IBM is developing an IA-64 server capable of running 64-bit versions of Linux, Windows 2000 and the forthcoming 64-bit Monterey Unix operating system simultaneously.
Called the Flexible Server, it uses Intel-based Numa-Q servers from IBM's acquisition of Sequent last year. Initially, it will support four processor systems running a single operating system. But by early 2001, Sequent is confident it can build a server capable of running 64-bit Linux, 64-bit Win2000 and Monterey at the same time.
By using terminal services, the multi-user feature in Windows 2000, the Flexible Server could be rolled out to run both a front-end NT application such as Office 2000 or the Oracle Application NT-based client and a back-end server application.
David Chalmers, technical director for Web servers at IBM, said, "In an application like Seybold, users sometimes run two servers - an NT server for the application and a Unix server for the database."
With the Flexible Server, it will be possible to run both the application and the database on a single box.