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IBM Scales Down Modular Server

IBM Corp. will introduce an entry level version of its new modular, Intel-based servers.

On Aug. 30, IBM will begin offering two-way versions of the eServer x440 servers. Previously the lowest-end model was a four-processor system.

Individual IBM x440 server building blocks max out at four processors, but the systems can be combined to create larger systems. Currently users can buy two of the building blocks to create functional eight-processor servers.

IBM was supposed to make the x440 available in a 16-way configuration starting last month, but Big Blue has delayed that offering.

The new two-way systems can run Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, Red Hat Linux or SuSE Linux. They ship with 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon processors and start at $20,000.

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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