IBM is planning to launch the four-processor xSeries 260, a variation of the larger xSeries 366 server that offers more storage capacity.
Like the 366 server, the new 266 option uses as many as four of Intel’s Cranbrook Xeon processors, but unlike products from other suppliers, the server uses the IBM-designed X3 chipset.
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The X3 is designed to link each processor together and other parts of the system to help improve performance. Both Dell and HP rely on Intel’s processors and chipsets.
The 260 is targeted at budget-conscious users who want to trim costs by installing platforms that meet immediate needs, rather than having spare capacity and greater server networking abilities.