IBM launches new System x server and software targeting large scale x86 virtualization

Quoting from IBM official announcement:

IBM today announced it would address unprecedented demand for large scale x86 virtualization technologies with System x™ scaleable servers featuring its Enterprise X-Architecture technology — X3 — and new software to help clients speed their virtualization efficiencies.

In response to the growth of virtualized systems, IBM today introduced System x, an evolution of its xSeries® product line, to help customers move to a systems-based approach to x86 computing. IBM announced three high-performance systems designed to deliver the greater virtualization, utilization and performance focus required in this market segment.

IBM’s strong partnership with industry leaders like VMware as well as its own Virtualization Engine technologies that are built into System x, allow us to deliver the innovative solutions needed to help customers drive efficiencies in their business operations.”

Based on IBM’s Virtualization Engine technologies, IBM also unveiled breakthrough software that recognizes untapped utilization and hidden servers across clients’ networks and helps identify opportunities to consolidate and virtualize x86 systems. More than 600 IBM Business Partners have been certified to use the IBM Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool or CDAT.

Pricing and Availability
IBM’s new systems for the high-performance enterprise computing segment of System x will be available in May 2006, for virtualization, database, ERP and CRM applications.

  • System x3950 (Formerly x460)
    Featuring high-performance capabilities, flexible partitioning and mission-critical availability, ideal for database, ERP and server consolidation
    starting at US $17,499
  • System x3850 (Formerly x366)
    Compact four-processor server for 64-bit and mid-tier software applications
    starting at US $6,999
  • System x3800 (Formerly x260)
    High-performance, multi-purpose server with large internal storage capacity, ideal for remote and branch-office solutions
    starting at US $4,999