IBM Unveils Itanium 2 Server
Move follows IBM's announcement last week that it will begin offering AMD's 64-bit Opteron chip in some future servers.IBM may have caused a splash last week when officials said it would begin offering Advanced Micro Devices Inc.s 64-bit Opteron chip in some future servers. But that doesnt mean the tech giant is forgoing Intel Corp. technology for 64-bit computing. IBM, of Armonk, N.Y., on Wednesday unveiled an Itanium 2-powered server, the four-processor x450, and has said that a 16-way Itanium system could be on the market by the end of 2003. According to IBM, the 4U server is targeted at such users as technical and scientific institutions, which run applications that require high floating point performance.
A key feature in the new server is the use of IBMs Enterprise X Architecture chip set, which is designed to bring mainframe scalability and reliabilityas well as the capability for users to pay only for the resources they use, which is a large part of IBMs on demand computing initiativeinto industry-standard servers running Intels 32-bit Xeon and 64-bit Itanium chips.