FileNet BPM Suite Sets Performance Record on Sun Platform

3/11/2004 - FileNet Corporation (Nasdaq: FILE), and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced new performance and scalability results for FileNet Business Process Manager (BPM) suite, a proven solution that increases process performance, reduces cycle times, and improves productivity by automating, streamlining, and optimizing complex business processes. These results were achieved during a series of throughput and price performance tests validated by Doculabs, a leading technology consulting firm that focuses on information technology.

Together Sun and FileNet, running FileNet BPM on Solaris Operating System on the Sun Fire 6800 and V480 servers in combination with Sun StorEdge 3310 arrays, achieved a record performance load of 6.3 million transactions/hour, more than double previous results. According to Doculabs, this transaction volume meets current needs of most enterprise-class applications.

FileNet is participating in the Sun Solution Center (booth number 1959) at the AIIM Conference and Exposition 2004 where Sun will be featuring Content Infrastructure Systems including Sun StorEdge Information Lifecycle Management Solutions, Sun Enterprise servers and Sun Java Enterprise System and joint customer references.

An additional test conducted jointly by FileNet and Sun, observed by Doculabs, showed that FileNet BPM delivered 10.5 million transactions an hour on a Sun Fire 6800 and V480 servers with Sun mid-range storage array. Utilization of the mid-range storage array increased BPM performance by more than 66 percent.

Both of these tests demonstrate the systemsí ability to handle large volumes of work processes quickly, efficiently and reliably. They also give customers insight into how FileNet BPM and the Sun platform operate under real-world conditions and provide information for configuration requirements and system sizing planning.

Doculabsí published performance validation report shows that the FileNet BPM suite was able to achieve a transaction rate of better than 6.3 million transactions/hour, giving enterprises the confidence to deploy FileNet BPM for the most demanding application requirements. Together FileNet and Sun believe they have reduced the risk and uncertainty involved in an end-to-end integration deployment by demonstrating the scalability, speed, and reliability of BPM running on Sun systems.

According to Doculabs Inc., FileNet Business Process Manager suite running on Sun achieved an unprecedented level of performance, dramatically raising the bar for BPM providers. FileNet and Sun delivered enterprise class performance with a compellingly low total cost of ownership, making FileNet and Sun solutions ideal for todayís competitive business environment.

FileNet BPM achieved cost effective price-to-performance ratio because the results were attained with only 33 percent CPU utilization of the Sun Fire 6800 server. Therefore, an equivalent, sustainable, enterprise-class BPM performance can be attained by a workgroup-class server platform such as V880 server.

About the Performance Tests
To accurately demonstrate BPM's performance characteristics, various types of process steps--including both automated steps and steps requiring human interaction--were replicated. Both sets of tests employed a custom multi-threaded client that provided load generation for the study. Multiple Load Generator instances were run on each of two Sun Fire V480 servers, each with four 900 MHz Ultra-SPARC III CPUs. The Load Generator is a custom program that creates virtual users, allocating each user on its own thread. The 10.5 million transaction/hour test was performed using Sun Fire 6800 (as the BPM host) and V480 systems (as the load generator instances) configured with UltraSPARC III 900 MHz processors, running on the Solaris 9 OS, and utilizing Sun StorEdge T3 Arrays. The 6.3 million transactions/hour test was performed using Sun Fire 6800 (as the BPM host) and V480 systems (as the load generator instances) configured with UltraSPARC III 1.2 GHz processors, utilizing Sun StorEdge 3310 Arrays.

About FileNet
FileNet Corporation (NASDAQ: FILE) helps organizations make better decisions by managing the content and processes that drive their business. FileNetís Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions allow customers to build and sustain competitive advantage by managing content throughout their organizations, automating and streamlining their business processes, and providing the full spectrum of connectivity needed to simplify their critical and everyday decision-making.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Sun StorEdge, Solaris, Java and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc., in the United States and other countries.

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