iForce a Big Force in U.S. Department of Transportation's Web Portal

2/4/2003 - The iForce[sm] solution for Economical Data Management, based on a jointly developed Enterprise Data Warehouse Reference Architecture was used in the development of TranStats, an analytical Web portal launched by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). TranStats helps government and private sector researchers achieve new insight into U.S. Transportation information and enables the BTS to provide the public sector with fast and easy access to more than 100 transportation-related databases for detailed analysis.

Introduced in September 2002, TranStats (www.transtats.bts.gov) supports BTS' goal of making data more accessible to the entire national transportation community, resulting in timelier, more informed decisions and, ultimately, better transportation systems. Information gathered by BTS is also used by federal agencies, including the Federal Highway Administration, Maritime Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as State Departments of Transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, universities, trade associations, the U.S. Congress, media, and the public at large.

The iForce Solution for Economical Data management, which powers TransStats, is based upon Sybase's Adaptive Server IQ[tm] enterprise analytical engine and Sun Fire[tm] V880 servers from Sun Microsystems Inc.

In its public Web version, TranStats is currently supporting 15,000 visits per day and over 100 concurrent users. In addition, TranStats offers researchers unprecedented data access and analytical capabilities, including:

"Implementing TranStats with the iForce Solution -- Sun's Sun Fire V880 servers with Sybase Adaptive Server IQ - has been a key to the success of this e-Government initiative, allowing citizens to penetrate the federal bureaucracy for data and information in a way that couldn't be done before," said Jeff Butler, Assistant Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics' Office of Statistical Computing. "Users of TranStats are truly amazed at the speed with which they can get answers to even the most complex transportation questions. In statistical analyses that we have performed internally using business intelligence tools from SAS Institute, Inc., for example, complex queries on over 250 million rows are being processed in just seconds. This kind of performance is also critical for customers using the TranStats web portal, who expect real-time results."

Sun delivers value through its expertise and understanding of the ever-changing challenges government institutions face, as they build their presence on the Internet.

"As government agencies demonstrate the value of network computing by providing their customers with online access to information located from dispersed databases, it is important that they leverage solutions that offer reliability, scalability and availability to support large amounts of users," said Neil Knox, executive vice president, Volume Systems Products at Sun. "Sun and Sybase will continue to work together in delivering new products and iForce solutions to meet our customers' needs."

"The ability for government and private sector agencies to analyze and share information rapidly and effectively is crucial both to maintaining national security and to improving the public and private systems on which we all depend," said Eric Miles, Sybase senior vice president and general manager of the Business Intelligence Group. "The solution we have jointly developed with Sun for the management of very large data warehouses has already been adopted by a number of data-intensive enterprises in the private sector, but Sybase is particularly pleased to have been selected by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to support its effort to make national transportation systems data more available to the researchers and analysts."

Pricing and Availability
Pricing for the iForce Solution varies based on the configuration. It is available today from selected Sun iForce channel partners and Sybase. iForce Solutions are the direct result of the strong working relationships established within the iForce Community, and they are an important manner in which Sun and its partners collaborate to address customer business issues through the global iForce Initiative. More information about the iForce Solution can be found by visiting http://www.sybase.com/sunfiresolution.

About Sybase, Inc.
Sybase pioneers software that integrates platforms, databases and applications. Sybase solutions create Information Liquidity -- transforming data into economic value. With Sybase, companies can attain maximum value from their data assets by getting the right information to the right people at the right time.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com

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