IBM launches new M5 x86 servers before Lenovo handoff

IBM's M5 portfolio revolves around rack and tower, blade, dense and integrated systems.

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NeXtScale System with Water Cool Technology, a direct water cooled server.

IBM on Monday launched a series of new x86 servers that'll ultimately be turned over to Lenovo once Big Blue completes the sale of that business.

The move goes with Lenovo's server update . Both companies have said the server lines will continue to be supported once Lenovo buys IBM's low-end server business.

IBM's M5 portfolio revolves around rack and tower, blade, dense and integrated systems. IBM is trying to cover a wide range of computing use cases ranging from cloud computing, enterprise applications and big data. IBM also built in security with its Trusted Platform Assurance.

According to IBM, the new servers include Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors and up to 1.5 terabytes of memory.

Here's a look at IBM's System x M5 servers:

  • System x3650 M5, which is a 2-socket, 2U rack server;
  • System x3550 M5, a 1U, two socket server;
  • System x3500 M5, a 5U, two socket tower rack;
  • Flex System x240 M5, which is designed for virtualization and enterprise apps;
  • NeXtScale nx360, a 1U server built for density;
  • NeXtScale System with Water Cool Technology, a direct water cooled server.

From those basic building blocks, IBM launched systems for specific use cases. For instance, IBM is bundling its latest servers with VMware VSAN; Microsoft SQL Server 2014, desktop virtualization with Citrix or VMware and a system that is built for Microsoft Hyper-V implementations.