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Thursday, November 1, 2007

IBM System p 570 with POWER 6

* Advanced IBM POWER6™ processor cores for enhanced performance and reliability

* Building block architecture delivers flexible scalability and modular growth

* Advanced virtualization features facilitate highly efficient systems utilization

* Enhanced RAS features enable improved application availability

The IBM POWER6 processor-based System p™ 570 mid-range server delivers outstanding price/performance, mainframe-inspired reliability and availability features, flexible capacity upgrades and innovative virtualization technologies. This powerful 19-inch rack-mount system, which can handle up to 16 POWER6 cores, can be used for database and application serving, as well as server consolidation. The modular p570 is designed to continue the tradition of its predecessor, the IBM POWER5+™ processor-based System p5™ 570 server, for resource optimization, secure and dependable performance and the flexibility to change with business needs. Clients have the ability to upgrade their current p5-570 servers and know that their investment in IBM Power Architecture™ technology has again been rewarded.

The p570 is the first server designed with POWER6 processors, resulting in performance and price/performance advantages while ushering in a new era in the virtualization and availability of UNIX® and Linux® data centers. POWER6 processors can run 64-bit applications, while concurrently supporting 32-bit applications to enhance flexibility. They feature simultaneous multithreading,1 allowing two application “threads” to be run at the same time, which can significantly reduce the time to complete tasks.

The p570 system is more than an evolution of technology wrapped into a familiar package; it is the result of “thinking outside the box.” IBM’s modular symmetric multiprocessor (SMP) architecture means that the system is constructed using 4-core building blocks. This design allows clients to start with what they need and grow by adding additional building blocks, all without disruption to the base system.2 Optional Capacity on Demand features allow the activation of dormant processor power for times as short as one minute. Clients may start small and grow with systems designed for continuous application availability.

Specifically, the System p 570 server provides:

Common features Hardware summary

* 19-inch rack-mount packaging
* 2- to 16-core SMP design with building block architecture
* 64-bit 3.5, 4.2 or 4.7 GHz POWER6 processor cores
* Mainframe-inspired RAS features
* Dynamic LPAR support
* Advanced POWER Virtualization1 (option)
o IBM Micro-Partitioning™ (up to 160 micro-partitions)
o Shared processor pool
o Virtual I/O Server
o Partition Mobility2
* Up to 32 optional I/O drawers
* IBM HACMP™ software support for near continuous operation*
* Supported by AIX 5L (V5.2 or later) and Linux® distributions from Red Hat (RHEL 4 Update 5 or later) and SUSE Linux (SLES 10 SP1 or later) operating systems

* 4U 19-inch rack-mount packaging
* One to four building blocks
* Two, four, eight, 12 or 16 3.5 GHz, 4.2 GHz or 4.7 GHz 64-bit POWER6 processor cores
* L2 cache: 8 MB to 64 MB (2- to 16-core)
* L3 cache: 32 MB to 256 MB (2- to 16-core)
* 2 GB to 192 GB of 667 MHz buffered DDR2 or 16 GB to 384 GB of 533 MHz buffered DDR2 or 32 GB to 768 GB of 400 MHz buffered DDR2 memory3
* Four hot-plug, blind-swap PCI Express 8x and two hot-plug, blind-swap PCI-X DDR adapter slots per building block
* Six hot-swappable SAS disk bays per building block provide up to 7.2 TB of internal disk storage
* Optional I/O drawers may add up to an additional 188 PCI-X slots and up to 240 disk bays (72 TB additional)4
* One SAS disk controller per building block (internal)
* One integrated dual-port Gigabit Ethernet per building block standard; One quad-port Gigabit Ethernet per building block available as optional upgrade; One dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet per building block available as optional upgrade
* Two GX I/O expansion adapter slots
* One dual-port USB per building block
* Two HMC ports (maximum of two), two SPCN ports per building block
* One optional hot-plug media bay per building block
* Redundant service processor for multiple building block systems2

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