Pat Flannery, council member of the IBM Computer Users' Association and president of the Common Europe user group, was a boost for 64-bit technology.
"There has always been a dearth of true 64-bit applications. An announcement like this encourages independent software vendors to develop in 64-bit, which can only be an advantage to users," Flannery said.
He added that the server was welcome evidence of IBM's long-term commitment to the eServer family of products. "It's very good because we see it as reassurance of IBM's continued investment in the platform," he told Computer Weekly.
Aimed at companies looking to integrate their e-business infrastructure, the new eServer offers a choice of AMD Opteron processor models 240, 242 or 246. According to IBM executives, the server offers a seamless transition for migrating from 32-to 64-bit server technology.
Last month IBM announced that Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology had ordered an eServer Linux supercomputer which, when completed, will deliver more than 11 trillion calculations per second.
The supercomputer, which has a total of 2,636 processors, includes 1,058 eServer 325 systems. Projects undertaken by the Institute include the search for new materials to be used for super conductors, and the search for new compounds involved in curing various malignant diseases.