IBM introducing entry-level two-way Unix server

IBM Corp. will announce an entry-level two-way Unix server on Wednesday that's aimed at small and medium-size businesses.

The model eServer p610 servers will start at US$7,500 and feature IBM's Power3II processors and internal storage of up to 291GB. The p610 will run applications for IBM's AIX 5L Unix and will be able to run Linux applications beginning next year, according to information on IBM's Web site.

In addition, the server series can be managed remotely by systems administrators using personal digital assistants. Up to 32 of the servers can be clustered as computing requirements grow, and the servers are available in rack-mounted or tower versions.

IBM claims that the new p610 uses almost 20% less electricity than competing units, helping to reduce electricity bills for users. The server's maximum power consumption is 450 watts.

"By offering superior performance and more advanced manageability and reliability features than competing systems, our new entry server follows the same playbook that made IBM the leading vendor of high-end servers," said Val Rahmani, IBM's pSeries vice president, in a statement. "With the p610, we expect to continue winning customers from our competitors at the entry level."

The p610 also includes IBM's Project eLiza self-healing technologies, to help reduce downtime due to system failures. The technology keeps a running log of all system errors for easier troubleshooting and can automatically remove failed components when a system is rebooted.

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