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Database Excelleration Systems and Kenan Systems Achieve
Mainframe Performance on Client/Server Systems With
France Telecom Benchmark
Companies Agree to Cooperatively Market Client/Server
Billing Systems Solutions to the Telecommunications Industry
SANTA CLARA, CA -- October 1, 1996 -- Database Excelleration Systems, Inc.,
(DES) and Kenan® Systems Corporation announced today that they have achieved
mainframe level performance on Unix-based client/server systems with a benchmark
conducted with France Telecom.
In addition, the two companies have agreed to cooperatively market their
respective client/server billing solution products within the telecommunications
industry. DES and Kenan plan to target the largest companies in the telecommunications
industry who require mainframe-level performance to support their enterprise-wide, client/server billing systems.
Using data extracted from France Telecom files as well as France Telecom bill
formats, the Kenan/DES/Hewlett-Packard-based billing system processed more
than 30 million daily call detail records from millions of telephone lines
within a six hour timeframe while achieving a peak processing rate of 45 million
call detail records. Prior to testing the new hardware configuration, France
Telecom was deployed on a mainframe and demanded a system that handled very
high transaction volumes on this mission-critical application, while seeking
more billing flexibility. The Kenan/DES/HP-solution proved that a client/server
system could deliver all of the performance of a mainframe and provide the much
needed application flexibility.
"In today's highly competitive communications industry, the need to process
information quickly and respond to customer needs in near-real-time could
mean the difference between success and failure," said Wade Tuma, president
of Database Excelleration Systems, Inc. "The France Telecom tests prove that
DES Database ExcelleratorTM subsystems are highly
complementary to Kenan Systems' sophisticated Arbor/BP billing solution in
high-performance environments. We look forward to working with Kenan to
provide a powerful, high-performance, Unix-based billing solution."
France Telecom agreed to participate in a benchmark test with Kenan as part
of an extensive evaluation process to select a system that would be capable
of handling its largest accounts. France Telecom needed to move to a client/server
system, which would guarantee flexibility and remain highly competitive.
The results achieved with the Kenan billing solution and the DES Database Excellerator
ensured France Telecom that they would not lose its performance advantage.
The France Telecom Benchmark
The France Telecom benchmarks, conducted at Hewlett-Packard in Boeblingen,
Germany, used Kenan's Arbor®/BP 5.0, the company's Unix-based billing and
customer care system, HP's high-end T520 and K420 Unix-based servers, and
Sybase's SQL Server 11TM configured with a DES Database Excellerator intelligent
solid state subsystem.
"The France Telecom benchmark results clearly indicated that the performance of Arbor/BP running on Hewlett-Packard's T520 and K420 Unix-based servers was greatly
enhanced by the DES Database Excellerator subsystem," said Jay Sherry, executive director of marketing for Kenan Systems. "In fact, the DES system virtually eliminated
the I/O performance bottleneck which helped us achieve mainframe-class performance
in our Unix client/server benchmark environment."
"Telecommunications companies need to process vast amounts of information
to make critical business decisions," said David Hsieh, vice president of
marketing, Enterprise Business Group, Sybase, Inc. "The combination of
Sybase SQL Server 11's industry leading performance and scalability and the
DES Database Excellerator is a powerful duo that really delivers mainframe
performance on Unix-based client/server systems. We believe the combination
of these products will be a great asset to telecommunications customers, and
will help them to stay ahead of market shifts."
Kenan Systems Corporation
Kenan Systems Corporation is a leading provider of strategic software
products and services to the Fortune 1000. With world headquarters in
Cambridge, Mass. and European headquarters in London, U.K., the company
delivers powerful software solutions targeted at the operations and decision-support
needs of large organizations in the telecommunications, on-line services and
cable TV industries. Additional information on Kenan Systems' products and
services may be obtained via the Internet by e-mailing requests to email@example.com or
by accessing Kenan Systems' World Wide Web site: http://www.kenan.com.
Database Excelleration Systems, Inc.
DES, based in Santa Clara, California, develops and markets relational database
acceleration products and professional services for very high transaction
and query-intensive client/server applications. DES products combine solid
state memory and advanced DES DirectAddressingTM
firmware to dramatically accelerate database application performance ranges
of Unix or NT servers. The company also provides professional diagnostic
and evaluation services to assist users in optimizing Unix and NT-based applications
that are experiencing resource contention on client/server RDBMSs.
The DES Database ExcelleratorTM and Log ExcelleratorTM
products complement all major RDBMSs such as Sybase, Oracle and Informix, as
well as most proprietary database systems. They run on all major Unix and NT
hardware platforms, including Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Digital,
Stratus and Data General. DES provides products and services to a wide range
of financial services companies, manufacturers and telecommunications service
providers including TCI, Merrill Lynch, Dow Jones Telerate, Exxon, Chevron,
MCI and US West. Additional information on Database Excelleration Systems'
products and services may be obtained via the Internet by e-mailing requests
to firstname.lastname@example.org or by accessing DES' World Wide Web site: http://www.desdbx.com.
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