Unix servers may not be the most glamorous market in IT, but the big players are duking it out to grab more share.
IBM will launch new Power7 systems on Monday (Techmeme). The systems will run on IBM's Power 7 chip. CNET News' Brooke Crothers notes that System7 is a big step for Big Blue with eight processing cores in one package. Crothers explains:
The processor is a big step for IBM, integrating eight processing cores in one chip package, with each core capable of executing four tasks--called "threads"--turning an individual chip into a virtual 32-core processor. As a yardstick, Intel's high-end Xeon processors--systems that Power7 will compete with--typically have two threads per processing core.
IBM's Power7 systems will have up to 64 Power7 cores with better energy efficiency. There is one system with 32 Power7 cores.
Through the third quarter, IBM and HP were neck-and-neck for the most server market share, according to IDC. Both IBM and HP have been beating up on Oracle's Sun Microsystems.
Big Blue's Power7 launch front runs Intel and HP's latest Itanium effort. Intel and HP at 12:30 p.m. ET will walk reporters through the latest Itanium. Details are sparse at the moment, but rest assured the Unix server battle is just warming up.