FRANKFURT: Dell has announced that its PowerEdge R920 server has gained certification for SAP HANA workloads, in order to help customers gain insights into their data more quickly.
The firm announced the certification at its Dell Enterprise Forum (DEF) event in Germany, as it touted the capabilities of its server for the SAP tool over other hardware rivals.
Dell said that in tests run by SAP, Dell servers achieved a world record for a four-socket Linux benchmark of 24,451 users, a 71 percent performance increase over the previous best from Fujitsu.
The move underlines Dell's push to provide access to big data tools as it expands its own software offerings. In March Dell bought US big data analytics firm StatSoft as part of this growth.
Aongus Hegarty, European president for Dell, said during a keynote speech that the StatSoft technology was a key part of the firm’s software push around data intelligence tools. "It allows us to help customers understand their data and interpret it to understand what it means," he explained.
The push into big data and analytics comes as Dell looks to reposition itself in the wake of its buyout last year, with software key to its future as its traditional strength in hardware has become less reliable.
Single-server PowerEdge R920 configurations for SAP HANA are available now, with scale-out configurations over multiple servers set for the summer.
At its Enterprise Forum event, Dell also officially unveiled Fluid Cache for SAN, touting its ability to handle large workloads and boost efficiency as firms store and access ever-growing data sets. The firm said the tool could handle five million random input/output operations per second (IOPS), which it claims is the highest in the industry.
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