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Designed to reduce costs for mid-sized businesses but outperform commodity servers running Linux on x86, the POWER7-based servers are designed to scale for big-data analysis or specific industry applications.

IBM will introduce its first Linux-only servers that will directly compete with commodity x86 machines from HP and Dell and be targeted at mid-sized businesses who wish to use them for analyzing large amounts of data, running industry-specific applications, and delivering open-source infrastructure services, according to published reports.

Named the PowerLinux 7R2, the machine is structurally the same as the Power 730 Express server but will ship with either Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (RHEL 6) or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 (SLES 11). Also new is the IBM Flex System PowerLinux p24L Compute Node for the recently announced IBM PureFlex System, part of the IBM PureSystems family of integrated systems.

The 7R2 is a two-socket system that supports 16 POWER7 microprocessor cores and comes with the PowerVM hypervisor built-in. The PowerLinux Compute Node is a Linux-specific two-socket compute node that has either 12 or 16 cores, either SUSE or Red Hat enterprise Linux, and PowerVM.

New PowerLinux solutions will offer deep integration with Linux-specific POWER7 processor-based hardware to analyze big data, manage industry specific applications, and deliver open-source infrastructure services. IBM PowerLinux Big Data Analytics Solution can handle big data analytics projects using Apache Hadoop. IBM InfoSphere BigInsights will allow organizations to analyze data at rest when it is made generally available June 15. Tests have shown that it runs 37 percent faster on PowerLinux than on comparable x86 machines, according to published reports originating from IBM. IBM InfoSphere Streams for PowerLinux, which analyzes data in motion, is currently available.

IBM also has introduced PowerLinux industry application solutions, such as the IBM PowerLinux Solution Edition for SAP Applications. The promise is that mid-sized organizations can deliver these services at a lower cost per workload and with greater reliability than on x86 commodity servers running Windows or Linux. ISVs reportedly are gearing up to provide pre-integrated, tested and validated solutions across a variety of industries.

The new IBM PowerLinux Open Source Infrastructure Services Solution offers control over server and virtual image sprawl with PowerVM for PowerLinux virtualization services. Business can deliver services such as Web, email, and social business collaboration more cost effectively and just as securely running scalable open-source software on PowerLinux with PowerVM.

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