IBM today launched an Intel-based server designed to let users run enterprise applications more efficiently and more cheaply than current technology allows.
IBM's new Summit servers are based on Intel's IA-32 Xeon multiprocessor (MP), code-named Foster MP, and will begin shipping early next month. Intel, however, isn't scheduled for a full launch of the Foster MP chip until the first quarter of 2002.
According to IBM, the new eServer x360 uses Xeon chips running at 1.5 or 1.6 GHz and includes Enterprise X-Architecture technology and management tools from IBM's Project eLiza initiative, IBM's blueprint for developing computers that can monitor themselves and adapt to changing conditions.
The new Summit chip set uses a building-block approach to allow users to buy relatively small four-processor Intel servers and then snap on as many as 12 additional processors, plus more memory and other components, to keep pace with their increased computing needs.
Initially, Summit will join four Intel Xeon MP chips into a basic server unit. Scalability ports built into the chip set will let users tie together as many as four of the nodes to form either a single 16-processor symmetrical multiprocessing system or up to four separate servers capable of sharing system resources such as memory and I/O.
Deepak Advani, vice president for Intel-based servers at IBM, said the system takes up 40 percent less space than the company's x350 server, which runs at 900 MHz.
IBM eServer x360 supports Microsoft applications and operating systems, Linux, Novell NetWare and other operating systems and is priced from US$16,000 to around $35,000.