IBM is bringing in technologies from its midrange and mainframe platforms to boost its Intel-based Netfinity servers as it tries to grab a larger slice of the Windows NT market.
This week IBM unveiled new Netfinity servers models including a four-way 450Mhz Pentium II Xeon Netfinity 5500 system. IBM also announced that existing Netfinity 5500 customers could upgrade from the Pentium II processor to the Xeon processor.
Tikiri Wanduragala, IBM?s senior consultant for Netfinity, said IBM was working to bring high availability technologies from its larger server platforms to the Netfinity. The technology roadmap for Netfinitity, dubbed the X-architecture, will provide a blueprint for providing IBM enterprise technologies for the Windows 2000 operating system when it becomes available.
Features IBM is introducing include OnForever, which will provide hot-pluggable capabilities for memory and microprocessors within the next three years, as well as providing concurrent diagnostic capabilities. Other initiatives include enterprise storage, scaleable clustering, and high-speed interconnect technology.
IBM said it will introduce the IA-64 architecture for the Netfinity, based around the Merced 8-way symmetric multiprocessor and copper technology, which will lead to much better performance, later this year.
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