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Wired: IBM Set to 'Cause Sun Pain'

Sep 14, 1999, 23:14 (5 Talkback[s])

"The new IBM products are part of a strategy to surround Sun on all sides. The effort includes IBM's pending acquisition of Sequent Computer Systems, with technology to run either UNIX and Windows software."

" 'This is a very aggressive set of products,' industry consultant Andrew Allison said in an interview. 'It positions IBM well, particularly in price performance. It will cause Sun pain.'

Allison said Sun is in a position to drop its prices to stay competitive. But to meet performance levels of the IBM lineup, Sun would have to upgrade the architecture of its high-end system, which could take until the middle of next year.

'There is likely to be a lot of pressure on Sun for the next several months,' he said. 'I don't expect a dramatic shift, but the IBM share of the UNIX server market will increase. It's a significant step forward for IBM.' "

"The RS/6000 B50 and a companion Intel chip-based Netfinity server are compact and designed for managing tasks like Web hosting, messaging, Internet security, directory services, and electronic commerce. It runs on IBM's UNIX system, called AIX, or... the Linux operating system."

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