IBM introduces the IBM eServer, a new generation of servers featuring mainframe-class reliability and scalability, broad support of open standards for the development of new applications, and capacity on demand for managing the unprecedented needs of e-business. The new servers feature technology from IBM's high-end servers applied across the entire product line, and include: the eServer zSeries -- the most reliable, mission-critical data and transaction server in the industry; eServer pSeries -- the most powerful, technologically advanced UNIX server; eServer iSeries -- the high performance, integrated business server for mid-market companies; and the eServer xSeries -- the affordable Intel-based server with mainframe-inspired reliability technologies.
In building and managing the technology infrastructure for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, IBM turns in a Gold Medal performance. The official Games Web site, powered by IBM, handles unprecedented Internet traffic with 11.3 billion hits, a 1,700 percent increase over the Nagano Games official site in 1998. More than 13 million lines of software code are written and thoroughly tested before the Games begin. Nearly 6,000 people provide technology support for 300 medal events in 37 sports competitions held in 39 venues. More than 7,300 IBM PCs and ThinkPads are connected to the Olympic Games information technology network, 540 Netfinity Servers support the Games Management System by storing massive amounts of data, 50 IBM RS/6000 PC and three RS/6000 SP servers manage and organize data generated by Olympics.com and an intranet system, and three S/390 Parallel Sysplex power the Central Results System.
In IBM's most dramatic and significant rollout of desktop technology since the Personal Computer of 1981, the company announces in March the NetVista brand of new personal computing devices, including next-stage PCs, Internet access devices and thin clients. Among the products introduced are the NetVista All-in-One high performance device, NetVista Legacy-Free PC, NetVista Internet Appliance, and NetVista Zero Footprint Thin Client.
IBM is awarded the 2000 U.S. National Medal of Technology for the company's record of innovation in storage technology. This marks the seventh time that IBM and its scientists have received the nation's highest award for technological innovation, more than any other company or organization.
Samuel J. Palmisano becomes president and chief operating officer, and John M. Thompson becomes vice chairman.
IBM names Harriet P. Pearson as its first chief privacy officer to guide the company's privacy policies and practices, lead initiatives across IBM to strengthen consumer privacy protection and further the company's leadership efforts in those areas.
IBM debuts a commercial version of ASCI White -- the most powerful supercomputer in the world. The new RS/6000 SP system uses performance-enhancing copper microprocessors, silicon switching technology and advanced software to provide e-businesses with the unmatched processing speed, scalability and reliability needed for demanding e-commerce applications.
IBM makes the largest capital investment in its history -- $5 billion -- and announces plans in October to build the world's most technologically advanced chip-making facility in East Fishkill, New York. The new $2.5 billion facility will combine for the first time anywhere IBM chip-making breakthroughs such as copper interconnects, silicon-on-insulator and low-k dielectric insulation on 300mm wafers. Planned to begin operations in late 2002, the new facility will add 1,000 new jobs as it reaches full production the following year.