IBM Extends Successful "Building Block" Server To Mid-Sized Businesses

Four-Way Configuration Outperforms Dell PowerEdge 6600 By 75 Percent On TPC-C Benchmark

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ARMONK, NY - 21 Aug 2002: -- IBM today extended its popular "building-block" Intel server architecture with the introduction of an aggressively priced, highly scalable two-processor eServer system that offers growing mid-sized businesses the ability to increase computing power as they need it on a flexible, "pay-as-you-grow" basis.

Building on the success of its high-end eServer x440 Intel-based system, IBM's new two- or four-way x440 entry model extends the company's proven Enterprise X-Architecture technology to medium business customers looking for technology infrastructure that can easily scale as their business grows. The server offers a modular path that is designed support up to 16-way scalability, and, in a four-way configuration, delivered industry-leading performance results for an Intel(r) 32-bit architecture system on the Transaction Processing Performance Council's TPC-C benchmark.

"Pay-as-you-grow" flexibility
The new x440 server pioneers a flexible approach that allows customers to purchase a two- or four-way 2.4GHz Intel Xeon Processor-based system that can easily be upgraded to eight- and 16-way configurations by replacing the Xeon processors with the Xeon Processor MP.

Introduced earlier this year, the eServer x440 is the result of a three-year development effort to build an exceptionally powerful Intel processor-based server using industry-standard technologies that meets the performance, reliability and scalability requirements of corporate data center customers. The server offers a highly reliable, building-block architecture that allows customers to pay for computing power as they need it, and is designed to support up to 16 processors.

"Customer response to the eServer x440 and its 'pay-as-you-grow' approach has been so positive that we're extending it to mid-sized businesses, offering customers a powerful, low-cost system that can grow with their business," said Deepak Advani, vice president, IBM eServer xSeries. "Our new highly scalable x440 entry server can deliver outstanding investment protection and confirms the value of IBM Enterprise X-Architecture technology, which provides mainframe-inspired performance and reliability at industry-standard prices."

Performance leadership
IBM demonstrated the server's performance leadership by establishing a new number-one result for a four-way, 32-bit Intel-architecture system on the TPC-C benchmark.

The x440 entry server achieved 61,168.83 transactions per minute (tpmC) at $5.14 per tpmC (1), delivering 75 percent more throughput than Dell's PowerEdge 6600 and 25 percent more than the HP ProLiant DL 580-G2, Hewlett-Packard's highest four-way TPC-C result on an IA-32-based machine. The IBM system also delivered a price/performance score that was 21 percent better than the ProLiant DL 580-G2 (2).

Technology innovation
The new x440 entry server is designed with innovations from Project eLiza (tm), part of IBM's autonomic computing strategy to deliver self-managing solutions. The server offers customers self-healing and self-managing features, including Software Rejuvenation, Active PCI Manager, Rack Manager and the ability to manage non-IBM systems.

The server ships standard with IBM XceL4 Server Accelerator Cache technology, which places frequently accessed data close to the processor to help deliver faster performance; Remote I/O, allowing multiple PCI/PCI-X adapter slots to be added several yards away from the server via high-speed interconnect ports; memory mirroring; hot-swappable disk storage; and IBM Director software for superior reliability and manageability.

The x440 entry server supports Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, as well as Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and SuSE Linux 8.0, providing customers application choice and flexibility. Like all IBM eServer products, the system has been rigorously tested to meet strict IBM and customer requirements for reliability.

Planned availability for the eServer x440 entry system is August 30, 2002. Pricing starts at $20,499 (3).