IBM has unveiled a new mainstream server line for businesses that uses chips from AMD.
The move strengthens the relationship between IBM and AMD, and puts more pressure on Intel, which is trying to fight off greater competition from the rival chip manufacturer.
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Until now, IBM had only used AMD’s Opteron processors for niche server platforms. It has now joined the likes of HP, Dell and Sun Microsystems in launching servers designed for the mainstream business market.
The new IBM servers are expected to start shipping within the next three months, although prices have not been revealed yet.
The servers will use AMD's soon-to-be-released Rev F Opteron processors, which have faster memory and which also deliver virtualisation abilities to users, allowing them to reduce their hardware costs.
The new line-up of servers includes the System x3755, the System x3655 and the System x3455, along with the BladeCenter LS21 and BladeCenter LS41 blade server configurations.
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