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IBM Unveils 64-Way Server

Mar 23, 2001, 16:56 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

By Thor Olavsrud

IBM Friday unveiled a 64-processor server in an attempt to win back ground lost to competitor Sun Microsystems.

Big Blue raised the curtain on the eServer x430, which utilizes the new Intel 900 MHz Pentium III Xeon processors, at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany.

The server offers Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) architecture and I/O technologies, and supports an application portfolio including Linux via the Linux Application Environment and ptx. It will also support the latest edition of Windows Datacenter Server when it becomes available.

IBM said the x430 is optimized for scalability, availability and manageability requirements of large and rapidly growing infrastructures, and has the ability to simultaneously run different applications across multiple operating systems.

The company also announced three other servers in the eServer line, including the x250 and x350, which use four processors, and the x370 which uses eight processors.

The x250 is a 4-way server intended for environments running critical applications subject to rapid growth, including corporate e-mail messaging and business analysis. The x350 is a 4-way enterprise server geared towards constrained data centers. IBM said it houses high availability attributes in a 4U package. The x370 is modeled after a mainframe and is an 8-way server for delivering extreme availability and performance to handle enterprise-level workloads.

Additionally, the company reiterated its support for Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, Microsoft's answer to UNIX.

"IBM will offer a rich set of services through IBM Global Services to help support customers' Datacenter implementations, including system monitoring, onsite and remote technical support, proof-of-concept and systems testing, business recovery and High Availability Services, including availability guarantees," the company said. "IBM also offers planning, deployment, migration and integration expertise to Windows 2000 Datacenter Server customers through the Enterprise Services for Microsoft Technologies practice.

Finally, the company unveiled a series of enterprise storage options, including internal LTO tape drives and internal SDLT tape drives.

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