SAP AG and IBM Announce General Availability of the S/390 SAP Application Server.

IBM S/390 Platform Ready to Host SAP Applications

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Las Vegas - 15 Aug 2000: SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) and IBM Corp. today announced the immediate general availability of the SAP®Application Server functions on IBM's S/390 Enterprise Server.

The SAP Application Server solution will join the existing SAP Database Server solution to meet the needs of large enterprise customers. In response to market requirements for architectural flexibility, SAP and IBM have designed the SAP Application Server to work side by side with existing Application Server platforms. This flexibility enables customers to exploit the S/390's high availability, reliability, scalability and performance while enjoying a low total cost of ownership. The SAP Application Server functionality will soon be available for other solutions as well. The existing Lotus Domino, MQ Series and Visual Age Java SAP Connectors will also be available for the SAP Application Server on S/390.

"We have listened to our customers and answered their requirements for providing the SAP Application Server on the S/390 platform," said Karl-Heinz Hess, Member of the SAP Extended Executive Board, System Technology Development. "Enterprises which now employ SAP R/3®on S/390 will experience the benefit of a smooth transition from a conventional ERP backbone to web-based e-business processes with®."

The SAP Application Server takes advantage of S/390's e-business strengths to benefit customer workloads such as batch services, database update services, message, enqueue and print spool services, as well as installation, maintenance and upgrade utility services. Other applications which may benefit are those which require a tight integration with the customer's existing S/390 application portfolio.

"This new SAP solution will allow our customers to further exploit e-business opportunities by taking advantage of the S/390's tradition of high availability for mission-critical applications," said Tom Rosamilia, Vice President, IBM S/390 Software Development, Enterprise Servers.

The functionality of the SAP Application Server on S/390 had been validated by early shipments to more than 30 customers. "We joined the Controlled Availability program of the SAP Application Server on S/390 because we wanted to utilize S/390's traditional strengths also for mission-critical application server processes," said Walter Rotter, OMV AG in Austria. "The opportunity to mix S/390 and RS/6000 application servers with a S/390 database server enables us to customize a solution that exactly meets our requirements in terms of availability, performance, and scalability. At the same time, we optimize our total cost of computing. We are very satisfied with our first experiences in the Controlled Availability program of the SAP Application Server on S/390."