New IBM i5 benchmark result excels

The IBM eServer i5 Model 520 is claimed to have achieved a record result in the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark on a 2-way POWER5 processor-based system.

The eServer i5 server is the first IBM Corp. server to be powered by the company's flagship POWER5 processor, and features IBM i5/OS, complete with integrated security, DB2 Universal Database, Web enablement and leading virtualization technology.

"With this integration, businesses running SAP applications on iSeries servers have a demonstrated high-performance system that can consolidate multiple applications and speed deployment of new applications, helping deliver a potentially faster return on their investment," says TCM marketing executive, Jorge de Campos.

The eServer i5 Model 520 server running i5/OS outperformed competitive systems from Sun Microsystems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. configured with Opteron and Xeon processors running Linux and Windows respectively, IBM says.

According to IBM, the eServer i5 520 surpassed throughput results by a Sun server configured with two AMD Opteron 2.2GHz processors and twice the main memory.

The eServer i5 also outperformed an HP server configured with two Intel Xeon 3.2GHz processors and 8GB of memory.

IBM was able to achieve its result with the 1.65GHz POWER5 processor in the eServer i5 Model 520, thus demonstrating innovation within the operating system and microprocessor, rather than processor speed alone, the company claims.

In addition to the first server to use the POWER5 processor, the IBM eServer i5 with i5/OS is also said to be the first server to deliver IBM's Virtualization Engine systems technologies.

The virtualization capabilities of the eServer i5 aim to give customers the ability to choose from a wide variety of operating systems, including i5/OS, Linux, Windows (via an IXA or IXS) and AIX 5L simultaneously on a single server.

IBM's i5/OS operating system is also designed to integrate middleware like DB2 UDB and WebSphere Internet Infrastructure software.

The benchmark complies with the SAP Benchmark Council regulations, and has been audited and certified by SAP AG.

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