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IBM P-series offers low power consumption

IBM has launched a new range of low power consumption servers for the Linux and Unix operating systems.

The servers use IBM’s Power5 processors and are designed to reduce the energy, space and system costs that can accompany the proliferation of x86 Linux servers.

Able to handle up to 160 virtual server images at one time per system using the optional Advanced Power Virtualization (APV) feature, the new 1.8 GHz IBM System p5 560Q (16-core) is the most powerful member of a new family of three web-tier consolidation products.

The product family includes the IBM BladeCenter JS21 for Web Serving Farms with up to 14 blades per system for the middle and low end; as well as Express Offerings that start with just a single PowerPC processor-based blade or 1U rack system.

The servers can be used with Novell’s new Integrated Stack for SUSE Linux Enterprise (ISSLE) for System p, also just announced.

IBM Systems Director software is included with the servers, to allow IT managers to easily deploy, view and manage all physical and virtual resources within a datacentre from a single dashboard view, for improved operating efficiency. 

The IBM System p5 560Q has a starting US list price of $43,800 (£23,000).  The Web Serving Farm solution with a BladeCenter H chassis and 14 blades has a starting list price of $38,835 (£20,400). 

The System p5 505 Express has a starting US list price of $3,717 (£1,950) and the quad-core System p5 505Q Express has a starting US list price of $5,505 (£2,900).

Link to IBM servers

Related article: IBM announces Open Client solution

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