IBM's scalable xSeries starts shipping

IBM has announced the availability of its xSeries 440 eServer in the Middle East. The xSeries 360 arrived last month but was not scalable in the fashion of the xSeries 440.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  March 17, 2002

IBM has announced the availability of its xSeries 440 eServer in the Middle East. The xSeries 360 arrived last month but was not scalable in the fashion of the xSeries 440. The 440 can scale up to a total of 16 processors and be divided with four physical partitions or 64 vitual partitions.

The xSeries is IBM’s first concerted move into the Intel server space and has been three years in the planning. The company hopes that its technology will be a more attractive proposition to businesses than the competition because of its ‘pay as you grow’ structure that allows power to be purchased as it is required, rather than big up front costs or running short of power when a company experiences rapid growth.

The xSeries 440 is aimed at companies running e-business applications from database and Web site management to consolidating e-mail and file servers.

“IBM’s unique multiple partioning technology ensures that the system is fully utilised so that customers can make the maximum use of their IT investment and buy more power incrementally,” said Andy Parkinson, eServer xSeries sales manager, Middle East Egypt and Pakistan.

“The system provides businesses with the flexibility of consolidating multiple servers, whether Windows, Unix or Linux-based, onto a single, cost-effective and reliable server. Being able to run different operating systems simultaneously gives organisations in the Middle East access to a wider range of applications and more flexibility in bringing their sometimes limited in-house technology resources to bear,” he continued.

The move to Intel servers is part of carefully considered strategy by Big Blue as Tikiri Wanduragala, senior server consultant, eServer xSeries EMEA, explained: “We want to commoditise the Intel server market. If we do that we will be playing to our strengths because our competitors have to make the margin on the sale on day one, whereas we gain most of our revenues from Global Services so further downstream customers will be coming to us.”

Other features of the x440 include compact dimensions, 3.2 Gigabit transfer speed, eLiza self-diagnosis and healing technology and remote I/O that boosts capacity.

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