Feeds

IBM plots new processors for Unix servers

Tries to ruin HP's special day

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

IBM scampered on Tuesday to announce new processors for its high end Unix systems on the same day that rival Hewlett-Packard will lay out its enterprise hardware plans.

IBM will start shipping its high end p690 server - code-named Regatta - with 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz Power4+ processors by the end of May. Big Blue will also make these chips available for its eight processor p655 system and will sell its 16 processor p670 with the 1.5GHz chip.

It's not unusual for IBM to start talking up new kit before its actually available, but in this case, the company was forced to do something of note ahead of HP's expected hardware and software announcements. HP will hold an event later in the day with CEO Carly Fiorina shedding more light on the company's planned Itanium 2 servers, Utility Data Center (UDC) technology and OpenView systems management software.

When the new servers do arrive from IBM, they should show a significant performance boost over current 1.3GHz Power4-based servers. The 32 processor p690 will feature a new 567MHz memory interface up from 433MHz and PCI-X slots as opposed to current PCI slots. In addition, total memory has jumped from 256Gbytes to 512Gbytes. An eight processor version of the p690 will start at $493,386.

The p670 has received similar enhancements and will start at $190,411 with four processors.

The smaller p655 does not start shipping with the new 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz chips until late July.

IBM Power4-based servers are the pride of its 64bit line of systems. The strong performance of the dual core Power4 chip has helped IBM make much needed market share gains against Sun Microsystems and HP. IBM expects to keep up the pressure on its rivals in 2004 with a 64 processor system -code-named Squadron - based on the Power5 chip. The new processor is expected to debut at 1.8GHz and scale up to 3GHz.

These pSeries Unix systems receive far more attention than the Itanium 2-based server xSeries server IBM released last week. IBM has tucked the x450 and its Itanic 2 processors away in closet, hoping they do not disrupt the pSeries systems' success. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed
Nadella's database sqares the circle of cheap memory vs speed
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?
I'll leave my arrays to do the hard work, if you don't mind
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.