Sun Fire, Sybase IQ Set Three New World Records

6/25/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced three record-breaking benchmarks for its Sun Fire systems, further validating its superior price-performance and storage efficiency on the TPC-H benchmark. Benchmark tests of the Sun Fire V240 and V880, Sun StorEdge 3310 array running Sybase IQ 12.5 RDBMS and the Sun ONE platform, were conducted using three different configurations - 100GB, 300GB and 1000GB (1 Terabyte). In all three circumstances, the Sun Fire systems outperformed the previous world record holders in their respective TPC-H categories, including the Dell 6650, the HP Proliant DL760G2 and the HP 9000, yielding the best price-performance, highest storage efficiency and lowest total system cost.

As reported by the Winter Corporation in its just-released white paper titled Demonstrating Efficiency in Large-Scale Data Warehousing, the new TPC-H benchmark results "reveal a compelling value proposition for partnering Sun servers and storage systems with Sybase IQ database software to address large-scale data warehousing needs. The combination yields three primary resource efficiencies - storage efficiency, remarkable I/O efficiency, and laudable query processing efficiency - that together yield unparalleled price-performance and low cost systems that are easier and less expensive to maintain." Additionally, the report notes, "these benchmark results further reveal that Sun systems running Sybase IQ software provide business leaders with the tools needed to meet the "do more with less" challenge of many of today's large-scale data warehouses." (See full white paper, "Demonstrating Efficiency in Large-Scale Data Warehousing," at: www.sybase.com/tpcwhitepaper). For more information on Sun's leadership in business intelligence, please visit Sun's iForce Business Intelligence Network at http://www.sun.com/partners/tmo/bi/.

100 GB Configuration and Results
The Sun Fire V240, powered by two 1002 MHz UltraSPARC® IIIi processors, 8 GB of memory, the industry-leading Solaris 9 Operating System (OS) and the Sybase IQ 12.5 RDBMS, achieved a price-performance result of 40US $/QphH@100GB at the lowest total system cost of $45,021. This result is an 11 percent improvement in price-performance over the previous world record of 45US $/QphH@100GB held by the Dell 6650. In addition to price-performance leadership, the Sybase IQ 12.5 and Sun Fire V240 system combination provides reductions in the cost and amount of disk storage needed to support a 100GB data warehouse, requiring only 0.41 TB of storage at a cost of $8,565. Other competitive systems on the market require anywhere from 1.2 TB to 5.6 TB of storage at costs ranging from $36,356 to $568,708.

300 GB Configuration and Results
The Sun Fire V240, powered by two 1002 MHz UltraSPARC IIIi processors, 8 GB of memory, the industry-leading Solaris 9 Operating System (OS) and the Sybase IQ 12.5 RDBMS, achieved a price-performance result of 49US $/QphH@300GB at the lowest total system cost of $50,297. This result is a 30 percent improvement in price-performance over the previous world record of 71US $/QphH@300GB held by the HP Proliant DL760G2. In addition to price-performance leadership, the Sybase IQ 12.5 and Sun Fire V240 combination provides reductions in the cost and amount of disk storage needed to support a 300GB data warehouse, requiring only 0.93 TB of storage at a cost of $12,985. Other competitive systems on the market require anywhere from 3.6 TB to 10.8 TB of storage at costs ranging from $155,458 to $957,268.

1000 GB (1 Terabyte) Configuration and Results
The Sun Fire V880, powered by eight 1050 MHz UltraSPARC IIIi processors, 32 GB of memory, the industry-leading Solaris 9 Operating System (OS) and the Sybase IQ 12.5 RDBMS, achieved a price-performance result of 104 US $/QphH@1000GB at the lowest total system cost of $232,206 vs. $5.2 Million on HP 9000. This price-performance result is almost a 50 percent improvement over the previous world record of 203US $/QphH@1000GB held by the HP 9000 Superdome Enterprise. In addition to price-performance leadership, the Sybase IQ 12.5 and Sun Fire V880 system combination provides reductions in the cost and amount of disk storage needed to support a 1TB data warehouse, requiring only 3.7 TB of storage at a cost of about $48,523. Other competitive systems on the market require anywhere from 22.7 TB to 23.3 of storage at costs ranging from $1.1 Million to $3.3 Million.

About TPC-H
Established by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), the TPC-H benchmark is an industry-standard Decision Support test designed to measure systems' capability to examine large volumes of data, execute queries with a high degree of complexity, and give answers to critical business questions. The TPC-H benchmark evaluates a composite performance metric (QphH@size) and a price/performance metric $/QphH@size) that measure the performance of various decision support systems by the execution of sets of queries against a standard database under controlled conditions.

TPC-H, QphH and $/QphH are trademarks of the TPC. For additional information on the TPC-H benchmark, please visit the Transaction Processing Performance Council's Web site at http://www.tpc.org/.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- 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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