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Bull Announces World's Fastest Commercial UNIX Server; Breakthrough Performance and Scalability Achieved With New Escala EPC2450.

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BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2000

Bull today announced a new high-end server for its Escala(R) range, the Escala EPC2450, featuring breakthrough performance and an on-demand evolution capability combined with market-leading expert services. With an estimated performance of 215,000 transactions per minute, Bull's Escala EPC2450 is the most powerful UNIX(TM) server on the market.

The new system provides excellent commercial performance for 6-, 12-, 18- and 24-way enterprise servers, using PowerPCTM RS64 IV processor technology at 600MHz. The use of new copper, silicon-on-insulator technology and a larger memory capacity (up to 96GB) contribute to these exceptional levels of performance.

Bull also announced improved flexibility of the customer data storage environment through the DAS 4500 storage subsystem and the AIX(TM) SAN Manager Version 2. This combination enables customers to create flexible server storage environments that can share multiple servers supporting either Windows(R) NT and Windows 2000 as well as AIX and multiple UNIX variants. Bull customers benefit from the most open storage offer for their e-infrastructure.

Delivering Flexibility to Allow e-infrastructures to Support Unpredictable Levels of Demand

The new Escala EPC2450 has built-in capacity upgrade features enabling the rapid evolution of the server as the business of the company grows. This new "Power on Demand" feature enables businesses to scale the system very quickly to handle requirements for more computing resources.

For a nominal fee, organizations can purchase one or more additional processor boards that are initially disabled. When the need for additional processor capacity arises, the customer activates the new processor by simply activating an AIX command. This offer is particularly adapted to companies facing unpredictable business growth that requires a "real-time" adjustment of their system capacity. Customers benefit from an instant reserve of power without prior financial engagement.

Delivering Maximum Availability to the Whole e-infrastructure

The new Escala EPC2450 comes with the world-leading clustering software, HACMP 4.4, designed to detect system failures and handle graceful fallback to a recovery system with a minimal loss of end-user time. HACMP 4.4.0 offers improved usability and more flexible installation options, plus increased hardware and software support for Escala customers with mission-critical applications.

Meeting the Requirements and Challenges of e-business

With the performance, flexibility and availability of the Escala EPC2450, companies can address the evolving needs of e-business. Bull's Infrastructure Solution Services, combined with the company's Escala platforms, present a comprehensive solution designed to meet the most complex enterprise application requirements. Bull's dedicated Infrastructure Solution Services include:

-- e-Leadership - design consultation on architecture and choosing the best implementation methods.

-- e-Build - construction to implement e-solutions.

-- e-Deploy - deployment and on-going operation of e-solutions.

"The Escala EPC2450, together with Bull's best-of-breed storage solutions and consolidation services, provides the best foundation for customers to begin the e-transformation," said Stephane Daudier, vice president of Bull's Open Systems Solutions and Partnerships.

About Bull

Bull is an international IT group that operates in more than 100 countries. In 1999, the company earned revenues of $4.3 billion, with over 65% outside of France, its country of origin. Bull's strategy is focused on the Internet and electronic business in three key domains: solutions with consulting and systems integration; infrastructure, including "Internet-ready" enterprise systems; smart cards and software for secure infrastructure management; and managed services for Intranets and e-commerce sites and marketplaces. For more information, visit the Bull Web site: www.bull.com and, in the U.S., www.us.bull.com.

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