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IBM Ships 1,000th POWER6-Based System p UNIX Server


Arrow Electronics to Use System p 570s With POWER Virtualization to Run ERP Applications

ARMONK, NY and MELVILLE, NY.- IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that the company recently shipped its 1,000th POWER6™ processor-based System p™ 570 server, with Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) being the recipient.

Arrow, whose Enterprise Computing Solutions (ECS) division is the largest distributor of System p servers in the world, recently received eight System p 570s. The new servers will be used in the automation and integration of Arrow ECS’ order management, financial, procurement and planning operations as the company scales its enterprise resource planning initiative globally. Supported by the System p 570 servers with Advanced POWER™ Virtualization, the configuration will provide 24/7 availability for more than 3,000 concurrent users.

“Arrow was impressed with the capabilities of POWER6 in terms of its performance, ability to scale, and continuous availability features,” said Vin Melvin, chief information officer of Arrow Electronics. “Arrow has had an excellent, long-standing relationship with IBM as both a vendor and a partner, and System p and AIX® have formed a prominent core backbone of our architecture for a number of years. Selecting the POWER6 processor was a logical decision for us.”

IBM introduced the System p 570 in May and began shipping the midrange server in June. The system is powered by IBM’s highly acclaimed POWER6 processor, the world’s fastest chip at 4.7 GHz. The dual-core processor doubles the speed of the previous generation POWER5™ while using nearly the same amount of electricity to run and cool it, meaning that customers can use the new processor to either increase their performance by 100 percent or cut their power consumption virtually in half.

The System p 570, the world’s most powerful midrange consolidation machine, contains hardware and software that allows it to create many “virtual” servers in a single box. For instance, the POWER6-based p 570 system is the only UNIX® server in the industry to feature Live Partition Mobility. This breakthrough technique allows customers to move live virtual machines -- including all running applications in that virtual machine -- from one physical UNIX or Linux® POWER6-based server to another while maintaining continuous availability of the applications to end users.

“We’re thrilled that Arrow -- a company that thrives on expertise in UNIX systems -- has chosen the p570 and our leadership virtualization technology to increase resource utilization and simplify operations by reducing planned downtime,” said Scott Handy, vice president of marketing and strategy, IBM Power Systems. “Customers around the world continue to cast their vote for POWER6 and IBM UNIX servers. We are winning new customers by delivering more than just performance -- extending our leadership to virtualization solutions, energy-saving technology and capabilities and overall balanced system design across the System p family of hardware and systems software.”


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