IBM, HP Ready Eight-Way Wintel Servers



IBM and Hewlett-Packard will disclose details this week of their upcoming eight-processor Wintel servers, due to ship this fall. Intel will deliver 550-MHz Pentium III Xeon CPUs that can operate in these configurations in August, and its Profusion chipset for eight-way multiprocessing systems soon after.

IBM's eight-way Netfinity 8500R will be the first system to implement the vendor's Cornhusker technology to achieve a high-speed cluster of up to eight NT servers that can be managed via a single console. Switching technology drawn from IBM's RS/6000 server group will aid in the system's availability. Additionally, IBM will provide RAID storage that makes more efficient use of disk drives, so that primary drives can also function as backup devices. Hot-add PCI slots will let administrators introduce new components to the 8500R while the system is running. IBM hasn't disclosed pricing.

Hewlett-Packard's new eight-way NetServer LXr 8500 will be available with 10 PCI slots, four of which will support 64- bit cards for faster performance, according to an early customer. Beta tester Steve Wolfcale, director of network operations for Skilbosch Power Tool Co. in Chicago, also says the LXr 8500 can detect a bad CPU, so he can take action before it ruins the bus and brings down the server. HP wouldn't comment on system configurations or pricing.

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