IBM reveals Opteron-based server

IBM has finally unveiled its Opteron-based eServer 325. Over 1000 of the rack-mountable, dual-processor servers have already been ordered by Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology for clustering. Interestingly enough, those thousand Opteron servers will be clustered with over five hundred Itanium 2 systems.

Despite all the hype and support from a number of smaller system vendors, IBM is still the only major OEM to offer an Opteron-based product. Apparently, IBM is using AMD's 64-bit server chip at the explicit request of its customers, which makes me wonder if a little careful lobbying might encourage other major OEMs to adopt Opteron and the upcoming Athlon 64.

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