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IBM extends Power 7 range

New servers, software and virtualisation technology added to Power7 range

IBM extends Power 7 range
IBM's Power7 range has gained considerable share of the UNIX market for the company.

IBM has announced another update to its Power7 systems range.

The latest additions, which include new servers, software, virtualisation technology and an update to IBM's AIX operating system, which are intended to help companies to deal with intensive computing workloads.

IBM says that the Power7 systems have contributed to its strong growth in the $13bn Unix market, where it has increased revenue share by 14% since 2005, and gained 285 customer's critical business workloads from Oracle and HP systems this year alone.

The new releases include a high-end Power7 795 system, which uses IBM EnergyScale technology to vary frequencies depending upon workloads, which means the server is able to achieve five times better energy efficiency than comparable HP and Oracle servers, according to IBM.

The system supports up to 8 terabytes of memory and four times as many processor cores as prior systems, and uses the latest PowerVM virtualization software to allow customers to run over 1,000 virtual servers on a single physical system. It is also able to achieve energy reductions of up to 75% for equivalent performance capacity, which IBM says makes it ideal for server consolidation in crowded data centres.

IBM also announced Power Flex, a new environment composed of two or more Power 795 systems, PowerVM Live Partition Mobility and a Flex Capacity Upgrade on Demand option. The set up allows users to shift running applications from one system to another to perform system maintenance without downtime, helping to balance workloads and more easily handle peaks in demand.

For the mid-market, IBM has released four ‘Express' servers, the IBM Power 710, 720, 730 and 740 Express, available in rack mount or tower configurations. These high density servers are intended to provide a high-density, cost effective solution to deal with demanding workloads.

IBM also updated its Unix distribution, with the release of AIX 7.0.

The company has also released an IBM Smart Analytics System 7700, which provides an analytics platform to balance and optimize, software, systems and storage to handle large workloads. The Smart Analytics System, features several pretested Power Systems 740 Express server configurations, IBM DB2 powered and InfoSphere Warehouse software and AIX. This solution helps clients quickly draw insights from vast amounts of data to anticipate emerging business trends, capture new opportunities and avoid risks.

"In nine months we've completed the product line refresh to the IBM POWER7, faster than any other Unix refresh," said Hossam Farouk, Power Brand Executive, Systems and Technology Group, MEA, IBM. "In doing so we've approached the SME market with the x86 and the Enterprise market with the UNIX Titan, a 256 cores high end server that blows away the competition, re-enforcing IBMs leadership across the entire market in the UNIX space."

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