Geac MPC excels in enterprise scalability "stress test"

MARKHAM, ON, and SOUTHBOROUGH, MA, Nov. 15, 2004 - New "stress test" results announced today by Geac show that Geac MPC software running on the Microsoft platform scales well to 1,000 concurrent users and beyond - a level of performance consistent with major deployments at Fortune 1000 companies.

Geac MPC, part of the Geac Performance Management product family, is an integrated suite of applications that enables companies to better plan, budget, manage, forecast, report and analyze business information to tie operational processes to business strategy. The Microsoft platform used for the project comprises Windows Server System, Microsoft Office System, and the Microsoft .NET Framework.

As part of a special project sponsored by Microsoft, Geac ran stress tests on Geac MPC at the Microsoft Premier Services Lab in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tests were run against the Microsoft SQL Server 2000 customer database with a variety of server configurations in order to simulate actual working conditions for a complex application. Industry accepted response times were met with ease in the 1,000 concurrent user tests.

"Performance management solutions must be able to adapt to fluid corporate environments prone to changes borne of acquisitions, new regulations and ongoing competitive pressures," Geac's Chief Technology Officer Timothy J. Wright said. "These stress tests, as well as our extensive real world experience, clearly demonstrate that Geac MPC running on the Microsoft platform is a performance management solution that responds to those challenges exceptionally well. The Microsoft-based Geac solution is flexible enough to accommodate change, is open to maximize IT investment and is scalable to grow with the enterprise."

"The results of these tests demonstrate the value Microsoft brings to Geac as a flexible application development and enterprise deployment platform," said Mark Young, general manager, ISVs for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group at Microsoft Corp. "Geac MPC has proven itself to be not only scalable but truly an industrial strength application, bringing tremendous value to customers."

The test was conducted in September 2004 simulating 1,000 concurrent users submitting requests every 30-60 seconds. The test environment comprised four quad-processor web servers, two dual-processor application servers, one 8-processor database server, Windows 2003 Server on all servers, SQL Server 2000 with SP3a applied, and Geac MPC release 6.5.

Overall, the test results show that the 7-server configuration adequately supports a 1,000 to 1,500 user volume for a large MPC customer test application. Server resource monitoring shows that average processor utilization remained under 50% on all servers, and memory utilization remained within the 3GB per process limits on all servers for all test scenarios. A representative large and complex customer test application was used for these tests, and representative end user activities were recorded to generate the load during the tests. Application size and complexity characteristics, as well as the end user activity profile can have a significant impact on overall results. These factors must be considered when defining server hardware for a MPC application.

Geac plans to publish a Geac MPC Scalability Guide in December 2004.

About Geac

Geac (TSX: GAC and NASDAQ: GEAC) is a global enterprise software company that addresses the needs of the Chief Financial Officer. Geac's best-in-class technology products and services help organizations do more with less in an increasingly competitive environment, amidst growing regulatory pressure, and in response to other business issues confronting the CFO. Further information is available at or through e-mail at

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SOURCE Geac Computer Corporation Limited

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