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I remember being at customer sites during recent NetWeaver ramp-ups when I was frequently asked, “We have a lot of Java applications which we would like to migrate to NetWeaver, but we don’t know whether the NetWeaver platform will be fast enough. Do you have any performance comparisons against other J2EE servers?” If the customer had deeper knowledge about J2EE performance standards, he might have explicitly asked about SPECjAppServer2004 benchmarks. Until recently, I couldn’t give a satisfactorily substantiated answer.

Last year we were asked by our development team whether the Co-Innovation Lab (COIL) could help to engage with a partner, with whom they could collaborate on the SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark. As far as I know, this would be the first time, that SAP publishes a benchmark that allows comparison with competitive products. COIL initiated discussions locally with one of our sponsoring members, Hewlett-Packard. We were directly involved in the initial negotiations. While we wanted to show that the performance of NetWeaver was competitive with other application servers, our partners from HP set the goal higher by challenging us, “to go for a number one result.”

Shortly thereafter, the HP experts and NetWeaver development jointly worked on the public benchmark from SPEC. The numbers were published by HP on http://www.spec.org/jEnterprise2010/results/jEnterprise2010.html, demonstrating successful achievement of the aspirational target.

With the publication of this benchmark, we have shown that NetWeaver plays in the premier league as a result of our collaboration with HP.

For me, it will make life easier since there is now a satisfying answer to the recurring question above. I am sure many colleagues in the Field feel the same and will use the results to deliver greater value to our customers.

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