IBM, Intel, Microsoft eclipse Sun Microsystems and Oracle with world's fastest commercial server cluster

IBM Netfinity and DB2 Universal Database, Intel® Pentium® III Xeon(TM) Processors, and Microsoft's Windows 2000 Deliver 440,879 Transactions Per Minute

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& reg; - 05 Jul 2000: Windows® 2000 Advanced Server operating system provides a highly scalable environment. This technology combination is ideally suited for data-intensive applications like business-to-business (B2B), e-commerce and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

"With this record-breaking event, IBM has once again demonstrated the power of DB2, and has raised the bar for industry-standard servers with Netfinity," said Ralph Martino, vice president, strategy and marketing, IBM Personal Systems Group. "IBM's strong, productive relationship with Microsoft and Intel, and our collective ability to achieve extraordinary results as we did with this benchmark, is changing the way the world views industry-standard computing."

"Achieving strong industry-standard benchmark results is one of the leading ways to show the industry and our customers that Windows 2000 is a highly scalable operating system for mission critical enterprise deployments," said Jim Ewel, marketing vice president for IT infrastructure and hosting at Microsoft. "Beyond the numbers, this benchmark effort illustrates our commitment to working with IBM and Intel to deliver to customers the largest and most reliable enterprise-class solutions."

"This breakthrough performance on Intel-based servers and achieved by IBM's Netfinity 8500R server showcases the incredible scalability of our large cache Pentium III Xeon processors," said Raghu Murthi, director of marketing for Intel's Enterprise Platform Group. "Intel-based servers are designed for large enterprise class implementations and we worked closely with IBM and Microsoft to deliver outstanding performance and solutions tailored to meet the rapidly growing e-Business economy."

Benchmark Configuration Details
The configuration included an unprecedented 116 terabytes of physical disk space configured for high availability using RAID 1 and RAID 5 arrays.

The Netfinity 8500R servers, containing Netfinity X-Architecture features adopted from IBM S/390® and RS/6000® servers, contributed to this benchmark's success. Specific features that convinced the benchmark team the servers were up to the test include the 8500R's expansive memory, the number of processors supported, the number of PCI slots available for add-on components and the amount of LAN I/O for the transfer of data in and out of the system. In addition, the setup utilizes Giganet cLAN interconnects for fast server-to-server communications.

Key components of the cluster included:
·32 IBM Netfinity 8500R servers running Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced
Server and IBM DB2 Universal Database Enterprise-Extended Edition V7.1
·Four 700MHz/2MB L2 cache Intel Pentium® III Xeon (TM) processors per server
·4GB ECC SDRAM memory per server
·Eight IBM Netfinity ServeRAID-3HB Ultra2 SCSI Adapters per server
·96 IBM Netfinity 5000 servers were used as TPC-C clients for the Web-serving, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server on each client.
·Two 9.1 GB (gigabyte) 10K Ultra 160 SCSI drives and 218 18.2GB 10K Wide Ultra SCSI drives per server
·One EtherJet 10/100 PCI Management Adapter per server
·2 GiganetcLAN 5300switches

DB2 Universal Database
Today's announcement highlights IBM's leadership in the database market. DB2 demonstrated record-breaking results in transactions and in the ability to manage the world's largest database of more than 116 TB of physical storage - this is equivalent to a stack of paper 3,480 miles high.

A proven foundation for B2B applications, DB2 Universal Database Version 7 integrates breakthrough technologies that enable customers to slash development in many cases nearly in half and perform high-speed text searches as much as ten times faster than traditional relational database search engines.

DB2's ability to scale to 1000 nodes, using a single database spread across the cluster offered significant advantages in scaling and management over other data management solutions that follow a federated architecture (i.e one database instance per machine, each requiring individual management.)

Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server was configured using a scale out approach to run on each member of the cluster of the Netfinity servers. Scale out architecture ensures that customers creating enterprise solutions will be able to achieve the highest possible levels of scalability and reliability with unmatched price and performance; this benchmark is further evidence of the performance, scalability and economic advantages of the results that can be achieved using Windows 2000 Advanced Server.

COM+ is a complete, mature set of component services for quickly building scalable, reliable applications that is delivered in the Windows 2000 Server family of operating systems. COM+, the most popular component model in the world, includes critical scalability and reliability features necessary for building large-scale applications by integrating the features of the Microsoft Transaction Service (MTS) deep into the COM component model. This integration makes it easier for developers to create and use scalable software components in any language, using any tool.

Windows 2000 Advanced Server is a solution that includes additional functionality to enhance the availability and scalability of e-commerce and line-of-business applications. The Windows 2000 operating system is the ideal platform for the next generation of business computing; helping organizations Internet-enable their businesses with a reliable, manageable infrastructure that is optimized for existing and emerging hardware.

Intel Pentium® III Xeon (TM) processor at 700 MHz with 1MB/2MB of L2 Cache
The new large cache 700MHz version of the Pentium® III Xeon(TM) processor has a record 140 million transistors. The processor is based on
Intel's advanced 0.18-micron process technology, and offers 1MB and 2MB of Advanced Transfer Cache memory with Advanced System Buffering, which boosts performance by placing a full-speed, level-two cache memory directly on the processor die and increasing the width of the data pathway to the processor.

The processor also offers a 100 MHz system bus and on-cartridge voltage management for increased system reliability. The new processors also are built on the same form factor, enabling server manufacturers to use them with existing server platform components, accelerating time to market.

For more information about:
·IBM Netfinity servers and DB2 Universal Database, visit www.ibm.com
·Intel, visit www.intel.com
·Microsoft, visit www.microsoft.com

The Transaction Processing Performance Council is a non-profit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software -- any time, any place and on any device.

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*Sun's Enterprise 6500 cluster achieved 135,461 transactions at a price performance of $97.10 tpmC. IBM, Intel, Microsoft cluster achieved an audited record attested to by TPC-C (Transaction Processing Performance Council, type C benchmark) of 440,879.95 transactions per minute at a price performance of $32.28 per tpmC. See www.tpc.org for complete details. Data is current as of July 3, 2000 and is subject to change without notice. For the latest benchmark information, visit www.tpc.org.

**Total solution availability date estimated to be Dec. 7, 2000. Solution specification, pricing and availability information is subject to change without notice.

TPC Benchmark, TPC-C, and tpmC are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council.

IBM, S/390, RS/6000, Netfinity and DB2 are trademarks of International Business Machines, Corp. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks and Xeon is a trademark of Intel, Corp. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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