This section describes the performance tests and results we achieved running Microsoft SQL Server OLTP workloads in our lab over iSCSI connectivity to PowerMax. It is important to note that the PowerMax storage system we used for the tests was a single-engine (brick) system. Therefore, the performance numbers should not be viewed as the platform’s best numbers. Instead, they provide an example of the performance levels that Microsoft application workloads can achieve with a relatively small configuration (a single PowerMax 8000 brick and one 40-core PowerEdge R740 servers). These tests also allowed us to leverage and demonstrate the best practices described in this paper.