IBM adds new thin server and caching appliances

IBM Corp. beefed up its eServer product line on Tuesday, introducing a new entry-level thin server and a series of caching appliances intended to speed Internet content delivery.

IBM's new xSeries 300 is 1U (1.75 inches) thick and designed for rack mounting. It supports two fixed hard drives and up to two Intel Corp. processors, either Celeron or Pentium III. The x300 can run Microsoft Windows 2000 Server/Advanced Server, Microsoft Windows NT and Linux.

The x300 fits into IBM's Project eLiza, a recently announced initiative aimed at creating self-managing servers that require little human supervision, IBM said [See "IBM's Project eLiza: No humans required," March 26]. The x300 features IBM's Director and Software Rejuvenation tools for predicting application and operating system failures and remotely managing servers.

IBM also introduced a family of Internet caching appliances for storing frequently visited Web pages and speeding delivery time. The appliances incorporate Volera Inc.'s Excelerator 2.0 caching engine and support media streaming and content filtering applications.

Targeted at the corporate market, the caching appliances use Pentium III 866MHz processors and are available in six models, ranging from a 1U thin-server workgroup model that can handle 5,000 requests per second to a 3U rack model with the capacity for 15,000 requests per second.

The x300 is priced at about US$1,500 and the new caching appliances range in price from around $5,500 to $35,000, according to an IBM spokeswoman.

The caching appliances are currently available worldwide; the x300 server is now available in the Americas and will be offered in Europe and Asia-Pacific within two weeks, the spokeswoman said.

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