08 Feb 2006 -


IBM's award-winning blades can run differing operating systems and applications, while sharing the same chassis. IBM offers Intel Xeon-based, AMD Opteron-based and IBM Power-based blade servers. IBM offers three different BladeCenter chassis -- BladeCenter, BladeCenter T - a telecom industry-specific chassis, customized for wireless and telecommunications that require continuous uptime – and the new BladeCenter high performance system, BladeCenter H.

On February 8, 2006 IBM announced new, BladeCenter products, initiatives, partnerships and solutions across processors and operating systems to customers in every market. New solutions announced include:

  • Nine-core IBM Cell blade – the first Cell-based product from IBM, designed for businesses that need the breakthrough multi-core architecture capabilities of the IBM Cell BE processor to tackle tasks involving compute-intensive workloads and broadband media applications.
  • Dual-core POWER processor-based BladeCenter JS21 – the first blade optimized for BladeCenter H and the first blade with built-in virtualization; ideal for grid computing, universities, retail stores, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Ultra low-power Intel-based BladeCenter HS20 – high performance dual-core blade with the industry’s best performance per watt, ideal for customers looking to control the cost of power and cooling in their datacenter.

Blades are the world’s fastest growing server market segment. The award-winning IBM BladeCenter family has already seen the fastest sales growth in IBM server history. IBM captured more than 40 percent of worldwide blade revenue share for the third quarter of 2005 and is the first and only vendor to install well in excess of 350,000 blades. Blades have also extended into supercomputing with 74 BladeCenter systems listed on the November 2005 Supercomputing Top 500 list including Mare Nostrum, the only blade-based cluster on the list and Europe's most powerful supercomputer. Additional BladeCenter deployments on the Top500 list include New York University, WETA Digital, Seoul National University and the Joint Supercomputer Center in Russia 

In April 2004, IBM and Cisco announced that BladeCenter was the first blade to offer a Cisco network switch, a full eight months ahead of HP. IBM has also integrated technology from major companies such as Nortel, QLogic, Brocade, Myricom and Topspin (Cisco) as well as software partners like Citrix, Microsoft, Red Hat and VMware. In March 2005, IBM was first-to-market with a switch module co-developed by McDATA and QLogic, further expanding our portfolio of embedded SAN switches.

In September 2004, IBM and Intel opened the BladeCenter specification. Since then, more than 320 companies have signed on to receive the specifications.

In July 2005, IBM announced its intention to form a collaborative industry community around BladeCenter called Blade.org. On February 8, 2006, Blade.org announced its formation as a chartered organization to promote the development and innovation of blade technology. Members of the organization today include: Brocade, Cisco, Citrix Systems, IBM, Intel Corporation, Network Appliance, Nortel, Novell and VMware.

BladeCenter’s superior density and expanded feature set are made possible by its innovative chassis architecture and thermal design called Calibrated Vectored Cooling™. Perhaps the industry's most advanced systems-power and cooling architecture, Calibrated Vectored Cooling engineers the path of cool air flow through the system, using highly energy efficient blowers that move air from the front of the system to the back while protecting components inside the server.

In August 2005, IBM also introduced the Rear Door Heat eXchanger ("Cool Blue,") a technology component that can use the existing chilled water supply for air conditioning systems already located in the majority of customer datacenters to reduce server heat emissions into the room by up to 55 percent.

STORAGE and the BladeCenter EcoSystem
IBM sells a wide range of storage products that support the BladeCenter Ecosystem, including external disk, tape, SAN, NAS and storage software.  One example, the IBM TotalStorage DS4800, provides an end-to-end 4Gb/s Fibre Channel SAN solution for blade servers.  The DS4800 is a key component of IBM business continuity solutions portfolio delivering business resilience and continuity of operations. The DS4800, when utilized in combination with IBM’s BladeCenter and IBM's San Volume Controller virtualization products, can be deployed as a solution to help simplify IT infrastructure in the data center.

IBM Director 5.1 is an integrated suite of software tools that provide a consistent, single point of management and automation for IBM’s entire line of servers, as well as for heterogeneous environments through IBM Virtualization Engine, Tivoli, HP OpenView and CA UniCenter.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/19198.wss.

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