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ShopNBC buys IBM Unix servers

ShopNBC, an online shopping site that's paired with the ValueVision Media shopping television station of the same name, is using IBM's top-end p690 Unix servers to handle sales transactions, Big Blue said Friday. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. In addition, IBM said it has shipped nearly 4,000 of the 32-processor systems since it was introduced two years ago.

Unix servers are a highly competitive market, with IBM duking it out against No. 1 Sun and No. 2 Hewlett-Packard. The most powerful machines are a rare but lucrative product: About 1,800 32-processor servers were sold in the third quarter of 2003, bringing in about $1.2 billion, according to analyst firm IDC.