IBM Introduces World's Fastest 6-Way Web Server

Rack-Mounted RS/6000 H80 Speeds Midrange E-Business

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Somers, NY - 11 May 2000: -- IBM today introduced the world's fastest 6-way Web server - the RS/6000 H80 -- a rack-mounted dynamo that uses copper microprocessors to speed e-business on the Web.

In independent testing on the SPECWeb99 benchmark*, a 6-way RS/6000 H80 running Zeus Web server software supported 2200 simultaneous connections, 22 percent better than the 1800 connections handled by the nearest competitor, an AlphaServer ES40 from Compaq Computer Corp. Designed to predict real-world Web server performance, SPECWeb99 simulates a server that supports multiple Web home pages with rotating advertisements, customized page creation, user registration and other dynamic operations.

"Today's e-businesses require servers that can scale and provide power when demand skyrockets," said Rod Adkins, general manager, IBM Web Servers. "The RS/6000 H80 server provides rack and stack firepower for the mission-critical needs of customers ranging from dot.coms to large corporate data centers."

Offered in a rack-mounted design for easy installation, the H80 is an ideal machine for Internet server farms, where systems are stacked to conserve floor space. The H80 also includes mainframe-class reliability, availability and serviceability features implemented for the first time in a midrange UNIX machine. These features, which help ensure round-the-clock peak performance include:

- Hot-plug PCI for uninterrupted growth;
- Redundant Hot-plug fans and power to improve availability;
- Hot-swappable disk drives to help manage unexpected growth;
- Dynamic CPU Deallocation to isolate potential processor problems and keep applications running;
- Service processor to monitor vital signs and keep system running.

Copper Power
The H80's performance is fueled by RS64 III microprocessors containing copper wire. Pioneered by IBM researchers, copper microprocessor technology adds immense value. Smaller, denser, faster and cooler than their aluminum counterparts, copper chips are also more reliable and less expensive to manufacture. With today's announcement of the new midrange H80, M80 and F80 models, IBM's RS/6000 server line becomes the first in the industry to be completely powered by copper chips.