IBM speeds up low-end Unix server

IBM will boost a low-end server in its Unix line with the addition of one of the latest Power4 processors.

IBM will boost a low-end server in its Unix line with the addition of one of the latest Power4 processors.

IBM will ship the p630 server with a 1.45GHz Power4+ processor by the end of this month. The chip is a boost over the older, standard Power4 chip that still sits in the high-end pSeries systems.

IBM has decided to give the one to four-processor p630 a boost with the chip, as it tries to apply more pressure to rival Sun Microsystems at the lower end of the Unix market.

The p630 is one of the pSeries systems that IBM offers with both its own AIX version of Unix and the Linux operating system. Users can run Linux as the main operating system or in a partition on AIX. The ability to run either operating system gives customers the option of running Unix-ready business software such as an SAP application and a Linux web server on the same system.

IBM is hoping the p630 will be one of the key systems in its battle to unseat Sun as the leader in low-end Unix systems. Hewlett-Packard also competes in this market.

The p630 with the chip will be sold with one, two or four processors and prices start at $19,025 (£12,040).

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