IBM refreshes server line for smaller businesses

IBM has launched the latest versions of its Intel-based servers for small and medium-sized businesses.

IBM has launched the latest versions of its Intel-based servers for small and medium-sized businesses.

Based on the Pentium 4 processor, the xSeries 206 and 306 servers is IBM's latest attempt to target smaller customers.

Both systems use components derived from IBM's mainframe inspired X-Architecture technology, including its Director system management software and Serial ATA (Advanced Technology Attachment) disc drives, which can be swapped in and out of computers in less than a minute and without the use of tools.

The xSeries 206 and 306 servers are follow-ups to IBM's xSeries 205 and 305 systems, and will cost the same as their predecessors.

The 206 is a single-processor tower server priced at $449, designed to be an e-mail or file and print server for small businesses.

The 306, also a single-processor machine, is a thin, 1U system designed to fit into large racks of servers. Its list price starts at $1,339.

Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service

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