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Apr 4 2007   6:51AM GMT

Look for low-end System i soon

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Frank Soltis, the chief scientist of System i, said that a new entry-level System i will be hitting the streets soon and is aimed to compete with smaller Windows and Linux servers. Soltis was a keynote speaker at a recent user group meeting.

He also said that IBM this year will introduce a new System i5 595 as well as a System i box with the new Power 6 processor technology.

Next week, I’m heading to an IBM event announcement in Cambridge, Mass. There is plenty of mention of SMBs and ISVs in the invitation, so it’s a good bet this could be System i-related. Stay tuned.

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  • Mark Fontecchio
    At last. Although combined with IBM's plans for taking certain elements out of WDSc Client Edition, it would seem they again want to kill the very machine they are trying to sell. The new Entry Level System i5 has been needed for some time. Theoretically (and logically) it should compete with Windows and Linux servers. At current hardware and software prices (not counting this new entry system) is cost-prohibitive for many small and medium businesses/shops. Again, the new entry model could not only get older AS/400 shops to a System i5, but more important, attract new (growth in the System i line) customers. The entry level priced very aggressively and with packaged software also aggressively/competitively priced, business moving to a System i5 would have a much better machine than a Windows server, with RPG-IV, Query/400, SQL, etc. One can produce a report against a database (after all a relational DB included with the OS) of business data very rapidly, not like some other databose products which have very poor reporting formats. Hopefully, IBM will get it right this time...
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