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IBM Netfinity Servers and DB2 Universal Database Set New Record for e-business Applications Performance on Windows NT

Top SAP R/3 Results Demonstrate Lower Point of Entry for Creating Powerful e-Businesses

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SOMERS, NY - 10 Aug 1999: . . . IBM today announced that its Netfinity 7000 M10 server coupled with DB2 Universal Database eclipsed competitors recently by setting a new performance record for processing orders electronically. Surpassing all existing four-way results for Intel-based servers -- including those from Compaq and Hewlett Packard -- the Netfinity 7000 M10 server achieved a result of 3,028 Sales and Distribution (SD) Benchmark users and processed the equivalent of 304,000 order line items per hour when running the SAP R/3 Three-Tier (SD) Benchmark**.

The results are important because as businesses embrace the electronic buying and selling of products, the need for a fast, reliable server to deliver on these e-business needs is critical. The Netfinity 7000 M10 enables customers to process business transactions more quickly and efficiently than any other four-way Intel-based server on the market. "Through the Internet, small businesses with big ideas can suddenly become high volume market titans," said Tom Figgatt, e-Business segment manager, IBM Netfinity. "The exceptional performance and scalability of IBM Netfinity servers, combined with DB2 Universal Database, provide affordable e-business solutions that grow as fast as our customers." "Customers of all sizes can be assured that no competitor matches this winning combination," said Jim Kelly, vice president, data management marketing, IBM Software Solutions. "The enterprise strength and flexibility of DB2 Universal Database on Windows NT mirror that of the Netfinity server, providing the industry's premiere foundation for e-business applications." Netfinity servers are armor plated with advanced technologies such as Light Path Diagnostics and 'Chipkill' memory adopted from IBM's big iron heritage. The Netfinity X-Architecture provides a design blueprint for migrating these mainframe attributes to industry standard servers. Since 1998, Netfinity servers have set over 42 performance records, including 23 No. 1 benchmark results in 1999. Information on the Netfinity X-Architecture can be found at http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/netfinity/xarchitecture. Server performance information can be found at http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/techlink/srvperf.html

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Editors' Note: All IBM news releases are available on the Internet at http://www.ibm.com/press. Specific information about IBM Netfinity products, services, and technical whitepapers can be located at http://www.ibm.com/netfinity.

**The environment for this benchmark was an IBM Netfinity 7000 M10 database server configured with four 500MHz Pentium III Xeon processors, 4096MB of main memory, and 792GB of total disk space running Windows NT Server 4.0, DB2 Universal Database V6.1, and SAP R/3 Release 4.0 B. The measured throughput was 913,000 dialog steps per hour with an average CPU utilization of 98 percent for the database server. The database server ran Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 operating system with Service Pack 4. Twenty Netfinity 7000 M10 systems, configured with four 500MHz Pentium III Xeon processors and running Windows NT Server 4.0 with Service Pack 4, were used as application servers. Sixteen of these IBM Netfinity 7000 M10 systems acted as dialog servers and four as update servers. One IBM Netfinity 7000 was used as a message/enqueue server. The database server and all application servers ran Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 operating system with Service Pack 4.

This benchmark fully complies with SAP's issued benchmark regulations and has been audited and certified by SAP. Details can be obtained from IBM and SAP AG. These benchmarks were completed June 24, 1999 at IBM's Netfinity Server Performance Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC, in a joint effort by IBM engineers at the RTP and Toronto laboratories.

All results referenced are current as of August 10, 1999.

For a list of the top 20 SAP R/3 three-tier Benchmark results, visit http://www.ideasinternational.com/benchmark/sap/sap3sd.html.

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