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April 7, 2011

IBM introduces new x86-based servers

Offers clients advanced computing platforms

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has introduced new x86-based servers that raise the limits on enterprise workloads, memory and scaling.

The new blade and rack servers rely on IBM’s X-Architecture technology to offer clients advanced computing platforms designed to wring performance from the new Intel Xeon processor E7 family.

The new 2011 System x and BladeCenter eX5 Systems enhancements include: 2X increase in memory capacity across the entire eX5 product line, up to 6TB in total; and up to 40% CPU performance improvement over previous generation Intel Xeon 7500 series.

In addition, the new system provides up to 1000X performance boost and 4X more internal SSD storage capacity with new 50GB and 200GB drives for eXFlash; and the new two-socket x3690 X5 server pushes the limits of virtualisation with the ability to deploy the maximum number of virtual machines supported by VMware.

The MAX5 memory expansion drawer provides additional DIMM slots for each eX5 server without the need for purchasing additional processors and software licenses.

IBM said that the new MAX5 expansion capabilities include: eight-socket x3850 X5: up to 192 DIMM slots (6TB); four-socket x3850 X5: up to 96 DIMM slots (3TB); and two-socket x3690 X5: up to 64 DIMM slots (2TB).

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The company said that its eXFlash solid-state drive technology has been updated with new 50GB and 200GB solid state drives.

The new eXFlash technology can achieve 2,100% more I/O transactions per second and 9X faster response time when compared to traditional hard drives, the company claimed.

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