IBM releases new Linux-based eServers
Jun 26, 2001, 17:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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IBM today announced two new eServer systems that offer small and
medium-sized businesses access to mainframe and self-healing
technologies. The new IBM eServer xSeries 232 and 342 include
intelligent management features that support IBM's Project eLiza
initiative, a multi-billion dollar program aimed at creating a
world of self-managing servers requiring little or no human
interaction with the goal of making computing networks as easy to
manage as today's kitchen appliances.
In addition, both systems feature up to two of the latest Intel
Tualatin Pentium III processors at 1.13 GHz and support a wide
range of applications running on Linux.
Small and medium size businesses now have access to self-healing
and self-protecting management tools such as Software Rejuvenation
and Light Path Diagnostics, that help predict, identify and repair
problems before performance is ever affected. IBM Software
Rejuvenation, a component of IBM Director, identifies and predicts
pending software problems due to "aging", a major issue related to
Intel-based servers. During the aging process, small programming
errors may accumulate and absorb ever-increasing amounts of a
computer's resources, eventually leading to server downtime.
Software Rejuvenation enables a system to automatically schedule a
time to reset -- or rejuvenate -- its software, rather than allow
the software to continue aging and potentially crash the
IBM's Light Path Diagnostics leads IT personnel quickly to
trouble spots so they may be accessed and viewed without removing
the system cover. This not only speeds problem diagnosis, but also
protects other system components from being compromised by any
individual failures. Paths of lights leading to serviceable
components help minimize downtime by allowing quick visual
diagnosis of system problems.
Powered by Intel's new Tualatin Pentium III-S processors with
512K Cache and a speed of 1.13GHz, the eServer x232 is a
general-purpose 2-way server. It supports up to nine hot-swap hard
disk drives, five PCI adapters and ten overall media bays.
The IBM eServer x342 is a powerful 2-way system designed for
medium and larger enterprises that need high availability features
in a compact 3U rack design for space constrained environments. The
latest Intel Tualatin processors, a large L2 cache and an
integrated systems management software solution supported by IBM
Director allow the x342 to provide consistent high-performance in
the face of heavy fluctuating workloads.
IBM also announced the availability of Tualatin on the award
winning eServer x330, the industry's most powerful 1U server.
eLogic, a Web site and e-commerce developer for companies such
as Variety and Red Herring, is deploying these new eServer systems
to power eLogic Platform, a combination of custom web-based
publishing tools. eLogic provides customers with news syndication
services, Web personalization, e-commerce tools and newsletter
applications that require a high-degree of system availability due
to the time sensitive nature of the content.
"When we're providing customers with real-time publishing of
over 100 million page-views per day, from over 200,000 daily news
feeds, we can't afford to worry about availability," said Dan
Kempka, vice president, Marketing at eLogic. "eLogic Platforms
require a powerful e-business infrastructure that offers
unsurpassed quality, reliability and scalability for our customers.
IBM eServer systems are the answer."
New Server Appliance Technology
IBM has also enhanced the eServer x130 and x135 server appliances
with new system management and Web site development features. Both
appliances provide a streamlined web-hosting platform for Linux and
will now incorporate industry-leading re-provisioning technology to
enable customers to quickly change content.
Re-provisioning, a feature of the IBM Advanced Appliance
Configuration tool, offers businesses the ability to quickly
duplicate the image of a server and copy that image to another
server -- providing ease in new server setup or replication. ISPs
and ASPs who support numerous clients from a single network will be
able to easily re-deploy their network to meet sudden changes in
client usage, ensuring maximum availability.
IBM customers, such as Turning Stone Casino Resort, which
operates an automated casino, convenience stores, a hotel and RV
park, are choosing the enhanced technology eServer appliances
running Linux to replace their existing Compaq servers.
"We evaluated both the x135 and the Sun Netra," said Jason
Tedford, Senior System Engineer for Turning Stone Casino Resort.
"The x135 simply offered much more in the way of superior
technology. Our servers have to run 24/7, and we bought them for
their availability. The x135 is so dependable that if we ever did
have a server go down, we can rebuild it in 20 minutes with the new
IBM re-provisioning tool. That's key when a down server means lost