IBM targerts eServer range at SMEs

IBM has released two new eServer models specifically aimed at small and medium sized enterprises, writes Daniel Thomas.

IBM has released two new eServer models specifically aimed at small and medium sized enterprises, writes Daniel Thomas.

The xSeries 200, priced from £910, can be equipped with a Pentium III processor and, according to the company, offers levels of back-up and redundancy previously only found in more expensive servers. The xSeries 220 dual processor server is said to offer high-availability features equivalent to IBM's high-end servers.

"Small businesses are still a relatively untapped market for local area networks, with price a major challenge," said Joseph Rigoli, senior analyst at research firm IDC. "IBM is looking to capitalise on this gap with the release of these new servers."

The x200 is equipped with Netfinity Director and hard disc predictive failure analysis software, with optional add-ons including rack-mounting and IDE (integrated development environment) tape drive and card.

The x220 is also equipped with software tools to enable IT departments to configure and roll out thousands of servers at a time.

Both servers offer native support for either Linux or Windows, as well as support for additional operating systems.

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