IBM Previews Technology Blueprint For Netfinity Server Line

New Architecture Will Bring Enterprise Power To Windows NT

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LAS VEGAS - 09 Sep 1998: -- IBM today announced a new hardware blueprint for its Netfinity line of servers, providing a long-term view of the powerful technology that will form the cornerstone of the company's systems running Microsoft Windows NT.

Among the key elements outlined in the IBM blueprint are clustering, enterprise-class reliability/availability, FibreChannel enterprise storage and how IBM will leverage other significant aspects of its enterprise systems heritage for Netfinity servers that run Windows NT. The new blueprint is being unveiled here at Microsoft's first-ever Business Applications Conference, attended by 3,000 developers, systems integrators and systems architects.

"Netfinity server technology will be designed to give users the ability to generate and deliver information faster, store far more data, and work more easily in diverse system environments," said Tom Bradicich, IBM Director of Architecture & Technology, who is presenting the brief at the conference. "IBM will continue to provide users with enterprise-class server power in the Netfinity line."

"The Netfinity architecture will help seamlessly integrate Windows NT applications with legacy systems," said James Utzschneider, director of line of business evangelism at Microsoft. "Users will have better access to information, with the ability to put it to work quickly. This fits with Microsoft's vision of integrating applications in order to improve business effectiveness and responsiveness to customers."Featured in the Netfinity technology blueprint are these and other key elements:

In addition, future disk storage systems will support attachment of disk storage to high-bandwidth System Area Networks, used to support scalable application cluster configurations.

IBM Netfinity family

The IBM Netfinity family of servers enables small, medium and large companies to manage their networked business systems -- from file and print capabilities to advanced applications -- virtually anytime, anywhere. IBM Netfinity products provide customers using industry-standard technologies with a reliable foundation for their networked businesses by delivering outstanding power, scalability, control and service. Software from IBM (such as DB2, MQ and TX series products) and industry-leading vendors such as Lotus, Tivoli, Novell, Microsoft, SCO, SAP, Oracle, JD Edwards and Baan are tested on IBM Netfinity systems so that customers are empowered to achieve their highest degree of productivity.

Sponsored by Microsoft, the Business Applications Conference 98 is a technical how-to workshop for the integration of real world solutions. The first-ever conference is designed to educate developers, systems integrators, systems architects and independent software vendors (ISVs) on how to link disparate computer systems and line-of-business applications into complete, end-to-end solutions. The conference is the latest effort in Microsoft's ongoing commitment to helping developers and customers realize the vision of a "Digital Nervous System."

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