The x440 will ship to US customers in April and can hold up to four of Intel's Xeon chips designed for larger servers. As many as four of the x440s can be linked via IBM's cabling technology to form a 16-processor system able to run one image of an operating system.
System administrators can also carve up each x440 with four different images of the operating system, said Tom Bradicich, chief technology officer of IBM's xSeries servers.
A 16-processor x440 with 16G bytes of memory will cost a little over $100,000, Bradicich claimed. System administrators can pick from 1.4GHz to 1.6GHz Xeons and Windows NT/2000, Red Hat Inc., SuSE Linux AG and NetWare 6.0 operating systems. The servers will be available worldwide in early May.
The x440 also comes with 32M bytes of Level 4 cache with a four-processor server.