IBM to Announce Netfinity Servers

FRAMINGHAM (03/09/2000) - Next week, IBM Corp. is slated to announce the addition of two Intel-based servers to its Netfinity product line, the Netfinity 7100 and 7600, which were built to help businesses integrate Windows 2000.

The servers, designed in IBM's ease-of-use lab, contain technology taken directly from IBM's high-end systems, including cableless connections and a tool-free design that allows customers to remove the entire processor I/O complex, the company said.

IBM first discussed the servers last month as part of its Windows 2000 initiatives (see story).

According to Alex Yost, manager of product marketing for the Netfinity line, the servers contain Chipkill correction memory technology (optional in the 7100), which protects the server from any single memory chip failure; Active PCI (also optional in the 7100), which beefs up Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) capabilities; and Integrated Light-Path Diagnostics, a tool designed to simplify the way servers are diagnosed and repaired.

Pricing for the Netfinity 7100 starts at $6,993, and the 7600 starts at $9,943.

IBM is also extending its enterprise storage-area network architecture for Netfinity with new third-generation, high-performance, Fibre Channel-based storage offerings that increase redundancy and provide an eightfold increase in Netfinity storage capabilities, IBM officials said.

In addition, IBM is announcing upgrades to three of its servers. Yost said the Netfinity 5600, a two-way server for small, medium and enterprise customers, gains 733- and 800-MHz Pentium III processors. Pricing for the 5600 starts at $4,872. The two-way Netfinity 4000R, a rack-mounted server, features upgraded 650- and 750-MHz Pentium III processors and, for the first time, is available worldwide, Yost said. Prices start at $4,725.

The entry-level Netfinity 3000 server now features Pentium III 650- and 700-MHz processors and the Ultra2 version of the SCSI standard. Prices for the 3000 start at $1,780.

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