Increased computing power and price appeal make the new Power7 Blades the frontrunner in cost efficient server technology. The Power7 blades indicate by their benchmark test results that they are costwise, the morst valuable blade servers in the Commercial Performance Workload field. In an article written today by Timothy Prickett Morgan, he provides insight into the future of the performance/server relationship:
" The aggressive pricing and performance may also be giving us a preview into the future entry Power7 machines coming in rack and tower forms, presumably to be called the Power 720 and maybe with a Power 710 and Power 705 smaller variants (perhaps with Smart Cube SMB appliance bundles). If the past is prologue, then the future entry Power 710s and 720s should be priced very much like the PS701 and PS702 blade servers, and offer about the same oomph, too. Since April 2008, when IBM converged the System i and System p product lines, one of its goals has been to keep price parity between i and AIX hardware and systems software, but also to get the price of blade servers down to the same level as rack servers, enticing customers to move to blades and their more sophisticated management and simpler cabling."
Power7 blade servers will be available for purchase June 4th. IBM continues to pioneer the industry by engineering solutions for business needs of every variety. For more informaiton, including technical details of the the new PS701 and PS702 blades and a Power7 webinar, visit the IBM POWER7 Overview.