IBM Doubles NT Server Performance Using Intel's Newest Processor; Companies Also Open Three Solutions Centers.SOMERS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- June 29, 1998--IBM today announced record-setting performance for a Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking. server. The company's latest Netfinity-(a) server equipped with Intel's new Pentium II The successor to the Pentium Pro from Intel. Pentium II refers to the CPU chip or the PC that uses it. Code named "Klamath," the Pentium II was a Pentium Pro with MMX multimedia instructions. Xeon-(b) processor swept its competition recently in tests using the industry's most watched benchmark.
The Netfinity 7000 M10 server set power and price/performance records on the industry's popular TPC-D-(c) benchmark. The 7000 M10 server running IBM's DB2-(a) Universal Database posted a performance rating of 1871.1 QppD@100GB -- nearly double IBM's previous industry record -- at the lowest price/performance ratio In economics and engineering, the price/performance ratio refers to a product's ability to deliver performance, of any sort, for its price. For instance, if you have a whole day to travel 100 km, spending $50 to do the journey in two hours is a better price/performance ratio than ($243/QphD@100GB) in the industry.(1)
"IBM's outstanding results demonstrate the new levels of performance made possible by Intel's Pentium II Xeon (processor) Pentium II Xeon - The successor to Intel Corporation's Pentium II processor.
The Xeon has the same P6 core as existing Pentium Pro/Pentium II units, but it supports a 100 MHz system bus and offers as much as 2 MB of level 2 cache.
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Composer John Miner may be best know for his rock opera Heavens Cafe, which was staged at the Flamingo Theater in Las Vegas 1996, the Charleston Performing Arts Center in , vice president and general manager for Intel's Enterprise Server Group. "By leading the industry in price/performance with its Netfinity servers, IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) is delivering a distinct advantagefor businesses in search of cost-effective and scalable enterprise computing solutions."
IBM also announced it would open three new Application Solution Centers (ASC ASC Ambulatory surgery center, see there ) with Intel by the end of 1998. The centers will help software developers optimize their applications for platforms with Pentium II Xeon and Merced processors. As a result, customers can be assured their business-critical applications, such as accounting or enterprise resource planning See ERP.
(application, business) Enterprise Resource Planning - (ERP) Any software system designed to support and automate the business processes of medium and large businesses. , achieve the highest level of performance on their new Netfinity server hardware. The new ASCs will be located in San Mateo, Calif.; Waltham, Mass.; and Hursley, England.
Additionally, IBM said its IntelliStation* family of NT workstations will be expanded to include a new line based upon the Intel Pentium II Xeon processor. IntelliStation professional workstations incorporating the new Pentium II Xeon processor will be available in 3Q 1998.
IBM's Netfinity 5500 customers will be able to easily upgrade to the new Pentium II Xeon processors with a simple upgrade kit that users can install in minutes. IBM also will provide additional services for installing and configuring the processors. IBM's Netfinity 7000 M10 server will begin shipping in September with pricing to be announced To be announced (TBA)
A contract for the purchase or sale of an MBS to be delivered at an agreed-upon future date but does not include a specified pool number and number of pools or precise amount to be delivered. . A rebate program will allow current Netfinity 7000 customers to upgrade to the new Netfinity 7000 M10 server easily and affordably.
The power of the new Netfinity 7000 M10 system makes it ideal for server consolidation, business-intelligence applications and other rigorous enterprise-wide uses. The 7000 M10 and its four-way symmetric multiprocessor design builds upon the exceptional scalability, management, and availability features demonstrated in the Netfinity 5500 server, including:
-- IBM's exclusive Light-path diagnostics -- equivalent to the light path inside a copier that locates a paper jam - that help quickly and correctly identify a failed component, dramatically reducing service time
-- A separate microprocessor for monitoring, remote systems management and predictive failure analysis Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA) is a proprietary IBM technology for monitoring the likelihood of hard disk drives to fail. It was introduced in 1992 in IBM 0662-S1x drive (1052 MB Fast-Wide SCSI-2 disk at 5400 rpm), and was industry's first such technology.
-- Support for hot-plug and hot-add PCI slots -- Support for 64-bit PCI (1) (Payment Card Industry) See PCI DSS.
(2) (Peripheral Component Interconnect) The most widely used I/O bus (peripheral bus). adapter cards -- Up to 8GB EDO memory -- Support for high-availability features such as redundant, hot-plug disk, fans, power, and Ethernet adapters
-- NetBAY3 pedestal for easy storage expansion on tower models
IBM Netfinity family
The IBM Netfinity family of servers enables small, medium and large companies to manage their networked business systems from file and print capabilities to advanced applications - virtually anytime, anywhere. IBM, working with MetaStor by Symbios, now supports ServerProven Fibre Channel solutions for its Netfinity family. IBM Netfinity products provide customers using industry-standard technologies with a reliable foundation for their networked businesses by delivering outstanding power, scalability, control and service. Software from industry-leading vendors such as Lotus, Novell, Microsoft, SCO (The SCO Group, Lindon, UT, www.sco.com) A leading vendor of Unix operating systems for the x86 platform. SCO had also offered Linux, but abandoned the line in the spring of 2003. The SCO Group is the combination of two companies: Utah-based Caldera, Inc. , SAP, Oracle, JD Edwards and Baan are tested on IBM Netfinity systems so that customers are empowered to achieve their highest degree of productivity.
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(a)- Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corp.
(b)- Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
(c)- TPC (Transaction Processing Performance Council, San Francisco, CA, www.tpc.org) An organization devoted to benchmarking transaction processing systems. In order to derive the number of transactions that can be processed in a given time frame, TPC benchmarks measure the total performance of Benchmark, TPC-D A benchmark that measures decision support performance. See TPC. , QppD, QthD and QphD are trademarks of the Transaction Processing Performance Council Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry. . Results referenced in this document are current as of June 29, 1998. All other company/product names and service marks may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
(1) TPC-D performance results of competitive four processor, Windows NT-based systems are listed below. Complete test summaries are available on the Internet at http://www.tpc.org.
QppD QthD $/QphD Total Solution Availability Date IBM Netfinity 7000 M10 w/DB2 1871.1 661.3 $243.00 Oct. 31, 1998 IBM Netfinity 7000 w/DB2 987.2 362.4 $284.14 Oct. 31, 1998 Compaq Proliant 6500 w/Oracle 902.1 275.5 $632.05 May 15, 1998 Dell PowerEdge 6100 w/Oracle 898.2 277.6 $673.04 Dec. 31, 1997 NEC Express5800 w/Oracle 885.5 276.2 $803.82 Jan. 15, 1998 Compaq Proliant 6500 w/Oracle 869.4 269.8 $843.96 Dec. 31, 1997 Dell PowerEdge 6100 531.5 195.3 $1124 Jan. 1, 1998 w/Informix CONTACT: IBM Michael Corrado, (914) 766-3052 email@example.com