2012 News Releases

Industry Leaders Drive Highest Scalability on SQL Server 2012 For Converged Billing Subscribers

Redknee, Microsoft, Intel, NEC, X-IO Address Most Demanding Scalability, Performance And Cost-Efficiency Requirements For Communications Sector At SQL Server 2012 Launch
TORONTO – May 16, 2012 Redknee (TSX:RKN), a leading provider of business-critical billing and charging software and solutions for communications service providers, is pleased to announce that it has set a new standard in telecoms converged billing built on SQL Server 2012. With Microsoft Corp., NEC, Intel and X-IO, Redknee’s billing and customer care solution, TCB on SQL Server 2012, has surpassed the largest benchmark test results in the telecom industry to 250 million subscribers, while also reducing the database cost of ownership to less than one cent per subscriber. This announcement further validates the collaboration and focus of Redknee and Microsoft to forge new ground in delivering solutions that provide communication service providers (CSPs) with enhanced business agility and flexibility in the market.

TCB built on SQL Server 2012, which was launched in April 2012, delivers CSPs the ability to save with a reduced upfront database investment and to substantially lower costs over the life of the system. As part of their strategic alliance, Redknee and Microsoft conducted a comprehensive performance and scalability benchmark of Redknee TCB running on SQL Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers. The tests, designed to simulate the requirements of a typical Tier-1 communications service provider, also included NEC Express5800/A1080a scalable servers, three high performance X-IO Hyper ISEs with a hybrid HDD and SSD solution for the databases and indices, and a X-IO HDD-based ISE 19.2 solution for transaction logs.

Calculations based on the criteria below indicate that the cost of the database hardware, software, storage and maintenance fees is less than 1 cent per subscriber. The criteria for this conclusion include:
• Lower hardware costs: SQL Server 2012 runs on Intel Xeon processor-based server hardware, which can dramatically lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) for customers when compared with the largest competitor.
• Lower software costs: The list price of SQL Server 2012, including critical features such as high availability, disaster recovery, and data compression, is a third of the largest competitor’s licensing costs.
• Simpler systems management and lower staffing costs: SQL Server database administrators (DBAs) can typically manage four times as many physical databases as DBAs using competitors’ solutions, leading to an estimated 460 percent difference in annual cost of administration per database.
• Lower maintenance costs: SQL Server first-year maintenance costs are up to 77% less than those of the largest competitor.
• Lower storage costs: Storage costs can be dramatically reduced through SQL Server 2012 compression and X-IO Hyper ISE technology, which combines Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Hard Disk Drives (HDDs).

These benchmark results show that Redknee’s solution, with Microsoft, NEC, Intel and X-IO, can support the volumes of the largest communications service providers and meet their cost-efficiency requirements.

Lucas Skoczkowski, Redknee’s CEO commented:
“We are very excited to be working with the industry’s leading companies to set a new industry standard for carrier-grade scalability and performance with significant cost savings. This announcement marks a key milestone in our extensive relationship with Microsoft as we continue to expand the footprint of our pre-integrated solution with Tier 1 service providers across the globe. At Redknee, we continue to invest in developing cloud-based and on-premise monetization solutions to enable service providers to increase revenues, grow profitability and improve the customer experience.”

Claude Lorenson, director, SQL Server product management, at Microsoft, commented:
“The Redknee benchmark demonstrates the performance benefits that communications service providers can gain by using SQL Server 2012 running on Windows Server 2008 R2. The benchmark shows that customers can experience performance levels that exceed industry standards, and the collaboration between Redknee, its hardware partners, and Microsoft illustrates the power of an ecosystem that fosters collaboration between technology leaders.”

Paresh Pattani, Director, Data Center Computing, Intel Corporation, commented:
“Intel has been working with enterprise software and hardware leaders like Microsoft, NEC and Redknee to tune and optimize datacenter solutions running on Intel® processor-based systems for more than two decades. The combination of TCB, Redknee’s billing and customer care solution, and the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 data platform, powered by Intel® Xeon® processors deployed on highly reliable and scalable NEC server systems, delivers record-breaking, scalable performance required by the largest communications service providers.”

Mike Mitsch, Vice President of Enterprise Technologies for NEC Corporation of America, commented:
”NEC has a long history of delivering high performance and continuous availability in demanding carrier computing environments. Our collaboration with Redknee and Microsoft and our record-setting TPC Benchmark™ E (TPC-E) performance result both serve as further proof of NEC’s commitment to deliver the performance and reliability required by the enterprise carrier market.”

Steve Sicola, CTO of X-IO, commented:
“We designed our Hyper ISE architecture from the ground up to accelerate enterprise applications while delivering record-breaking price/performance. In the tests with Redknee, Hyper ISE dramatically simplified the storage configuration, deployment and ongoing operations, resulting in huge transaction volumes.”
About Redknee:
Redknee is a leading global provider of innovative communication software products, solutions and services. Redknee's award-winning solutions enable service providers to monetize new services, business models and content and to deliver a connected customer experience - through either SaaS or on-premise based solutions. Redknee's real-time monetization and subscriber management platform provides innovative converged charging, billing, policy management, and customer care solutions for over 200 communications service providers and is supporting service providers to monetize the growing ecosystem of the Internet of Things. Established in 1999, Redknee Solutions Inc. (TSX: RKN) is the parent of the wholly-owned operating subsidiary Redknee Inc. and its various subsidiaries. References to Redknee refer to the combined operations of those entities. For more information about Redknee and its solutions, please go to www.redknee.com.


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