IBM's New "Smart" Server Guards Against System Crashes

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SOMERS, NY - 23 Sep 1999: -IBM today announced a "smart" new server for the Windows(R)

environment that detects when the system is about to crash and can automatically reset itself, avoiding costly downtime.

The new Netfinity 5600 is the first server to use IBM-exclusive Software Rejuvenation -- intelligent planning and scheduling
technology that calculates when device drivers, middleware, applications, or the operating system may reach a critical point and schedules a system reset, gracefully refreshing the application and preventing system failure.

"Software Rejuvenation goes a long way toward eliminating server downtime, making Netfinity servers capable of handling the most critical business applications," said William Colton, general manager, Netfinity servers. "This innovation helps strengthen standards-based hardware and software and smash the barriers that had limited these systems to all but the most critical computing chores."

The technology accompanies other IBM-exclusives including Active PCI and Light Path diagnostics that reduce system downtime by enabling expansion "on-the-fly" and quick problem diagnosis and resolution.

"IBM is defining a new generation of self-maintaining, easy-to-use servers," says James Gargan, director of product offerings, IBM Netfinity. The new Netfinity has color-coded tabs indicating which components that can be replaced "hot" and which require the system be powered off. The entire system can be serviced without tools. "Even the CD-ROM drive can be removed by lifting a simple a lever," says Gargan.

The server sports the latest Intel Pentium III processors, integrated dual channel LVD Ultra SCSI controller, and 64-bit PCI. In the future, IBM plans to offer customers an upgrade to new Intel 133MHz front side bus technology that can be installed in minutes by swapping a circuit board.

New Netfinity 5600 Server and Accessories
The Netfinity 5600 is rich in availability features with redundant, hot-pluggable components including drives, fans, power supplies and PCI adapters. The server supports Light Path diagnostics, making it one of the easiest servers to service and maintain. Other key features include:

-- Up to two 600MHz(1) Intel Pentium III Processors with 512KB L2 Cache

-- Up to 4GB 133MHz ECC SDRAM memory

-- Integrated Advanced System Management Processor for added remote workgroup management capability

-- Five available hot-swap/hot-add Active PCI adapter slots

-- Hot Swap Redundant Power

-- Integrated Dual Channel Ultra SCSI Adaptec LVD Controller and 10/100 Ethernet

-- 5U rack height

-- Netfinity Manager management software, ServerGuide setup and installation software, and Lotus Domino Application Server software*(2)

Options for Netfinity 5600
Options by IBM is offering several upgrades that complement the IBM Netfinity 5600 server including: tape automation, hot-swap redundant power supply, FibreChannel controllers, RAID and SCSI adapters, additional and larger hard drives as well as external storage enclosures.

IBM Netfinity Servers
Netfinity servers are armor plated with advanced technologies such as Light Path Diagnostics and 'Chipkill' memory adopted from IBM's big iron heritage. The Netfinity X-Architecture provides a design blueprint for migrating these mainframe attributes to industry standard servers. Since 1998, Netfinity servers have set over 42 performance records including seven number-one benchmarks.

Information on the Netfinity X-Architecture can be found at Server performance information can be found at

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(1) MHz only measures microprocessor internal clock speed, not application performance. Many factors affect application performance.

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