IBM readies servers with built-in systems management

Trying to keep the momentum it carried from late last year, IBM Corp. next month will roll out two new Intel-based X Series servers that will feature built-in systems management.

On March 13, the company will roll out its XSeries 200 and 220 models that feature a built-in adapter card called Falcon. Embedded in the card is systems management software that helps corporate users diagnose system problems even after the system has gone down.

"[Falcon] allows diagnosis independent of the system. Users can use a separate line to dial into the system while it is down and activate the [systems management] software," said Brian Sanders here at IBM's PartnerWorld conference, program director for IBM's e-Server .

IBM also has built into Falcon a proprietary operating system that controls all of its basic functions.

The systems offer IBM's partners not only the chance to sell a new technology but increases the chances for them both to offer existing and to develop new after-market services and support, Sanders said.

The upcoming servers, which can hold either one or two processors, will be available in a number of different memory and storage configurations and will be fueled by the 1.1GHz version of Intel Corp. Pentium chips.

Although Falcon initially works with Windows, IBM is working on a version of Falcon that supports Linux, Sanders said.

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