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CNET News.com: IBM touts new smaller servers

Apr 13, 2000, 17:01 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"IBM is pushing to make hardware less susceptible to failure through a variety of means, including the ability to change fans, cards, power supplies and disk drives without shutting off the system. In addition, the servers contain "chipkill" technology, which lets the memory system keep on working even when a module fails. Chipkill has also become cheaper because it no longer requires special IBM memory..."

"To address software problems, IBM is adding "software rejuvenation" features that accommodate problems with Windows 2000 and Windows NT. Those operating systems gradually become less stable as computing tasks that are supposed to be finished don't quite let go of all the resources that they used, such as memory. For that reason, many organizations periodically restart their Windows machines."

"In 2001, IBM plans to extend this software rejuvenation feature to Novell operating systems. Linux is due for the same in 2002..."

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