IBM Express Servers Aimed at SMB Market

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IBM releases four Power7 servers aimed at SMBs, offering high memory capacity and internal storage options.

Technology giant IBM announced the availability of entry-level systems that provide infrastructure solutions, including IT consolidation, real-time analytics, mobile applications, information management and compliance solutions. Based on IBM's Power7 processor, the servers are designed to reduce IT complexity by allowing customers to consolidate multiple workloads onto fewer systems, helping to reduce server sprawl, lower IT costs and conserve energy.

The four Express servers ––IBM Power 710, 720, 730 and 740 Express – can run up to 30,000 applications. With prices starting at under $6,500, the servers offer high memory capacity, internal storage options, I/O expandability and RAS features. IBM said the Power 710 and Power 730 are ideal infrastructure servers in dense 2U, one-two socket rack packages. The rack or tower Power 720 and Power 740 4U models offer additional flexibility with large memory capacities and internal storage for distributed applications, midsize databases and consolidation.

"We continue to develop and deploy the powerful technologies that growing businesses need to improve efficiency, innovate and scale for future growth," said Andy Monshaw, general manager of IBM’s global midmarket division. "Across IBM, we are committed to helping our business partners and midsize clients find new and affordable solutions to address their business challenges and spark transformation."

To support the availability of Power7 Express servers, IBM Global Financing provides a range of financing options, rates and payment plans to help clients accelerate migration to IBM Power System and minimize acquisition and operating costs and monthly financing payments. In July, IBM announced additional co-marketing funding and agency support for eligible IBM Business Partners to launch end-to-end Power7 business development campaigns to build new pipelines targeted at midsize companies.

"The new Power7 Express systems offer growing companies a higher level of business value, services and ROI at affordable prices," said Brett Murphy, power brand manager for Software Information Systems, an IBM business partner. "Our customers benefit from the outstanding performance and energy efficiency of a system that's easy to purchase, deploy and manage. And, with a wide range of available applications, we have the solutions needed to address the business challenges of today's growing company."

IBM also announced the availability of four IBM i Solution Editions based on the Power7 Express servers. These solutions are integrated and optimized for rapid ERP deployment, featuring software from SAP, JD Edwards, Lawson and Infor. They are specifically designed to reduce cost, complexity and implementation time for midsize customers, according to a company release.

"These new systems have the performance, reliability and scalability that our SMB customers need and have come to expect from IBM,"  said Stan Staszak, director of infrastructure solutions and services for Sirius, another IBM business partner. "Being a Dynamic Infrastructure-certified partner is helping prepare us for many of the new initiatives and workloads customers are focused on, such as cloud and virtualization."