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ServerWatch: IBM Chills Out with New eServer

Feb 14, 2002, 03:46 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clint Boulton)
"For years, combatants in the heated server market have stressed the speed and power at which their latest products can render calculations. While this is no less important today, firms such as IBM are looking for other ways to differentiate themselves from competitors. In IBM's case this includes Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems.

Big Blue has been especially busy blowing off steam with cooler servers since October as part of a push to conserve energy needs in the computing sector and stand apart from its rivals. On Wednesday, the firm added to its eServer family a new p610 that supposedly sucks up as much as 57 percent less electricity and expends 63 percent less heat than a comparable Sun solution, a 280R. The p610 is a low-end system designed for e-business tasks such as customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, and sales force automation. It runs both Unix and Linux.

As for the energy conservation, the new eServer includes RAID 5 storage technology inside the server cabinet rather than in a separate device. This eliminates the need for a second power supply. RAID allows a large number of disks to be treated by a system as a single storage device. More disks means multiple backups for data."

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