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IBM Unveils Next Generation E-Business Servers

[Markham, CANADA] IBM has rolled out its eServer, a new generation of servers featuring mainframe-class reliability and scalability, broad support of open standards, and capacity on demand for managing the demands of e-business.

"For those of us who have been involved from the beginning helping customers transform themselves into e-businesses, it's now clear that we're entering a new phase," said Greg Gulyas, IBM Canada vice president for System Sales.

"This new world is going to place entirely new, unprecedented demands on the underlying infrastructure that supports e-business. It will evolve over years and stretch the IT resources of most companies. That's why we're introducing the IBM eServer."

The product evolved from Project Mach 1, a major cross-company initiative begun three years ago to harness IBM's best technologies and practices to support the infrastructure for the next phase of e-business.

With Project Mach 1, IBM researchers set out to determine what kind of computing model could handle serious e-business. They concluded that it required a new infrastructure for e-business in which computing power migrates from traditional, centralized IT systems into distributed high-speed networks.

The new e-business infrastructure IBM envisages consists of high-speed networks, seamlessly integrated applications and powerful servers engineered for specific types of workloads.

Driven by open standards, the Internet is rapidly transforming business models, markets and industries. By 2003, IBM estimates there will be 2.6 billion network access devices, including cell phones and PDAs.

The rapid adoption of e-business is expected to cause a 1,000-fold increase in the amount of data flowing over the Internet, a tidal wave of data-intensive transactions, and unpredictable spikes in network traffic that threaten to overwhelm the current IT infrastructure.

The new IBM eServer is intended to address this challenge.

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