Currently, there are no standards for blades and chassis (the blade enclosure, which holds multiple blade servers
and provides power, cooling, connections and networking), or for inter-connectivity of peripherals like switches and common and open APIs for blade management software.
When they began deploying blade servers
they quickly realized that legacy designs could not address many of their unique power, cooling and distribution challenges.
IBM's number one blade server
market share is the reason why Brocade chose to first develop a blade switch for IBM's chassis, and not for Hewlett Packard Co or Dell Corp chassis.
Now, though, IBM and Intel argue that blade servers
are on the cusp of making a big splash deeper inside computer networks, where they could handle tasks such as gluing together disparate computer servers, as well as running business management software programs from firms such as Siebel Systems, SAP AG and others.
PowerEdge M520 blade server
can deliver exceptional power efficiency and extraordinary price for performance for mainstream business applications.
"Today, Dell is the only blade server
vendor offering Flex I/O technology, helping to protect and maximize a customerCOs server investment by eliminating the need for wasteful C[pounds sterling]rip-and-replaceC[yen] upgrades," Collins noted.
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM), Garden Grove, Calif., a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, has unveiled the industry's only 2.5 Gigabit end-to-end networking infrastructure solution optimized for blade servers
. The 2.5 Gigabit end-to-end solution combines Broadcom's NetXtreme(R) II converged network interface controllers (or C-NICs) with new StrataXGS(R) III network switches to deliver greater than twice the throughput of standard Gigabit networking while improving overall CPU utilization by up to five times.
The basic technology building blocks of Remote I/O are starting to become available, driven in part by the higher specification requirements of the blade server
"The combination of our technologies simplifies large-scale blade server
implementations, enables rapid bare metal recovery and easily consolidates, centralizes and protects corporate data."
The doubling in size of the blade server
market in 2004 to $1.1 billion helped boost that low-end segment.
The new HS40 blade server
is based on the "Gallatin" Xeon MP processors, and according to Jay Bretzmann, manager of eServer xSeries products at IBM, the company will be supporting Xeon MPs running at 2GHz, 2.5GHz, and 2.8GHz on the new blade servers
, which plug directly into the current 7U BladeCenter chassis.
In order to harness and maximize the true potential of this blade server
investment, however, CRG also required another solution that could easily unify the independent application and server resources, presenting them as one.
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