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IBM rethinks industry-standard servers

Big Blue's new line, dubbed the eX5 portfolio, features architecture tweaks that let the customer add more memory without buying an entirely new server.

IBM's eX5 systems. PRNewsFoto/IBM

IBM introduced on Tuesday a new class of industry-standard servers that it hopes will widen its market share lead and put rivals like Hewlett-Packard and Dell on defense.

Big Blue's new family of servers, dubbed the eX5 portfolio, features architecture tweaks that allow the customer to add more memory without buying an entirely new server. IBM spent three years engineering the systems, which will be previewed at CeBit in Germany this week.

IBM plans to alter the industry-standard server return-on-investment equation via memory expansion options and an extra chip that's designed to coax the system to better performance. IBM said it will announce three eX5 systems through 2010: a four-processor version; a new blade design; and an entry-priced two-processor server.

Read more of "IBM hopes to upend industry standard server ROI equation" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.