Hardware Today: IBM Server Snapshot
IBM would seem to have it made. The server vendor is No. 1 worldwide in revenue according to IDC, with six distinct product lines and a steady stream of new releases. According to the research firm, IBM is tops in Unix server revenue (a 31 percent share) and blade servers (a 40.9 percent share), and No. 2 in Linux servers (a 20.3 percent share). Factor in its near monopoly in mainframes and consistent sales in Intel-based servers, and it's difficult to see any vendor posing a threat to IBM any time soon.
|Recent Server Snapshots|
"IBM maintains the No. 1 spot in the worldwide server systems market with 31.9 percent market share in factory revenue, growing its revenue by 4.1 percent when compared to the second quarter of 2004," says IDC's Jean Bozman.
IBM has been comparatively quiet in recent months as far as its iSeries (midrange servers), pSeries (Unix servers), and OpenPower (Linux) lines. The big noise has come from the zSeries (mainframe) and xSeries (Intel- and AMD-based servers) lines.
Before we take a close look at changes that have occurred in the xSeries and zSeries lines, we offer a panoramic view of all six IBM server lines with the following chart.
BladeCenter and BladeCenter T (Telecom Chassis)
|Description||Midrange servers||Unix servers||Intel- and AMD-based servers||Intel-, AMD-, and POWER-based servers||Mainframe-class servers||Servers Tuned for Linux|
|Target Deployment||SMBs and enterprise departments||Data centers of all sizes||Scale-up and scale-out x86 users||SMB, data centers, high performance, and telecom||Large and midsize enterprises running mission-critical applications||SMBs and budget-conscious enterprises|
|Processor Type||POWER4, POWER5||POWER4, POWER5, JS20: PowerPC 970||P4, Xeon, Itanium-2||Opteron, Xeon, POWER||16 chip IBM Multichip Module (MCM)
Multiple-channel subsystem (MCSS) allows logical partitions (LPARs) which can run different operating systems
|Processor Range||Small to Medium: 1- to 2-way;
Medium/Large: 6- to 24-way; 8- to 16-way, 16- to 32-way, 32- to 64-way
|Entry: 2- to 4-way;
Midrange: 2- to 16-way;
High-End: 32- to 64-way
|Rack-Optimized: 1- to 4-way;
Tower: 1- to 4-way;
High-Performance scalable: 4- to 16-way
|Support for 2-way POWER- and 4-way Intel-based servers||2 to 4 logical channel subsystems
z9 scales from 1- to 54-way
|Rack-mount or deskside 1- to 4-way|
|Operating Systems||i5 (V5R3), OS/400 V5R2, Windows, Linux, and AIX-5L||AIX-5L and Linux||Windows, Linux, AIX, and MVS||Windows, Linux, and AIX-5L||z/OS, z/OS.e, OS/390, Linux on zSeries, z/VM, TPF, VSE/ESA, zVSE, and zTPF||Linux|
|Servers||Small to Medium:
Medium to Large:
High Performance Computing:
Commercial Blue Gene3
|Price Range6||Small to Medium: The starting price for the eServer i5 520 Express Edition is 11,9957
Medium to Large: The starting price for the eServer i5 570 1- and 2-way with Standard Edition is $71,0008
|Entry: Starts at $3,967
Midrange: Starts at $24,927
High-End: Contact IBM
|Rack-optimized: Starts at $1,159
Tower: Starts at $499
High-Performance scalable: Contact IBM
|HS20: starts at $1,669 (economy)
HS40: Starts at $4,999 (economy)
JS20: Starts at $2,259
LS20: Starts at $2,259
|z890: Starts at less than $200,000
Others: Contact IBM
|710: Starts at $4,713 |
720: Starts at $5,000
1 New i5 systems are part of the iSeries line despite the slightly different nomenclature.
2 New p5 systems are part of the pSeries line despite the slightly different nomenclature. The pSeries line also includes the JS20, 2-way PowerPC 970 BladeCenter system.
3 Commercial Blue Gene runs PowerPC 970 processors and is 5.7 teraflops. Contact IBM for pricing.
4 The 445 replaces the 440.
5 The zSeries line also includes the S/390 G5/G6 and S/390 Multiprise, which are no longer sold but are still supported.
6 Based on IBM's posted prices.
7 The packaged configuration includes 70 GB of disk, 1 GB of memory, and a DVD and tape drive.
8 Does not include prepackaged disk and memory.