IBM debuts new midrange server

IBM debuts new midrange server

IBM Corp.'s new two- to eight-way midrange Unix servers have self-managing diagnostics.

The IBM p660-6M1 eServer replaces the company's Model M80 server, said Chuck Bryan, IBM's director of pSeries product marketing. The pSeries is the new name for the RS/6000 line of computers that run IBM's proprietary AIX version of Unix.

The 750-MHz IBM RS64 IV processors have copper interconnects and silicon-on-insulator technologies that run cooler than aluminum interconnects and reduce electrical leakage from circuits.

Spare memory

IBM's Chipkill memory transfers data to a spare memory module if a main module fails, Bryan said.

Another feature called dynamic processor deallocation similarly takes a failing CPU offline without forcing the administrator to power down the server. Other features of the p660-6M1 include 8M of Level 2 cache and a 150-MHz system bus, Bryan said.

The rackmount server has a CPU height of 8U (14 inches) and an I/O module height of 5U (8.75 inches). It runs AIX 4.3.3 or the newer AIX 5L. The latter has a Linux library that can run Linux applications natively on the server, Bryan said.

Starting price for a p660-6M1 server with two 500-MHz processors and 2G of memory is $62,000. A configuration with 750-MHz chips and the same amount of memory would cost about $85,000. An upgrade kit for an existing two-way M80 server is about $37,000.

Contact IBM at 800-426-2255.

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