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Dell, IBM Add Servers With Dual-Core Xeons

Intel on Tuesday rolled-out its first dual-core Xeon processors for multi-processor servers. Dell and IBM introduced new platforms using new processors.

In addition, Dell and Microsoft announced that Microsoft's new SQL Server 2005 database will be offered by Dell direct to its customers, either pre-packaged on Dell PowerEdge servers or through existing licensing agreements.

Dell introduced the PowerEdge 6800 and 6850 quad-socket severs, each offering Intel's new dual-core Xeon MP processors, previously code-named Paxville. The servers will deliver up to 51% performance increase over existing multi-core servers, said Neil Hand, VP of enterprise worldwide marketing for Dell, during a conference call Tuesday.

"This performance improvement will come with very little transition and upgrade testing necessary from customers," Hand said.

IBM introduced its X3 architecture-based line of servers with systems based on the new Xeon MP processors, now called the 7000 sequence. The xSeries 366 with a four-processor dual-core implementation has been optimized for enterprise applications such as IBM's DB2 Universal Database, Oracle, SAP, and SQL Server, said Leo Suarez, VP and business line executive for IBM's xSeries, in a statement.

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