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IBM Revs p690 Server, Offers Linux Across pSeries Line
IBM on Tuesday beefed up its Unix/Linux eServer p690 server by boosting the processor and adding more memory to the hardware.
The upgrade to the p690, which comes in a series of configurations -- 8-, 16-, 24-, and 32-way -- puts 1.9GHz Power4+ processors in the server and doubles the maximum amount of memory to a full terabyte. Other enhancements include faster memory speeds -- from the earlier 567MHz to 633MHz -- and 128MB of Level 3 cache.
Existing users equipped with p690 systems with the 1.1GHz or 1.3GHz Power 4 chips, or the 1.5GHz or 1.7GHz Power 4+, can also upgrade to the 1.9GHz processor, said IBM.
To make room for the new top end in the pSeries line, IBM's also dropping prices of older models. The p690 running 1.7GHz Power4+ processors, formerly IBM's top-speed server, has been reduced by 12 to 15 percent, said IBM, while prices for the 1.5GHz Power4+ configuration has been cut by 12 to 16 percent.
Servers in the p650 line-up have also been slightly trimmed.
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