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IBM casts Netfinity bait

IBM casts Netfinity bait

A new range of eight-way servers and clustering technology from IBM is set to hit our shores in September with a view to delivering unprecedented reliability and processing power for e-commerce and other mission-critical Wintel applications.

At last week's IBM-hosted 1999 Australian Netfinity Symposium, the "big-iron" vendor talked of extended reliability for its eight-way servers that are being built to handle e-commerce applications built for Intel microprocessors and Microsoft software.

The new Netfinity 8500R eight-way server is an IBM exclusive, has been Microsoft certified and offers an eight-node clustering extension.

Though announced last week, a spokesperson from IBM said Netfinity 8500R eight-way servers would not be available locally until the spring and therefore no prices are yet available. Nor have the margins resellers will be getting on the product been settled on but the vendor is claiming that it is actually "lowering the cost of computing".

"We're using our X-Architecture blueprint to show customers how to get more computing power for less money," said Sue Hope, IBM's ANZ Netfinity manager.

In a press statement, IBM listed the following as highlights of the Netfinity 8500R eight-way server.

Profusion-based eight-way using 550MHz Intel Pentium III Xeon processors with 2MB L2 cacheSupport for 16GB of 100MHz ECC memory; planned support for 32GB of memory when available12 available hot-swap/hot-add Active PCI adapter slots8U rack heightIntegrated Netfinity Advanced Systems management PCI AdapterLight-Path Diagnostics for easy serviceability and maintenanceCluster optimised


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