New IBM Netfinity Server Simplifies Computing for Small Businesses

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Somers, NY - 16 Aug 1999: ... IBM today announced a new low price, small business server that makes it easier to link together computers and the Internet. The Netfinity(R) 3500 M10, will offer new installation and configuration support with added power -- up to two 600MHz(1) Intel(R) processors and 1GB of memory.

Specially designed for Windows(R) NT and Linux-based businesses, the Netfinity 3500 M10 adds optional RAID support for Linux and is certified to run all four major Linux operating systems. Furthermore, the Netfinity 3500 M10 is the first server to come standard with 90 Day Server Startup Support for Linux -- providing customers with a single point of contact for all of their Linux installation problems.

"IBM is helping small businesses become e-businesses by offering them affordable computing systems that put them on the Internet roadmap quickly and easily," said James Gargan, director of product marketing, Netfinity Servers. "And we're doing it while giving our customers 30-percent more computing power for 10-percent less money than they might pay for an equivalent system from our nearest competitor, Compaq."(3)

Smart setup tools including LANClient Control Manager (LCCM) enable automated and remote deployment of clients from the Netfinity 3500 M10. Server configuration gets simpler with ServerGuide, a CD-ROM providing step-by-step software installation and configuration instructions. All models of the Netfinity 3500 M10 are shipped standard with Netfinity Manager and Capacity Management Tools.

The Netfinity 3500 M10 will be available in mid-August starting at $1,765.(4)

Key features of the Netfinity 3500 include:

-- Complete certification on Windows NT and all Linux platforms

-- 90 Day Server Startup Support -- providing free support for system installation, NOS and third party ServerProven products

-- Integrated Environmental Monitoring

-- "PFA" Predictive Failure Analysis on select components

-- Netfinity Manager comprehensive system management tool

-- Capacity Manager artificial intelligence tool enabling administrators to identify and eliminate bottlenecks before they occur

-- Support for "Alert on LAN" advanced monitoring and alerting of system failure

-- ServerGuide set-up and configuration tool

-- Support for "SMA" System Migration Assistant allowing Windows NT configuration information to be easily transferred from existing machines to the Netfinity 3500 M10 during upgrades

-- Support for "LCCM" LANClient Control Manager allowing remote and automatic formatting of drives and deployment of the OS and other software across multiple systems over the network using Windows NT.

-- Complete 3 year on-site warranty including all Netfinity options

System Specifications:

-- Processors: 500MHz, 550MHz and 600MHz

-- Memory: 64MB and 128MB standard, up to 1GB maximum

-- Storage: 9.1GB and Open Bay models (2)

-- Disk Controller: Wide Ultra SCSI

-- RAID: Supports ServeRAID adapters for internal and external storage

-- Hard Disks: Supports all 10K drives 9.1GB and 18.2GB

-- Network: Built in 10/100 Ethernet

-- Software Shipped: ServerGuide and Netfinity Manager (including Capacity Manager)

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.

(2) When referring to hard drive capacities, GB means one billion bytes. Total user-accessible capacity may vary depending on operating environments.

(3) Based on performance comparison of comparably equipped IBM Netfinity 3500 M10 and Compaq ProLiant 1600 servers. Complete test results can found on the IBM website Price comparisons based on a $1,916 estimate for a comparably equipped Compaq ProLiant 800 server. Price estimates were obtained from the Compaq website August 10, 1999.

(4) Estimated reseller price to end users, excluding hard drive. Actual reseller prices may vary.

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