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May 23 2007   7:14AM GMT

Why Power6 news is focused around System p

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

The IBM Power6 processor news hit this week, and in case you hadn’t seen it, it’s all about the System p. Sure, System i got a quick mention in some stories because its Power6-based systems will be here late this year or early next. But System p is a strong growth platform for IBM, especially recently, while System i simply is not.

Here’s a hint at another reason: System i is a banana, while other midrange platforms from Sun, HP and IBM itself are oranges. Check out Chris Maxcer’s blog about the Power6 release to read up on this fruit analogy.

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  • Mark Fontecchio
    Hi, I know the reason for this - viral marketing by the factory. I just installed a new 9406-570 and it was shipped from plant with a p5 faceplate. How can we win hearts and minds when that sort of thing is going on? I was so shocked I even took a picture, although I would have to blur out the s/no. if I were to let you see it. Anyway, the customer was delighted with their new "p5" and amazed at the seamless way it runs all their old code . . .
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