Microsoft debuts Server for enterprise

The road to scalability continues for Microsoft, which has just released the enterprise edition of SQL Server, the first of the BackOffice applications for the enterprise. Microsoft product manager Guy Haycock says this edition, which features 24-hour, 7-day availability through clustering, support for eight-way SMP (symmetrical multiprocessing) and support for 50% more application memory, is a significant step up for SQL Server. Auckland Healthcare will be evaluating the new version and is particularly interested in the clustering capabilities.

The road to scalability continues for Microsoft, which has just released the enterprise edition of SQL Server, the first of the BackOffice applications for the enterprise.

Microsoft product manager Guy Haycock says this edition, which features 24-hour, 7-day availability through clustering, support for eight-way SMP (symmetrical multiprocessing) and support for 50% more application memory, is a significant step up for SQL Server.

Auckland Healthcare will be evaluating the new version and is particularly interested in the clustering capabilities.

Haycock says the latest TPC-C benchmark results put SQL Server, running on Windows NT Server enterprise edition over an eight-way Axil computer, at number one for price-performance. The results were 14,501tpm (transaction per minute) at $US78 per transaction.

This brings it closer to the realms of an HP9000 (six-way) running Sybase 11.5, which received a TPC-C benchmark of 21,358 transactions at $US95 per transaction.

“These results demonstrate that the enterprise editions of SQL Server and Windows NT Server scale over 75% higher compared to standard editions,” says Haycock.

“However, what’s important is not so much the numbers but the trend. If you look at these benchmarks purely on performance, Microsoft doesn’t rate in the top 10. But if you look at the price-performance ratings, Microsoft SQL Server takes the top 10 places.

“It highlights the whole enterprise approach of Microsoft. We’re doing things in a more cost-effective way — using industry-standard hardware and an industry-standard operating system with hardware that people are familiar with.”

SQL Server enterprise edition will be available in New Zealand by the end of December at a cost of $15,000 for 25 users, excluding GST.

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