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IBM to Deliver New Optimized POWER7 Products, Inspired by Watson Technology

ARMONK, N.Y. - 12 Apr 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new workload-optimized POWER7® systems, including a performance boost to the Power 750 -- the same server used in Watson, the Jeopardy! winner -- that provides even faster processing capability than each machine used in the computer genius.

The new Power blades and upgraded Power servers are built to manage the world's most demanding emerging applications, used in healthcare management, financial services, scientific research and more. The specialized demands of these new applications rely on processing an enormous number of concurrent transactions and data while analyzing that information in real time.

The enhanced IBM Power 750, the same system that powers Watson, has been enhanced with several options, including a faster POWER7 processor, to handle the most challenging analytics workloads.

For instance, the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth is using two IBM POWER7 blades to study the effect of disturbances, called gravitational waves, on black holes in space. Increased knowledge of gravitational waves will help physicists and astronomers to understand some of the most fundamental laws of physics. They will provide new information about the dynamics of large-scale events in the Universe, like the death of stars and the birth of black holes.

"We are running billions of intense calculations based on Einstein's theory of relativity on the POWER7 blades," said Gaurav Khanna, professor of physics at UMass-Dartmouth. "Running POWER7, I'm able to get results as much as eight times faster than running the same calculations on an Intel Xeon processor. Calculations that used to take a month to run are now finished in less than a week. This means that I can do eight times more science in the same timeframe than I could do before."

New IBM server architecture boosts app performance, cuts energy costs

IBM on Tuesday announced new System x and BladeCenter servers, which are based on a new server design that the company claims will boost application performance while reducing energy costs in data centers.

The EX5 servers take a step away from traditional x86 server architecture in which processors and memory are locked together. The new server architecture decouples memory from the processors into separate units, according to IBM.

IBM Unveils New POWER7 Systems To Manage Increasingly Data-Intensive Services

ARMONK, N.Y. - 08 Feb 2010:  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new POWER7™ systems designed to manage the most demanding emerging applications, ranging from smart electrical grids to real-time analytics for financial markets.  The new systems incorporate a number of industry-unique technologies for the specialized demands of new applications and services that rely on processing an enormous number of concurrent transactions and data while analyzing that information in real time.

In addition, the new systems enable clients to manage current applications and services at less cost with technology breakthroughs in virtualization, energy savings, more cost-efficient use of memory, and better price performance.

HP Redefines Server Economics with HP ProLiant G6 Portfolio

HP today introduced the new HP ProLiant G6 server line, which delivers double the performance of previous generations, enabling customers to get more value out of every IT dollar.

The HP ProLiant G6 line’s advances in energy efficiency, virtualization and automation, make it ideal for all customers. These innovations are combined with comprehensive financing programs and service offerings to redefine server economics. The new HP ProLiant G6 servers are available in 11 standards-based tower, rack and blade platforms. This represents the largest HP ProLiant rollout in company history.

“Now more than ever, customers want the best possible return on their server investments,” said Christine Reischl, senior vice president and general manager, Industry Standard Servers, HP. “Building on HP’s long history of hardware and software development, G6 brings together the best HP innovations in energy efficiency, virtualization and services to enable our customers to do more with less.”

Dell Introduces Complete Refresh of PowerEdge Servers with Energy Efficient Designs and Embedded Systems Management

Dell today introduced five new blade, rack and tower PowerEdge servers based on the new Intel® Xeon® 5500 Series processors. Dell designed its 11th generation of servers with input from IT professionals worldwide to help companies do more with less by simplifying data center operations, improving performance and, energy efficiency and lowering total cost of ownership.


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