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IBM Delivers New Affordable Thin Servers and New Appliances that Help Speed Delivery of Internet Content to Users


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Armonk, N.Y. - 22 May 2001: IBM today announced new systems in its eServer family; a powerful and affordable thin 1U (1.75") server and a new series of server appliances that can provide up to a five-fold increase* in the speed of delivering web content to end users.

Big Punch in a Small Affordable Package
The new IBM eServer xSeries 300 builds on the industry leading technology of the x330, the world's first 1U server capable of packing two Intel® Pentium® III processors combining for over 2 Gigahertz** of power in a single system. Designed as a high-volume, entry-level thin server, the eServer x300 is priced under $1,500 and addresses two key concerns of many businesses - space and budget. Ideal for easy expansion of web and network infrastructures, the x300 also includes support for two fixed hard drives.

These systems support IBM's Project eLiza initiative, a multi-billion dollar program aimed at creating a world of self-managing servers requiring little or no human interaction with the goal of making global computing networks as easy to manage as today's kitchen appliances. The new eServer x300 includes features such as IBM Director and Software Rejuvenation, a systems management package that includes advanced self-healing computing tools that can help predict and repair software failures before they happen. The x300 leverages IBM's best eServer technology to provide industry standard servers with the performance, reliability and scalability needed to run multiple operating environments for customers of all enterprises.

Dialtone Internet (www.dialtoneinternet.com), a dedicated hosting provider has selected the x300 to provide customers dedicated servers running Linux or Windows e-mail, e-commerce and other web hosting applications. "The IBM eServer systems solve our space density problem and give us a very high level of application flexibility," said Alvaro Albarracin, CEO of Dialtone Internet. "Our customers can select applications on Linux or Windows knowing that they will be fully supported by IBM."

Speedy Web Content Delivery
IBM eServer is also introducing a family of Internet Caching Appliances (ICA) that deliver up to a five times performance increase over the fastest web response time currently available. Frequently visited Web pages are stored on the ICA where they can be quickly accessed as opposed to accessing them on the original Internet server. In addition to getting information to the end user more quickly, the new appliances also help to reduce overall Internet traffic. By incorporating the appliances into their e-business infrastructures, companies can save money, as they will require lower bandwidth. For example, an organization that currently uses two high-speed Internet connection lines, such as a T1, could realize a bandwidth savings that could enable them to gain the same result with only one T1 line in place when using the appliances.

The eServer Internet Caching Appliances allow customers to easily add on the latest technologies in media streaming and content filtration. Content filtering - or the ability to restrict access to inappropriate content - is a feature in great demand from both schools and businesses, two of the early adapters of caching technology.

These appliances, which incorporate the industry leading Volera Excelerator 2.0 caching engine***, deploy rapidly and features an innovative "headless" design that requires no keyboard, mouse or monitor.

"Volera's technology with the new IBM appliances is a real win for our customers," said Simon Khalaf, president of Volera. "The superior eServer architecture is engineered for optimal performance with our Excelerator software, and coupled with IBM's world-class customer support, there is no better Web acceleration solution on the market."

Powered by Intel's Pentium III 866 MHz processors, the new Appliances are available in six models ranging from a 1U thin-server workgroup model capable of handling up to 5,000 requests per second to a 3U enterprise rack model that can handle up to 15,000 requests per second. Tower and Department models are also available.

New eServer Options
IBM also unveiled two new ServeRAIDTM controllers for Intel-based systems. The IBM ServeRAID-4Lx Ultra160 and ServeRAID-4Mx Ultra160, which both feature an Intel GC 80303 100MHz processor and 66MHz PCI controller. Both ServeRAID controllers help optimize performance in mission-critical RAID data storage applications, and deliver performance, scalability and control for entry-level and midrange storage environments.

For additional information, please visit www.ibm.com/eserver.

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* Source: Volera website, http://www.volera.com/Products/Excelerator

** MHz/GHz only measures microprocessor internal clock speed; many factors affect application performance.

*** Some software may differ from its retail version and may not include user manuals or all program functionality. For non-IBM software, applicable third-party licenses may apply. Warranty, service and support for non-IBM products are provided by third parties, not IBM. IBM makes no representations or warranties regarding non-IBM products.

**The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive term "server" following it.

*IBM, the e-business logo, ServeRAID and xSeries are all trademarks of IBM Corporation.

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Jeanne Orfinik
IBM Media Relations
(914) 766-4777
orfinik@us.ibm.com