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SOMERS, NY - 09 Jul 2003: IBM today announced it is bringing together three key technologies -- WebSphere® Internet infrastructure software, the Linux open source operating system, and the advanced POWER4™ microprocessor -- to help companies improve IT performance while containing costs.
For the first time, IBM's market-leading WebSphere Application Server will support IBM eServer pSeries™ and iSeries™ machines running both Linux and IBM's POWER4 chip, which recently set a new world record for transaction processing.
As more banks, retailers, manufacturers, government agencies and others turn to Linux as a reliable environment for critical applications, they want to complement and expand its use to more powerful servers able to handle large workloads.
The combination of WebSphere (recently named by a top analyst firm the best-selling Web application platform), Linux (the world's fastest-growing server operating system), and POWER4 (the first "server on a chip," containing two 1-gigahertz-plus processors and other innovations) creates a platform for extending complex Web-based applications across enterprises with levels of performance, openness and cost-effectiveness unmatched by competitors.
Another benefit for customers is that current Java-based applications running on top of WebSphere Application Server will easily run on the new Power4 architecture running Linux.
WebSphere + Linux + POWER4 will become available in an updated version of WebSphere Application Server -- Version 5.02 -- and on IBM eServer pSeries and iSeries servers starting on July 15.
IBM also announced that the WebSphere software will be included in a new offering from IBM Global Financing that allows qualified customers in the United States and Canada to defer payments until January 2004 at no charge or choose special low financing rates.
The program applies to all IBM Software products that are purchased on a one-time charge basis. Contracts in the US must be signed by Sept. 30, and by Sept. 15 in Canada.
"The new WebSphere software advances IBM's distinction as the only company that can support customers' use of Linux across every major server platform," said Tom Inman, Vice President, IBM WebSphere Foundation and Tools. "This is important as customers increasingly see what a reliable, cost-effective environment Linux is and increasingly adopt it up the server chain for mission-critical applications."
The combination of WebSphere and Linux gives medium and large-size companies a highly reliable, open-standards-based platform for extending Linux-based applications across an IT infrastructure -- to run on Intel® processor-based servers; more robust POWER4 servers such as pSeries and iSeries; all the way up to the zSeries™ mainframe.
With Linux and WebSphere, customers can enjoy the flexibility of using applications across the enterprise on multiple server platforms and chip architectures as business needs dictate. Conversely, Microsoft® Windows® applications can only run on Intel-based servers.
IBM's POWER4 microprocessors offer industry-leading performance with as few as half the microprocessors of competing systems. Running Linux on POWER4 enables administrators to take advantage of the wealth of applications available for Linux while leveraging the considerable performance and scalability of an enterprise-level environment.
On June 30, IBM announced a new world record for transaction processing. An IBM eServer pSeries system, IBM TotalStorage FAStT900 and DB2 Universal Database used half the number of processors at a lower transaction processing cost to beat HP's new Itanium® 2 processor-based Superdome.
According to the Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-C benchmark, an IBM eServer p690 with 32 POWER4+ processors running AIX 51™, the industry's fastest growing UNIX® operating system, and DB2® Universal Database™ delivered 763,898.39 transactions per minute (tpmC) at a cost of $8.31/tpmC. IBM ousted an Itanium 2 system from the top spot that used twice the number of processors. HP had previously recorded 707,102 tpmC at a cost of $8.44/tpmC.
IBM also delivers DB2 database and Tivoli® security software that support the Power4 chip running on Linux.
Pricing and availability
WebSphere Application Server V5.0.2 -- available July 15 for $10,000 per processor
WebSphere Application Server V5.0.2 -- Network Deployment -- available July 15 for $15,000 per processor
WebSphere Application Server v5.0.2 -- Enterprise -- available July 25 for $30,000 per processor
Storage software, tape and disk innovations
Information Management, Lotus, Tivoli, Rational, WebSphere, Open standards, open source