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IBM Introduces New Products To Help Reduce Costs And Simplify Datacenter

Dense Performance-Leading Server And Connectivity Breakthrough Helps Solve Rack Ecosystem Problems

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ARMONK, NY - 19 Jul 2002: IBM today introduced the rack-based IBM eServer x345, and a new server interconnect technology designed to dramatically reduce the proliferation of cables that add complexity and cost to high-density server environments.

IBM's Advanced Connectivity Technology (ACT) helps lower costs by delivering a powerful way to manage servers as well as providing an easy-to-use, cost effective method of connecting rack-mounted servers. IBM ACT also saves critical rack space in high-density environments by consuming up to 90 percent less rack space than traditional KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switching solutions.(1) The new technology, supported by all xSeries servers, will be important to the increasing number of customers making the transition to smaller rack-dense server environments.

Redefining these environments, the IBM eServer x345 delivers Intel Xeon performance and is the first rack-mounted 2U Intel processor based server to have six Ultra 320 hotswap hard drive bays and five PCI expansion slots.

"IBM is taking the lead to help our customers deploy cost effective and simplified rack dense systems by creating the ACT server connectivity technology and a very dense two-way server," said James Gargan, vice president, IBM eServer xSeries. "In the past five years, the amount of cabling in the average datacenter has grown significantly as rackable servers have gotten smaller, allowing customers to pack more systems into their data centers. We are able to help solve rack ecosystem deployment problems with our new x345 and ACT technology."

Benchmark Champion
The x345 demonstrates leadership performance for a two-way SMP server on the SPECweb99 and NotesBench benchmarks. On the SPECweb99 benchmark, which measures web-serving performance, the x345 server outperforms every other two-way server in the industry.(2) Web serving is an increasingly important application for customers implementing an e-business infrastructure.

The new x345 supports the highest number of users at the lowest price/performance to date for a two-way Lotus® Domino® R5Mail server on the NotesBench benchmark, bettering the Compaq ProLiant ML530 G2. (3)

Reducing Cable Clutter and Improving Manageability
ACT employs an ingenious "daisy-chain" design that enables each server to be connected to its closest neighbor in the rack, with the last server in the chain connected directly to the management switch. This method can use up to 90 percent fewer switches than traditional KVM rack systems, where each server must be cabled directly to the switch.(4)

With the Remote Console Manager ACT product, the daisy chaining method allows up to 256 servers to be connected to a single switch versus 16 servers in most traditional systems. ACT uses industry standard CAT5 cabling, eliminating the logistical nightmare of having to purchase varying sizes of cables to connect the different servers to the switch. To attach the server to the switch, customers can simply purchase a length of cable and cut it into custom pieces.

IBM ACT switches are also available to provide local server management as well as IP based remote management. IBM ACT is designed to include the following benefits:

The x345 server is available with a choice of Microsoft® Windows®, Linux and Novell NetWare. The server will begin shipping on July 31 and starts at $2,799. IBM's ACT is available also on July 31, will start at less than $1,300 for the Local Console Manager. (5)

Contact(s) information

Lisa Lanspery
IBM Media Relations
(212) 745-2304
lisalans@us.ibm.com