"IBM christened the integration of its Power4+ chip architecture
across its Unix server line Wednesday by releasing a new pSeries
machine for the low-end of the market. The move to the Power4+ from
the Power3 architecture is IBM's bid to offer enhanced performance
at a reasonable price, something rivals HP and Sun Microsystems
have been working toward.
"The Armonk, N.Y. company said it has completed the integration
of 64-bit Power4+ across its Unix line after six months and
unveiled the p615, an entry-level machine IBM said is 110 percent
more powerful than the pSeries 610, which uses Power3-II chips.
Ideal for running such as enterprise resource planning, supply
chain management, customer relationship management and business
intelligence applications, the p615 effectively replaces the p610,
but IBM said it would still keep up its production in that
departments to serve existing customers...
"IBM offers p615 support for its Unix operating system, AIX 5L,
and Linux. The p615 is available now at a starting price of $5,745
for a one-way system with one GB of memory. A two-way with 2GB will
be ready June 20 and is expected to retail for $9,995 for the AIX
version, and $8,995 for the Linux version..."