IBM Power System Nearly Quadruples Performance of New HP System

IBM Power Server With POWER6 Microprocessor Dominates Competition in Key Industry Benchmarks

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EAST FISHKILL, NY - 25 Sep 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that a Power Systems server demonstrated nearly four times the performance per processor core of an HP ProLiant server.(1)

According to a recent Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC-C) benchmark result, the IBM Power™ 570 server with POWER6 processor technology and AIX®, the IBM version of UNIX® operating system, performed 3.8-times faster than the HP ProLiant MODEL running the new Intel Dunnington processor and Microsoft Windows® Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition.

The new comparisons were disclosed today at an IBM Power Systems Customer Council meeting in East Fishkill, N.Y., the home of IBM's state-of-the-art 300mm semiconductor manufacturing and development facility.

IBM claimed additional benchmark leadership with a SPECjbb2005 benchmark result, which evaluates the performance of servers running typical Java™ business applications. The POWER6 processor-based IBM Power 570 running AIX bested the Dell PowerEdge900, the Sun X4450 and the Fujitsu Primergy RX600, all running Dunnington, by 2.2 times per processor core.(2)

Per-core performance is even more important for customers running database or other software workloads that use per-core pricing when determining total solution cost. Less cores for the same performance can translate to significant and direct savings in licensing and ongoing annual software maintenance costs.

"Our Power Systems are an excellent example of how the hardware, software and microprocessor are all integrated together to produce maximum results for our clients," said Scott Handy, vice president of worldwide marketing and strategy, IBM Power Systems. "The performance of POWER6 processors, combined with PowerVM virtualization and the newly-announced Systems Director 6.1 management for IBM Power Systems, help businesses increase efficiency while reducing operating costs and energy consumption in the data center. HP, Sun and Dell all like to claim leadership, but the fact remains that even while our competitors are using some of the latest Intel processors, the comparisons to the IBM POWER6 processor come up short."

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1 (1) IBM Power 570 TPC-C result (4.7 GHz, 8 chips, 16 cores, 32 threads) with IBM DB2 Enterprise 9 on IBM AIX 5L V5.3 (1,616,162 tpmC, $3.54/tpmC, configuration available 11/21/07) vs. HP TPC-C result on the HP ProLiant DL580 G5 of 634,825 tpmC, 1.10 $/tpmC, available 9/15/2008 running SQL Server 2005 x64 Enterprise Edt SP2 on Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Ent. R2 and configured with 4 6-core Intel X7460 (2.67 GHz, 4 chips, 24 cores, 24 threads) with 256 GB main memory.

2 (2) IBM Power 570 SPECjbb2005 result (4.7 GHz, POWER6, 8 chips, 16-core) result of 798,752 bops, 99,844 bops/JVM vs. Sun Fire x4450 SPECjbb2005 result of 531,669 bops, 132,917 bops/JVM running Java Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) software on Solaris 10 with 4 Intel X7460 "Dunnington" (2.66 GHz , 16 MB cache, 24 cores, 6 cores/chip) vs. Dell PowerEdge R900 SPECjbb2005 result (4 6-core 2.66 GHz Intel Xeon X7460 "Dunnington" processor chips (24 cores, 4 chips, 6 cores/chip, 64 GB memory)) of 508,240 SPECjbb2005 bops, 127,060 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM running Oracle JRockit on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition vs. Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX600 S4 SPECjbb2005 result (4 six-core 2.66 GHz Intel Xeon X7460 "Dunnington" processor chips (24 cores, 4 chips, 6 cores/chip, 64 GB memory)) of 502,951 SPECjbb2005 bops, 125,738 SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM running Oracle JRockit® on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition.

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