Latest IBM Enterprise X-Architecture Technology to Scale Intel Servers to New Levels

'Pay-as-You-Grow' up to 32 Intel Processors Itanium 2-Based System Available

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ARMONK, N.Y. - 30 Jun 2003: IBM today announced a series of powerful new eServer* systems, including a server based on the second generation of IBM's Enterprise X-Architecture(TM) (EXA) technology that will scale up to 32 of the newest Intel® Xeon(TM) processors MP. Other new eServer systems announced today are based on Intel Xeon and Intel® Itanium® 2 processors.

The scalability of the new eServer xSeries(TM) 445 will help customers protect existing IA-32-based software investments as well as help control costs with XpandOnDemand(TM) configuration, which allows customers to increase computing capacity on demand and only pay for the capacity as needed. Singapore Polytechnic has selected the new eServer x445 as the base building block for its new scale up infrastructure. The customer is using the x445 to support the E-Cell research project and help further research efforts in Virtual High Throughput Screening for possible drug leads against Dengue Virus.

"We are extremely excited about the introduction of the IBM eServer x445. With its superior price-performance and promise of XpandOnDemand scalability, we realized that no other system but the x445 could satisfy our high-performance research needs today and into the future," said Dr. Ng Yan Hong, Senior Lecturer, School of Inform-Communications Technology of Singapore Polytechnic, a leading government tertiary institution in Singapore. "With Enterprise X-Architecture and the x445, IBM is truly extending its technology leadership in industry-standard servers by offering pay-as-you-grow scalability, industry-leading price-performance, and extended memory availability which caters for both SMP and cluster environments much to the requirements for our research works in Bioinformatics. With the x445, we will be able to advance our bioinformatics research works confidently on one of the most advanced and versatile industry-standard servers in the world."

EXA, designed to support both Intel Xeon processors MP and Itanium 2 processors, has helped propel IBM to the leadership position in high end Intel-based computing. EXA-based systems are designed to lower the cost of acquisition by offering customers "pay-as-you-grow" scalability, and help lower ongoing cost of operations with mainframe inspired technologies. According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, in the first quarter of 2003 IBM posted the strongest year-over-year factory revenue growth rate among the top five vendors of x86 servers and was the worldwide revenue leader for eight x86-processor based servers.

The EXA-based eServer x445 is available in 4U building blocks with eight processors each. Ideal for server consolidation, the eServer x445 also includes up to 64GB memory per chassis, Remote I/O (using the RXE-100 expansion box) + RIO Sharing and Active Memory(TM) now with Hot-swap Memory and Hot-add Memory.

"IBM's EXA technology revolutionized the high-end Intel-based server when it was first announced in December of 2001," said Susan Whitney, general manager, IBM eServer xSeries. "We continue to see strong interest from our customers for scalable systems based on Intel's Xeon processors. With EXA customers can scale their systems to meet their business needs and protect existing software investments."

"IBM's new EXA and eServer-based systems are leading systems and are well-suited for the diverse needs of the high-end enterprise," said Mike Fister, senior vice president, Intel Enterprise Platforms Group. "These platforms, based on the new Intel Itanium 2 and Intel Xeon processors, deliver tremendous performance and value for the most demanding enterprise applications such as enterprise resource planning and business intelligence."

IBM reinforces its leadership in the high-end Intel processor-based server market with new results on leading industry-standard benchmarks on the eServer x445 system:

Other new IBM eServer xSeries systems the company is introducing include:

IBM eServer xSeries systems are available with the latest version of IBM Director systems management software. IBM Director provides users an easier way to manage systems and respond in real time to changing business conditions.

All of the systems announced today will support both Linux and Microsoft operating systems.

The eServer x445 is available on July 1 at a base price of $18,599. (4) The 32-way version of the x445 will be available in later this year.

The eServer x360 and x255 are available immediately. The eServer x360 starts at $7,059 (5) and the eServer x255 starts at $6,009. (6) The eServer x205 will be available July 15 for $499 (7) and the x225 will be available August 1 at a base price of $2,039. (8)

The eServer x450 will be available July 18 and will start at $25,999 (9) while the eServer x382 will be available August 20, for a base price of $26,589. (10)