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IBM Adds to 'Building Block' Servers With 2-Way and 4-Way Options

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted Aug 22, 2002


IBM Wednesday extended its "building-block" Intel server architecture with the introduction of 2-way and 4-way versions of the eServer x440. IBM Wednesday extended its 'building-block' Intel server architecture with the introduction of 2-way and 4-way versions of the eServer x440. When the models ship later this month, they will join the 8-way and 16-way models unveiled in March.

When the models ship later this month, they will join the 8-way and 16-way models unveiled in March.

These just-announced 2-way and 4-way x440 entry models will be marketed to midsize enterprises looking for a scalable technology infrastructure. Like the previously announced models, the servers offer a modular path designed support up to 16-way scalability.

The x440 server is designed to bring a building block approach to servers. Big Blue believes that by following this path enterprises can purchase a 2-way or 4-way 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon processor-based system to meets their current needs and budget constraints. Down the road, they can upgrade to 8-way and 16-way configurations by replacing the Xeon processors with the Xeon Processor MP.

IBM claims industry-leading performance for the 4-way x440 as a result of it achieving the number-one TPC-C benchmark result for a 4-way, 32-bit Intel architecture system. The 4-way x440 performed 61,168.83 transactions per minute (tpmC) at $5.14 per tpmC.

In comparison, this was 75 percent more throughput than Dell's PowerEdge 6600 achieved and 25 percent more than that of the HP ProLiant DL 580-G2, Hewlett-Packard's highest 4-way TPC-C result on an IA-32-based machine. The IBM system also delivered a price/performance score that was 21 percent better than that of the ProLiant DL 580-G2.

The new x440 entry server is designed with innovations from Project eLiza, IBM's self-healing solutions strategy. eLiza features found in the 4-way x440 include Software Rejuvenation, Active PCI Manager, Rack Manager, and the capability to manage non-IBM systems.

The x440 ships standard with IBM XceL4 Server Accelerator Cache technology, remote I/O, memory mirroring, hot-swappable disk storage, and IBM Director software. It supports Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, and SuSE Linux 8.0.

The eServer x440 entry system is scheduled to start shipping August 30. It will be priced starting at $20,499.

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