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IBM today unveiled two new eServer systems that offer network equipment providers, carriers and service providers thin 1U (1.75" high) servers to meet the space and power requirements necessary to build a telecommunications network infrastructure.

The new eServer models allow telecommunications companies to reduce "rack clutter" by eliminating over 300 feet of cables and six KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) switchboxes per standard 42 U per rack. By using IBM's unique Cable Chaining Technology, 42 1U servers can be "daisy-chained" together -- with each server connected to the one above and below it with a single cable, which can save customers both space and significant cabling expense.

The new IBM eServer* x300 DC Power Model and x330 DC Power Model deliver high performance dual processing and advanced system management technologies, including Light Path Diagnosticsd, to bring high density and power to the telco environment. The new servers are equipped with 48V DC (direct current) battery backed infrastructure, which keeps the servers running regardless of the AC power conditions.

Cambia Networks, a provider of high-end wireless networking infrastructure, has developed an innovative approach allowing wireless network carriers to bridge radio network infrastructure with next generation Internet Protocol packet data networks. The Cambia Mobile Data Server solution, built for enabling high bandwidth 2.5G and 3G wireless data services, incorporates the new IBM eServer systems running the Linux 2.4 kernel. Cambia has designed a completely open, carrier-grade solution using IBM's dense, new 1U rack systems to support existing and next generation wireless networks for CDMA, a wireless air interface based on code division multiple access technology and GSM, a global system for mobile communications.

"It's all about how much subscriber density, computing power, and memory you can provide for carriers. By utilising IBM hardware with an open standard operating system, Cambia provides customers with an efficient and cost effective solution while meeting key customer requirements for flexibility and scalability," said Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Technology Officer, Cambia Networks. "With this new solution, we've already seen an increase in connection capacity that averages five to ten times greater than most proprietary systems on the market today."

By using the new IBM eServer system, the Cambia Mobile Data Server is able to pack over seventy 1 GHz processors and more than 144 GB of memory into a single industry-standard rack, allowing it to handle millions of subscribers per rack.

"IBM is bringing the best technology from its awarding winning 1U dense servers to telecommunications customers who need a specific power standard to build an affordable network infrastructure," said Jim Gargan, vice president, IBM eServer xSeries. "The new IBM systems deliver both the performance and power communications companies need."

The new IBM eServer x300 DC Power Model offers telecommunications customers a cost-effective Intel-based system starting at 1070 UK Pounds excl VAT (1) which includes 1.28KB of memory, 20 GB (2) of IDE storage and intelligent management features from IBM's Project eLiza initiative, an ongoing program aimed at creating a world of self-managing systems and technologies that enhance performance. Featured in the IBM eServer x300 DC Power Model is IBM Director, a system management program with Project eLiza technologies including Software Rejuvenation, which can automatically predict and repair software problems before they occur.

Packing up to two 1.26 GHz Intel Pentium III processors, the new IBM eServer x330 DC Power Model offers high-availability, robust systems management and ease of use for service providers who need maximum server density. In addition to cable chaining technology, the x330 DC Power Model features IBM ServerGuided software to simply system set-up and Light Path Diagnostics, a Project eLiza self-protecting technology, which alerts customers to server problems and helps them locate and replace components quickly. The x330 DC Power Model also supports the IBM Remote Supervisor Adapter that provides around-the-clock remote access and monitors system activity.

Both of the new IBM eServer DC Power Model systems support Linux or Microsoft Windows and can perform a wide-variety of network security and infrastructure applications including network management, Internet caching, intrusion detection, voice portals and unified messaging.

The new eServer models are available to resellers and directly through ibm.com or at 0800 0965287.

For more information on IBM eServer xSeries visit http://www.ibm.com/servers/xseries


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*The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the descriptive term "server" following it.

**The IBM, the e-business logo, Light Path Diagnostics, ServerGuide and
xSeries are trademarks of IBM Corporation.
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Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
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(1) Prices do not include tax or shipping and are subject to change without notice. Reseller prices may vary.

(2) GB equals 1,000,000,000 bytes when referring to storage capacity; accessible capacity is less.

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