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IBM Builds Out Rational Power Appliance Family

AIX, IBM's Unix derivative, is a big business for the computer giant. According to first quarter figures by market research firm IDC, IBM (NYSE: IBM) leads all competitors in capturing 41 percent of the spending on Unix systems estimated to be a $13 billion market.

As DevX reports, IBM is releasing new tools in its Rational Power Appliance family, designed to give AIX developers a much easier to use platform that promises to greatly speed the time it takes to develop applications. Of particular note, AIX devs will finally be able to move from a relatively primitive green screen interface to a more modern graphical user interface (GUI).


In a bid to boost sales of UNIX software and servers, and related services, IBM introduced a small boatload of products yesterday, including its new turnkey family of application development appliances for IBM Power Systems.

The products in the IBM Rational Power Appliance family are designed to provide AIX developers with a fully-enabled, pre-configured software development environment that can be put to use in a matter of hours, rather than days or weeks, says Scott Searle, IBM Rational's marketing program director.

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IBM Beefs Up Rational Power Appliance Family