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Hitachi Data Systems Skyline Trinium

Published: 18 August 1999

ID: G0090725

Analyst(s): Edward E. Cowger

Summary

The Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Skyline Trinium family of IBM S/390-compatable servers is the second generation of Hitachi's Advanced CMOS/ECL (ACE) technology intended for the very largest S/390-class data centers. Hitachi estimates that the copper-based ACE/2 Trinium processor will achieve 280 MIPS, regaining the single-engine performance leadership it lost with IBM's announcement of the S/390 G6. Initial Trinium servers in 4- to 12-way configurations begin to ship in September 1999, with 13- to 16-way systems available by March 2000. Hitachi claims the 12-way will perform at 2,600 MIPS and the 16-way will reach 3,200 MIPS. Following Amdahl's lead with its Multiple Server Feature (MSF), Trinium systems support Virtual Server Facility (VSF), which allows for the partitioning of the system into 15 distinct virtual servers or "subservers," each with a unique serial number.

Table Of Contents
  • Corporate Headquarters
  • Overview
    • Future Direction
  • Analysis
  • Pricing
    • GSA Pricing
  • Competitors
  • Strengths
    • Highest Power and Performance Levels in the S/390 Market
    • Full System/390 Compatibility
    • Ease of System Migration
    • Minimal System Conversion Required
  • Limitations
    • Relatively Few New Third-Party Applications Written for S/390 in Recent Years
    • The Need to Respond to IBM Moves
    • Service and Support Not as Geographically Widespread as IBM's
  • Insight

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