Sumit Potbhare

Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail

AX 2012 R3 Benchmark | Retail and Distribution

Hi Guys, I have been working on POS performance from last couple of days and found few interesting information that I would like to share with you.

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, and also the use of a web storefront built on Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services, a call center doing order entry, and a mobile app that connected to Retail Server.
  • The benchmark also simulated having 3,000 concurrent users perform background tasks.
  • In additional benchmark runs, we 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.

Some already might have went through this document, but there is no harm to refresh back the knowledge.

Source(Benchmark Report:Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Day in the Life Benchmark:Retail and Distribution) full document can be downloaded from Partner/Customer source Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Day in the Life Benchmark for Retail and Distribution Detailed Results

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