IBM launches Web 2.0 server


IBM launches Web 2.0 server

Antony Savvas

IBM has introduced a new category of energy-efficient server for the Web 2.0 computing market.

The IBM "iDataPlex" system is aimed at firms running massive datacentres serving the needs of online gaming, social networks, search engines and other markets.

The system uses IBM blade server technology and designs that can more than double the number of systems able to run in a single IBM rack to save space.

The system also uses 40% less power and increases the amount of computing that can be done by five times, says IBM.

The platform can also be fitted with a liquid-cooled wall on the back that enables the machine to run at high room temperatures with no air conditioning required.

To cut costs further, IBM "iDataPlex" runs on Linux.

"With iDataPlex, IBM is making Web 2.0-style computing more efficient and commercialising it for internet companies and other high-performance segments such as financial services and research," said Bill Zeitler, senior vice-president of the IBM Systems and Technology Group.

"iDataPlex can provide a foundation that companies can build on to provide improved services to web users around the world," he said.

iDataPlex will be available in the US and Canada in June and globally by the end of the year, said IBM.

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