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Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and IBM DB2 Universal Database 8.1 Set TPC-C Price-Performance Benchmark World Record on HP Hardware

Novell's SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server 9 has set the new standard for TPC-C* price-performance, beating out proprietary operating systems to establish a new world record in price-performance.

SAN FRANCISCO (LinuxWorld Conference & Expo 2004)
August 3, 2004

  • For price-performance, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 outperforms Windows Server 2003
  • Designed for high performance and reliability, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 handles corporate customers' requirements with ease

Novell's SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server 9 has set the new standard for TPC-C* price-performance, beating out proprietary operating systems to establish a new world record in price-performance.

The first benchmark with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and IBM DB2 Universal Database* Express Edition set a new world record for best price-performance with $1.61/tpmC (transactions per minute) on an HP ProLiant* Server. The result demonstrates the ability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to handle corporate customers' requirements in a high performing, yet cost effective, way.

"The new world record clearly demonstrates the strengths of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 it is the right choice for customers who are looking for great performance, while still reducing costs, in mission-critical deployments," said Markus Rex, general manager of Novell's SUSE Linux business unit. "DB2 Universal Database and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 deliver a compelling value to even small and medium-sized businesses who want to lower their cost of ownership and benefit from exceptional stability, performance and security of Linux."

"This new result further extends the leadership DB2 Universal Database has held in this price-performance metric since April of 2004," said Gary Schneider, director, Linux Business Development, IBM Information Management. "As proven here, the combination of DB2 Universal Database and Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 provides an exciting alternative for anyone seeking to eliminate their reliance on proprietary platforms or higher-priced database software."

Benchmark results:

  • HP ProLiant ML350T03 (3.06GHz Intel Xeon* w/512 K Cache)
  • DB2 UDB Express Edition
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
  • Metrics: 18,661 tpmC*, $1.61/tpmC

Further information on the results of the benchmark can be found at http://tpc.org/tpcc/results/tpcc_price_perf_results.asp. For more information about the power of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, please visit http://www.novell.com/linux/sles.

About TPC-C

TPC-C is an OLTP (online transaction processing) benchmark developed by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC). The TPC-C benchmark defines a rigorous standard for calculating performance and price-performance measured by transaction per minute (tpmC) and $/tpmC, respectively.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of information solutions that deliver secure identity management (Novell® Nsure™), Web application development (Novell exteNd™) and cross-platform networking services (Novell Nterprise™), all supported by strategic consulting and professional services (Novell NgageSM). Active in the open source community with its Ximian and SUSE Linux brands, Novell is firmly committed to open source and offers comprehensive Linux products and services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server. Novell's vision of one Net - a world without information boundaries - helps customers realize the value of their information securely and economically. For more information, call Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) or visit http://www.novell.com. Press should visit http://www.novell.com/pressroom.

Novell is a registered trademarks; Nsure, exteNd and Nteprise are trademarks; and Ngage is a service mark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. SUSE is a registered trademark of SUSE Linux AG. * All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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