ShopNBC Selects IBM To Meet Holiday Sales Demand

IBM eServer p690 Is Industry's Top-Selling High-End UNIX Computer System, Out-Shipping HP and Sun

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ARMONK, N.Y. - 19 Dec 2003: IBM today announced that ShopNBC, one of the nation's largest home shopping networks, has selected IBM to help it respond to seasonal sales demand in its core businesses. The company will use the powerful IBM eServer® p690® system to process tens of thousands of orders this holiday season from customers ordering merchandise from its home shopping channel ShopNBC and its online Website -

As part of the multi-year agreement with ShopNBC, the IBM eServer p690 system will act as the foundation for the company's growing datacenter, which manages its most mission critical e-commerce and in-store retail applications.

"We have been a long-time IBM UNIX customer, relying on powerful IBM eServer technology to help meet the needs of our growing business," said Steve Danker, CIO, ShopNBC. "When it came time for us to upgrade our infrastructure, we wanted reliable and scalable systems that would respond to seasonal increases in computing power and allow for enterprise growth. The IBM eServer p690 systems deliver superior reliability, scalability and speed to our online and brick-and-mortar retail stores, allowing our employees fast and convenient access to our supply chain and ensuring products are on the shelves for our valued customers."

The ultra-powerful IBM eServer p690 system will fuel a fast-growing business. Shop NBC is one of the nation's fastest growing shopping networks and the third largest overall. ShopNBC TV broadcasts into more than 53 million households via cable and satellite. ShopNBC TV simulcasts and a wide array of merchandise for sale, is available to anyone with an Internet connection.

Today's announcement also marks a milestone in the computer marketplace. The IBM eServer p690 is now the industry's most popular high-end UNIX server. According to independent research firm IDC, over the last eight quarters, IBM has shipped more high-end eServer p690 systems than either HP's high-end Superdome UNIX systems or Sun's high-end UNIX systems (1).

"Since we first introduced the p690 about two years ago, we have continued to demonstrate to our customers that if they want to run AIX or Linux along with their key business applications, the p690 gives them the rock-solid security, reliability and availability they look for in a UNIX server." said Adalio Sanchez, general manager for IBM pSeries Systems. "The demand for p690s are a testament to the strength of the eServer system and our UNIX platform overall. It's why smart businesses like ShopNBC are turning to IBM for the flexible infrastructure required in today's on demand world."

Award-Winning Performance
The IBM eServer p690 is one of the most decorated UNIX servers in the history of performance benchmarks. Among the performance marks currently held by the p690:

The IBM eServer p690 system offers outstanding performance to customers. It is the first pSeries server to integrate industry-leading POWER4(TM) microprocessors, state of the art processor technology, and the first-ever "server on a chip." The IBM eServer p690 system delivers outstanding performance while delivering world-class reliability features and saving electricity, maintenance, operating and administrative costs. The p690 is also equipped with the ability to run AIX and Linux simultaneously on a single server, and the capability to add, remove, or deploy system resources through logical partitioning.