IBM to bolster Opteron lineup with new servers

— 1:33 PM on August 1, 2006

As predicted, IBM has announced that it is expanding its AMD-based server lineup. Five new machines aimed at "business performance computing" will complement IBM's current two Opteron-powered servers, the eServer 326m and Opteron LS20 for IBM BladeCenter. IBM doesn't detail specifications for the five new servers, but the press release lists them as follows:

BladeCenter LS41 – Enterprise class scalable 2-way to 4-way blade; ideal for ERP, data marts, data warehouses, databases and HPC clusters.
BladeCenter LS21 – Enterprise class 2-way blade optimized for performance computing; ideal for financial services, scientific, high performance computing, databases.
System x3755 – For mid-market, large enterprise customers, ideal for scientific computing, such as weather simulations and crash test analysis.
System x3655 – Business performance server, ideal for database/ERP, business intelligence, IPTV and Video on Demand applications.
System x3455 – High performance compute node, ideal for scientific and technical computing, database and Linux clusters.
IBM says availability will be announced simultaneously with the release of AMD's next-gen Opteron chips, which are due out in the third quarter. According to a previous report by CNet, the release of the new Opterons is scheduled for August 15. The chips will introduce a new land grid array-type socket, DDR2 memory support, and virtualization.

In addition to the Opteron expansion announcement, IBM is also launching the CommonStore E-Mail Archiving Solution, a combination of software and hardware designed to automate and speed up e-mail management. The hardware portion of the CommonStore E-Mail Archiving Solution is based on AMD-powered IBM BladeCenter servers, and the solution will become available in the fourth quarter, IBM says.

In related news, new numbers from Mercury research show that AMD's unit share of the server market climbed to 25.9% in the second quarter, up from 22.1% in the first quarter. Last week, Mercury's revenue share numbers revealed that AMD's share of server market revenue hit 33% in the second quarter.

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