IBM Ships First Servers Based On Intel Xeon Processor MP

IBM's Enterprise X-Architecture Debuts With New Servers

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ARMONK, NY - 27 Dec 2001: IBM today announced it is now shipping the IBM eServer* x360, the first Intel(R)-based servers featuring the IA-32 Intel Xeon(TM) Processor MP and incorporating IBM's Enterprise X-Architecture(TM) technology.

Introduced on schedule after a three-year development effort, the eServer x360 marks the debut of IBM's innovative Enterprise X-Architecture technology, which transforms the economics of the Intel market by offering mainframe-inspired technologies to help customers consolidate scores of Intel servers and reduce total cost of ownership.

The IBM eServer x360 pioneers a compact rack design powered by Intel's new Xeon Processor MP and IBM's XA-32 chipset -- code named "Summit" -- that features IBM's most advanced Copper chip breakthroughs. This unique architecture enables the x360 to offer customers forty percent more processors per rack while taking up a third less floor space than competing systems.

Built with technology from IBM's Project eLiza initiative, IBM's blueprint for developing computers that can monitor themselves and adapt to changing conditions, the eServer x360 is the industry's only Intel server that offers multiple layers of self-healing technologies designed to allow the system to continue operating -- even through system errors or failures.

In addition, the eServer x360's optional RXE-100 Remote Expansion Enclosure, which allows customers to increase I/O bandwidth without requiring them to pay for a full system upgrade is now shipping.

"Early ship customers are already relying on IBM's Enterprise X-Architecture innovations and the x360 to run business-critical workloads in a wide spectrum of industries" said Susan Whitney, General Manager, IBM eServer xSeries. "The x360 demonstrates how IBM's technology plays a critical role in bringing customers mainframe-inspired features to the industry standard space to help meet enterprise-class business needs."