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IBM XSERIES PROCESSES 688,220 TRANSACTIONS PER MINUTE.

IBM, Armonk, N.Y., has solidified its position as a leader in high-end servers by introducing four new IBM eServer systems based on the latest Intel(R) technology, completing the world's only single Intel server line offering customers scalability from one to 64 processors.

Additionally, eServer xSeries is delivering the most powerful industry standard server system capable of processing a record 688,220 transactions per minute, offering more than 36 percent more performance than the previous number one.

IBM also announced unrivaled support for Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000 Datacenter Server designed to help customers test, install, deploy and maintain highly available applications on an industry standard server framework. This move is another important step in IBM's strategy of disseminating the company's best technology throughout the IBM eServer line, including new services. Customers will now have access to mainframe-inspired, high availability service levels on Intel-based servers running Microsoft's operating environment.

"With these new offerings, IBM is the only company in the industry to deliver one to 64 processors in its Intel server family, " said Bill Colton, general manager, IBM eServer xSeries. "Customers looking to deploy industry standard data center solutions can now select from the industry's most scalable, powerful line of servers to help build, run and manage their e-business infrastructure affordably and effectively."

"A key part of IBM's eServer strategy has been to develop a full spectrum of Intel-based servers designed to offer customers maximum value and flexibility for their computing environments," said Tom Manter, vice president at Aberdeen Group. These new product offerings serve to reinforce that continuing commitment and make IBM's eServer xSeries a compelling proposition for IT executives to consider."

Support for Multiple Operating Systems - Enterprise Class

The new eServer x430, a 64-way server with the new Intel 900 MHz (2) Pentium(R) III Xeon(TM) processor, offers industry leading Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA) architecture and I/O technologies. The x430 is optimized for the scalability, availability and manageability requirements of large and rapidly growing e-infrastructures and offers customers the ability to simultaneously run different applications across multiple operating systems.

The x430 supports a broad application portfolio, including Linux(R) via the Linux Application Environment (TM) (LAE) and ptx(R). The x430 will also support the latest edition of Windows Datacenter Server when it becomes available.

Scalable Servers To Grow With Companies' Needs

Other servers announced today include the x250 and x350 (four processors) and the x370 (eight processors). All feature Intel's 900 MHz Pentium III Xeon processors along with X-architecture mainframe inspired technologies such as Light Path Diagnostics(TM), IBM Director system management software and Chipkill(TM) memory.

Through the eServer Capacity Advantage, customers can scale up or out on their systems - increasing their computing capability by adding additional processors or additional systems - creating a true "pay as you grow" option. Companies now have low-cost, industry-standard building blocks necessary to build their e-infrastructure.

-- The x250 is a high performance 4-way server designed for environments running critical applications subject to rapid growth, including corporate e-mail messaging and business analysis.

-- Built for speed and reliability, the x350 is a powerful 4-way enterprise server ideal for constrained data centers. It houses high availability attributes in a sleek 4U (7-inch) package.

-- Modeled after its mainframe relative, the x370 is a mission critical 8-way server capable of delivering extreme availability and performance to handle enterprise-level workloads.

IBM has also announced a series of storage options designed for the enterprise, including internal LTO tape drives with the fastest throughput in the industry and internal SDLT tape drives offering the highest storage capacity per tape cartridge in the industry.

Demonstrating Scalability with Record Setting Performance

IBM, Intel and Microsoft joined forces on a major industry leading performance measure demonstrating that a cluster of eServer xSeries with Pentium III Xeon processors running Microsoft Datacenter can deliver the scalability demanded by today's businesses applications.

-- An eServer system code named SuperNova processed a record 688,220 transactions per minute using a cluster of 32 of the new x370 servers each loaded with eight 900 MHz Pentium III processors running Windows 2000 Datacenter Server and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition. This record setting performance was based on the independent TPC-C benchmark and shattered the previous top performer Compaq by 36% at a cost of $28.89 per transaction.

Most Powerful line of high-end Intel Servers:

Transaction Processing TPC-C

SuperNova: World's most powerful Transaction Processing Cluster with 688,220.9 Trans/min at cost of $28.89/trans

Outperforms former #1 Compaq by 36%

Business Intelligence TPC-H (100GB level)

x250 is a powerful 4-way server processing 1147.9 Queries/hour at a cost of $169/trans

Beats all competitor 4-processor results

Business Intelligence TPC-H (100GB level)

x350 is most powerful 4-way server processing 1169 Queries/hour at a cost of $166/trans

46% more power than NEC previous 4-way best.

Support Services for Datacenter

IBM will offer a rich set of services through IBM Global Services to help support customers' Datacenter implementations, including system monitoring, onsite and remote technical support, proof-of-concept and systems testing, business recovery and High Availability Services, including availability guarantees. IBM also offers planning, deployment, migration and integration expertise to Windows 2000 Datacenter Server customers through the Enterprise Services for Microsoft Technologies (ESMT) practice.

For more information on the IBM eServer, visit http:www.pc.ibm.com/us/eserver/xseries or call 914/766-3355.
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