IBM has introduced pre-packaged blade clusters, which use IBM's 1350 Linux/Intel cluster technology on its eServer BladeCenter blade servers.
BladeCenter, which can hold as many as 84 blades per rack, presents a "dimension of density into the cluster space" that has not been available before, according to David Turek, vice president of IBM Deep Computing.
The combination of BladeCenter with the 1350 cluster technology presents benefits on two level, Turek said. As BladeCenter is, essentially, a cluster itself, customers can choose to mix and match to suit their needs.
IBM will take on the grunt work, building the entire customer configuration. Before shipping, IBM will add a software stack to the cluster, install the switch technology and test the system.
"At that point, we'll take our software off, box the cluster up as an entity and ship the integrated whole out to the customer, " Turek said.
The IBM Cluster 1350 will be available from 6 June, although there are no pricing details as yet.