John Barns, EMEA marketing manager for the IBM pSeries, said the eServer p630 is a "no compromise entry server". All the enterprise features of the p670 and the p690 will be available in the one-, two- or four-processor p630 machines, he added.
These features include a separate processor dedicated to servicing the server and automatic failover. The machine can support up to four partitions running Linux or AIX at the same time.
IBM claimed its new product could outshine market-leader Sun Microsystems on performance in similar low-end Unix systems.
The Sun Fire V480 server, when launched earlier in this month, boasted a Specweb99_SSL benchmark of 568 conforming connections. IBM claimed that on the same secure Web server benchmark the p630 hit 1,050 conforming connections.
Sun server product manager Matthew Keep accused IBM of "bench-marketing", alleging that IBM was known to configure a system in an unorthodox fashion in order to boost results.