IBM has unveiled its Mission Critical PowerSolution bundle, which is based on its Unix RS/6000 SP hardware and aimed at users wanting very high end transactional-based systems.
The bundle, which is the first of several due this year, includes version 7.3 of Oracle?s Parallel Server database and Bea Systems? Tuxedo transaction processing monitor, and may also incorporate IBM?s ADSM or Spectra Logic?s Alexandria products for back-up and restore.
Customers will have the option of having IBM pre-load the software on to the SP2, which will be based on at least 16 processors, or of choosing third party systems integrators to do the job.
Eric Craberou, IBM?s European manager for the mission critical market, said: ?This is aimed at very high end customers wanting to handle hundreds of thousands of transactions a day, for example, airline carriers. We chose Oracle and Tuxedo as the first bundle because they are the leaders in the Unix market, but we will bundle other products including our own DB2 database and Cics/6000 transaction middleware by the end of the year.?
The offering will ship in the US within a month, but will not be launched into the European market until July or August.
Big Blue is still in the process of preparing its SP2 factory in Montpelier, France to undertake pre-loading, but also wanted to delay the announcement until it had signed its first European customer, which it expects to do imminently.
Pricing has not yet been decided, but the bundle will be ?significantly? cheaper than buying each of the products separately, according to Craberou.
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