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IBM today announced that its AS/400e Model 840 server
powered by silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and copper wiring
technologies has set a new world record for Lotus Domino
scalability and performance, successfully handling 75,000
concurrent NotesBench R5 Mail Users with an average response
time of 276 milliseconds.

In this officially audited benchmark, a single IBM AS/400e
Model 840 server supported 10 times as many concurrent users
as the largest audited enterprise server offering from Sun
Microsystems and more than five times as many concurrent
users as the largest audited offering from Compaq -- while
cutting the average response time in half.

AS/400's industry-leading scalability allows customers to
achieve significant cost savings by consolidating their
Lotus Notes mail, calendar and application users on fewer

The audited configuration is a 24-way IBM AS/400e Model 840
server powered by IBM's copper and SOI microprocessors and
running Version 4 Release 5 of OS/400 and Domino Release
5.03. AS/400 is the only NotesBench-audited server that
includes a database -- IBM DB2 Universal Database for AS/400
-- in its operating system.

"We're pleased to see IBM AS/400e taking advantage of Domino
R5's scalability and reliability," said Jeanette Medlin,
director of Worldwide Product Marketing, Lotus Messaging and
Collaboration Products. "Our mutual customers will benefit
from the AS/400's robust architecture and tuning for Domino
to allow them to consolidate servers and fully utilise the
AS/400's capacity by running multiple applications on the
same server."

Several innovations set IBM AS/400e apart as a Domino
server. One copy of Lotus Domino runs in multiple software
partitions, allowing many protected, secure Domino
applications to run on a single AS/400e server. In addition,
work management, subsystems, single-level store, threads,
Integrated File System, asymmetric processors and logical
partitioning all contribute to an integrated environment
that allows customers to run multiple types of applications.

"Server consolidation was the driving factor for us," said
David Price, Senior Groupware Architect, ABN AMRO North
America. "With Lotus Domino for AS/400, we are able to
manage capacity as a whole, not server by server, resulting
in more efficient hardware utilisation. From my staff's
viewpoint, after-hours is now used for tasks with greater
benefits, not maintenance."

IBM today also announced that its AS/400e Model 840 server
has set a new record for single-server transaction
processing performance for the TPC-C benchmark. In June, the
AS/400e Model 840 achieved industry-leading VolanoMark and
SPECjbb2000 benchmark results for server-side Java
performance, demonstrating AS/400's leadership in running
Domino, Java and data-transaction workloads.

IBM AS/400e NotesBench Results:

Workload: R5Mail

Domino version: R5.03

NotesBench version: R5.03

Number of users: 75,000

Notesmark: 101,213

About IBM AS/400e Servers

IBM is the world's leading server company, and IBM AS/400e
is the world's most popular multi-user commercial business
computer, with 700,000 systems shipped to more than 150
countries. It is a powerful, flexible transaction server
capable of managing and connecting a company's core business
applications to suppliers, distributors and customers over
the Web. AS/400e scales from a single processor to a 24-way
processor and is in its sixth generation of 64-bit RISC

The IBM AS/400e Model 840 server is powered by the world's
first production microchips made of silicon-on-insulator
transistors and copper wiring. The addition of SOI alone can
increase performance up to 20-30 per cent beyond the use of
copper by protecting the millions of transistors on a chip
with a blanket of insulation, reducing harmful electrical
leakage that wastes power. The AS/400e Model 840 is 3.6
times faster than the previous generation of AS/400 servers.

The new line of IBM AS/400e servers will be generally
available on July 28, 2000.

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Editors Notes

About IBM

IBM, AS/400, AS/400e, DB2 and OS/400 are trademarks or
registered trademarks of International Business Machines
Corporation. Notes and Domino are trademarks of Lotus
Development Corp. Java and all Java-related trademarks and
logos are trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. in the United
States and other countries. VolanoMark is a trademark of
Volano LLC. All other trademarks, registered trademarks and
service marks are the property of their respective owners.

This document was created on July 26, 2000. The data
contained herein was accurate at the time of creation. IBM
recognises that newer data may be published after this date
that would cause this data to become inaccurate.

Media Contacts:

Paul Fryer IBM AS/400 PR Manager EMEA

0208 844 6942

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