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Hyperion Essbase on HP Integrity Servers with Intel ® Itanium ® 2 processors and HP ProLiant Servers Nearly 40 Percent Faster than Previous Industry Benchmarks Delivering the Market’s Most Scalable Business Intelligence Solution

SUNNYVALE, Calif., December 16, 2003—Hyperion (Nasdaq: HYSL) today unveiled the results of a record-breaking benchmark on Hyperion Essbase. The industry standard APB-1 benchmark was designed to test the speed, performance and scalability of analytic software. The Hyperion benchmark was conducted in tandem with HP and Intel, and tested the speed, performance and scalability of Hyperion Essbase in a “real world” environment by simulating the system configuration used by a typical enterprise customer. With mid-range HP Integrity and ProLiant servers running Intel® processors, the benchmark demonstrated outstanding scalability and speed of Hyperion Essbase resulting in an Average Query per Minute (AQM) of 119,085 while serving 10,000 concurrent users—an average of 5.04 seconds per each user query.

The benchmark was conducted on the 64-bit version of Hyperion Essbase Analytic Services. With this release, Hyperion will be one of the first software vendors to deliver a 64-bit business intelligence solution on HP Integrity Servers with Intel Itanium® 2 processors. Hyperion Essbase, the core of Hyperion’s business intelligence platform, will deliver even greater enterprise flexibility and scalability to its customers—more than 4,000 corporations around the world.

“We are always working to improve our products’ performance and scalability, while ensuring that customers see value from their Hyperion investments,” said John Kopcke, CTO of Hyperion. “To our knowledge, this is the best OLAP performance ever achieved in the industry, and it was done based on a typical user environment. In addition, the ability to scale to 10,000 concurrent users—far beyond the needs of typical installations—ensures that our customers are getting the best price/performance OLAP server on the market with the scalability to meet even the most demanding customer requirements.”

Unlike recent competitive OLAP benchmarks, the Hyperion benchmark utilized hardware that was six times less expensive and configured for an average installation, typical of many enterprises. The environment consisted of Hyperion Essbase on HP Integrity servers based on Intel Itanium 2 processors—estimated at K per server. These servers are architected to meet the requirements of demanding enterprises and technical applications, providing customers with high performance and low cost scalability. The benchmark delivered performance and scalability results that exceeded all recent benchmarks from business intelligence vendors by nearly 40 percent.

“This is an extremely impressive benchmark result showing strong performance and scalability,” said Mike Schiff of the independent industry analyst firm, Current Analysis. “Rather than souping up the test environment to create a strong AQM, Hyperion benchmarked Essbase on a mid-range server configuration to emulate a realistic enterprise customer deployment.”

“In addition to the impressive performance, this benchmark demonstrates the scalability of both Hyperion Essbase and our HP Integrity and ProLiant servers,” said Bruno Castejon, worldwide business intelligence solutions director, Enterprise Systems Group, HP. “It shows that customers can easily and cost-effectively deploy business intelligence solutions that can scale to meet the current and future needs of their entire global enterprise. This level of scalability is impressive.”

“Intel Itanium 2 processor-based systems offer optimal performance for data intensive, mission critical enterprise applications like Business Performance Management," said Lisa Graff, director, Itanium Group, Intel Corporation. "We are glad to be working with Hyperion and HP to help customers maximize their return on investment. The new Intel Itanium processor is designed to deliver industry-leading performance at lower cost and with greater choice than proprietary RISC technologies.”

The Benchmark Results

The benchmark was performed on November 12, 2003, giving Hyperion Essbase an 119,085 AQM in the following environment:

Four HP Integrity rx5670 servers each with four 1.3 GHz Intel® Itanium® 32 GB of RAM

Four HP ProLiant DL580G2 client machines each with four Intel® Xeon ™ 2.0GHz CPUs and 3GB RAM

One HP Storage Works Virtual Array va7410

Hyperion Essbase Analytic Services v6.5.4.1

10,000 products

Five percent data density

10,000 concurrent users

The benchmark was conducted to the specific parameters outlined by the OLAP Council, using its analytical processing benchmark, APB-1 Release II. This benchmark is considered the industry standard for measuring key performance metrics of OLAP applications.

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About Hyperion

Hyperion is the global leader in Business Performance Management software. More than 9,000 customers rely on Hyperion software to translate strategies into plans, monitor execution and provide insight to improve financial and operational performance. Hyperion combines the most complete set of interoperable applications with the leading business intelligence platform to support and create Business Performance Management solutions. A network of more than 600 partners provides the company’s innovative and specialized solutions and services.

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Hyperion employs approximately 2,600 people in 20 countries and is represented in 25 additional countries through distributor relationships. Hyperion, together with recently acquired Brio Software Inc., generated combined annual revenues of 2 million for the 12 months ending June 30, 2003. Hyperion is traded under the Nasdaq symbol HYSL. For more information, please visit, e-mail or call 01784 228015.

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