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Forbes: Microsoft makes a big claim for Windows 2000

Feb 18, 2000, 03:41 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Einstein)

"In a benchmark test completed by Microsoft just prior to today's event, Windows 2000 running on a system of 12 servers from Compaq Computer (nyse: CPQ) with a total of 72 Pentium III processors was able to conduct 227,079 order transactions per minute. 'That's enough to handle all the e-commerce conducted on the Web last year in two days,' said an ebullient Gates.

Microsoft said the Windows 2000 system performed 67% faster than the previous record of 135,815 transactions per minute achieved by a single IBM server, and 68% better than a system of four Sun servers boasting a total of 96 processors.

Sun and IBM are certain to dispute the test results, which they likely could match or beat by 'clustering' more machines together and increasing the number of processors. But Microsoft plainly intends to use the benchmarks as evidence that Windows 2000 can run even the largest corporate enterprises. The operating system's predecessor, Windows NT, had difficulty scaling beyond workgroup servers, and Microsoft has made scalability a key goal in the new software, which officially went on sale today."

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