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Microsoft SQL Server, Linux and HPE Performance Benchmark Love Story



HPE, Microsoft and Red Hat deliver first-ever result with SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition.

Have you ever had something you knew was coming but it sort of sneaked up on you anyway?  

Microsoft has for some time communicated its plans to offer Linux support for SQL Server. However, talking about it is one thing. Delivering great performance benchmarks is something else. Wsql-server-linux-hpe_blog.jpgell it’s finally here: SQL Server for Linux. The winning partnership between HPE, Microsoft and Red Hat is now delivering the first-ever result with SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition.

#1 performance and price/performance on non-clustered TPC-H@1000GB

Running on:

  • HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 server
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Key performance takeaways:

  • SQL Server 2017 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux surpasses the  previous #1 TPC-H@1000GB result achieved with SQL Server 2016
  • 6% higher performance
  • 5% better price/performance
  • The first and only result with Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Enterprise Edition
  • Results achieved on similarly configured servers with two Intel® Xeon® E5-2699 v4 processors

For more information, check out the performance brief.



© Copyright 2017 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP. Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Red Hat, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and the Shadowman logo are registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Intel and Xeon are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. TPC and TPC-H are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. TPC-H results show the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 with a result of 717,101 QphH @ 1000GB and $0.61 USD/QphH @ 1000GB with system availability as of 10-19-2017 (results published 04-19-2017; see; the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 with a result of  678,492 QphH @1000GB and $0.64 USD/QphH @ 1000GB with system availability as of 07-31-2016 (results published 03-24-2016; see The TPC believes that comparisons of TPC-H results published with different scale factors are misleading and discourages such comparisons. Please see for up-to-date information. Competitive claims valid as of 04-19-2017.

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Kannan Mani is the WW Principal Product Manager/Architect, Data Management Solutions at HPE. He is the domain expert in Oracle and Microsoft technologies on various platforms (Compute, Network and Storage) includes private, public and hybrid cloud environments. He has published technical documents on Oracle technologies and is the author of the VMware Press book: Virtualizing Oracle Databases on vSphere.

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