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.

inside gcn

  • smart city

    Survey: Attacks on smart city IT all but inevitable

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group