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IBM enhances x86 servers

IBM is enhancing its line of x86 servers with the introduction of four, quad-core IBM systems and a new blade utilising the quad-core Intel Xeon 5300 processor.

The computer giant claims that System x servers provide a whole new level of value for clients, delivering three- to four-times performance of systems that the company offered less than 12 months ago, enhanced systems management capabilities, expanded memory and input/output. When combined with the built-in virtualisation and power management, IBM says that the new systems enable clients to consolidate applications onto fewer, more powerful servers and keep control over energy spending in the datacentre.

"The introduction of quad-core processors to the industry further drives the need for innovative server designs so that clients can take full advantage of the new capability. At the same time, it's also accelerating the need for clients to virtualise their infrastructure to simplify and get the most out of these systems," comments Jim Gargan, vice-president and business line executive, IBM System x."

On the x3650, memory and input/output keep each processor fed with data so that workloads can be executed at top speeds on all four cores. The SPECint_rate benchmark comparing System x3650 with the quad core processors to the System x3650 with dual core processors reported a 64% performance improvement by the system with quad core processors.

To leverage the new performance capability of multicore servers, IBM feels that many customers will move to virtualisation solutions to run multiple applications per server. The new System x servers support virtualisation solutions and with the integration of IBM Virtualisation Manager into new IBM Director 5.2, clients can manage from a single console both physical and virtual machines for VMware, Microsoft Virtual Server; and Xen environments on IBM System x and BladeCentre.


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