IBM has unveiled its new X3 computer system architecture and Hurricane chip set along with the first server family based on the new technologies.
The company says its four processor eServer xSeries 366 will be the first in a line of products based on single or dual core Intel Xeon CPUs.
Developed using technology derived from IBM’s mainframe and supercomputer businesses, the X3 architecture is designed to improve performance on servers employing multiple processors.
Initially it will be used on 4-way servers, but it can be scaled up to 32-way systems.
“These products are very relevant in New Zealand”, says Catherine Blinkhorn, who manages the company’s local systems and technology group.
She says, “Many of our customers in this country already run critical applications like ERP on Intel.”
According to Blinkhorn IBM’s new architecture is particularly appropriate for companies looking at consolidating and optimising their existing IT systems.
She says they allow users to significantly reduce overheads. “In New Zealand there’s traditionally been a big jump between two-way and four-way processor price points. That gap no longer exists.”
Blinkhorn says the new eServers are a channel product. “We’ve grew channel participation in our server business by about 20% last year. We expect this to increase again this year. Many of our partners are integrators and their looking to these products to reduce customer risk.
“Companies deploying new ERP or business intelligence systems are worried about having to go back to their board and asking for more money for additional capacity. Because the X3 architecture is scalable in a building block way, they can now simply pay as they go.”
Although the systems will not be available until late March (when Microsoft, Red Hat and Novell are due to deliver their respective 64-bit Intel-based operating systems, Blinkhorn says there’s already considerable local customer interest from banking, telecommunications and manufacturing.