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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

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."