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IBM today solidified its position as a leader in high-end servers by
introducing four new IBM eServer* systems based on the latest Intel
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(1).

IBM also announced unrivaled support for Microsoft Windows 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 Ian
Miller, Vice President, 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 Pentium
III Xeon processor, offers industry-leading Non-Uniform Memory Access
(NUMA) architecture and I/O technologies. The x430 is optimised 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 via the
Linux Application Environment (LAE) and ptx. The x430 will also support
the latest edition of Windows Datacenter Server when it becomes available.

Steven Laubscher, System Administrator of Woodward Governor said, "Our
NUMA systems have been running over the last year at a 100% uptime and
capacity."

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, IBM Director system management software
and Chipkill memory.

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 also announced a series of storage options designed for the
enterprise, including 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 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.

Code named SuperNova, IBM 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.(1)

New 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, on-site 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 IBM eServer please visit:
http://www.pc.ibm.com/europe/xseries

For detailed information on today's announcement visit:
For US English - http://webevents.broadcast.com/ibm/us/servers

For UK Englisch - http://webevents.broadcast.com/ibm/uk/servers

For German - http://webevents.broadcast.com/ibm/de/servers

For French - http://webevent.broadcast.com/ibm/fr/servers



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Editors Notes:

About IBM PCD

A pioneer in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge personal computing
solutions since 1981, IBM's Personal Computing Division (PCD) offers a
comprehensive family of products for optimised performance in a networked
world. These range from compact Work Pads and award winning ThinkPad
mobiles to powerful IntelliStation workstations, IBM eServer xSeries and
the sleek NetVista line of next generation desktops and thin clients. All
incorporate innovative IBM design features and is backed by the company's
unsurpassed worldwide customer support and service networks.

*The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo
with the descriptive term "server" following it.
IBM, Chipkill memory, the e-business logo, Light Path Diagnostics and
xSeries are trademarks of IBM Corporation.
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
Intel, Pentium and Pentium III Xeon are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Intel Corporation
All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

(1) Data is current as of March 23, 2001. Previously published TPM-C
result. Data on competitive products obtained from publicly available
information and is subject to change without notice. Contact the
manufacturer for the most recent information.

Contacts:

IBM eServer xSeries EMEA

Petra Borell

+33-141-88-6667

Dingelde@de.ibm.com


IBM eServer xSeries Germany

Annette Dingeldein

+49-7031-642-6613

Borell@fr.ibm.com


Microsoft

Irene Nadler

+49-(0)89-3176-5395

irenez@microsoft.com

Intel Corporation

Otto Pijpker

+1-503-712-1520

otto.pijpker@intel.com

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