RS/6000 Ranks First in Performance Study

IBM's RS/6000 S70 and RS/6000 SP high-end Unix servers received the highest overall ranking in a D.H. Brown Associates (Port Chester, N.Y.) benchmark-testing study of server performance.

In a study that compared server performance using a weighted average of several industry-standard benchmark results that measure general commercial applicability, online transaction processing decision support, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and scientific applications, the RS/6000 models scored 63. This was 14 points ahead of its nearest competitor, Sun Microsystems.

Following IBM and Sun were high-end servers from Hewlett Packard (44), Compaq (41), Silicon Graphics Inc. (40) and NCR (21).

According to D.H. Brown, the composite was developed to help IT managers focus benchmark data into an overall ranking that gives them better information to formulate their purchasing strategies and in turn deliver benefits to their businesses.

--L. Greenemeier