL Server continues to innovate with high-performing, enterprise-ready solutions that deliver unparalleled price performance. We’re pleased to share the results for the TPC-H (the industry standard for benchmarking data warehouse) performance at 3TB with HPE that currently holds the record as the industry’s fastest 2-socket non-clustered solution, and 10TB with Cisco, as well as the TPC-E (the industry standard for benchmarking online transaction processing) performance at 10TB with Lenovo. Check out the results below.

System Performance Database Operating System
HPE Proliant DL380 Gen10 1,244,450 QphH@3000GB

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SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15

Cisco UCS C480 M5 Server 1,651,514 QphH@10000GB

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SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6

The table above shows the TPC-H data warehousing results published on SQL Server 2017 with configuration (size). The table below shows the TPC-E OLTP results published on SQL Server 2017 with throughput and price/performance ratio.

System Throughput performance


Database Operating System
Lenovo ThinkSystem SR650 7,012.53 tpsE

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SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition

Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition

These new results for TPC-H at 3TB scale prove the superior combination of SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10. The benchmark showcases the secure, resilient, and versatile 2P/2U HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 as an industry-leading server for multi-workload compute, ideal for structured data analysis such as decision support for large databases.

In addition, a new record for the 10TB non-clustered TPC-H benchmark has been accomplished with a winning combination of SQL Server 2017, Red Hat Linux 7.6, and Cisco UCS C480 M5 Server. Cisco’s 4-socket Cascade Lake system surpassed the previous #1 10TB non-clustered result by 11.6 percent in performance along with a cost reduction.

The TPC-E results showcase SQL Server 2017 blazing the trail together with our strategic partner Lenovo. Lenovo’s ThinkSystem SR650 on a 2-socket Cascade Lake system was the fastest 2-socket system when combined with SQL Server 2017 and Windows Server 2016. It surpassed the previous 2-socket Sky Lake publication by 3 percent, and was also the best overall  price performance leader.

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All claims in this post were made as of 5/15/2019.

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