Using a Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid HDD to boost performance on a Dynamics AX 2012 presentation laptop

Momentus XT is a hybrid HDD that combines a 7200rpm drive with a large SSD cache. I’ve bought one to run a  Dynamics AX 2012 presentation laptop. By design the performance is getting better for frequent tasks. Here are my results:

Testcases:

  1. Boot Windows Server 2008 R2 until STRG+ALT+DEL screen appears
  2. Start Dynamics AX client and wait until role center has finished loading and rendering reports
  3. Post a sales order confirmation with 20 lines

Laptop: HP 8540w Mobile Workstation, 8GB RAM, Core i7 2,8GHz
Software: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Dynamics AX 2012 CU1, SQL Server 2008 R2, Enterprise Portal with SharePoint Server 2010

  HDD XT #1 XT #2 XT #3 XT #4 XT #5
Boot 03:05 03:13 02:36 01:48 01:54 01:46
Start AX 00:51 00:40 00:31 00:18 00:17 00:18
Confirmation 02:30 01:40 00:59 00:59 01:07 00:59

About erpcoder
Azure Cloud Architect and Dynamics 365 enthusiast working in Research & Development for InsideAx

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