IBM AS/400e Server Sets Domino Scalability and Performance Records

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Somers, N.Y. - 26 Jul 2000: IBM today announced that its AS/400e Model 840 server powered by silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and copper wiring technologies has set a new world record for Lotus Domino scalability and performance, successfully handling 75,000 concurrent NotesBench R5 Mail Users with an average response time of 276 milliseconds. That is like managing e-mail for a population the size of the city of Rochester, Minn., on a single AS/400 server.

In this officially audited benchmark, a single IBM AS/400e Model 840 server supported 10 times as many concurrent users as the largest audited enterprise server offering from Sun Microsystems and more than five times as many concurrent users as the largest audited offering from Compaq -- while cutting the average response time in half.

AS/400's industry-leading scalability allows customers to achieve significant cost savings by consolidating their Lotus Notes mail, calendar and application users on fewer servers.

The audited configuration is a 24-way IBM AS/400e Model 840 server powered by IBM's copper and SOI microprocessors and running Version 4 Release 5 of OS/400 and Domino Release 5.03. AS/400 is the only NotesBench-audited server that includes a database -- IBM DB2 Universal Database for AS/400 -- in its operating system.

We're pleased to see IBM AS/400e taking advantage of Domino R5's scalability and reliability, said Jeanette Medlin, director of Worldwide Product Marketing, Lotus Messaging and Collaboration Products. Our mutual customers will benefit from the AS/400's robust architecture and tuning for Domino to allow them to consolidate servers and fully utilize the AS/400's capacity by running multiple applications on the same server.

Several innovations set IBM AS/400e apart as a Domino server. One copy of Lotus Domino runs in multiple software partitions, allowing many protected, secure Domino applications to run on a single AS/400e server. In addition, work management, subsystems, single-level store, threads, Integrated File System, asymmetric processors and logical partitioning all contribute to an integrated environment that allows customers to run multiple types of applications.
Server consolidation was the driving factor for us, said David Price, Senior Groupware Architect, ABN AMRO North America. With Lotus Domino for AS/400, we are able to manage capacity as a whole, not server by server, resulting in more efficient hardware utilization. From my staff's viewpoint, after-hours is now used for tasks with greater benefits, not maintenance.

IBM today also announced that its AS/400e Model 840 server has set a new record for single-server transaction processing performance for the TPC-C benchmark. In June, the AS/400e Model 840 achieved industry-leading VolanoMark and SPECjbb2000 benchmark results for server-side Java performance, demonstrating AS/400's leadership in running Domino, Java and data-transaction workloads.

IBM AS/400e NotesBench Results:
Domino version:R5.03
NotesBench version:R5.03
Number of users:75,000

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