IBM to bolster Opteron lineup with new servers

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

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

System x3655 – Business performance server, ideal for
database/ERP, business intelligence, IPTV and Video on Demand

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
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
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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