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IBM today announced a "smart" new Windows-based server that
detects when the operating system is about to crash and
automatically resets itself, avoiding costly downtime.

The new Netfinity 5600 is the first server to use
IBM-exclusive Software Rejuvenation - advanced monitoring
technology that calculates when the operating system may
reach a critical point and schedules a system reset,
clearing the memory and preventing system failure.

"Software Rejuvenation goes a long way toward eliminating
server downtime, making Netfinity servers capable of
handling the most critical business applications," said Tony
John, Netfinity server brand manager, IBM PSG UK and
Ireland. "This innovation helps strengthen standards-based
hardware and software and smash the barriers that had
limited Wintel-based systems to all but the most critical
computing chores."

New Netfinity 5600 Server

Designed with IBM customers' help the Netfinity 5600 is rich
in availability features with redundant, hot-pluggable
components including drives, fans, power supplies and PCI
adapters. The server supports Light Path diagnostics, making
it one of the easiest servers to service and maintain.

Other unique features include:

Up to two 550/600MHz(1) Intel Pentium III Processors with
512KB L2 Cache;

Up to 4GB 133MHz ECC SDRAM;

Integrated Advanced System Management Processor for added
remote workgroup management capability;

Five available hot-swap/hot-add Active PCI adapter slots;

Hot Swap Redundant Power with new, easy to use hot plug
installation, designed by customers;

Integrated Dual Channel Ultra SCSI LVD Controller and 10/100

5U rack height;

Netfinity Manager management software, ServerGuide setup and
installation software, and Lotus Domino Application Server

Pricing and availability

The Netfinity 5600 will be available by the end of September
starting at 3960.00 UK Pounds (2).

New Netfinity 8500R Server

A Storage Area Network (SAN) -optimised server for the
datacentre. Smart management and availability features
deliver superior performance for non-stop, compute-intensive
business intelligence, transaction processing, enterprise
resource planning, and server consolidation applications.

Other highlights of the Netfinity 8500R include:

Profusion-based 8-way using 550MHz Intel Pentium III Xeon
processors with 512KB, 1MB or 2MB L2 Cache;

Support for 16GB of 100MHz ECC memory; planned support for
32GB of memory when available;

12 available hot-swap/hot-add 64 bit Active PCI adapter

8U rack height;

Integrated Netfinity Advanced Systems Management PCI

Light-Path Diagnostics for easy serviceability and

Cluster optimised;

Optional 99.9 per cent Netfinity Availability Guarantee

Pricing and availability

The Netfinity 8500R will be available by the end of
September starting at 13008.00 UK Pounds (1).

New Netfinity SP Switch

High speed-low latency interconnect for clustered servers.
Adopted from its bigger brother the IBM RS/6000 SP, the
Netfinity SP switch features:

Support for 14 node server clusters;

High speed 2.4Gb/sec bi-direction throughput per port;

Small 2U rack height.

Built-in management processor integrates with IBM's Advanced
Systems Management PCI Adapters, processors and Netfinity
Manager software for single point of control.

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Editors notes

Specific information about IBM Netfinity products, services,
and technical whitepapers can be located at For more information about
Options by IBM, visit

(1) MHz only measures microprocessor internal clock speed,
not application performance. Many factors affect application

(2) Estimated reseller price to end users. Actual reseller
prices may vary and all prices are exclusive of VAT.

(3) Available only on selected Netfinity servers that have
completed Microsoft Cluster Server certification as listed
on the ServerProven web site. This only includes the
Netfinity 5500 series and above; the programme includes
mandatory services from IBM Global Services. IBM reserves
the right to change the terms and conditions at any time,
without notice. For more details, refer to or
your IBM PSG sales representative.

IBM and Netfinity are registered trademarks of International
Business Machines Corp.

Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks and Xeon and
Profusion are trademarks of Intel Corporation.

Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation
in the United States and/or other countries.

Other company, product and service names may be the
trademarks or service marks of others.

About Netfinity

IBM Netfinity provides customers with the industry's most
reliable foundation for their networked businesses by
delivering power, scalability, control and service. The IBM
Netfinity product lines enable small, medium and large
companies to manage their networked business systems - from
file and print capabilities to the most advanced
applications - anytime and anywhere.

For more information about Netfinity, visit the IBM
Netfinity Home Page on the World Wide Web at

Media Contact:

Tony John
Nefinity Brand Manager,
IBM PSG UK and Ireland
Tel: 01256 343045


Mike O'Connell/Emma Thompson
On behalf of IBM
01753 790700

Customer Contact
0870 60 10 136

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