IBM Announces Midrange Copper Servers

BOSTON (05/11/2000) - IBM Corp. today announced the RS/6000 M80 Unix midrange server line, featuring copper chips.

The midrange line has the same microprocessor technology as the high-end S80 and comes in rack or deskside configurations. The new line includes the M80, H80 and F80 models and is aimed at companies doing business over the Internet, particularly those faced with unpredictable growth, said Mike Maas, IBM Web server product manager.

The F80 comes in one-, two-, or four-way 450MHz versions or in a six-way 500MHz, 64-bit version and offers up to 16G bytes of RAM. It has a price of $US18,995. The rack-mounted H80 also comes in those versions and offers the same amount of RAM. It is the successor to the H70 midrange server. The H80 has an entry price of US$21,995. The M80 is available in an eight-way version with up to 32G bytes of RAM, can handle 3,216 pages per second and has an entry price of $67,995.

The models all offer hot-plug PCI, redundant hot-plug fans and power, hot-swappable disk drives to manage growth and CPU de-allocation that allows potential processor problems to be isolated while applications continue to run.

The servers operate on IBM's Unix operating system, AIX 4.3.3.

IBM started taking orders today for the new servers, which will be generally available on June 9. Interest in the line has been "enormous," Maas said.

Copper chips require less power and operate at higher speeds than aluminum chips.

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