New eServer has a diagnostic processor

New eServer has a diagnostic processor

The p610 can accommodate one or two copper-interconnect processors for cool operation.

IBM Corp.'s new p610 eServer can accommodate six hot-swappable disk drives for almost 300G of internal storage.

The new server has one or two of the company's Power3-II processors, whose copper-interconnect technology runs cooler and uses less electrical power than aluminum connectors.

The p610 also has a dedicated service processor that can identify failing system components and show the diagnosis on a panel of LED indicators, said Chuck Bryan, IBM's director of pSeries product marketing.

Other hardware features include five PCI expansion slots, two Ethernet connections, and internal and external Ultra2 SCSI ports. The new eServer runs IBM's AIX 5L proprietary version of Unix and its predecessor, AIX 4.3.3. Early in 2002, the company will ship p610 systems running 64-bit Linux distributions from Red Hat Inc. of Durham, N.C., or SuSE Inc. of Oakland, Calif.

IBM has extended its system, networking, analysis and performance pilot (SNAPP) technology, first introduced with the p640 eServer, to the p610 model, Bryan said. SNAPP lets administrators configure servers wirelessly by issuing commands from a handheld computer running Palm OS.

A base p610 lists for $7,495 with one processor and 512M of memory, Bryan said.

Contact IBM at 800-426-2255.

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