Network Appliance, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Sybase, and Emulex Set New Transaction Processing Performance (TPC) Record in Practical Environment

Hanover - March 14, 2002 -- Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP), Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), and Emulex Corporation announced audited TPC-C results that set a new performance standard for real-world business environments. The results include the first transaction processing benchmark test using the DAFS (Direct Access File System) protocol in a database environment, as well as the first published TPC-C result using advanced RAID-protected storage rather than JBOD or mirrored storage. The tests also mark the first published result with a database residing on a full-function file system. These results demonstrate that the highest levels of performance, reliability, availability, and simplicity can be achieved in a real-world customer IT infrastructure.

The benchmark results, conforming to the Transaction Processing Performance Council TPC-C guidelines, delivered the best price/performance for a UNIX®-based system, the best per-processor performance for a SPARC-based system, and the best performance per CPU-MHz on SPARC ever achieved. In fact, the TPC-C performance test yielded 112,286.46 transactions per minute (tpmC) at a cost of US $13.44 per tpmC.

"Performance numbers have little meaning unless they can be applied to a typical enterprise customer environment. This test reflects actual database environments our customers can use today, allowing them to thrive at the leading edge of performance while reducing complexity and cost," said Rich Clifton, vice president of commercial solutions marketing at Network Appliance. "We are especially encouraged to see how well DAFS performed in its debut tests. Customers can expect and benefit from a steady stream of compelling new storage and data management enhancements from Network Appliance."

Benchmark Details

The benchmark testbed configuration consisted of a 16-Solaris/SPARC-based PRIMEPOWER 850 server from Fujitsu Siemens Computers equipped with Emulex GN9000/VI host bus adapters running a DAFS driver and Sybase Adaptive Server® Enterprise 12.5 database server, connected via Gigabit Ethernet to six NetApp® F820 filers. The testbed was designed to emulate a real-world data center environment to demonstrate the performance that actual customers experience. For the test, a set of Linux® clients were used as application servers running BEA Tuxedo.

Most testbeds of this scope avoid real-world configurations because performance is often compromised. Network Appliance, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Sybase, and Emulex wanted a test that would speak to customers' real issues and were confident that the real-world performance numbers achieved would speak more loudly than hypothetical "white glove" test scenarios.

This benchmark result was also the first to use Gigabit Ethernet as the storage connection, demonstrating the viability of Ethernet-connected storage for high performance applications. This underscores the value of DAFS and Emulex VI/IP technology in reducing network processing overhead and enhancing application performance for Gigabit Ethernet-connected storage.

Full benchmark results are available online at

"Our Solaris/SPARC-based PRIMEPOWER server line is designed for the most demanding processing environments in the world and our goal is to meet the twin requirements of top-end power and commercial applicability," said Jens-Peter Seick, executive director line of business UNIX at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. "The new record in TPC-C benchmark demonstrates once again that PRIMEPOWER is the most powerful platform for transaction processing currently available as well as the platform of choice for flexible and scalable data center computing. This excellent benchmark result also proves the openness and ease of integration of best-of-breed hardware, database software, host bus adapters, and net solutions of PRIMEPOWER."

"Our customers use Sybase® ASE to run mission-critical applications and require high-performing OLTP and backup systems that maintain reliability and availability," said Dr. Raj Nathan, senior vice president and general manager Sybase Enterprise Solutions Division. "These benchmark results show that our joint customers can utilize the performance enhancement in Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5 with NetApp F820 filers to get the high throughput they need from their storage area network solutions."

"Emulex is pleased to have partnered with Network Appliance, Fujitsu Siemens, and Sybase to achieve record-breaking price and performance results using the DAFS protocol," said Gareth Taube, senior vice president of Emulex's IP Storage Networking Group. "These outstanding benchmark results further illustrate Emulex's leadership role in delivering state-of-the-art, industry-standard IP storage networking solutions."

About Fujitsu Siemens Computers:

Fujitsu Siemens Computers is the leading European computer company. Serving the needs of large corporations, small- to medium-sized enterprises and consumers the company operates in all key markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It offers a unique choice of world-class computer technology and innovative IT infrastructure solutions. Embedded in a global cooperation, Fujitsu Siemens Computers takes advantage of the strengths and the innovative power of its parent companies Fujitsu Limited and Siemens AG.

"Powering the Information Age" is the company's vision. Fujitsu Siemens Computers will enable people to freely access information and services anywhere and at any time with world-leading products, services and solutions, thus ensuring people's success within a knowledge-based society. The strategic direction is focused on Mobility and Business Critical Computing as the key drivers of the Information Age in the 21st century.

The company offers everything for enterprise computing, ranging from best-in-class Intel- and Unix-based servers to mainframes and enterprise storage solutions. It is also one of the leading providers of notebooks, PDAs, workstations and PCs to business customers, and is the No. 1 supplier of computers for home users in Europe. For further information, please visit:

About Network Appliance:

Network Appliance, Inc., a leader in enterprise network storage, has been providing data access solutions since 1992 and is a member of both the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ 100 index. Major corporations and service providers, including Citicorp Securities, Lockheed, Merrill Lynch, Oracle, Texas Instruments, and Yahoo!, utilize NetApp global data management solutions.

The company pioneered the concept of the "network appliance," an extension of the industry trend toward dedicated, specialized products that perform a single function. NetApp storage and content delivery platforms (filers and NetCache® appliances) are coupled with powerful content distribution and reporting software, offering seamless data management from the back-end data center to the remote edges of the network quickly, simply, and reliably. The Network Appliance™ product portfolio utilizes the company's innovative data access software, known as the Data ONTAP™ operating system, as well as standards-compliant hardware. It also offers multiprotocol support and transparent integration for UNIX® and Windows® environments.

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