ARMONK, NY - 22 Dec 2008: IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced that businesses, governments and other clients around the world rely on IBM Enterprise Systems to run their most sophisticated business transactions. Industry leaders, including all 50 of the world's biggest banks and 22 of the top 25 U.S. retailers, have turned to powerful IBM systems that offer security-rich features and reliability, while helping reduce energy consumption and operating costs.
According to Gartner, in the third quarter of 2008 IBM was the leading vendor of servers costing more than $250,000 with 57.7 percent revenue share worldwide. Gartner found this portion of the market grew 10 percent in the third quarter of 2008 and IBM in gained 5.1 points of market share in this category. (1)
IBM high-end systems draw on decades of innovation and collaboration with the most advanced clients around the globe. IBM's System z and POWER systems are the most powerful tools available to clients to reduce cost and complexity and improve security and reliability in data centers. An IBM System z10 EC has the equivalent capacity of nearly 1,500 x86 servers with an 85% smaller footprint and up to 85% lower energy costs.* IBM POWER systems, fueled by the world's fastest microprocessor, currently hold leadership positions in over 70 performance benchmarks that are important to businesses, including transaction processing, Java, and business solutions such as SAP.
Clients around the world are also using IBM Enterprise Systems to tackle the most advanced workloads. In the third quarter, IBM System z specialty MIPS grew over 120 percent as customers exploit the capabilities of System z to bring new Linux and Java applications to this highly efficient and cost-effective platform.
In less than one year, IBM has migrated more than 150 customers worldwide from competitive systems to IBM System z servers in industries such as Distribution, Financial Services, General Business and Public Sector. For Power Systems, IBM has migrated more than 1,300 customers worldwide over the last three years in industries such as Financial Services, Communications, Public Sector, and General Business.
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System i, System p, System x, System z, BladeCenter, and Supercomputers
Storage software, tape and disk innovations
1 Source: Gartner, Inc., "Servers Quarterly Statistics Worldwide: Database," by Errol Rasit et al, November 27, 2008
2 *IBM internal study