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IBM wants a bigger share of UNIX server market

IBM is looking to grab a bigger share of the Unix server market with plans announced for a next-generation server, code-named “Regatta.”

IBM is looking to grab a bigger share of the Unix server market with plans announced for a next-generation server, code-named “Regatta.” The server includes a server immune system, a self-healing feature, and auto fix. The server immune system includes scrubbing memory that helps prevent errors in the self-diagnosing and self-managing system; the self-healing feature uses thousands of reporting points to identify problems in the system before they cause outages and auto fix includes PCI Retry, which catches errors and fixes them automatically.

IBM is likely to be the first vendor to deliver these self-managing features to the Unix market.

International Data Corp. analyst Vernon Turner says it's too soon to say if this could move IBM to the top-seller spot, because the vendor hasn't shipped a single system yet. But he says it raises the bar for everyone else.

“Technically, this brings new function and features in reliability and service and performance that we haven't seen before in the Unix server market,” said Turner.

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