IBM is expected to launch a low-cost 64-bit Linux server at the end of this month.
The Linux OpenPower 710 two-way processor machine will join the already available 720 four-way processing model.
Along with the standard 710 configuration, IBM will also offer a virtualisation engine, to allow users to partition the processor to enable them to run separate applications to boost overall data processing performance.
The standard configuration for the rack-mounted 710 model will be a 1.65GHz Power 5 processor with 4,096MB of RAM, and four 73.4 GB hard drives.
IBM is being tight-lipped about the launch, although news of the product has already reached IBM’s resellers.
Meanwhile Red Hat is expected to release the next version of the its Linux operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4.0, to coincide with the LinuxWorld trade show in Boston on 14 February.