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IBM Bolsters Hardware Development Aimed at Windows 2000

Adds New Netfinity Models to Award-winning Server Line

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SOMERS, NY - 28 Jan 1999: . . . IBM said today it will strengthen efforts to bring enterprise technologies to the Microsoft Windows 2000-based server space. The company also announced new servers featuring Intel's latest Pentium II Xeon processor and an upgraded setup and deployment tool that can cut many Netfinity server setups to just 30 minutes.

The Kirkland-Wash.based IBM Center for Microsoft Technologies plans to speed development of enhanced user functionality for Netfinity servers using Windows 2000. IBM's X-Architecture* -- a technology roadmap for Netfinity hardware -- will serve as the blueprint for grafting IBM's tested enterprise technologies to the Windows 2000 operating environment.

X-Architecture initiatives currently planned for 1999/2000 include enterprise storage, scalable clustering (including use of an SP switch), high-speed interconnect technology, 8-way SMP, advanced memory and cross-platform interoperability.

Also, the center will help Netfinity "Partners in Development" members optimize their software (including Windows 2000 and associated applications) to take greater advantage of advanced Netfinity server features. For example, IBM's OnForeverTM initiative, will extend within the next three years hot plug capabilities to memory and microprocessors. Further progress will be enabled by implementing technologies such as concurrent diagnostics and "on-the-fly" software upgrades, technologies currently available only on traditional mid-range and mainframe servers.

"We're working closely with Microsoft to bring high-availability technologies from IBM's mainframe heritage into Netfinity servers," said John Callies, Vice President of Marketing, Netfinity. "These efforts are targeted at customers who want greater compatibility among disparate systems and who plan to use Windows 2000 for high-volume transaction applications."

"More and more of our mutual customers are using Windows NT in demanding application server roles - like ERP, financial services and enterprise messaging," said Edmund Muth, enterprise marketing group manager, Microsoft. "Systems engineering excellence, high technology and RAS features are very important to this growing part of the Windows NT Server marketplace - the server marketplace between $50,000 and $500,000."

"IBM wants customers to enjoy the most compatible and reliable servers when running Windows 2000 and integrating it into existing applications," said Roy Clauson, Director of the IBM Center for Microsoft Technologies. "We will devote more resources to building the center's capabilities in order to integrate high-availability and other important technologies to Netfinity servers."

New Netfinity Servers Feature 450Mhz Xeon Processors

New Netfinity servers announced today support Intel's latest 450 MHz (FN) Pentium II Xeon microprocessor. The new, Netfinity 5500 M10, for corporate departments, large workgroups or remote offices, and the Netfinity 7000 M10, for server consolidation, business intelligence applications and other rigorous, enterprise-wide functions, are available through IBM authorized resellers.

The Netfinity 7000 M10 features a number of scalability, manageability and availability features, including:

Estimater reseller prices on the Netfinity 7000 M10 begin at $10,549 (fn).

The Netfinity 5500 M10, with two-way SMP design (up to two 450 MHz Pentium II Xeon processors) features:

Estimated reseller prices on the Netfinity 5500 M10 begin at $6,599 (fn).

World-Class Set-Up/Deployment For Windows NT Environments -- New Netfinity ServerGuide 4.1

IBM has enhanced users' abilities to set up and deploy their Netfinity servers, with the introduction of ServerGuide 4.1, the premier installation and set-up tool for Netfinity servers," said James Gargan, Director, Product Marketing, Netfinity. The revamped ServerGuide contains streamlined packaging and simplified set-up, often slicing configuration time to 30 minutes. These results were based on IBM testing of Netfinity 7000 M10 with ServeRAID 2 Adapter configured for RAID5, with four 400 MHz processors (each one has 4 MB of cache), and 2 GB of RAM.

ServerGuide, based on extensive customer feedback during development, utilizing IBM's user-centered design process, broadens network operating system (NOS) support for Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition, Windows NT Workstation and SCO Unixware 7.

UpgradesHelp Provide Investment Protection for Netfinity 5500 and 7000 Customers

Designed with scalable features that keep pace with businesses as they grow, IBM's current Netfinity 5500 M10 and 7000 M10 customers can easily upgrade their systems to the new 450MHz Pentium II Xeon processor.

Additionally, Netfinity 5500 customers using Pentium II processors can upgrade to Pentium II Xeon technology with a simple upgrade that users can install in minutes. A rebate program allows current Netfinity 7000 customers to acquire the new Netfinity 7000 M10 server easily and affordably.

Balanced and scalable system design means that IBM Netfinity customers are offered a greater degree of flexibility in the future.

Netfinity Server Options

Additionally, IBM is expanding its server communications Options to include a new suite of PCI adapters providing serial, remote access or mainframe connectivity and wide area interface connections to Netfinity Server users. The new suite of PCI adapters include:

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*See the Netfinity X-architecture press release and white paper at http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/netfinity/net035.html and (URL for whitepaper), respectively. IBM press releases are available at http://www.ibm.com.press. Information about IBM Netfinity products and services is located at http://www.ibm.com/netfinity/.

(FN) MHz only measures microproccesor internal clock speed, not application performance. Many factors affect application performance. (fn) Estimated reseller price to end users, excluding hard drive. Actual reseller prices may vary.

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Michael Corrado
IBM
914-766-3052
corrado@us.ibm.com