IBM is rolling out a line of AS/400e servers with improved CPU technology and software for hosting Web applications.
IBM Australia announced its new line of servers featuring CPUs with copper wiring inside, allowing them to run longer and faster than chips with standard aluminum wires. The company is touting itself as the first chip maker to substitute copper for the traditional aluminum chip wiring, and has also perfected high-volume silicon on insulator (SOI) manufacturing, a method of covering the transistors with silicon to prevent electrical leaks. The server's CPUs also come with SOI technology, which IBM claims will give the boxes a performance boost of about 20 to 30 per cent.
IBM is also claiming that these AS/400es will be able to handle high-end customer relationship management (CRM), business-to-business (B2B) and business intelligence applications, among others. They will also be optimised to run Java applications and Lotus Domino, and support XML to help them communicate with devices such as mobile phones or other handhelds.
Among the servers being rolled out are two workgroup level boxes: the first is the AS/400e 250, a new server for workgroups and the AS/400e 270, optimised for Web serving and e-business and Java applications. Both are aimed at the SME market. For high users there will be the AS/400e 840 model, which IBM claims runs 3.6 times faster than the previous generation of servers. It is designed to handle B2B applications such as supply chain and CRM.
Also on its way is the next line of OS/400, V4R5. V4R5 will come with directory enhancements to support Lightweight Directory Access Protocol Version 3 and Transport Layer Security, the latest protocol version of Secure Sockets Layer, IBM said.
The AS/400e boxes are scheduled for release in August.