Actuate Corporation, provider of a leading information application platform, announced record-breaking results of its most recent performance tests running Actuate 6 on Microsoft’s Windows 2000 operating environment. These dramatic test results underscore Actuate’s commitment to provide its customers with the most cost-effective platform in the industry for developing and deploying information applications that empower 100 percent of users, throughout the enterprise and beyond.

The benchmark results showed that Actuate 6, running on Windows 2000, achieved unparalleled scalability on systems ranging from a one-node, 4-CPU server to a 6-node, 24-CPU configuration. The benchmark demonstrated Actuate 6’s ability to generate tens of millions of report pages per day, service tens of millions of viewing requests per day, while supporting millions of distinct user sessions per day. The data presented in the benchmark will assist organizations that are intending to implement enterprise solutions to meet the information needs of all their users.

As Giga Information Group analyst Keith Gile explains in a research note dated December 23, 2002: “BI vendors are being held more accountable by IT to deliver promises of scalability and predictability. A reasonable BI benchmark will be invaluable for IT, especially as BI is deployed to a broad set of business and casual users throughout the enterprise.”

The performance tests were conducted at the IBM Solution Partnership Center in San Mateo, California using Actuate 6 on the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system, running on Intel-based IBM xSeries servers.

Highlights of the tests include:

  • Actuate Server’s support for 9,000 concurrent active-viewing sessions and 96,000 active user sessions each hour
  • The ability of the Actuate Server running on the 6-node cluster to service nearly 20 million viewing requests while generating over 5.5 million pages over the course of a single day
  • Ability to support user populations of at least 2 million
  • Near perfect clustering across machines
  • Full Unicode support for multilingual reports

While the performance results proved near linear scalability in large configurations, they also validated Actuate’s exceptional performance on small to medium-sized configurations, those with one to four CPUs.

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