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Reuters: IBM unveils new UNIX line, takes aim at leader Sun Micro

Sep 13, 1999, 00:02 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicole Volpe)

"International Business Machines Corp. is set to unveil Monday a new line-up of powerful computers designed to manage Internet sites large and small, taking aim at current market leader Sun Microsystems Inc. .

"Attacking Sun's dominance of the ISP market from below, IBM is... introducing... a new product code-named Pizzazz for ISPs, and so-called Application Service Providers (ASP)... Pizzazz, or the B50, will be sold with related new data storage systems.

"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 a low-cost, open source alternative that is popular with Web site managers, the Linux operating system.

"We expect these to be a favorite among those who demand Linux as their server operating system," said Kai Staats, chief executive of Terra Soft Solutions, an IBM partner."

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