AN IBM VP , Geoff Benck, said at a briefing in London today that dual core Opteron machines will ship this quarter.
After an expansive briefing on blade technology during which Benck said it had worked closely with Intel on its blade roadmap, Benck confirmed that IBM Opterons were on their way and that they would ship as and when AMD has the CPUs ready for market.

AN IBM VP , Geoff Benck, said at a briefing in London today that dual core Opteron machines will ship this quarter.
After an expansive briefing on blade technology during which Benck said it had worked closely with Intel on its blade roadmap, Benck confirmed that IBM Opterons were on their way and that they would ship as and when AMD has the CPUs ready for market.

Benck said he was expecting the Opteron question and pointed to a demonstration blade server which he said contained two Operton processors.

Intel dual core chips for servers are not expected until the year’s end.

At the briefing IBM executives said it expected a straight fight between IBM and HP in the blade market. IBM claimed Dell has quality problems with its blades, can only offer one switch option, as opposed to IBM’s nine, and said in some cases Dell is giving away its blade servers and selling them at below cost. IBM also claimed Dell would continue to struggle with blade sales as its direct sales model didn’t suit the technology. µ

* CORRECTION IBM did take the stage yesterday, despite what our initial story said. Our apologies. Big Blue did say today that the fact it accepted Intel Inside rebates would not affect its strategy on servers.