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IBM Previews Cool Blue, Expands Server Offerings

IBM announced that it would expand its AMD Opteron-based server offerings and its server innovations.

In a series of announcements at a news conference Tuesday in New York City, the company announced new System x and BladeCenter products. IBM said the new products would optimize power consumption at the chip, systems and software levels, while delivering high-powered computing and responding to increased customer demand for more choice in the x86 segment. The company is also counting on them to expand its server market share.

Hector Ruiz, CEO of AMD, said the companies will continue a partnership that begins in research and development, includes universities, and extends to manufacturing.

IBM first introduced its AMD Opteron processor-based systems to the market in April 2003. The company's new server portfolio includes five systems and blades for business performance computing to help meet a variety of needs, including business intelligence and enterprise resource planning.

The new BladeCenter LS41 is an enterprise class scalable two-way to four-way blade, which IBM claims ideal for ERP, data marts, data warehouses, databases and high powered computing clusters. The BladeCenter LS21 is an enterprise class, two-way blade optimized for performance computing, which the company said is designed for financial, scientific, high performance computing and database use.

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