IBM extends server offering with high-end Unix

IBM has launched two new high-end Unix servers that include the Dual Stress processor technology first developed for ultrafast video games.

IBM has launched two new high-end Unix servers that include the Dual Stress processor technology first developed for ultrafast video games.

The hardware giant said its new 64-core System p5-595 could handle four million transactions a minute. The company has also launched a 32-core machine, the System p5-590.

The new products are aimed at increasing IBM’s server market share against rival Hewlett-Packard. Figures from industry analyst IDC released in May showed that HP had taken the lead position in the Europe, Middle East and Asia server market from IBM.

The new machines are designed to help companies improve operational efficiency while cutting infrastructure costs, using IBM’s Virtualisation Engine technology to accommodate up to 10 virtual servers per processor core. This allows users to consolidate multiple systems and distributed applications on a single box.

IBM has also launched a new virtualisation product that will allow IT departments to bill different business areas for use of server resources.

The new Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager collects information from operating systems, databases, networks, storage systems, applications and virtualised environments and determines which part of the business is using these resources, allowing IT departments administrators to charge business units for their individual use of server resources.

 

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