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Dealing with the Itanium Fallout – Part 2 [IBM]

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on June 21, 2011 by Doug Sekus

Oracle’s decision in March to end software development on in Intel Itanium-based systems has a lot of IT decision makers taking another hard look at ways to improve their environment, lower costs and reduce the risk of future disruptions.

For those who want to stay on UNIX and remain loyal to Oracle software, moving to IBM Power/AIX is proving to be the clear choice.

IBM Power7 has the industry leading UNIX solution, offering better price for performance than comparable systems from Sun. Power Systems has over a 20-year history of technology innovations, and IBM has built a steady track record in Power’s road map during the past five years, gaining steady market share – in fact, IBM has gained 12 points of market share in the $14 billion UNIX space since 2005 and saw its server revenues grow 22.1% in the first quarter.

When it comes to performance, results on the new Power7 benchmarks such as Transaction Processing Performance Council Benchmark C (TPCC), SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) and SPEC rates (integer and floating-point) range from 1.5 time to 2.5 time better than its closest competition.

In addition to performance, many clients with Itanium-based servers are moving to IBM Power Systems because they:

  • Deliver up to a 50% improvement in Total Cost of Ownership. Customers save money though its excellent price per unit of performance (e.g., TPC-C dollars/transactions per minute of TPC-C [tpmC]), with the resultant advantage of reducing software license costs modeled on a per-CPU basis – in fact, in some benchmarks, competitive systems use twice the number of cores to achieve performance parity.
  • Provide almost limitless virtualization and massive consolidation for any workload. Power7’s ability to support 1,000 virtual machines on a single physical server means decreased floor space requirements, making room for new projects and employees and decreasing energy costs.
  • Demonstrate unparalleled RAS and bullet-proof security to protect your business.
  • Offer workload optimized solutions for any business need.

IBM’s Power7 servers are tightly integrated so that processors, middleware and hardware work efficiently to deal with data from diverse sources – established ones like call centers and evolving ones like smartphones and tablets.

Plus IBM offers a total solutions approach through its Migration Factory to make it easier for existing Itanium-based systems customers move up to IBM solutions. The IBM Migration Factory:

  • Helps customers move to a new IBM environment without disrupting their business
  • Provides expertise and skills to help assess the benefits of a migration, and plan a non-disruptive move to an IBM solution
  • Has successfully completed migrations for over 5,700 clients from competitive platforms over the past five years.

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