IBM plots new processors for Unix servers

IBM scampered on Tuesday to announce new processors for its high end Unix systems on the same day that rival Hewlett-Packard will lay out its enterprise hardware plans.

IBM will start shipping its high end p690 server - code-named Regatta - with 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz Power4+ processors by the end of May. Big Blue will also make these chips available for its eight processor p655 system and will sell its 16 processor p670 with the 1.5GHz chip.

It's not unusual for IBM to start talking up new kit before its actually available, but in this case, the company was forced to do something of note ahead of HP's expected hardware and software announcements. HP will hold an event later in the day with CEO Carly Fiorina shedding more light on the company's planned Itanium 2 servers, Utility Data Center (UDC) technology and OpenView systems management software.

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News source: The Reg

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