REDMOND, Wash., March 4, 2002 — For the most demanding server operating environments, Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition. A world record for performance in the prestigious SAP Standard Application SD (Sales-and-Distribution) benchmark complements the release. Combined with previous scores on the TPC-C benchmark, the results provide further evidence of the advanced scalability and performance benefits of Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition and SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition.
The challenge for IT departments today is not only handling a large number of transactions or processes, but handling those users and their requests swiftly. Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition is further indication of our commitment to providing high levels of performance, scalability and reliability for businesses of all types and for functions of any kind, said Peter Conway, senior director in the Windows .NET Server Product Management Group at Microsoft. With this product, weve focused on meeting the specific requirements of larger organizations with specialized, high-end computing demands.
Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition is designed for financial, retail, telecommunications and Internet service provider customers who require optimization for the following customer scenarios:
E-commerce online transaction processing (OLTP)
Online analytical processing (OLAP)
Data warehousing and data mining
Todays SAP Standard Application SD three-tier benchmark results demonstrate the highest levels of performance and scalability. Running Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition and SAP R/3®
4.6C, a 32-way Unisys ES7000 server with 32 Intel Pentium III Xeon 900MHz processors, 12 GB of memory and a 2MB level-two cache supported 26,000 concurrent SD benchmark users more than ever before with an average dialog response time of 1.97 seconds per request, a world record for the benchmark. This result equates to 2,606,000 fully processed business line items per hour, and also marks the second time in the past six months that Windows and SQL Server have been teamed to claim the top spot. The benchmark complies fully with the SAP Benchmark Councils issued benchmark regulations and has been audited and certified by SAP. More information on the SAP Standard Application Benchmark results can be found at http://www.sap.com/benchmark/ .
Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition has received high marks in other industry benchmarks as well. On Nov. 11, 2001, Unisys Corp. announced that an ES7000 running Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition and SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition registered 165,219 transactions per minute in the TPC-C nonclustered v5 benchmark, with the best price-performance of any system on the top-10 performance list ($21.33/tpmC).
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For more information on Windows Datacenter, visit http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/ datacenter/limitededition/default.asp .
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