UAE - April 26, 2001
IBM introduced two ultra-powerful midrange IBM
eServer UNIX systems - the p620 and p660 - that smash e-business performance records by leveraging
IBM’s Silicon-on-Insulator technology, self-management capabilities
and mainframe-grade memory correction features.
Extending the strategy that has driven IBM’s
success since the introduction of breakthrough Copper Technology in
1999, the new servers provide dramatically better performance than
competing systems at a fraction of the price.
The deskside p620 and rack-mounted p660 are
the industry’s first midrange UNIX servers to contain IBM-pioneered
Silicon-on-Insulator (SOI) technology. Microprocessors built with SOI
run up to 35 percent faster and at much cooler temperatures than
traditional aluminum chips, increasing server performance and up-time.
In contrast to the IBM systems, Sun’s
comparable server – the recently-announced Sun Fire 3800 -- is up to
89 percent more expensive, consumes nearly three times more
electricity, and generates tremendous amounts of heat -- the bane of
server reliability. Requiring more processors to achieve a given
level of performance, the Sun Fire 3800 is also one of the industry’s
costliest platforms for running key software applications.
Today’s announcement is accompanied by
IBM’s introduction of AIX 5L, the next generation in UNIX operating
systems. Specifically tuned
for Linux, AIX 5L provides the industry’s premier environment for
building and managing both UNIX and Linux applications, providing a
substantial advantage over closed, proprietary systems.
new IBM eServer systems offer the speed and reliability to run
customers’ most important applications, including e-business, supply
chain, customer relationship management, and business intelligence.
addition to SOI, the p620 and p660 both incorporate the IBM-pioneered
copper-microprocessor technology that was introduced in the IBM eServer
line last year. Copper chips provide superior performance to those that
contain aluminum because copper is a better electrical conductor than
microprocessor innovations are reflected in the new servers’
performance numbers, with The IBM eServer p660 being the world’s
fastest 6-way Web server.
p660 and p620 are also equipped with self-management and reliability
features available only on IBM systems. Chipkill technology derived from
IBM’s mainframes, virtually eliminates memory failures -- one of the
most frequent causes of
server downtime. Chipkill is 100 times more effective than the Error
Checking Correction technology implemented by most server vendors.
a memory failure does occur, Chipkill automatically and gracefully takes
the inoperative memory chip off-line, while the server keeps running.
The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo
with the following descriptive term "server" following it.
is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries
licensed exclusively through The Open Group.
According to published products specs, a 4-way IBM eServer p660 with 4GB
of memory, 36 GB disk, DVD/CD-ROM and tape drive costs $92,885, compared
with $174,445 for a similarly-configured Sun Fire 3800.
According to published product specs, the maximum power dissipation of a
6-way IBM eServer p660 is 965 Watts, compared with 2,760 Watts for an
8-way Sun Fire 3800.
According to published product specs, the maximum heat dissipation of an
IBM eServer p660 is 3,286 BTUs/hr compared with 9,420 BTUs/hr for a Sun
Applications such as Oracle are priced on a sliding scale based on
number of processors. The cost for an Oracle 8i license on an 8-way Sun
3800 is $768,000 compared with $513,000 for a 6-way IBM eServer p660.
from Oracle store at www.oracle.com as of April 9, 2001.
Issued on behalf of IBM by Gulf Hill & Knowlton, Dubai.
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