Industry experts slammed last week's Microsoft Scalability Day, which attempted to show how clustered Windows NT servers could run enterprise systems.
In one of the demonstrations Microsoft showed a 45-node NT cluster simulating 1 billion transactions a day. The application ran on the next version of Microsoft SQL Server, codenamed Sphinx.
Tony Occleshaw, software marketing manager at IBM, claimed the demo had little revelence to the real-world, saying even Saber, whose airline booking system is one of the world's largest applications, does not achieve this level of usage. Saber runs about 1 billion transactions a week, according to Occleshaw.
John Sniadowski, senior analyst at Bloor Research, dismissed the Microsoft event as "a smoke and mirrors media fest". He added: "If they want to show the world scalability, let's have some real world applications."
Ian Derbyshire, LAN Server programme manager at researcher IDC, agreed: "The environment was very artificial."
However, Derbyshire said he was impressed by Microsoft's forward thinking.
"I believe we will start seeing companies moving from mainframes down to NT within two years," he predicted.
Dave Gurr, product sales group manager at SCO Europe, who watched the event via the Internet, said: "This undoubtedly demonstrates Microsoft has a problem."
Gurr noted that other databases such as DB/2, Oracle and Sybase were not featured at the Scalability Day. "Part of Microsoft's view is that customers will buy their entire solution from Microsoft. This is simply not true in the real world."
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