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IBM Introduces AMD Opteron-Based Server

IBM unveiled a server based on AMD's 64-bit processors that will be offered with Linux or Windows, the company announced Wednesday. The introduction of the IBM eServer 325 delivers on IBM's vow to ship an AMD Opteron-based system.

IBM's marketing focus around the Opteron-based IBM eServer 325 centers on Linux. Big Blue is selling a supercomputer based on a high-performance cluster of 1,058 of the eServer 325s running Suse Linux Enterprise Server 8 to Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

Microsoft plans to deliver 64-bit support for AMD's Opteron processor around the time it puts out Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003, which is scheduled for late this year.

IBM will offer the two-way capable eServer 325 with Opteron models 240, 242 or 246. The systems will start at $2,919 and full availability is scheduled for Oct. 17.

Also on Wednesday, IBM announced plans to deliver an Opteron-based workstation next year.

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

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