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IBM Power Systems Again Trump Latest Intel Offering, Highlights Total Systems Value

ARMONK, N.Y., July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced its latest SAP performance result on a POWER6-based server, along with details of a new study that demonstrates how IBM Power Systems -- with virtualization technology, reliability, availability and energy efficiency features -- can help clients save up to 33 percent on operating costs in an SAP(R) solution-based environment.

The IBM POWER6-based Power 550 server recently achieved an industry leading 8-core result (4 processors / 8 cores (4 dual-core processor chips) / 16 threads) on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark, using the SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application (Unicode). (1) The results of the SAP benchmark showed that the Power 550 can handle 3,752 users, eclipsing both the 8-core and the users-per-core results of all other vendors, including HP, Sun, Fujitsu and Hitachi (1), all using Intel's chips.

The IBM result showcases the performance of SAP applications and DB2 V 9.5 database software running on the AIX 6.1 operating system in a Power 550 two-tier environment.

This marks the latest in a series of benchmarks -- including ERP, online transaction processing, commercial computational throughput and scientific computational throughput -- that demonstrate that POWER6 delivers the most performance per core of any server. Power Systems continue to provide leadership results across the most recognized benchmarks in the industry. Overall, IBM Power Systems with POWER6 technology have recorded more than 70 industry-leading performance benchmarks. (2)

The benchmark results demonstrated that IBM's POWER6, the world's fastest chip, remains the microprocessor standard, besting all competition -- including Nehalem, Intel's latest chip.

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