Lotus Ships Domino Release 5 for IBM S/390 Server

New Support and Pricing Structure Offered to Customers S/390 Server Sets Industry High Mark of 32,000 Users on a Single Server

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LAS VEGAS, Solutions & #3999 - 20 Jul 1999: - IBM and Lotus Development Corp. today announced the availability of Lotus Domino Release 5 for IBM S/390, with enhancements to support and a new pricing structure. Lotus Domino R5 for S/390 offers customers industry-leading scalability, availability, security and the largest NotesBenchTM audit to date at 32,000 concurrent users on a single server. Coupled with new data integration features, Domino R5 for S/390 enables S/390 customers to extend their mission critical applications with Domino.

Lotus also announced improved service and support for Lotus Domino R5 for S/390 and a new monthly license charge (MLC) that will determine pricing based upon the server's capacity.

"S/390 customers won't accept less than the highest availability, scalability and support,'' said Ross Mauri, vice president, solutions and strategy, IBM S/390 Division. ``Lotus Domino R5 gives customers a solution that more than meets their expectations for mission-critical applications.''

"By providing a dramatic increase in performance and scalability, as well as enhancing the support offerings, we are leveraging the investments that existing customers have made in IBM and Lotus technology,'' said Eileen Rudden, Lotus' senior vice president, Communications Products Division. ``We feel this makes an S/390 and Domino R5 combination an even more attractive choice for new customers.''

Performance and Feature Enhancements
IBM recently completed a record-breaking NotesBench audit for Lotus Domino Release 5 for IBM's S/390 G5 server at 32,000 concurrent mail users, exceeding 42,500 transactions per minute, with an average response time of .109 seconds. This record performance was achieved using only 80 percent of the G5 server's capacity. With the newly shipping IBM S/390 G6 server delivering up to 50 percent more capacity, customers have even greater scalability to handle the largest enterprise environments. The NotesBench Consortium is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to providing Domino and Notes performance information to customers. An independent agency audits published NotesBench reports which provide planning and deployment reference points for customers and consultants during purchase, setup and configuration of the Domino server. For more information, see http://www.notesbench.org.

"R5 screams on S/390!'' said Howard Charles, manager of technical services at Suncorp/Metway Bank, an Australian banking and insurance enterprise that runs its company intranet on Lotus Domino for S/390 Release 5. ``Our intranet provides access to the company information systems, Notes databases and many applications, including a human resources system that supports more than 5,000 users. We're impressed with the substantial performance gains our intranet achieves with R5.''

Compared to Domino Release 4 for S/390, Lotus Domino Release 5 for IBM S/390 now supports up to three times the number of users on a single instance of Domino. It allows systems administrators to separate e-mail users from application users on a single partition, thus enhancing performance and reducing administration costs. Additional enhancements include the introduction of System Management Facility (SMF) recording, enhanced trace capability, support for IEEE floating point and security support for digital certificates, ensuring sender authenticity. With enhanced Auto Restart Capabilities, users will benefit from a seamless connection to Domino and avoid unnecessary interruptions.

Added Support Allows New Options for IT Managers
Support for Domino R5 for S/390 will include local language support, unlimited defect support calls, no named caller restrictions and 24-hour, 7-days a week voice support. In keeping with other IBM S/390 Support Offerings, Lotus is creating a dedicated Domino for S/390 support team. Lotus Domino R5 for S/390 customers will call IBM Support to request assistance and will have the ability to review their Domino R5 for S/390 problem status in IBM's problem management system, RETAIN. Customers will also have the option to purchase IBM SupportLine offerings beginning Q4 1999.

Pricing and Availability
With the new MLC pricing model, users will benefit from an improved structure for Lotus Defect Support as well as upgrade protection and licensing. Domino S/390 will no longer be available under the Passport Advantage Program. Prices will be scaled to the server capacity. In addition, customers dedicating an entire system or engine to Domino qualify for special New Application Licensing Charge (NALC) software pricing for OS/390.

Pilot Promotion
Lotus will waive the monthly license charge (MLC) for customers evaluating the software in pilot mode for up to six months. The waiver will apply to customers installing Lotus Domino R5 for S/390 during the promotion period, which ends January 14, 2000. It will extend from installation until either the end of the six-month evaluation period or when the product is put into production.

Lotus Development Corporation, founded in 1982, is a subsidiary of IBM Corporation. Lotus sets the standard for truly innovative software products and services that reflect the company's unique understanding of the new ways in which individuals and businesses must work together to achieve success. Lotus is redefining the concept of conducting business through practical knowledge management, e-business and other ground-breaking ways of connecting the world's ideas, thinkers, buyers, sellers and communities via the Internet. Lotus markets its products in more than 80 countries worldwide through direct and extensive Business Partner channels. The company also provides numerous professional consulting, support and education services through the Lotus Professional Services organization.

Lotus and Lotus Notes are registered trademarks and Domino, Notes and NotesBench are trademarks of Lotus Development Corporation. IBM and S/390 are trademarks or registered trademarks of IBM Corp. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.

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