IBM eclipses Intel

Power 550 server can handle 3,752 users

IBM today announced its latest SAP performance result on a POWER6-based server, along with details of a new study that demonstrates how IBM Power Systems can help clients save up to 33 percent on operating costs in an SAP solution-based environment.

The IBM POWER6-based Power 550 server recently achieved a significant 8-core result on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application Benchmark, using the SAP enhancement package 4 for the SAP ERP 6.0 application.

The results of the SAP benchmark showed that the Power 550 can handle 3,752 users, eclipsing both the 8-core and the users-per-core results of Intel’s chips.

The benchmark results demonstrated that IBM’s POWER6, the world’s fastest chip, remains the microprocessor standard, besting all competition, including Nehalem, Intel’s latest chip said IBM

First announced over two years ago, IBM POWER6 processor-based systems provide balanced system design and the Power Systems software stack, includin PowerVM software.

Vishay is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive electronic components whose products are used in virtually all types of electronic devices industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical and telecommunications. The company recently implemented Power servers as a standardized platform for its SAP environment, using both server and storage virtualization.

“The global consolidation to IBM Power Systems means that we are able to share central resources across the company,” said Seth Slivka, senior vice president of global IT, Vishay Intertechnology Inc. “While Europe sleeps, engineers in the US can tackle maintenance tasks on systems they know and understand. The consolidated approach — which offers lower training requirements and shared knowledge that can be used across all our operations, has helped us reduce costs by 10 percent annually.”

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IBM eclipses Intel