IBM rolls out PowerLinux systems for Red Hat and SUSE

The company's new big data-crunching PowerLinux systems run on IBM's Power7 processors and support Red Hat and SUSE

IBM on Wednesday launched new PowerLinux systems that run on the company's Power7 processors and support Red Hat and SUSE.

The additions are designed to crunch big data and plug into IBM's PureSystems family. Specifically, IBM introduced two Linux servers — one system for the IBM PureFlex System and one standalone for the mid-market. Linux-based Power Systems use IBM's PowerVM virtualisation technology.

The first of the two systems is the IBM Flex System p24L Compute Node, a Linux system with a two socket server designed for the IBM PureFlex System, which has 12 or 16 Power7 processors. Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server are the options.

The other is the IBM PowerLinux 7R2 System, a two socket rack server that has 16 Power7 chips.

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