MicroStrategy's latest software release delivers more than 6 times greater capacity with 3 times faster response time

Benchmark Tests Show MicroStrategy 9.0.2 Supports Over 26,000 Active Users with an 8-CPU Configuration

VIENNA, Va., Jan. 6, 2011 -- MicroStrategy® Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) software, today announced the benchmark test results of its newest software version, MicroStrategy 9.0.2. The tests show that an 8-CPU configuration of MicroStrategy Intelligence Server can deliver a sustained output power rating of 147 KiloCycles, which equates to 147,000 round-trip queries per hour. This query volume can support more than 26,000 active users with an average user response time of 1.3 seconds.

An earlier version of MicroStrategy 9 running on the same hardware delivered a power rating of 22 KiloCycles, which can support the query load of approximately 3,900 active users with an average response time of 4.0 seconds. These findings demonstrate that MicroStrategy customers will be able to support 6 times greater usage with 3 times faster average response time by simply upgrading from MicroStrategy 9.0 to MicroStrategy 9.0.2. In both tests, the MicroStrategy Intelligence Server software ran on an 8-CPU server based on commodity Intel-based hardware and the Redhat ES Linux operating system, with a typical retail price of $24,320.

Performance Test Details: The performance tests were conducted using a standard test suite of 66 reports and 5 complex dashboards that were designed to incorporate the full range of report sizes and usage patterns consistent with enterprise BI applications. MicroStrategy created the test suite based on the application profiles of a dozen of its larger customers. The smallest report contained 1 row and 60KB of data, while the largest report contained over 218,000 rows and 23,602KB of data. The report complexity ranged from a single SQL pass to 149 SQL passes to calculate the report results. The average number of SQL passes for all reports in the test suite is 17. The database used contained 1TB of data with a 7 billion row fact table running on Oracle 11g. The tests operated against cached data as well as large-scale in-memory databases, within the 144GB memory space used by the MicroStrategy Intelligence Server in-memory cube technology.

MicroStrategy's High Performance Initiative: In April 2010, MicroStrategy announced the launch of its High Performance Initiative, which includes a dedicated team of performance engineers and a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art research laboratory equipped with the latest database hardware, software, and performance testing tools. MicroStrategy's engineering team runs hundreds of performance tests each week to benchmark software performance, further improve scale and performance, and uncover configuration options and design techniques to deliver higher performance for customers.

For nine consecutive years, MicroStrategy customers have analyzed the largest data volumes as compared to customers of all other BI products, according to The BI Survey, the largest independent survey of the BI market. In the latest BI Survey, 37% of MicroStrategy customers analyze over 1 terabyte vs. an average of 9.7% of BI customers in general. MicroStrategy's customers have some of the largest and most sophisticated BI deployments in the industry.

"Our research consistently shows performance is a key concern impacting BI implementations and organizations' abilities to provide faster and better decision making capabilities," said David Menninger, Ventana Research VP and Research Director. "A disciplined approach in measuring and improving performance such as MicroStrategy's High Performance Initiative provides real value to customers by addressing one of the key obstacles to a successful BI implementation."

"With each release, we strive to enhance the performance of our software and provide a significantly faster user experience for our customers," said Sanju Bansal, MicroStrategy's Chief Operating Officer. "Our benchmark tests enable us to measure performance levels and seek to push them even higher to create new standards for the industry."

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Founded in 1989, MicroStrategy is a global leader in business intelligence (BI) technology. MicroStrategy provides integrated reporting, analysis, and monitoring software that helps leading organizations worldwide make better business decisions every day. Companies choose MicroStrategy for its ease-of-use, sophisticated analytics, and superior data and user scalability. MicroStrategy offers free reporting software that can be downloaded from its Website, More information about MicroStrategy (Nasdaq: MSTR) is available at

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