IBM aims to grow share of server market


  • Business
  • Saturday, 26 Apr 2003

BY YVONNE CHONG

IBM Malaysia Sdn Bhd is optimistic of increasing its share in the local Unix Risc server market with the launch of its eServer pSeries 630, touted as the world's most powerful entry-level web server, IBM eServer pSeries country manager Azlina Mohd Ariff said  

According to the International Data Corp, IBM's revenue from the Unix Risc server market grew by 46.3% last year over 2001, which translated into an increase of 13.4 per centage point in market share. 

IBM eServer pSeries country manager Azlina Mohd Ariff said IBM was the only company that grew in the Unix market. 

She said the company currently held about 31% share in local Unix Risc server market. 

Azlina Mohd Ariff

Leveraging on IBM's most powerful microprocessor, the POWER4+, the eServer pSeries 630 had shown in industry tests that it more than tripled the performance of comparable servers from the Sun, Azlina told reporters after the launching ceremony of the server in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. 

“The rollout of POWER4+ microprocessor technology into entry-level servers continues to redefine the price/performance equation for the customers,” she said. 

“The eServer p630 with POWER4+ technology is affordably priced and offers entry-level customers an unprecedented level of performance and reliability,” she added. 

According to Azlina, IBM had targeted the eServer pSeries 630 system at the small and medium-sized businesses, as well as departments and branches of large organisations with the new entry-level server. 

She said the new server was designed to run on the AIX and Linux operating systems. 

Advanced logical partitioning capability of the eServer p630 enabled customers to divide the machine into up to four “virtual” servers, she said. 

Azlina said these systems, which could be as small as a single processor, could dynamically change in size to accommodate shifting workloads. 

“It is a mainframe-inspired technology brought down to make it more affordable. Only last November that we brought POWER4+ into our mid range servers,” she said. 

Depending on the specifications, the price of eServer p630 that are loaded with AIX operating system ranges from RM107,000 to RM251,000.  

Those with the Linux operating system would cost 10% to 20% less. 

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