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IBM Readies Server Enhancement

IBM is poised to announce a doubling of computing power for its Power5 Unix servers, an industry analyst said Monday.

The move will consolidate its pSeries family with its AIX operating system and its iSeries with its OS/400 and i5/OS operating systems, the analyst said.

"The Power5 is at the heart of all this," Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst of Insight 64, said Monday. "What IBM is trying to do here is to show that the Power5 product line is so powerful -- why would anybody think of using an Itanium?"

Brookwood said the new servers will not only compete with Itanium-based configurations from Hewlett-Packard, but also with servers from Sun Microsystems.

An IBM spokesman delcined to comment on the reports Monday.

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