IBM Introduces World's Most Powerful Entry Server

New IBM eServer Provides More Power, Better Manageability and Reliability Features than the Competition

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ARMONK, NEW YORK - 24 Oct 2001: IBM today introduced the world's most powerful entry server[1], a two-way UNIX system that provides industry-leading performance, wireless manageability features and advanced self-healing technologies. The new IBM eServer consumes nearly 20 percent less electricity than the comparable server from Sun Microsystems, enabling customers to realize dramatic savings on energy bills.

Available in flexible rack-mounted or tower versions, the server is ideal for mission-critical workloads such as customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning and sales force automation. The server is powerful enough to run all the applications of a small company or the department of a large corporation.

Closely following the introduction of the enterprise-class IBM eServer p690 server (code-named "Regatta") and the mid-range p660 system, the IBM eServer p610 is key to IBM's strategy of winning at all segments of the server market.

"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, general manager, IBM pSeries. "With the p610, we expect to continue winning customers from our competitors at the entry level."

Key features of the p610 include:

For continuous operation and extreme scalability, up to 32 servers can be clustered together with IBM's industry-leading cluster management software.

The p610 is fueled by IBM's copper-based POWER microprocessors. Since inventing copper chip technology in 1997, IBM has manufactured 25 million copper chips.

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[1] Comparing IBM-submitted results for the p610 against other Specjbb benchmark results published as of the date of the press release for entry servers, defined by IBM as servers with a 1-2 way maximum processor capacity. For more information about the specific configurations underlying the results, and to get the latest Specjbb benchmark results, go to

[2] Based on SPECjbb benchmark results. See above.

[3] Based on information published at

[4] The Linux operating system is distributed by third party vendors and is expected to be available in 1Q 2002.

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