New Ax 2012 R3 benchmarks demonstrate scalability and performance

January 22nd, 2015 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

New Benchmarks for Dynamics Ax with summary and detail documents for each benchmark.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Benchmark for Multiple Retail Workloads

- In 2014, Microsoft conducted a benchmark to measure the performance and scalability characteristics of the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 retail solution in a simulated retail scenario.
- The benchmark showcases the ability of AX 2012 R2 to handle various specialized loads concurrently, without compromising performance and scalability on critical business processes.
- The benchmark includes many functional scenarios across different client and integration technologies, thereby providing a view of retail back-end scenarios.

The following scenarios were executed to complete the benchmark:
• Trickle feed of point of sale (POS) transactions from stores
• Posting trade agreements to stores
• Publishing product assortments to stores, including converting pre-actions to actions

End-of-day processing of POS transactions:
• Inventory reservations were made for the imported transactions.
• Imported POS transactions were consolidated and aggregated, and then transferred to statements in a peak-load situation.
• Statements were processed and transferred to sales orders, and financial updates were posted.

Please find the benchmark documents here:

https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/northamerica/deployment/documentation/msdax2012r2multiretailwl

https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/northamerica/AX/learning/documentation/msdax2012r2multiretailwl

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Financial Benchmark
In August 2014, Microsoft conducted a financial benchmark of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 to measure the application’s performance and scalability characteristics for core financial functionality.

Multiple different workloads were simulated:
• A set of financial transactions was run concurrently.
• A batch of 500 general ledger (GL) journals of 1,000 journal lines each was posted in a separate test.
• A set of management reporter reports and scenarios was executed.
• A year-end closing process was run in a separate test.
• A consolidation process was run in a separate test.

The benchmark was modeled for two financial periods, previous period and current period. It assumed a customer in a closing state for the previous period while entering regular business transactions in the current period.
For the closing process (for example, the summary trial balance), some transaction data was created in the previous period before the benchmark run.

The defined scenarios were run with 500 concurrent financial users who generated load on the Application Object Server (AOS) instances by using the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Benchmark SDK.

The overall benchmark result shows the capability of Microsoft Dynamics AX and Management Reporter to handle core financial scenarios with volume data while maintaining good performance measures.

Please find the benchmark documents here:

https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/northamerica/deployment/documentation/msdax2012r3financialbm

https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/northamerica/AX/learning/documentation/msdax2012r3financialbm

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Day in the Life Benchmark for Retail and Distribution
Microsoft conducted a 24-hour “day in the life” benchmark of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 to measure the application’s performance and scalability characteristics when running retail and distribution workloads.

The benchmark ran a variety of functional scenarios that use different client and integration technologies, thereby providing a broad view of enterprise resource planning (ERP) workload performance on AX 2012 R3.

• The initial benchmark run showcased the daytime and nighttime activities at a complex customer installation that has 2,000 stores, each with 10 point of sale (POS) devices

. The benchmark modeled :
stock movement to replenish stores,
- use of a web storefront built on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services,
acall center doing order entry,
- a mobile app that connected to Retail Server.
• The benchmark also simulated 3,000 concurrent users performing background tasks.
• Additional benchmark runs, increased the volume to 5,000 concurrent users and also increased the volume of POS transactions.

These scenarios generated load on an instance of Application Object Server (AOS). In this benchmark, some AOS instances are configured as multiple logical AOS instances in a cluster. Batch processes run simultaneously with online processes but on separate AOS instances.

AX 2012 R3 demonstrated the ability to scale up and scale out on the AOS tier, and on the database server.

AX 2012 R3 also showed the ability to handle a more complex business process flow smoothly. User experience measures were below 2 to 3 seconds for intensive posting operations, and line save operations averaged sub-second response times.

The benchmark results demonstrate the ability of AX 2012 R3 to concurrently handle more complex scenario flows with a very high volume, without compromising performance and scalability for critical business processes.

Please find the detailed documents here:

https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/northamerica/deployment/documentation/msdax2012r3dayretaildisbm

https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/northamerica/AX/learning/documentation/msdax2012r3dayretaildisbm

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