Hyperion Essbase outperforms competitors by 40% in OLAP benchmark

Johannesburg, 05 Mar 2004
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Hyperion Essbase has achieved record-breaking benchmark results on HP Integrity servers with Intel Itanium 2 processors and HP ProLiant servers, hardware which is six times less expensive than competing hardware.

The results show that Hyperion Essbase is nearly 40% faster than other business intelligence products. Hyperion is distributed locally by Global Technology Business Intelligence (GBI), the business intelligence division of JSE Securities Exchange-listed Global Technology.

The industry standard APB-1 benchmark was designed to test the speed, performance and scalability of analytic software.

"The Hyperion benchmark was conducted in tandem with HP and Intel, and tested the speed, performance and scalability of Hyperion Essbase in a `real world` environment by simulating the system configuration used by a typical large customer," says Marc Scheepbouwer, CEO of GBI. "With mid-range HP Integrity and ProLiant servers running Intel processors, the benchmark demonstrated the outstanding scalability and speed of Hyperion Essbase."

The benchmark revealed an average query per minute of 119 085 while serving 10 000 concurrent users, which is an average of 5.04 seconds per user query.

The benchmark was conducted on the 64-bit version of Hyperion Essbase Analytic Services. This release delivers a 64-bit business intelligence solution on HP Integrity servers with Intel Itanium 2 processors.

"Hyperion Essbase is the core of the company`s business intelligence platform," Scheepbouwer says. "To our knowledge, this is the best OLAP performance ever achieved in the industry, and it was done based on a typical user environment. The ability to scale to 10 000 concurrent users ensures that our customers are getting the best price/performance OLAP server on the market."

The Hyperion benchmark used hardware that was six times less expensive than competing hardware, Scheepbouwer says. The hardware was configured for an average installation, which many organisations typically have.

The HP Integrity servers are estimated to be worth $95 000 per server and are designed to meet the requirements of demanding applications.

"The benchmark delivered performance and scalability results that exceeded all recent benchmarks from business intelligence vendors," says Mike Schiff of independent industry analyst firm Current Analysis. "Rather than souping up the test environment to create a strong average query per minute, Hyperion benchmarked Essbase on a mid-range server configuration to emulate a realistic customer deployment."

Intel Itanium 2 processor-based systems offer optimal performance for data-intensive, mission-critical applications like business performance management, Scheepbouwer says.

"The new Intel Itanium processor is designed to deliver industry-leading performance at lower cost and with greater choice than proprietary technologies," he says.

The benchmark was performed in November 2003, following the specific parameters outlined by the OLAP Council and using its analytical processing benchmark, APB-1 Release II. This benchmark is considered the industry standard for measuring key performance metrics of OLAP applications.

Scheepbouwer says this benchmark proves that customers can easily and cost-effectively deploy business intelligence solutions that can scale to meet the current and future needs of their global organisation.

Global Technology Business Intelligence

Global Technology Business Intelligence (GBI), which has been a part of Glotec since the group`s inception and is a wholly owned subsidiary, provides best-of-breed solutions in the traditional business intelligence (BI) and, the newly defined, business performance management (BPM) arenas.

It is the local distributor of Hyperion, Armstrong Laing, Ascential and SPSS. Currently, these solutions are utilised by 85 leading South African companies, including 20 of the country`s top 25 public companies. Not only has Hyperion (the world`s leading BPM solutions provider) recommitted to Glotec by signing a three-year contract, confirming its confidence in the company, but it has also recently named GBI as its Top Distributor for the Year 2002/3.


Hyperion is the global leader in Business Performance Management software. More than 9 000 customers - including 91 of the Fortune 100 - rely on Hyperion software to translate strategies into plans, monitor execution and provide insight to improve financial and operational performance. Hyperion combines the most complete set of interoperable applications with the leading business intelligence platform to support and create business performance management solutions. A network of more than 600 partners provides the company`s innovative and specialised solutions and services.

Named one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For 2004, Hyperion employs about 2 600 people in 20 countries. Distributors represent Hyperion in an additional 25 countries. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Hyperion - together with recently acquired Brio Software Inc - generated combined annual revenues of $612 million for the 12 months ending 30 June 2003. Hyperion is traded under the Nasdaq symbol HYSL. For more information, please visit

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