IBM launched a pair of new Power6-based servers for Unix, x86 Linux, and IBM i workloads for mid-size to large database applications on to a small footprint, the Power 560 Express is delivered in four-, eight-, and 16-core configurations, along with hardware and systems management software enhancements.
The two new hardware servers include a revamped edition of the existing IBM Power 570, plus a brand new model called the Power 560 Express that "fits [somewhere] between the 550 Express and 570," said Scott Handy, VP of of worldwide marketing and strategy for IBM's Power Systems Platform, in a teleconference.
Meanwhile, the improved Power 570 provides more than twice the performance -- both per core and per energy watt -- as HP's Superdome, according to Handy. He also told journalists that the 25.8% growth rate recently assigned to IBM's Unix-enabled Power servers by IDC analysts stems partly from customer migration from HP and Sun platforms.
The Power 57-/16, which supports from two to 16 cores, now operates at speeds of up to 5.0 GHz which were previously available only on IBM's top-of-the-line Power 595, according to Handy.
IBM also introduced a new concept called PowerVM Active Memory Sharing, as a product now entering beta. With Active Memory, "everything you love about virtualization with processors you can now do with memory," Handy maintained during the press call. "Each virtual server thinks it has more physical memory."
Handy said that many of IBM's customers are either already running two or more of the Power-supported OS on virtualized OS, or performing back-end connectivity between separate servers running multiple OS.