IBM Power5 triples UNIX performance

IBM Middle East has unveiled its advanced line of UNIX computing systems that use new POWER5™ microprocessors and Virtualization Engine™ technology, in an attempt to redefine the economics of UNIX-based computing in the Middle East.

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By  Alicia Buller Published  August 3, 2004

IBM Middle East has unveiled its advanced line of UNIX computing systems that use new POWER5™ microprocessors and Virtualization Engine™ technology, in an attempt to redefine the economics of UNIX-based computing in the Middle East. The eServer p5 systems are the result of a large-scale, three-year research and development effort at IBM extending beyond traditional UNIX servers with mainframe-inspired features that are designed to help bring significant cost advantages to business organisations. “We are changing the economics of UNIX computing with the most disruptive large-scale computing system since the debut of the IBM mainframe 40 years ago,” says Wael Abdoush, systems group manager at IBM Middle East. “Today, a typical mainframe is 70-80% utilised, whereas a typical UNIX server is 70-80% under-utilized, which adds significant costs to an organisation's infrastructure. The new IBM p5 systems improve utilisation by 40%, bringing considerable cost savings to this region’s UNIX market.” Using as few as one fourth the number of processors, eServer p5 systems outperform HP servers in the significant Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-C™ benchmark test. The new eServer p5 systems broke world records for select transaction processing, web speed, Java™ performance and other business applications beyond expectations, in some cases beating HP's and Sun's performances by two and three times. The new eServer p5 systems are the first UNIX systems designed to enable clients to run multiple (up to ten) virtual servers on a single microprocessor, allowing each single server to do the work traditionally done by many. This allows businesses to better utilise processors and automatically balance processor partitions in less than one second to meet changing on demand business needs.

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