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[] IBM verkauft High-End UNIX-Server für NMD,

IBM Regatta sails into missile defence 

Ian Fried, CNET  

Uncle Sam is calling on IBM to help prevent enemy missiles from ever
reaching US soil.

IBM plans to announce on Monday that it has won a deal to supply the
Defense Department with 66 high-end p690 "Regatta" Unix servers to be
used as part of the country's ground-based missile defense program.

About 20 of the servers will go to Boeing, which is managing the testing
and simulation part of the missile defense program, while the remainder
will be used by TRW, which is handling the command and control part.

Instrumental to the deal was certifying that AIX, IBM's version of Unix,
complied with a Defense Department program that puts a common user
interface across many different types of Unix-based systems. The effort
to move to a so-called Common Operating Environment, which began in the
mid-1990s, is aimed at saving millions of dollars in training costs.

IBM said it had already decided last year to do the work necessary to
qualify AIX for the common interface, said Greg Lefelar, federal manager
for IBM's eServer unit.

Because of the amount of testing and documentation involved, it cost IBM
more than $1.5 million and took more than a year to get qualified, but
having done so could mean even more business down the road, Lefelar

"It opens up our ability to compete in a number of programs within the
Department of Defense," he said.

When the common interface program began, the Defense Department ported
the common interface to the most prevalent Unix flavors of the
HP-UX and Sun's Solaris. With some urging from IBM, they added Big
AIX, but dropped support about a year later.

"They simply felt the demand did not justify the increased workload,"
Lefelar said.

That meant that for a number of years IBM was basically shut out of many
military contracts. At the same time, IBM did not always have the most
competitive Unix systems on the market, Lefelar said.

With Regatta, IBM has the strongest Unix product lineup in its history,
Lefelar said. IBM introduced the 32-processor Regatta server last

Sun Microsystems is the top seller of Unix servers, with Hewlett-Packard
in second place and IBM in third. However, IBM has gained share since it
began a concerted effort in 1998 to reclaim Unix sales.

In May, IBM announced a deal to sell dozens of Unix servers, including
some Regatta machines, to run Colgate-Palmolive's core global business
software. The same month, the company inked a deal with the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) worth up to $224 million
supply clustered Regatta servers to produce forecasts for the National
Weather Service.'s Stephen Shankland contributed to this report.

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