Database performance matters

Whether you are running transactional or analytical workloads, database performance is a key driver to overall system performance. IBM DB2 is designed to deliver industry-leading performance. The results speak for themselves.

Leading benchmark records

Benchmarks are a great way to compare database performance across vendors. However, real world workloads can vary significantly in performance and high availability characteristics. DB2 is the clear leader in performance on production systems.

As of June 2013, DB2 holds the following leading benchmark records for database performance:

  • DB2 achieves a new world record on the three-tier SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark with 266,000 SAP SD users [i]
  • DB2 leads the SAP® Sales and Distribution (SD) two-tier standard application benchmark single server 32-socket result with 126,063 SAP SD users [ii]
  • DB2 holds the first clustered database result published for the SAP® Transaction Banking standard application benchmark [iii]
  • DB2 achieves the highest EjOPs per core number at 823 EjOPS per core on SPECjEnterprise2010 [iv]
  • DB2 holds the #1 4-socket x86-64 TPC-C result in throughput for transactional performance [v]

Raw performance is critical to our clients and DB2 delivers the best performance numbers. However, the real value of our performance results lies in how they translate into lower operating costs for our clients. For instance, DB2 engineers strive to deliver the best per-core performance, this is important for clients in industries such as energy, mobile communications and financial services, who run database application workloads that use per-core pricing when determining total solution cost. Fewer cores for the same performance can translate into significant direct savings in licensing and ongoing annual software maintenance costs.

DL585G7 Result: HP ProLiant DL585 G7: 1,193,472 tpmC at $0.69USD/tpmC, avail 2010/09/01, (4proc/48core/48thread)

DL580G7 Result: HP ProLiant DL580 G7: 1,807,347 tpmC at $0.49USD/tpmC, avail 2010/10/15, (4proc/32core/64thread)

x3850 X5 Result: IBM x3850 X5: 3,014,684 tpmC at $0.59USD/tpmC, avail 2011/09/22, (4proc/40core/80thread)

TPC-C is a trademark of the Transaction Performance Processing Council (TPC). The TPC web page is located at

SAP and all other SAP product and service names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and several other countries around the world. SAP benchmark information is located at

SPECjEnterprise2010 is a trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).

All benchmark claims are based on published information as of June 2013.

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