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IBM Unveils Next-Generation e-Business Server

eServer, a computing model devoted to handling e-business, was launched today by IBM.

The product features mainframe-class reliability and scalability, support of open standards for the development of new applications, and capacity on demand for managing the demands of e-business, according to Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Server Group.

"For those involved in helping customers transform themselves into e-businesses, it's now clear that we're entering a new phase," he said. "This new world is going to place unprecedented demands on the underlying infrastructure that supports e-business. It will evolve over years and stretch the IT resources of most companies."

IBM estimates that by 2003, there will be 2.6 billion network access devices, including cell phones and PDAs. "The rapid adoption of e-business will cause a 1,000-fold increase in the amount of data flowing over the Internet, a tidal wave of data-intensive, highly-integrated transactions, and unpredictable spikes in network traffic that threaten to overwhelm the current IT infrastructure," according to Zeitler. "That's why we're introducing the eServer."

Each eServer fully embraces open industry standards such as Java, XML, HTTP, HTML and Linux. The product was created by Project Mach 1, a major cross-company initiative. The goal was to create an infrastructure in which computing power migrated from traditional, centralized IT systems into distributed high-speed networks so that usage of servers, applications and other IT resources became pervasive.

This new e-business infrastructure consists of high-speed networks, seamlessly integrated applications and powerful servers engineered for specific types of workloads. The eServer is designed to provide the flexibility and speed that large and small companies need to build, run and manage their e-business infrastructures affordably and effectively.

Features of the product include:

  • Two types of capacity upgrade on demand(CUoD): Vertical CUoD allows customers to boost server horsepower by activating extra processors built into the eServer. Horizontal CUoD provides additional, pre-installed servers at a customer site to enable instant upgrades when needed.
  • Logical partitioning (LPAR) -- Originally developed for IBM mainframes, LPAR capability is available immediately on the new zSeries and iSeries and on pSeries and xSeries in the future.
  • Availability Advantage -- These services help customers assure high availability for their entire IT environment -- including servers, applications and their network -- through periods of explosive growth, unexpected business success or changing business needs.
  • High-availability clustering -- developed for IBM mainframes -- will be available across the IBM family.
  • Reliability and fault tolerance features
  • A comprehensive toolkit that allows customers and software developers to create scalable e-business applications once and deploy them across the entire IBM family.

The product will begin shipping this quarter.