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SQL Server 2005 is performing just fine in at least one beta customer’s site, contrary to a recent report that expressed doubt as to the upcoming relational DBMS’ ability to do high-performance computing.

Jim Holt, vice president of server development for Townsend Analytics Ltd., said that data rates are “extremely high” in the real-time electronic trading company’s deployment of the database’s Beta 2.

“[We’re processing] 50,000 transactions per second,” said Holt, in Chicago. “I’ve seen peaks of 100,000 messages per second.”

That’s a performance gain of about 20 percent over early, pre-Beta 2 builds of the product, Holt said, measured on high-end but still commodity hardware.

In contrast, Forrester Research Inc.’s recently published report, “SQL Server 2005 Likely to Fall Short in High-End Performance Delivery,” found that a dozen beta users interviewed by the research company have cited no benefits when it comes to high-performance computing. That feedback, mixed with the lack of TPC-C results in the remaining few months before the database’s summer release, led the company to opine that it expected SQL Server 2005 to deliver disappointing results when it comes to scalability and performance.

Some analysts, however, don’t think it makes sense to compare the performance of SQL Server betas to shipping versions of IBM and Oracle Corp. databases, as did the Forrester report. Chris Alliegro, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, in Redmond, Wash., said that Microsoft’s SQL Server team in particular has been “pretty reliable” about shipping new versions that outperform their predecessors.

“It’s not an accident—they come up with ship goals and criteria that require [a new version] to be faster than its predecessor,” Alliegro said.