IBM has unveiled a server based on Intel's Opteron processor, along with the latest version of its DB2 database and DB2-based clustering.
The eServer 325, which will target companies looking to integrate their e-business infrastructure, is capable of running both 32- and 64-bit applications. IBM believed this will significantly ease the transition to make as 64-bit technology.
"This platform should offer a good migration path. But we are focused more now on clustering because users are seeing they can gain better price performance and administrative efficiencies as they cluster dozens and even hundreds of these things together," said Scott Handy, director of IBM's Linux Software Solutions.
Handy sees the announcement of the DB2 Integrated Cluster Environment (ICE), which can support as many as two to 1,000 nodes, as the more important announcement for helping IBM gain credibility among corporate users who have been waiting for industrial strength Linux-based clustering.
He sees the eServer 325-DB2-ICE-based combination going head to head with HP's 64-bit hardware running Oracle's flagship database and clustering environment.
IBM will also make an integrated offering of the new products available, called the eServer Integrated Platform For e-Business. The package can include either an eServer iSeries server or eServer Unix-based server, either of which is driven by the company's Power 4 processor.
The package also includes IBM's WebSphere Application Server and DB2 Universal database, SuSE Linux, and a collection of development and management tools.
IBM is offering users an option of either buying the eServer 325 or paying for whatever processing power they need and when they need it on an on-demand basis.
Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld