IBM adds variety to Netfinity server line

IBM on Thursday announced it has bridged the gap between two of its existing server offerings with three high-availability servers designed to meet the needs of general e-business and data centres.

The IBM Netfinity 4500R, 5100, and 6000R servers provide three performance ramps between the rack-dense, 1U (1.75 inch) Netfinity 4000R two-way server and the Netfinity 8500R, an 8U, eight-way server designed for data-centers, according to Alex Yost, a product marketing manager for IBM Netfinity.

Fortified with hot-swappable processors, memory boards, and modular fans, these server offerings from IBM attempt to simplify network management with a dedicated system called Predictive Failure Analysis. The management tool can determine ahead of time which components are most likely to fail and alert an operator who is led to the point of failure by a series of LED lights, according to Yost.

The 4500R is a 3U, two-way, high-availability server designed for ISPs and ASPs (application service providers). The 5100 is a two-way, 14U vertical tower for general e-business, and the 6000R is a 4U, four-way data-center server designed for network infrastructures.

All three servers are equipped with dual channel Ultra 160 SCSI interfaces, and feature Intel Pentium III Xeon processors with 133MHz front-side buses and IBM's Chipkill memory technology, a memory subsystem that helps prevent memory failure and allows customers to utilize less expensive SDRAM (synchronous DRAM) memory.

Prices for the 4500R, 5100, and 6000R begin at $3700, $3100, and $6999, respectively.

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