What is in this article?:
- IBM's New PowerLinux Units Are Cheaper, Stronger, Faster
- Packaged Solutions Ready to Rock and Roll
IBM is currently launching an aggressive new “PowerLinux” strategy with three new solution options that run on two basic POWER7-based units that will only run Linux. The pricing is astoundingly competitive with comparable x86-based competition, and yet the boxes manage to carry the serious weight of IBM’s enterprise-class expertise, too. You won’t find any public details just yet, though, on IBM.com -- we don’t believe the spec pages and formal announcement will start going live until Tuesday around the world.
In the meantime, we’ve got the basic specs of the two new PowerLinux systems:
IBM PowerLinux 7R2 System
The 7R2 is two-socket, high-performance, energy-efficient server that supports 16 POWER7 microprocessor cores and a choice of industry standard Linux operating systems: Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The 7R2 sports a built-in PowerVM for PowerLinux hypervisor, plus it can run multiple Linux workloads, offering a 33 percent lower solution stack cost for virtualized infrastructure, IBM says.
IBM Flex System PowerLinux p24L Compute Node
The p24L Compute Node is a Linux-specific two-socket compute node for the recently announced IBM PureFlex System which contains 12 or 16 POWER7 microprocessor cores, the option of Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server operating systems, and built-in PowerVM for PowerLinux.
And what is PowerVM for PowerLinux? It’s basically IBM’s PowerVM Enterprise Edition in functionality but priced to make the guys who peddle VMware have nightmares.
Scott Handy, vice president of PowerLinux strategy and business development for IBM, told POWER IT Pro that even IBM’s best customers also buy Linux-based solutions, and all of those Linux-based purchases tend to be very price-sensitive, starting with cost of acquisition. “We had to take price off the table,” Handy says, noting that new PowerLinux solutions significantly undercut comparable x86-based, virtualized Linux offerings.