IBM Lotus Foundations Server announcement

This was pre-announced a few weeks ago, but here is the formal announcement of the new IBM-server based Lotus Foundations offering:


IBM Lotus Foundations Server features server-class quad-core Intel Xeon and Pentium Core 2 Duo processors for performance and stability


Features of the IBM Lotus Foundations Server include:


   * Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53 GHz or Xeon X3330 2.66 GHz quad-core processors

   * Standard system memory consisting of 2 GB or 4 GB PC2-6400 CL6 ECC DDR2 800 MHz DIMMs; 8 GB1 maximum

   * Integrated Serial-ATA (SATA) controller

   * 5.25 inch removable backup drive kit with 500 GB or 1 TB simple swap SATA HDD (model dependent)

   * LCD monitor display

   * Flash drive for intelligent data backup and recovery

   * Five available I/O expansion slots

   * System management support

   * I/O ports:

         o Six USB (four rear, two front)

         o Three Ethernet ports:

               + Integrated Gigabit Ethernet with RJ-45

               + Dual-port Ethernet adapter

         o Two software-compatible serial ports

         o One parallel port supporting devices using SSP, EPP, or ECP protocols adhering to the IEEE 1284 standard

   * Integrated ATI graphics controller with 16 MB video memory and one rear port

Available on December 5th, these new servers look to be a big step forward in scalability and performance from the older Nitix style systems.

Links to Announcement Letter in HTML and PDF.

Stuart McIntyre is a Senior Strategist at Fostering Community Limited. He curates a number of product-focused news sites, is a lapsed podcaster, founded the Social Connections user group and regularly speaks at conferences and events. This blog represents his own slightly-eccentric and usually-controversial opinions!