IBM's RS/6000 Unix servers and AS/400 minicomputer servers will be four times more powerful by 2001, according to Dennis O'Connell, vice president of systems marketing at IBM's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) server group.
IBM's high-end S/390 servers will be three times more powerful by 2001 and IBM's Netfinity servers will be 2.5 times more powerful by then, O'Connell told a group of IDG journalists.
Over the next two years, users of IBM server products can also expect new hot-swapping features on IBM's Netfinity servers.
"Within 24 months, we'll be able to change the CPU while you are working," Tikiri Wanduragala, senior marketing consultant in IBM's EMEA Netfinity group, said. "We have to rewrite all the diagnostics like they're an application."
Along with creating more powerful products, the IBM server group hopes to capitalise on market conditions to improve its market position. For example, several distributors of products from Digital are now distributing IBM servers, O'Connell said.
Many vendors, like IBM, have said they hope to capitalise on market confusion that may strike Digital customers since Compaq's acquisition.