So as you know, IBM's launched the eX5 Architecture today. This new set of products really displays our core differentiator versus other x86 server providers: innovation. While many of our competitors continue to roll out Xeon based servers in line with Intel's roadmap, we regularly define ourselves by improvements to the base server offering across several dimensions.
Memory - IBM developed MAX5, a new optional “side car” unit designed to significantly increase eX5 system memory capacity. Using MAX5, a client can add up to 24 extra DIMMS per each base blade and up to 32 extra DIMMS per each base rack server. MAX5 supports 2GB to highest capacity DIMMs, allowing customers enormous latitude in memory-to-system configurations and in future upgrades.
Solid State Drives - IBM’s eXFlash is a dedicated SSD-based storage array for eX5 systems deployed for high performance database applications and workloads. eXFlash solutions incorporate a unique IBM controller that can support up to 1.6 TB of capacity, and leverage enhanced company I/O technologies to eliminate system bottlenecks.
FlexNode - The new FlexNode partitioning featured in eX5 servers was taken directly from the company’s scale-up Power Systems. FlexNode is designed to maximize system flexibility, and to provide clients the means to configure or reconfigure systems according to specific business or workload needs. Using IBM System Director, 2- and 4-socket eX5 servers can be seamlessly coupled with like systems to double their size and easily divided
into dedicated 2-socket partitions.
VirtualFabric - Previously available only on IBM’s BladeCenter systems, Virtual Fabric offerings can now be used with eX5 systems, as well. Virtual Fabric can become 1GBE, 10 GBE, iSCSI or Fibre Channel networks, and allows clients the freedom to address critical network requirements, including the need for multiple Ethernet ports in highly virtualized environments.
2- to 4-socket blades and 2- to 8-socket rack-optimized servers - All of IBM’s new modular eX5 solutions feature notable scalability
These features are really a result of our commitment to R&D in general and Intel Xeon servers specifically. This dedication results in benefits for our customers and truly outstanding server products.