IBM Ships New Intel-Based Servers for Data Centers

IBM has announced availability for the first two models of its new line of System x servers. Called the eX5 line, this new portfolio is the result of a three-year IBM engineering effort to improve the economics of operating enterprise-sized, memory-intensive x86 workloads. Both are part of the eX5 portfolio, the next generation of x86-based systems from IBM that take advantage of unique IBM innovation to support large databases and virtualized environments.

The two new eX5 systems are the System x3850 X5 (four- and eight-processor configurations); and the BladeCenter HX5 (two- and four-processor configurations).

The eX5 portfolio - an all-new class of x86-based systems -- offers six times the memory scalability available from the current generation IBM systems, helping to flatten the rising cost of operating today's data centers. The eX5 portfolio marks IBM's fifth generation of Enterprise X-Architecture.

The new BladeCenter HX5 and the x3850 X5 feature the new Intel Xeon Processor 7500 series. The x3850 X5 also demonstrated high performance for applications running in VMware virtualized environments.

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