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Update: IBM Unveils New System x and BladeCenter Systems Featuring Energy Efficient Performance

New Systems Enable up to 163 Percent Better Performance per Watt

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ARMONK, NY - 26 Jun 2006: IBM introduced today a new IBM BladeCenter blade and System x servers and workstations geared to help reduce power and cooling costs while delivering substantial performance gains over earlier technology. The new systems enable up to 90 percent better application performance, and up to 163 percent better performance per watt today. The systems are designed and optimized to support more advanced computing with future quad core CPU models.(1)

"IBM continues to provide customers with the latest advancements in systems design and performance efficiency," said Alex Yost, director, IBM System x. "The new IBM systems introduced today offer the latest in energy efficient performance and dual-core technology."

The new IBM BladeCenter HS21 is a high-density modular blade server designed to support the entire family of BladeCenter chassis. The ultra-slim and powerful blade design starts at US $2,159. It allows users to double their performance using their current BladeCenter infrastructure.

The System x servers and workstations introduced today are based on the next generation of IBM's Xtended Design Architecture, providing high performance, availability, manageability and flexibility advances on top of industry standard components, and include:

-- System x3650 -- Stable business critical application server for workload consolidation; starting at US $2,119.
-- System x3550 -- Application density for power managed datacenter performance; starting at US $1,869.
-- System x3500 -- Stable business critical application server for remote office management; starting at US $1,809.
-- System x3400 -- Affordable performance for growing businesses; starting at US $1,019.
-- Z Pro Z30 -- Scalable advanced graphics computing; starting at US $2,169.

System x3650, using IBM Java 2 5.0 Runtime Environment, delivered a leadership 2-processor score of 114,941 SPECjbb2005 business operations per second (SPECjbb2005 bops) and 114,941 (SPECjbb2005 bops/JVM) running the SPECjbb2005 benchmark, which evaluates the performance of servers running typical Java business applications. This score is 14 percent higher than the 100,407 bops achieved by the Fujitsu Siemens Computers PRIMERGY BX620 S3. (2)

IBM PowerExecutive, the first solution on the market that provides customers with the intelligence needed to effectively manage power consumption in the datacenter, is also available across the line of blades and servers introduced today, free of charge and available by download for customers.

IBM expects the systems introduced today to be available in August 2006. Additional x86 systems for a variety of business computing needs will be introduced as part of the IBM System x portfolio and IBM Express portfolio in the coming months.

For more information about IBM, go to: www.ibm.com

Contact(s) information

Vineeta Durani
IBM Corporation
415-545-2350
vdurani@us.ibm.com

1 (1) Based on benchmark test results obtained running a Web server workload. Measurements were conducted by IBM using the x3650 and a previous-generation server. Actual results obtained in a customer environment will depend on the application workload for that environment.

2 (2) Both the x3650 and the PRIMERGY BX620 used two Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors 5160 (2 chips/4 cores/2 cores per chip). Statements of comparison are based on the best SPECjbb2005 scores for systems using 2 processors (2 chips/4 cores/2 cores per chip). Results referenced are current as of June 26, 2006. The SPECjbb2005 results for the x3650 have been submitted to SPEC for review. Upon successful review, the result will be posted at www.spec.org, which contains a complete list of published SPECjbb2005 results.

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