Hyperion unveiled the results of a record-breaking benchmark on Hyperion Essbase. The industry-standard APB-1 benchmark was designed to test the speed, performance and scalability of analytic software. The Hyperion benchmark was conducted in tandem with HP and Intel, and tested the speed, performance and scalability of Hyperion Essbase in a "real world" environment by simulating the system configuration used by a typical enterprise customer. With mid-range HP Integrity and ProLiant servers running Intel processors, the benchmark demonstrated outstanding scalability and speed of Hyperion Essbase resulting in an average query per minute (AQM) of 119,085 while serving 10,000 concurrent users – an average of 5.04 seconds per each user query.

The benchmark was conducted on the 64-bit version of Hyperion Essbase Analytic Services. With this release, Hyperion will be one of the first software vendors to deliver a 64-bit business intelligence solution on HP Integrity Servers with Intel Itanium 2 processors. Hyperion Essbase, the core of Hyperion's business intelligence platform, will deliver even greater enterprise flexibility and scalability to its customers – more than 4,000 corporations around the world.

Unlike recent competitive OLAP benchmarks, the Hyperion benchmark utilized hardware that was six times less expensive and configured for an average installation, typical of many enterprises. The environment consisted of Hyperion Essbase on HP Integrity servers based on Intel Itanium 2 processors – estimated at $95K per server. These servers are architected to meet the requirements of demanding enterprises and technical applications, providing customers with high performance and low cost scalability. The benchmark delivered performance and scalability results that exceeded all recent benchmarks from business intelligence vendors by nearly 40 percent.

"This is an extremely impressive benchmark result showing strong performance and scalability," said Mike Schiff of the independent industry analyst firm, Current Analysis. "Rather than souping up the test environment to create a strong AQM, Hyperion benchmarked Essbase on a mid-range server configuration to emulate a realistic enterprise customer deployment."

The Benchmark Results

The benchmark was performed on November 12, 2003, giving Hyperion Essbase an 119,085 AQM in the following environment:

  • Four HP Integrity rx5670 servers each with four 1.3 GHz Intel Itanium 32 GB of RAM
  • Four HP ProLiant DL580G2 client machines each with four Intel Xeon 2.0GHz CPUs and 3GB RAM
  • One HP Storage Works Virtual Array va7410
  • Hyperion Essbase Analytic Services v6.5.4.1
  • 10,000 products
  • Five percent data density
  • 10,000 concurrent users

The benchmark was conducted to the specific parameters outlined by the OLAP Council, using its analytical processing benchmark, APB-1 Release II. This benchmark is considered the industry standard for measuring key performance metrics of OLAP applications.

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