The entry-level range of Power AS/400 machines will sell through the distribution channel, IBM has confirmed.
Mike Bernard, a consultant at the IBM AS/400 division, confirmed that the six machines, starting with the low cost Model 150, will be sold by Northamber. The Chessington-based distributor has had a pilot scheme to sell AS kit up-and-running for most of this year.
Senior IBM executives will now face the task of positioning the AS machines against other machines in their ranges including RS/6000s and high-end PC servers. It uses a variety of distributors for these, including Bytech and CST for RS machines and Computacenter for servers.
Bernard said:"This is the first of a a range of machines based on a 64-bit chip conforming to the PCI architecture. We?ve been shipping bigger machines like this for about a year."
He said that the machines will be priced "very competitively" against a number of systems including PCs. The machines use a subset of the PowerPC processor dubbed the PowerAS but similar to the other members of the family.
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