IBM and Dell are expected to announce new systems built around Intel's x86 processors with 64-bit extensions.
The rack and tower configurations that the companies plan will differ in serviceability and manageability. But on speed and pricing, "the one- to four-way Intel architecture models are commoditised", said John Enck, an analyst at Gartner. "If you try to make a decision on that basis, it really doesn't matter."
Dell is expected to announce four dual-processor servers based on Intel's Xeon processor with 64-bit extensions.
The systems will include Openmanage 4, an upgraded version of Dell's management system that adds remote administration capabilities. Other enhancements include PCI Express technology and up to 8Gbytes of Double Data Rate 2 memory.
Two rack-mounted servers, the PowerEdge 1850 and 2850, are available now, and the two tower systems, the PowerEdge 1800 and 2800, will be available in October.
Meanwhile, IBM plans to announce eight systems based on Xeon and Pentium processors with 64-bit extensions.
IBM's offerings feature a mainframe technology called calibrated vector cooling which optimises air flow to allow its servers to meet the requirements of application server environments. They also include IBM's fourth-generation Light Path Diagnostics tool.
The IBM servers will be released over the next eight weeks.
Patrick Thibodeau writes for Computerworld