System News
Performance Results from Sun and the Manugistics Group
Retail Solution Nets 22 Percent Improvement
December 17, 2002,
Volume 58, Issue 3

Sun and the Manugistics Group announced that performance results for Manugistics NetWORKS Fulfillment 7.0 on the Sun configuration netted a 22 percent performance improvement over previous benchmarks on other platforms, at a dramatically lower price point.

During recent testing at Sun Microsystems Enterprise Technology Center Garrison Labs to determine throughput for complex retail supply chain management, engineers from Sun and Manugistics completed a 42-day stock-keeping replenishment plan of 12.4 million stock keeping units (SKUs) in one hour and 22 minutes. Engineers calculated more than nine million SKUs or 381 million planning elements per hour, results that are 22 percent greater than previous performance results on equipment from other vendors per processor and on an overall throughput basis. These benchmark results are posted at:

http://www.sun.com/manugistics

Sun engineers tested the retail solution on 32 UltraSPARCR III Cu processors running at 900 MHz on a Sun FireTM 6800 server and a Sun FireTM V880 server, with Sun StorEdgeTM T3 disk arrays. The Sun configuration used approximately one-tenth of the memory and approximately half of the storage used in a competitor's previous test. Moreover, the Sun configuration has a significantly lower cost than other competing platform configurations.

These breakthrough results were aided by Manugistics' leveraging of JavaTM technology and intensive engineering collaboration and performance tuning to help retailers of all sizes to deploy enterprise-wide fulfillment replenishment planning systems with much lower cost.

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