IBM eclipses Sun on Unix servers

IBM eclipses Sun on Unix servers

Unix-based server products are no longer going to be dominated by Sun Microsystems if IBM's sales forecast for its latest offerings for the technology ring true.

David Russell, IBM's local manager, business servers, said that Unix customers can look forward to the "world's best e-business solutions" emerging from the technology which will allow customers to "gain and maintain competitive advantage in the marketplace".

"Offering users IBM's end-to-end technology and performance, our latest Unix products combine the award-winning features of the IBM RS/6000 and AIX operating system with the latest copper chip technology, Project Monterey initiatives and IBM Service and Support programs," Russell said. New Unix offerings from IBM include:

A range of new, more powerful RS/6000 servers targeting e-business applicationsNew, more powerful nodes to strengthen the RS/6000 SPAn extension to the AIX Unix e-business platform with porting to most Linux applicationsThe new 64-bit IBM RS/6000 S80 uses up to 24 microprocessors built with IBM's copper chip technology and is claimed to more than triple the performance of its IBM RS/6000 S70 Advanced predecessor. IBM also maintains that the new S80 will outperform servers from Sun using up to 64 microprocessors (see review on page 54).

The product is clearly aimed at the new generation of memory- and data-intensive enterprise resource planning, knowledge management and customer relationship management applications that are all evolving towards online functionality.

"This server will give us the opportunity to index more than 100 million Web pages, which is crucial to our global strategy," said one user.

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