IBM is rolling out new Power7 Express servers for smaller enterprises and cost-conscious businesses.
is rolling out a new line of
entry-level servers based on Power7 processors that are designed for small
enterprises and businesses with IT budget constraints. IBM
announced the Power7 710, 720, 730 and 740 Express servers on Sept. 22.
These four new IBM servers are based on
that the company announced
These IBM Express servers, available
through IBM Business Partners, promise high computing
capacities for an affordable price tag: They start under $6,500 and, depending
on actual financing rates, a 36-month lease of the Power Systems Express server
model 710 can come to a mere $188 a month, according to IBM.
Capable of running up to 30,000 different applications, the systems are
designed to help businesses consolidate their hardware within the data center.
By getting rid of excess machines, businesses can reduce their overall IT bills
and conserve energy. IBM has claimed energy
reductions of up to 75 percent of equivalent performance capacity.
Designed to be scalable and flexible, the servers will be tailored by IBM's
channel partners for workload-intensive industries such as health care, mobile
telecommunications and transportation.
IBM said in the announcement, "These
high-density and cost-efficient servers minimize complexity" and offer
"the memory capacity, internal storage options, I/O expandability and RAS
features needed ... in today's high-growth, midsize business. The Power 710 and
Power 730 are ... in 2U [3.5-inch], one-two-socket rack packages."
The Power 720 and 740 4U (7-inch) servers come in both the rack and tower
configurations. The two systems offer "large memory capacities and
internal storage," which solution providers can use for "distributed
applications, midsize databases and consolidation."
IBM has said in the past the Power7
technology supports four times as many processor cores as prior systems and
uses the latest PowerVM virtualization software to enable customers to run more
than 1,000 virtual servers on a single physical system.
The Power7 Express servers are part of IBM's
latest line of affordable technology for midsize businesses. The company
announced both high-end and entry-level Power7 systems on Aug. 17, such as the
high-end IBM Power 795 system and a Power7
processor-based workload-optimized Smart Analytics System that helps businesses
draw real-time information from large amounts of data.
IBM is working to grab more market share
in the $14 billion Unix server space from Hewlett-Packard
HP and Intel have the
next-generation Itanium processor and Oracle gained Sun's market share as part
of the acquisition.
The company said solution providers can also sell "four new IBM
i Solution Editions based on these new Power7 Express servers. These solutions
are integrated and optimized for rapid ERP deployment, featuring software from SAP,
JD Edwards, Lawson and Infor."
With the integrated solution packs, IBM
said providers can reduce the time required to implement and deploy complex ERP
and other applications for customers.