Don’t be surprised if some programmers and engineers at Red Hat are hoisting a few adult beverages to salute their latest achievement.

In these days of increasing data and hype about the potential for ‘big data,’ Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux has gained some bragging rights by smashing a record for data crunching on SAP.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is used extensively on Wall Street to help firms process financial transactions, and the Raleigh-based Hatters have moved aggressively into processing of so-called “big data” as well as “cloud computing” and virtualization.

Now, Red Hat (NYSE) can boast RHEL running on a widely known SAP program called Sybase IQ 16 has crushed the Guinness World Record for loading and indexing big data.

RHEL processed 34.3 terabytes per hour compared to the previous record of 14 terabytes.

The Hatters also report that RHEL delivered strong results running on SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise. 

Gather data from disparate sources and making sense of it is driving demand by corporations and researchers worldwide.

“Today’s speed of business requires enterprises to process and analyze large volumes of data in real time in order to make better and more informed decisions,” said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager for the Platform Business Unit at Red Hat. “Achieving the Guinness World Record result and the leading four-processor Linux result on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark is a testament to the ability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux to serve as a trusted enterprise platform in some of the most demanding SAP solution-based environments.”

Red Hat and SAP say they are collaborating to develop solutions to optimize the benefits that can be gained if big data is analyzed properly as well as quickly. 

Now, Guiness gives the companies something to toast. 

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