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Bull NovaScale ® Intensive server and Microsoft ® SQL Server 2005 deliver a new price/performance record record-setting TPC-H benchmark
Bull demonstrates its leadership in delivering Microsoft Business Intelligence infrastructure solutions with the best price/performance ratio the industry

The Bull NovaScale® 3045 Intensive server has delivered the best TPC-H price/performance ever recorded for a non-clustered, Intel-based server in the benchmark's 1,000 GB database category.

The new record was set with a Bull NovaScale® 3045 server equipped with 4 Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 processors, a storage system from Xyratex, running Microsoft® SQL Server 2005 under Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003.
In the test, the Bull NovaScale® 3045 server achieved 12087.4 queries per hour on a 1,000 GB database (QphH@1,000 GB). At a price per query of $12.56/QphH@1,000GB, this is the best price/performance under TPC-H Business Intelligence benchmark.

Our strong collaboration with Microsoft has led to the outstanding results announced today. Architect of an Open World, Bull, in conjunction with Microsoft, provides added-value to its customers with highly reliable and complete state-of-the-art solutions. SQL Server 2005 on Bull NovaScale Intel based servers is ideal for large databases and Business Intelligence solutions while providing customers with an extraordinary platform in terms of price/performance” stated Olivier Gaumont, Director of Bull NovaScale Business Unit.

Outstanding price price/performance to help enterprises make better decisions faster
Bull NovaScale family of servers is a complete and scalable range of Intel® Xeon® and Itanium® processor-based platforms, perfectly adapted to back-end critical applications (Business Intelligence, ERP, ECM, consolidation) as well as to scientific computing. Bull NovaScale is one of the reference platforms currently used by Microsoft engineers in Redmond to test SQL Server 2005.

"The benchmark results emphasize the superior capabilities of the Itanium architecture and Bull's NovaScale servers. The desire to compute large amounts of data in the most effective manner continues and Bull has an excellent solution serving that need”. said Richard Curran, Europe Server Sales & Marketing Director, Intel.

Microsoft® SQL Server 2005 is a complete database and data analysis package including the OLAP functionality and data mining services required by enterprises for a complete, end-to-end Business Intelligence platform. SQL Server 2005 has been optimized by Bull’s specialists to take full advantage of Bull NovaScale servers SMP architecture running under Windows® Server 2003 Operating System.

"We are committed to working with industry partners to provide a fully integrated Business Intelligence platform at a price that allows them to provide customers with real world solutions to business needs," said François Ajenstat, director of Product Management for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp. "These benchmark results show the innovations within our partner community and speak to the value that Bull's solutions can bring to the marketplace."

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