IBM Unveils New 256-Core Unix Server

Driven by its Power7 processor, IBM claims the new servers are far faster than comparable units from HP and Oracle.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today released major additions to its server line based on the company's latest Power7 processor including a 256-core Unix system it says easily trumps competitive systems from Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) and HP (NYSE: HPQ).

After finally acquiring Sun Microsystems, Oracle launched an aggressive marketing campaign for its high-end servers that claimed the systems vastly outperformed comparable IBM systems and used far less energy. IBM disputed Oracle's claims on a company website, but now can make an even more emphatic claim of top performance.

IBM said its new Power7 systems have scored the highest ever TPC-C (transaction processing) benchmark using a Power Systems configuration running IBM's DB2 database.

According to IBM, the results of 10,366,254 transactions per minute, beat HP's best performance by more than 153 percent and Oracle's best result by more than 35 percent. IBM also claims its systems are 40 percent less expensive than Oracles' and half the cost of a comparable HP solution.

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