Based on readily available components but sporting an efficient new rack form factor, thex86-based scalable server running Linux will also save companies thousands on energy bills.
By Chris Smith
As I see the direction that computing today is taking, it's becoming increasingly clear why IBM decoupled the i5/OS operating system from the hardware that we traditionally knew as the System i or iSeries. The move has been a wrenching one for people used to thinking of a computer as a self-contained hardware, software, and services stack.
During the first week of May at its annual user conference SAPPHIRE 2008 Orlando, SAP made several announcements regarding its offerings for companies with 500-2,500 employees, which SAP calls small and midsize enterprise (SME). SAP said that its nearly 36,000 SME customers make up 75 percent of its customer base. That segment grew 28 percent over the previous year in the first quarter of 2008. SAP's SME growth was particularly good in Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC). India is the fastest-growing SME market in terms of software revenue, SAP said.