New Power for IBM's System i

Arthur Cole

IBM's System i server is getting a little more juice under the hood, as the company plans to begin outfitting the lower-end server with the new Power6 processor early next year. But is anybody else having a hard time following where exactly IBM is going with its ever-expanding roster of server options?


The news comes on the heels of an internal structuring at IBM designed to better define its products for higher- and lower-end users. The addition of the 4.7 GHz Power6 chip for systems like the i 570 server is a nod to the fact that even small companies of, say, less than 1,000 employees are still in need of lightning-fast processing, particularly for mission-critical applications.


The new processors coincide with the new i5/OS V6R1 operating system, which goes into beta later this year. It offers an integrated database, built-in virtualization, and new power management and configuration tools under the Systems Director label.


While increased processing power, reduced power consumption, and a host of other initiatives are certainly welcome, it's getting to be quite a chore keeping track of all the server options that IBM is tossing out. Now that the system i can be had with the P6, I just can't help but wonder how IBM customers manage to determine exactly which system i, p or x is the right fit, not just for now but heading into the future.

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