IBM upgrades front-side bus in xSeries line

IBM is updating its xSeries server portfolio, rebuilding the entire line around new Intel Corp. Pentium 4 and Xeon processors with enhancements IBM says will speed up applications and transactions.

The new processors, released by Intel during the fourth quarter, offer a faster front-side bus than previous models. Boosting the chips' front-side bus speed to 533MHz lets data travel more quickly among the systems' internal components. That translates to a performance boost for applications run on xSeries servers, according to IBM. The xSeries line is typically used for hosting Web sites, applications and databases.

The new architecture can speed applications such as databases up to 18 percent, and mail servers like Exchange or Domino by around 12 percent, according to Stuart McRae, IBM's product director for xSeries servers.

The server updates will be formally launched next week, at IBM's PartnerWorld show in New Orleans. The products will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 18 through IBM's Web site, the company said, with prices starting around US$2,000.

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