IBM POWER5 Processor-Based System Outperforms Sun in Critical Retail Supply Chain Benchmark With Manugistics

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ARMONK, NY - 15 Dec 2004: IBM announced today that it has out-performed Sun with its IBM POWER5(TM) processor-based servers by setting a new standard for running Manugistics NetWORKS Fulfillment, one of the industry's leading retail applications. The new benchmark standard, based on comparisons provided by Manugistics, measured the capability for the IBM eServer(TM) p5 590 running the Manugistics application to respond to the most intense conditions in the retail business, such as surges common to year-end retail operations.

Manugistics is a leader in consumer-driven supply chain management software and solutions.

The performance test calculated a replenishment plan at a rate of more than 38.4 million Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) per hour, almost doubling previous results recorded by Sun(1) on the Sun Fire 6800. Manugistics NetWORKS Fulfillment product helps retail industry clients orchestrate the storage and flow of supply to match fluctuating demand. High performance levels on NetWORKS Fullfillment and IBM pSeries p5 590 empowers retail industry clients to adapt to these fluctuations on demand.

The recent test results confirm for clients the performance advantages of IBM systems used to run critical retail applications in real business situations.

"This benchmark demonstrates the performance advantages that clients can enjoy with POWER5 processor-based systems from IBM," stated Karl Freund, vice president, IBM eServer pSeries®. "This result demonstrates IBM's ongoing relationship with Manugistics as well as our commitment to bring some of the world's highest performing solutions available for clients who must tackle real-world challenges in retail operations."

These benchmark tests offer clients a look into the performance potential of IBM systems running Manugistics retail applications under the most demanding of circumstances. High performance on the Manugistics retail application offers clients the ability to handle even higher numbers of SKUs per hour and reap the benefits of more efficient systems management.

"The benchmark results on the IBM p5-590 are unprecedented," said Manugistics chief technology officer Jeffrey Kissling. "The robust scalability of Manugistics' supply chain software together with IBM's new POWER5 technology delivers an unparalleled benchmark and a unique combination to the marketplace."