ad info

 
CNN.com  technology > computing
    Editions | myCNN | Video | Audio | Headline News Brief | Feedback  

 

  Search
 
 

 
TECHNOLOGY
TOP STORIES

Consumer group: Online privacy protections fall short

Guide to a wired Super Bowl

Debate opens on making e-commerce law consistent

(MORE)

TOP STORIES

More than 11,000 killed in India quake

Mideast negotiators want to continue talks after Israeli elections

(MORE)

MARKETS
4:30pm ET, 4/16
144.70
8257.60
3.71
1394.72
10.90
879.91
 


WORLD

U.S.

POLITICS

LAW

ENTERTAINMENT

HEALTH

TRAVEL

FOOD

ARTS & STYLE



(MORE HEADLINES)
*
 
CNN Websites
Networks image


IBM readies Itanium-based workstation

InfoWorld

(IDG) -- Making sure it gets a running start at the Intel-based 64-bit desktop market, IBM is readying its first Itanium-based workstation and currently has 209 applications certified to run on the system.

Code-named Rattler, the system is expected to be positioned at the top of IBM's Z-Pro workstation line, with company officials expecting to ship it in on the first day the 64-bit chip is available. That is now expected to be in late January or early February.

The upcoming system can hold up to two processors and will be available with Microsoft's Windows 2000 and its successor, Whistler, when the latter becomes available sometime next year.

MORE COMPUTING INTELLIGENCE
IDG.net   IDG.net home page
  InfoWorld home page
  InfoWorld forums home page
  InfoWorld Test Center
  IBM unveils IntelliStation powerhouse desktops
  Reviews & in-depth info at IDG.net
  E-BusinessWorld
  TechInformer
  Questions about computers? Let IDG.net's editors help you
  Subscribe to IDG.net's free daily newsletter for IT leaders
  Search IDG.net in 12 languages
  News Radio
  * Fusion audio primers
  * Computerworld Minute

IBM also plans to offer the system with versions of Linux from the top four providers: Red Hat, Caldera Systems, Turbolinux, and SuSE. IBM is also testing it with its AIX 5L operating system, formerly known as Monterey.

IBM intends to target the system at compute-intensive applications such as data warehousing, large Web sites, CAD applications, and computer animation.

But IBM officials said they believe its biggest advantage going to market will be the more than 200 applications it has certified and tested for the platform. That figure is about four times that of its nearest competitor, company officials claimed.

''The success of this product isn't predicated just on the getting the hardware to market. It is also predicated on get the viable applications work done out there. The value-add for us with Itanium is the certification and testing that will give users the confidence in the platform,'' said Rick Rudd, product manager for the Intellestation Z-Pro workstation.

IBM is also testing its system with a range of peripheral makers -- most notably graphics card makers -- to make sure software drivers are being ported to the operating systems the company plans to support.

While Rudd believes that Itanium's successor -- the more powerful McKinley processor, due a year after Itanium -- will end up being Intel's bigger seller, he thinks Itanium is the best platform for developers and users to first dip their toes in the 64-bit development waters.

''No one will throw their production environment on [Itanium] on day one. But it will be a great platform for people to get their feet wet in the environment and position themselves for 64-bit computing environment, Rudd said.

Sometime this week, IBM will release early versions of the system as part of a pilot program to help users with their development and porting work. The primary objective of the pilot program is to help corporate users develop new and adapt existing applications to exploit the 64-bit system.




RELATED STORIES:
IBM to sell 15,200 Linux servers to Japanese store chain
November 3, 2000
Big Blue pushes speed with new servers
October 17, 2000
Non-IBM laptops take backseat at Olympics
September 25, 2000
HP, Intel, IBM, NEC will open Linux lab
August 31, 2000
IBM touts Deep Blue's star power
August 28, 2000

RELATED IDG.net STORIES:
Top 10 power PCs
(PC World)
Pentium 4: boon or bust?
(PC World)
HP offers new home computer
(IDG.net)
Top 15 notebook PCs
(PC World)
Compaq slashes hardware prices
(IDG.net)
Dell's new PC opts for function over style
(IDG.net)
IBM unveils IntelliStation powerhouse desktops
(PC World)
Top 10 midrange PCs
(PC World)

RELATED SITES:
IBM

Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.

 Search   

Back to the top   © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.