Winter Corporation Launches TopTen™ Program that Recognizes the World’s Largest Databases

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Program Celebrates Users, Vendors and Products at Leading Installations

Winter Corporation, a leading center of expertise in very large databases, has launched the 2005 TopTen™ Program to identify the world’s largest and most heavily used databases. Data collection for the Program runs until July 15th. Winter Corp. will announce the award recipients and research results on September 8th.

The TopTen Program is a survey-based global research effort directed at organizations with large-scale database operations. The Program’s primary objective is to pay tribute to those who build or manage large data repositories that support business-critical applications on data warehouses and operational systems. The campaign identifies the products, platforms and architectures that comprise the leading implementations. In addition, the TopTen Program recognizes the vendors whose products and services have enabled users to reach these new heights in database size and performance.

Any database with a minimum of 1TB of data (excludes freespace and redundancy) may be entered. Respondents complete a short questionnaire on current and projected database size and workload, DBMS, server and storage environments, database and system architectures, and project benefits and obstacles. Participants are required to validate their submissions by running queries developed by their database vendor and Winter Corp. or submitting system-generated documentation that supports their figures. Award winners will be announced for up to 48 categories defined by usage (DSS, BI or DW; OLTP, operational or e-Commerce; Scientific, Content Store or Other), operating system and the four Program metrics: database size (compressed and uncompressed), number of rows/records/objects and workload. In the last Program, 193 awards were distributed to 63 different organizations.

Awareness of the Program has grown steadily, as seen in the ever-broadening cross-section of the participants’ location, job titles and industries. Participants represent virtually all types of businesses. In the last campaign, half of the questionnaires were submitted from sites outside the U.S.

Doug Border, Chief Technology Officer at Stratapult, commented, “Stratapult is delighted to have been selected Grand Prize Winner status in the TopTen Program in consecutive years. We strive to provide our clients with technology solutions that meet business requirements and improve their competitive position in the marketplace. The Winter Corp. recognition helps validate the effort and technical expertise that our talented development team poured into this mission critical application.”

The TopTen Program generates both promotional benefits and research findings. Winter Corporation executes a campaign to promote the achievements of the award recipients and their industry vendors to the press, analyst community and other database practitioners. Previous campaigns have been covered by The New York Times, eWeek, InformationWeek, Forbes.com, CIO Magazine, Computerworld, Database Trends and Applications, and other industry publications. Using the survey data, Winter Corp. has built an actual - not hypothetical - knowledgebase about large-scale database operations, enabling the company to offer the foremost primary examination of best practices at the world’s leading databases.

Kathy Auerbach, Director of the TopTen Program for Winter Corporation, remarked, “Advancements in database size and performance often signify that a previously unsolved technical challenge has been mastered. Those who successfully build and support large-scale databases deserve to be recognized. The TopTen Program celebrates the unsung heroes whose contributions are so vital to organizations reaching their corporate goals.”

The 2005 TopTen Program is sponsored by HP (NYSE: HPQ), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) and Sybase Inc. (NYSE: SY). Sponsorship does not sanction influence on the TopTen Program in any way.

Click the link below to learn more about the TopTen Program and for directions on filling out a questionnaire.

http://www.wintercorp.com/VLDB/2005_TopTen_Survey/TopTenProgram.html

About Winter Corporation

Winter Corporation is an independent consulting firm that helps customers maximize the value of their large-scale database solutions, data warehouses and operational systems. The company provides research, consulting and education services that help users and vendors define their database solutions, architect and engineer their implementations, and manage their scalability issues. Winter Corporation focuses on database technology near, at and beyond the frontier of database of scalability.

For more information, contact Winter Corporation by e-mail at info@wintercorp.com, on the WorldWideWeb at http://www.wintercorp.com, or by calling 617-695-1800.

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