IBM will begin shipping on Feb. 18 a lower-price model in its, which combine Big Blue's Power5 processors and the Linux operating system. The new OpenPower 710, announced Monday, has one or two Power5 processors running at 1.65GHz; IBM is asking $3,449 for a model with one processor, 1GB of memory, a 74GB drive, but no operating system installed. The system is certified to work with Linux from Red Hat and Novell.
Previously, the lowest priced model was the, which starts at $5,000 but can expand to include four processors. IBM is trying to build a Linux software ecosystem for its Power chips; today the open-source operating system is most widely used on servers using x86 processors such as Intel's Xeon and Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron.