IBM is hoping to revive its flagging fortunes in the Unix market with the launch of a more powerful processor for its high-end RS/6000 servers.
Big Blue is using the 262MHz RS64-II processor, a second generation 64-bit chip which claims to double the speed of its predecessor running at 125MHz.
The new processor is timely for IBM, which has seen sales of its RS/6000 series decline recently. The most recent figures from IDC show IBM's sales slump to 16 per cent of the market, compared to Sun Microsystems' 21 per cent, and Hewlett-Packard's 23 per cent.
The RS/6000 S70 Enterprise Server is aimed at the data warehousing, Web serving, and enterprise resource planning markets.
"We've doubled the performance and made the S70 a much more competitive box," said Nick Davis, server strategist for IBM. "We knew that there were areas of the Unix market place that needed to be addressed and we've now done that."
In a 12-way configuration, the S70 was benchmarked at 9,081 HTTP transactions per second, the first system to break the 9,000 barrier. Davis said IBM will add further enhancements to the S70 at the end of next month.
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