IBM has claimed its new entry-level AIX (Unix) system offers a dramatic cost reduction over its predecessor and the industry's lowest total cost of ownership (TCO).
The p615 system, which is aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses, replaces the p610, completing IBM's refresh of its pSeries Unix range to accommodate the Power 4+ 64bit chip.
The system also supports 64bit Linux.
The $6,000 (about £3,700) p615 offers three times the performance of the $10,000 (£6,000) p610, according to internal benchmarks, said Tina Easton, Big Blue's pSeries business manager for EMEA. Independent benchmark figures were not given.
"This is creating a Risc Unix entry price point where we've never been before," said Easton.
The p615 will be sold in seven fixed 'Express' pre-configured formats with software and maintenance included.
The system comes as a 4U high rack-mount unit, or in tower format, with 1GB memory and 36GB disk.
Other configurations and expansion take it to 16GB memory and 1TB storage capacity. The single processor system supports Linux natively instead of Unix.
Easton said the system would be suited to technical or commercial workloads in distributed environments, for instance for bread-and-butter applications such as enterprise resource planning or branch retail applications.
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