IBM accelerated its drive toward the Web and enterprise resource planning (ERP) server markets by rolling out two four-way RS/6000 servers, including a clustered, pre-packaged model that officials claim has less than six minutes of downtime per year.
Being billed as the vendor's cheapest clustered system, the HA-H70 is centred on the 340MHz version of IBM's 64-bit RS64-II processor. The system will optionally include pre-tested ERP and groupware applications from several software makers, including Baan, Candle, Lotus, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, and Tivoli.
IBM officials said they hope the packaged clustered system will make it easier for customers to set it up. They also said it offers higher availability for ERP and critical Web serving applications, so customers will have more time to focus on developing their business.
IBM also announced that its other new server, the H70, would be added to the ERP Solution Series for Oracle applications. This means that first-time users of Oracle software with the RS/6000 can enrol in a free protection plan.
The two-year workload protection plan guarantees the RS/6000 will meet agreed-upon ERP workloads, or IBM will upgrade that system's processor and memory at no cost, IBM officials said.
Both models will be available later this month.