As Ibm's Fall Line Hits The Runway, Wall Street Is All Eyes

This September, IBM is planning a smorgasbord of perhaps 200 product announcements, concentrating on its highly profitable mainframe business. Industry observers expect the company to flesh out its ES/9000 mainframe line, introduced with great fanfare a year ago, with three water-cooled processor models at the high end and one or more less powerful air-cooled models. They'll be based on essentially the same microchip technologies as last year's machines. Also expected are a new version of MVS, IBM's flagship supervisor program for mainframes, and new models of IBM's 3390 disk drive.

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