IBM, Hitachi to collaborate on servers

IBM and Hitachi last week formed a relationship to develop and manufacture servers, including IBM's upcoming AIX 5L server line, semiconductors and related components.

IBM and Hitachi will collaborate on developing chips to support Hitachi's VOS (virtual operating system). Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

IBM has been readying its next-generation Unix, AIX 5L, for an April release, and the agreement between Hitachi and IBM will in part focus on "investigating additional opportunities" for PowerPC-based AIX 5L servers, the companies say. Hitachi agreed to add PowerPC-based servers to its product line and will sell AIX 5L servers under the Hitachi brand name, the companies say. Components to be jointly produced include memory cache components and multichip ceramic modules.

IBM: www.ibm.com; Hitachi: www.global.hitachi.com

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