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March 31, 2009

IBM unveils Intel-based servers and software

Four new x86 rack servers and blades are expected to slash energy costs up to 93%

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has unveiled a new generation of Intel Xeon processor 5500 series-based System x servers and software that enable customers to roll out virtualized computing and reduce growing operating costs with better performance, simplified management and increased utilization.

According to IBM, to help enable a dynamic infrastructure, IBM’s four new x86 rack servers and blades feature better designs, such as lower wattage requirements, that can slash energy costs up to 93%. At the same time, the new System x servers boast double the compute performance in some models, and support more memory, storage and I/O to help customers of all sizes ease the transition to efficient virtualized computing resources.

In addition to hardware innovations, IBM has announced a new management software to complement Systems Director 6.1, which enables clients to automatically manage virtual and physical assets across platforms.

IBM claims that the new generation of System x technology maximizes the power and performance with a new generation of intelligent server processors – the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series.

Adalio Sanchez, general manager of IBM System x, said:  Not only do these announcements continue our strong commitment to invest in and deliver leading x86 servers that address our customer’s needs, System x supports multiple architectures and is designed to lower ownership costs and enable new paradigms such as Cloud computing.

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