IBM has unveiled its p680 server, codenamed Turbo, which features faster chips, increased memory support and better systems management capabilities.
The 24-processor server is scheduled to ship in mid-November with technologies migrated from IBM's S/390 mainframe line.
IBM said the Turbo server includes a 600Mhz chip featuring IBM's Silicon-on-Insulator technology. IBM's current 580 servers use 450Mhz processors.
Built on IBM's RS/6000, the Turbo increases memory capacity to 96Gb allowing faster performance and increased scalability. The system will target larger accounts looking to host web-based applications for ecommerce, as well as other mission critical applications such as enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management.
Scott Firth, director of IBM's e-Server products, said: "We think this is the fastest server available, but more importantly we are doing it with fewer processors."
The server, which has fewer processors than Sun Microsystems and Hewlett Packard systems, boasts more simultaneous connections, Java operations per second, and SAP assembly orders per hour than any of its rivals, but at a lower cost, according to IBM.
Brad Day, an analyst at research firm Giga, said the Turbo is the first server to process more than 200,000 transactions per minute.
The server is setting new standards, not just with specialised applications, according to Day. He believes this shows how balanced the architecture is, making it suitable for a host of heavy duty applications.
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