IBM unveils Power5 servers

IBM Middle East, in collaboration with its business partners, Computer Business Machines (CBM) and Quantech, is all set to launch the new eServer i5 system for the Lebanese market. The server will be powered by IBM’s new 64-bit Power5 processors, running the i5 operating system.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  June 22, 2004

IBM Middle East, in collaboration with its business partners, Computer Business Machines (CBM) and Quantech, is all set to launch the new eServer i5 system, the first system to be powered by IBM’s new 64-bit Power5 processors, running the i5 operating system for the Lebanese market. Big Blue claims the new Power5 microprocessors are the most powerful 64-bit chips ever built and can integrate and run multiple operating systems simultaneously including i5/OS, Windows, Linux and AIX 5L. The eServer i5 has the ability to run AIX 5L alongside eServer i5/OS to consolidate and manage Unix solutions. IBM’s new Virtualisation Engine technology embedded in the new eServer i5 systems extend and enhance iSeries virtualisation capabilities such as logical partitioning (LPAR). “Business organisations in Lebanon using the eServer i5 can average up to 40% [over previous iSeries models] improvement in system price/performance over previous iSeries systems with comparable prices to Unix based systems for memory, disk and server components,” says Wael Abdoush, systems group manager, IBM Middle East. The new eServer i5 systems are part of a global $500 million global program which is delivering unprecedented computing capability for small and medium-sized businesses. All the eServer i5 servers are pre-loaded with i5 network operating system and IBM's DB2 UDB database. The server is also bundled with IBM WebSphere Express, a middleware suite for small and medium sized companies. The IBM Virtualisation Engine is a new tool that extends the eServer i5 server’s ability to run multiple operating systems simultaneously. New support for AIX 5L now enables businesses to integrate Unix solutions onto the eServer i5 alongside their i5/OS applications. Businesses can further simplify their IT environment on the eServer i5 server with the new support for running Linux on Intel processor-based (x86) Integrated xSeries Server says the vendor. Customers can reduce infrastructure server costs by managing all of their Linux and Windows servers together with integrated storage, security and backup. It is equipped with Reserve Capacity on Demand, On/Off Capacity on Demand and Memory Capacity on Demand. The new Reserve Capacity On Demand enables customers to purchase a ‘reserve tank’ of processing power that is automatically enabled by the system if their server needs more capacity. With Capacity On Demand, customers pay only for what they use with the ability to turn Power5 processors or memory on and off as business needs change. The Power5 chip packs in a whopping 276 million transistors per processor, and is manufactured with IBM’s 0.13-micron copper wiring and SOI (Silicon-on-Insulator) technologies. In addition to providing communications acceleration and chip multiprocessing, the chip also offers simultaneous multithreading (SMT), which transforms a single processor core into two logical processors, as seen by the operating systems and application software. Since the Power5 chip has two processor cores, SMT essentially allows the chip to run four application threads at the same time, thereby reducing the time it requires to complete a task.

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