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May 14, 2012

IBM Announces New Rack, Blade Systems, Expands x86 Portfolio

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

American multinational technology and consulting corporation, International Business Machines, announced today a slew of new x86 server solutions, designed with different workload capabilities in mind. The systems offer the right level of capability to businesses of any size in any industry.

One of the most comprehensive portfolios of x86 servers, IBM’s (News - Alert) new lineup includes an energy-efficient bade server with a focus on networking flexibility, as well as a compact, affordable rack system meant to fill the price and performance gap between two-processor and four-processor systems.

At the top of the line, the x3750 M4 is a 2U, four-socket system  for high-performance computing and other floating point intensive applications. The system can be configured with processors from the Intel (News - Alert) Xeon E5-4600 product family and up to 1.5 terabytes of memory.

Furthermore, x3750 M4 systems come equipped with IBM’s eXFlash SSD technology which combines solid state disk technology with an SSD optimized controller for maximum performance and a 10 GbE Virtual Fabric adapter.

Toward the mid-range, the x3630 M4 is ideal for general purpose workloads and can be configured as a storage-rich server for local storage databases. This system can be configured with processors from the Intel Xeon E5-2400 product family and up to 42 terabytes of storage.

Closer to the entry-level, the x3530 M4 is a 1U two-socket system that sports a low profile meant for general workloads. The system boasts flexibility in configuration with slotless RAID and redundant power supplies. The x3530 can be configured with processors from the Intel Xeon E5-2400 series with up to 192 gigabytes of memory.

Lastly, the BladeCenter HS23E is an all-purpose two-socket blade server for entry- to mid-level workloads, making it well-suited for infrastructure and retail applications. The HS23E can be configured with low-voltage processors and memory and either hardware or software RAID.

IBM also recently announced it would provide its newest lineup of high performance supercomputers to the University of Rochester as part of a new center at the institution dedicated to health research. The corporation also recently reported its earnings for the first quarter or 2012, stating its net income grew seven percent.

Edited by Braden Becker

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