IBM debuts new generation server line

Designed to make servers cheaper to run and simpler to manage, IBM ( has unveiled its "new generation," Intel Xeon 5500 processor series-based "System x" servers and software.

They enable customers to more easily roll out virtualized computing and significantly reduce their operating costs without sacrificing performance or management capabilities.

According to the company's announcement this week, IBM's new line of products includes x86 System x racks, blades, "iDataPlex" technology, and management software, all optimized to create a more dynamic data center infrastructure that minimizes the hefty cost of power usage and IT management.

IBM's four new x86 rack servers and blades feature unique lower wattage designs that can slash energy costs up to 93 percent according to IBM's February 2009 Power Engineering Study. As well, the new System x server line maximizes power and performance with Intel's new, intelligent server processor line, the Xeon 5500 series. System x servers also support more memory, storage and I/O to help customers ease the transition to highly efficient virtualized computing resources.

"The world is going through changes that require IT professionals in every industry to consolidate, virtualize and support a variety of different platforms -- a mix of operating systems, hardware, middleware and applications," IBM System x general manager Adalio Sanchez said in a statement. "And there is no one-size-fits-all solution for most businesses. Not only do these announcements continue our strong commitment to invest in and deliver leading x86 servers that address our customer's needs, System x supports multiple architectures and is designed to lower ownership costs and enable new paradigms such as cloud computing."

In addition to hardware innovations, IBM announced new management software to complement Systems Director 6.1, enabling clients to automatically manage virtual and physical resources across platforms, including IBM Power Systems, System z, storage and non-IBM x86 servers.

Having worked with IBM for years, VMware ( global alliances vice president Brian Byun said his company's close relationship with IBM has helped both companies develop solutions to increase customer efficiency, control and choice. "With unique scale-up capacity supporting up to 96 cores and the ability to use up to 1 TB of memory, IBM's System x servers complement VMware's upcoming next-generation VMware vSphere family of products and are an excellent choice for customers deploying private cloud environments," Byun said in a statement.

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