IBM, Hitachi to cooperate on server development

IBM Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. has formed a strategic relationship to develop and manufacture certain servers, including IBM's upcoming AIX 5L server line, semiconductors and related components, the companies announced Tuesday.

IBM and Hitachi will also collaborate on developing chips that will support Hitachi's VOS (virtual operating system), the companies said in a statement. Any 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, Hitachi and IBM said.

Hitachi has agreed to add PowerPC-based servers to its product line and will also sell AIX 5L servers in future under the Hitachi brand name, the companies said.

Components to be jointly produced will include memory cache components and multi-chip ceramic modules, Hitachi and IBM said.

IBM, in Armonk, New York, can be reached at +1-914-499-1900 or http://www.ibm.com/. Hitachi, in Tokyo, can be contacted at +81-3-3258-1111 or online at http://global.hitachi.com/.

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