IBM Corp. announced three new Power7-based Unix blade servers today, adding onto its initial Power7 server announcement in February.
Most of it is pretty standard. The three include:
- PS700: Four 3GHz Power7 processor cores, 8 DIMM slots, 64GB max memory
- PS701: Eight 3GHz Power7 cores, 16 DIMMs, 128GB max memory
- PS702: Basically a double-wide 701
All are capable of running AIX, IBM i and Novell and Red Hat Linux distros, and can be mixed and matched in the same BladeCenter chassis with x86 blades.
IBM also announced a new version of AIX called AIX 6 Express Edition, catered toward small and medium businesses who are looking for cheaper licensing costs and don’t mind fewer functions from the full version of AIX. Differences in the AIX versions include, for example, how many cores and memory it supports. While the standard version supports up to 64 cores, Express only supports a maximum of four.
I asked Steve Sibley, IBM Power Systems marketing director, whether the Express is meant to discourage defections off Power to cheaper x86 platforms.
“It certainly gives the low-end environment a bit more competitive price point, so that clients buying smaller systems don’t have to pay for the whole scalability,” he said.