Big Blue closes down on server market

Aiming for low-end server market...

Aiming for low-end server market...

IBM has turned up the heat on Dell and HP with the launch of a new low-end server, the eServer x235. HP currently rides high as the number one vendor in this area, following its Compaq acquisition while Dell occupies the number two spot. Figures from Gartner Dataquest for the first quarter gave Compaq a 25.5 per cent market share compared with IBM's 14.8 per cent. The Intel server market is worth nearly $4bn. IBM's eServer x235 will begin shipping this month for a starting price of $2,850. It uses up to two Intel Xeon chips and runs on Windows or Linux.