IBM has brought together its I-series and P-series servers into one family, called Power System, designed to support 15,000 applications for Linux and i5/OS.
The company has introduced three servers as part of the family: the IBM Power 520 Express, the IBM Power 550 Express and the IBM BladeCenter JS12, which it says have been designed to help small and mid-sized clients focus on running their businesses instead of their computers.
The BladeCenter machine supports multiple operating environments, including Windows, UNIX, I and Linux in a single box. Based on the Power6-based, two-core processor, IBM said the BladeCenter JS12 can be used to consolidate servers into the right chassis to reduce space requirements and energy costs. Two versions are available: the BladeCenter H with datacentre scalability or the BladeCenter S for an office environment.
Nortel is supporting the Power System platform with a unified communications product called the Nortel Software Communication Server. Nortel said the product would offer users VoIP on a single platform with unified communications integrated with business applications such as CRM, ERP, POS, e-mailing and calendaring (including IBM Lotus and Microsoft Exchange).