IBM is launching blade servers that use AMD’s new single- and dual-core 64-bit Opteron processors.
Big Blue is introducing the IBM eServer Cluster 1350 blade with the new AMD Opteron LS20 dual core solution, to give users greater flexibility and increased processing power in clustered systems.
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Clustered platforms see servers integrated together to increase processing power for demanding applications.
The use of dual-core chips, which sees more than one processor put onto a single piece of silicon, increases productivity further.
The first new IBM platforms equipped with the new AMD64 chips will be available from next month, and will start from £1,200.
Analyst IDC says total blade server sales are currently growing 60% a year.
They accounted for one in every four servers sold last year. The analyst says IBM currently has the biggest share of the blade market, with more than 40%. HP is its main challenger.