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IBM Introduces First Offering from New Power Systems Business; Brings World's Fastest Chip, POWER6, to System i

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Armonk, NY - 24 Jul 2007: IBM previewed today a major new release of its flagship integrated operating system, i5/OS, expected in 2008. i5/OS Version 6 will feature significant new security, Web services and virtualization capabilities to help businesses get the most out of their IT operations. IBM also announced the first System i offering to feature POWER6, the fastest microprocessor ever built (1).

“Today we’re announcing the first System i and i5/OS products from IBM’s new Power Systems business unit,” said Ross Mauri, general manager of IBM Power Systems. “Nearly half of IBM’s systems clients today have i5/OS installed in their enterprise. IBM will continue to build on the integrated, easy-to-use value proposition of i5/OS so clients can rely on this proven platform for their enterprise applications.”

The new Power Systems business unit announced July 19 includes both System p and high-end System i products for enterprise clients and will allow IBM to better address the unique focus and specific demands of these customers. The new unit demonstrates IBM’s commitment to delivering leadership POWER systems as well as its ongoing investment to advance the integration and ease of use of i5/OS.

Features planned for i5/OS Version 6 to help simplify IT operations include:

Further, as part of the Power Systems business unit, System i will exploit IBM's investments across its Systems and Technology Group portfolio. For example, i5/OS Version 6 will take advantage of IBM Systems Director -- extending the current management capabilities of System i to better support a mixed environment that includes other operating systems like UNIX and Windows -- and enhanced integration and performance with IBM System Storage.

IBM also announced availability of the MySQL open source database for the current version of i5/OS, building on the delivery of PHP for i5/OS by Zend in 2006. With the addition of a supported MySQL environment, customers have a broad portfolio of thousands of new open source applications and development options they can run with i5/OS. For example, SugarCRM plans to make its leading open source customer relationship management (CRM) software available for i5/OS. In the future, IBM and MySQL AB plan to deliver DB2 for i5/OS as a certified MySQL storage engine on the System i to increase integration with existing i5/OS data.

IBM Brings World’s Fastest Chip to System i

IBM also unveiled today the new System i 570 featuring POWER6, the fastest microprocessor ever built. This powerful, versatile system will help medium and large enterprises achieve new levels of operational efficiency with up to twice the application performance of POWER5-based systems and modular options up to 16-way configurations.  

Medium and large clients have asked IBM for the flexibility to grow their systems more affordably and without disruption. In response, IBM will introduce a new, flexible i5/OS Edition pricing structure with the POWER6 i570 to better enable clients to pay for the software, middleware and features they use. With this "pay-for-what-you-use" approach, three simple base configurations are offered with an initial processor license of the i5/OS operating system and other components -- such as additional processor activations, Linux, AIX or 5250 online transaction processing -- can be added per-processor based on individual client need.

The new i570 can be customized to run multiple transactional, collaborative and Web applications simultaneously in up to 160 separate “virtual” server partitions that share computing and operations resources on a single system, making it ideal for server consolidation of multiple workload types to save floor space, power and cooling costs. The new POWER6 i570 has a flexible structure with additional Capacity on Demand resources to make more stand-by power available and enable the system to easily grow with a clients’ business.

“Thanks to POWER6, the System i 570 will deliver breakthroughs in energy conservation and virtualization technology – two of the most critical areas of focus for our clients,” said Stan Staszak, director of System i and System x products for Sirius. “With its advanced virtualization technologies, the System i 570 can deliver POWER6 processing capacity for multiple operating systems simultaneously, including i5/OS, Linux and AIX. This will allow Sirius clients to dramatically simplify their IT infrastructures.”

Pricing and Availability

The System i570 with POWER6 processors will be available with i5/OS V5R4 in September starting at $165,000 (2). i5/OS V6R1 is expected to be available in 2008.

IBM Global Technology services offers services designed to help clients shorten the time required to plan, implement and integrate new System i POWER6-based servers into their production environment. This suite of services covers a range of implementation and migration-related services, from simply loading i5/OS to the creation of highly customized server environments that make use of advanced System i technologies.

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2 2) U.S. list price expected as of 7/24/07. Reseller prices may vary.

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