The company announces the IBM eServer zSeries 890, a powerful mainframe for medium-sized enterprise customers. It extends the capabilities of the company's flagship IBM eServer zSeries 990 mainframe to mid-sized companies at a lower entry cost and size.
IBM introduces the eServer i5, the first systems to be powered by the much anticipated POWER5 microprocessors. Running i5/OS, the next generation of OS/400, the new eServer i5 systems provide small and medium-sized businesses with unprecedented power, flexibility and cost benefits.
Also rolled out are the IBM eServer p5 595 and eServer i5 595 to provide powerful capacity, virtualization capabilities and performance, along with the new 32-way IBM eServer p5 590 -- up to 45 percent faster and costing 45 percent less than its predecessor, the highly successful eServer pSeries p690. The three new systems introduce new economics to the IT industry by providing the ability to run over 250 virtual servers on a single machine.
The company announces IBM TotalStorage DS6000 and DS8000 data storage systems that bridge the gap between once incompatible high-end and midrange storage classes. (The DS6000 series begins at just 580GB and scales up to 67.2 terabytes in a box only slightly larger than a VCR. The DS8000 series is available in dual two processor or dual four processor configurations, and can address over 96 petabytes of data -- or more than 4,500 times the amount of information found in the Library of Congress.)
IBM debuts the first ThinkPad with an integrated fingerprint reader. Selected models of the ThinkPad T42 offer an unmatched level of data protection through a new biometric capability and embedded security subsystem.
IBM says that it is working with the New York Stock Exchange on a new order management and messaging system in support of the 1.6 billion shares traded daily. The system will be one of the world's most sophisticated examples of "Extreme Availability," relying on IBM computers, infrastructure software and engineering expertise for a network designed to virtually eliminate downtime.
Mayo Clinic and IBM announce a broad collaboration to accelerate advances in patient care and research with an aggressive set of technology initiatives. The collaboration will focus on new techniques to harness patient data to improve diagnoses, deep computing power to model diseases to find cures, and new devices to access information to transform how patients and physicians interact, leading to more individualized care. Under the collaboration, Mayo Clinic will be the first medical institution to tap the power of IBM's Blue Gene supercomputer.
With 3,248 patents in 2004, IBM earns more U.S. patents than any other company for the twelfth consecutive year. IBM has 1,314 more patents than any other company. This is the fourth consecutive year IBM has received more than 3,000 U.S. patents and remains the only company to receive more than 2,000 patents in one year.
IBM, along with representatives of the world's leading science, education and philanthropic organizations, launches World Community Grid, a global humanitarian effort that applies the unused computing power of individual and business computers to help address the world's most difficult health and social problems.
The company announces the next step in its On Demand Community volunteer initiative by enabling its approximately 160,000 retirees to leverage new technology tools to increase the impact and value of volunteer efforts in schools and local agencies across the globe. For retiree volunteers who donate time to community organizations, On Demand Community provides access to innovative new IBM technology that will help clients of senior centers and organizations for the disabled access and see the Internet better.
At the end of the year, IBM Chairman Samuel J. Palmisano authorizes a preliminary allocation of $1 million to support relief efforts for the victims of the tsunamis that struck southern Asia on December 26. IBM Crisis Response Teams in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand are deployed to assist local governments and relief organizations.
Lenovo Group Limited -- the leading Personal Computer brand in China and across Asia -- and IBM announce in December a definitive agreement under which Lenovo will acquire IBM's Personal Computing Division to form the world's third-largest PC business.