IBM launches new servers

IBM Corp. has announced a new line of servers designed for scalability and reliability.

The IBM xSeries servers include Intel Corp. processors and smart-management tools. The most revolutionary aspect of the servers is that they use IBM's proprietary X-Architecture technology. The X-Architecture lets a user configure I/O, memory and processors in a pay-as-you-go manner for both 32- and 64-bit systems.

The company unveiled the servers last week at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas. IBM officials touted the new systems as especially useful for government organizations because of the ramp-up investment approach the systems permit.

Because some of the new xSeries servers are blade systems, the modular designs gather computing resources into cost-effective, high-density enclosures that support hot-swappability. The blade servers give the performance and manageability of IBM rack-optimized platforms at twice the density of most other 1U rackmount servers built with Intel processors.

For example, the IBM BladeCenter HS20 comes with either one or two Pentium III Xeon processors running at up to 2.8 GHz with a 533-MHz front-side bus.

A Web page with information about the server line appears at ibm.com/eserver/xseries.

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