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IBM Releases "Smart" Server to Reset Windows

Painfully admitting that a product like this is even needed, IBM Corp. has announced a new "smart" server for Windows. The server detects when a system is about to crash and then automatically resets itself.

The latest Netfinity 5600 will be the first to include IBM Software Rejuvenation, what the company calls intelligent planning and scheduling technology that calculates when device drivers, middleware, applications or the operating system may reach a critical point and schedules a system reset in hopes to gracefully refresh the system and prevent overall failure.

The Netfinity 5600 includes hot-pluggable parts such as drives, fans, power supplies and PCI adapters. According to James Gargan, director of product offerings for IBM Netfinity, the new server is built throughout for pluggability. The server has color-coded tabs indicating which components can be hot-swapped and which require the system to be shutdown.

Users can configure the system for up to two 600 MHz Pentium Processors with 512KB L2 cache, 4GB 133MHz ECC SDRAM memory, Integrated Advanced System Management Processor for workgroup management, five available hot-swappable Active PCI adapter slots, hot swap redundant power, integrated dual channel Ultra SCSI Adaptec LVD Controller and 10/100 Ethernet, 5U rack height and software that includes Netfinity Manager, ServerGuide and Lotus Domino Application Server. -- Brian Ploskina

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