Microsoft SQL Server Delivers Industry’s First Internet-Based TPC-C Benchmark

REDMOND, Wash. May 28, 1996 Microsoft Corp. today announced that the combined power of Microsoft®
SQL Server
™6.5 and Microsoft Internet Information Server 1.0 set an industry record for price/performance, at $124 per tpmC® (transactions per minute), in the industry’s first Internet-based Transaction Processing Council Benchmark C (TPC-C®
) results.

Microsoft SQL Server running on the Intergraph® InterServe MP-610 and Microsoft Internet Information Server running on the Intergraph Web 300, both servers based on the Intel® Pentium® Pro microprocessor, achieved a 12 percent savings in price/performance from the previous record. This combination also set a uniprocessor throughput record of 1,675 tpmC, exceeding by 12 percent the previous highest uniprocessor number held by the IBM® AS/400®
system and DB2/400 database. In addition, the Microsoft and Intergraph results were achieved at less than half the total system cost when compared to the IBM system.

Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Internet Information Server, along with the rest of the Microsoft BackOffice
™family, provide our customers with everything they need to implement a new class of database applications for the Internet and corporate intranets,”
said Rich Tong, general manager of the desktop and business systems division at Microsoft.
“As shown by these record results, the integration between Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Internet Information Server provides customers with high performance and the industry’s best value using standard hardware.”

Businesses of all sizes are currently looking for applications that exploit the power of the Internet and corporate intranets not only for publishing business information but also to conduct business reliably without compromising security or data integrity. These results based on the industry-standard TPC-C benchmark, modeled on a real-world order entry system with stringent requirements on transactions, demonstrate that Microsoft is delivering the products and integration required for reliable Internet and intranet applications.

Microsoft SQL Server 6.5, released last month, is the fastest database on the
Windows NT®
Server network operating system. Combined with Microsoft Internet Information Server, it provides unique capabilities to publish data on the Web. Microsoft Internet Information Server 1.0 is the fastest Web server on Windows NT Server and allows customers to deploy Web sites easily in minutes.

“Many customers implementing Internet and intranet solutions are integrating them with corporate databases,”
said Wade Patterson, president of Intergraph Computer Systems.
“This result demonstrates that Intergraph’s InterServe family of servers running Microsoft BackOffice products delivers the most integrated, scalable solution for both medium-sized and large organizations.”

The Microsoft BackOffice family is built on Windows NT Server, the only network operating system that is multipurpose, scales from the workgroup to the enterprise, and has intranet and Internet functionality built in. Microsoft BackOffice consists of Windows NT Server, Microsoft Internet Information Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Systems Management Server and SNA Server.

The TPC-C benchmark results for the IBM AS/400 uniprocessor system cited earlier in this release are 1,496 tpmC at $320 per tpmC.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, BackOffice and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

tpmC and TPC-C are registered certification marks of Transaction Processing Performance Council.

Intergraph is a registered trademark of Intergraph Corp.

Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corp.

IBM and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corp.

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