The company said the eServer i5 is the first model to use its Power5 processor. It is also the first to support IBM's Virtualization Engine. The entry-level i5 520 Express Edition is priced at £7,535.
Warren Bernstein, vice-president, iSeries, EMEA at IBM, reassured users that the iSeries server family had a future within IBM's strategy. He said, "The eServer i5 [with Power5] offers users a 40% price improvement over Power4."
The Virtualization Engine extends "micro-partitioning" technology from mainframes to other IBM systems. It lets users run up to 10 servers per microprocessor, potentially turning a four-processor system, for example, into a "40-way" system, said IBM.