IBM sharpens blade

IBM expects to ship a new 32-processor server based on Intel's Xeon processors in the first half of 2005 and may begin selling...

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IBM expects to ship a new 32-processor server based on Intel's Xeon processors in the first half of 2005 and may begin selling its first high-density "blade" server based on Advanced Micro Devices's (AMD's) Opteron processor, the company said.

The new server, which will be able to run a single operating system on as many as 32 processors, will be a successor to IBM's eServer xSeries 445 server.

"At the beginning of 2005, we will scale all the way up to a 32-way system using the Intel 64-bit architecture," said Susan Whitney, IBM's general manager of xSeries, referring to the 64-bit extensions of the x86 instruction set that Intel began including in its Xeon chips earlier in 2004.

The new system, which will be the third generation of high-end Intel systems based on the company's X Architecture design, will be introduced at the same time that Intel is scheduled to ship its new Xeon chip, which is designed for multiprocessor systems.

Whitney speculated that possible interest in the product will come from customers looking to run enterprise resource planning applications on large Windows systems.

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