November 12, 2007 Timothy Prickett Morgan
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Last week, IBM cut prices on its midrange System i5 550 and sorta-midrange and more powerful System i5 570 machines that are based on the Power5+ processors that came out last year. The price changes were meant to stimulate sales of these platforms, which have plenty of oomph and which will be able to run the future V6R1, due in early 2008.
While IBM has one Power6-based machine in the field–the 9406-MMA server that bears the System p and System i 570 brand–and will have a second–the JS22 blade server–to market in