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Big Blue Gives SMBs a Fast Path to Virtualization

IBM continued to take aim at the virtual world with a trio of introductions this week the vendor says will help businesses improve their overall IT efficiencies and ultimately lower their cost.

The System p5 560Q midrange Linux server, the centerpiece of IBM's announcements, boasts a number of partitioning features businesses can use to consolidate server operations. including the ability to run multiple virtual machines on one server and the capability of running multiple partitions on each processor.

IBM also took the wraps off its IBM BladeCenter JS21 Web serving farm server, which can run up to 14 blades per ser system, and its Express solutions that begin with a single PowerPC processor blade or one unit rack.

IBM the Power5-processor-based p5 560Q server can run as many as 160 virtual system images at the same time. Through virtualization, companies can consolidate as many 320 Linux applications installed over 80 racks with 42 one-unit rack servers per rack into a single rack of five 560Q (16 core) servers running 320 virtualized server images. The net result: as much as an 80 percent savings in floor space.

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