"Five years ago, IBM set out to reinvent the UNIX server
, and today we are delivering groundbreaking technologies never before seen in UNIX systems," said Rod Adkins, general manager, IBM eServer pSeries.
The US-based computing and imaging systems provider Hewlett-Packard Co (HP) has launched a midrange Unix server
called HP Server rp8400.
The team reckons that of the $39.47bn in revenues HP got in 1998 under its computer organization (distinct from the $7.6bn test and measurement business that is being spun off), $660m of it was for HP 3000 servers (down 8% from 1997), $2.82bn was for HP 9000 Unix servers
(up 13%), $2.92bn was for workstations (down 7% thanks to an imploding Unix workstation business), $7.64bn came from PCs (up 13%), $1.56bn was for software (up 15%) and $1.6bn was for systems integration (up 19%).
And quite frankly, despite all the hoopla surrounding Monday's RS/6000 announcement extravaganza - deadpan IBM marketers are apparently referring to this week's announcements as the "Sunscreen" announcements and the S80 "Condor" server as "Sunblock" - IBM will have a long way to go to unseat Sun Microsystems as the world's biggest Unix server
There have been no significant enhancements to non-mainframe operating systems in terms of storage services since those early days when a "large" Unix server
had about 1 gigabyte of disk storage and PC's were just standalone boxes.
Given that most industry analysts have for a long time regarded the computer server market as largely commoditised, it was something of a surprise in June to see IBM, with much bombast and hyperbole, take the wraps of a new Unix server
line that it claims outperforms competitive products 'by up to three times, at half their costs'.
HP's Unix sales were down 4% to $5.3bn, but it still had 31.7% of that $16.7bn Unix server
In this case, the PRIMEPOWER 900 has been recognized as an excellent midrange UNIX server
for SAP solutions with Solaris and Oracle, as well as an excellent choice for Java based multi-tiered business computing," said Richard McCormack, vice president of product and solutions marketing for Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc.
Becoming the first and only vendor to offer sophisticated, mainframe-class workload management capabilities on a UNIX server
, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
IBM CONFIDENT OF HIGH-END BUSINESS MARKET IBM's Asian leadership expressed confidence that the company can carve out a healthy share of the high-end Unix server
market in the Asia-Pacific region with its new p690 "Regatta" servers.
When using FTP-Editing, CRiSP will download the file to the local Windows workstation and save the file back on the UNIX server
with the correct format etc, in a seamless integrated fashion.
An enhancement that addresses system integration to streamline workflow within the new release is the ability to better integrate Macintosh and Unix server
platforms via new support for the K-AShare utility from Xinet.