IBM slashes price of entry level iSeries

IBM has introduced an iSeries (formerly AS/400) server with an entry price two-thirds cheaper than its predecessor.

IBM has introduced an iSeries (formerly AS/400) server with an entry price two-thirds cheaper than its predecessor.

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.

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