Compare blade servers. Learn the benefits of IBM BladeCenter compared to competitive blade servers.
How does your system stack up against IBM BladeCenter?
|PowerEdge M1000e||BladeSystem c3000,
|UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis|
|Blade server flexibility||
Blade servers, eX5 innovations and pre-integrated systems to help your business operate smarter.
|Blade servers||Blade servers||Only x86 blade servers; pre-integrated virtualisation offering|
External: NAS, FC SAN, iSCSI SAN, SAS SAN
Internal: Solid-state, flash, SAS, SATA
|No SAS connectivity||No in-chassis
|Only supports FCoE and iSCSI protocols.|
Blades and chassis designed with no single point of failure
|Many single points of failure||Many single points of failure||Many single points of failure|
|Predictive Failure Analysis (PFA)||
IBM monitors all vital system components for maximum availability
|Limited PFA||Limited PFA||Very limited PFA|
|Light path diagnostics||
The front of each blade server—and the chassis itself—has an LED indicator light to show possible component failures.
|No light path equivalent on the blades||No light path equivalent on the blades||No light path on the blades|
|First Failure Data Capture||
Simplifies problem determination by creating detailed event logs through the BladeCenter AMM
|No comparable technology||No comparable technology||Limited availability|
|Power and cooling||
Superior hardware designs and excellent power efficiencies and pioneering cooling technologies
|Not so smart hardware designs or power/cooling technologies||Not so smart hardware designs or power/cooling technologies||Not so smart hardware designs or power/cooling technologies|
|10Gb Ethernet Flexibility||
A choice of 10Gb Ethernet switch modules from BNT, Brocade, Cisco and IBM
|1 10Gb option||Proprietary 10Gb options||No integrated switching available|
IBM is first to deliver an FCoE-ready 10GbE blade switch for converged data and storage networks inside the chassis for maximum consolidation.
|Solution delivers 22% less bandwidth overall and 50% less Fibre Channel bandwidth||Solution delivers 50% less bandwidth overall||No integrated FCoE switching available|
Virtual Fabric for IBM BladeCenter
|No comparable technology||Virtual Connect Flex-10||Virtual Interface Card (Palo)|
|I/O management software||
IBM Fabric Manager for BladeCenter simplifies blade and SAN/LAN administration using standard switches, and single login across 256 chassis and up to 3,584 blades
|FlexAddress delivers limited functionality||HP Virtual Connect uses proprietary switches||Cisco offers similar functionality but with proprietary Cisco switches|
3 Available on IBM BladeCenter S.
6 HP’s Flex-10 technology with FCoE solution provides only four 10Gb Ethernet uplink ports (80Gb per second bidirectional Ethernet throughput) and four 8Gb Fibre Channel uplink ports (64Gb per second bidirectional Fibre Channel throughput) for a total of 144Gb per second throughput. IBM’s Brocade Converged switch provides eight 10Gb Ethernet uplink ports (160Gb per second bidirectional Ethernet throughput) and eight 8Gb Fibre Channel uplink ports (128Gb per second bidirectional Fibre Channel throughput) for a total of 288Gb per second throughput, doubling the overall throughput performance. http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/blades/components/ethernet/10gb24/index.html (link resides outside of ibm.com)
7 Dell’s FCoE solution provides eight 10Gb Ethernet uplink ports (160Gb per second bidirectional Ethernet throughput) and only four 8Gb Fibre Channel uplink ports (64Gb per second bidirectional Fibre Channel throughput) for a total of 224Gb per second throughput. IBM’s Brocade Converged switch provides eight 10Gb Ethernet uplink ports (160Gb per second bidirectional Ethernet throughput) and eight 8Gb Fibre Channel uplink ports (128Gb per second bidirectional Fibre Channel throughput) for a total of 288Gb per second throughput, doubling the Fibre Channel throughput performance. http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/dell-m8428-k/pd (link resides outside of ibm.com)
Information based on competitor Web sites as of March 2011.
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