IBM is launching a new dualie Intel Xeon server and it's positioning it head-to-head against Dell. The x235 two way Xeon DP server targets what it says is "the sweet spot of Dell's server lineup", coming in at up to $1,000 cheaper - 20 per cent less - than a similarly specced Dell Poweredge 4600. Oh and it beats up on the Dell model when it comes to benchmarks - or on Microsoft Exchange 2000 Messaging throughput, at any rate. This is 11 per cent faster on the x235 than the PE 4600, IBM helpfully points out.
As to price, IBM compares a Dell PE 4600 configured with one 2.2GHz Xeon processor 512MB DDR, HS redundant Power, and one 18GB 10K hard drive, with the same spec X235. The Dell comes in at $4746 (as of June 10), while the IMB comes in at $3724. Of course, IBM is not shipping the X235 until late June, so Dell has some time to adjust prices.