IBM Netfinity servers get top-shelf makeover
- By Dan Verton
- Apr 03, 2000
IBM Corp. introduced two Netfinity multiprocessor servers last month that
bring high-end technologies to Intel Corp.-based server platforms. The new
Netfinity 7100 and 7600 both come equipped with four Pentium III 550 MHz
Xeon processors and run on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 operating system.
A key new feature in both systems is the Advanced System Management
Processor, which monitors vital system components and provides administrators
with predictive failure analysis. The same technology is used in IBM's Unix
product, the RS/6000, and its midrange server, the AS/400, according to
the company. Another standard feature of both systems is Active Peripheral
Component Interconnect with hot-swap and hot-add capabilities. With Hot
Add, Netfinity servers automatically recognize and configure new network
cards or redundant array of independent disk adapters so that administrators
do not have to shut the system down.
Additionally, the screwless case design and internal cableless connections
of the new Netfinity models also allow components to be quickly added and
removed from the system without using tools.
List prices for the Netfinity 7100 range from $8,700 to $11,000, depending
on configuration. Prices for the Netfinity 7600 range from around $11,300