IBM (NYSE:IBM) has announced plans to bring its POWER6 microprocessor-based technology to small and midsize customers and deliver new virtualization solutions to help these businesses consolidate server capacity, save energy reduce costs.

When combined with new POWER6 microprocessor-based System p and BladeCenter servers designed specifically for small and midsize businesses, IBM's new virtualization platform, PowerVM Express, allows customers to create up to 160 virtual partitions in a single system. It is compatible with a broad range of operating systems.

"Virtualization has typically been in the domain of large enterprises. Today we aim to simplify the adoption of virtualization technologies, making it available to small and medium-sized businesses," Scott Handy, vice president of marketing and strategy at IBM Power Systems, said in a statement.